This morning at 10am, despite rain and a chill in the air, supporters gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for our unique project combining quality early childhood education and affordable and accessible housing.
Jason Anderson, Red Caboose Executive Director, started the program with a welcome and introductions followed by Red Caboose Board Chair Aaron Stephenson. Brian Benford from the Madison Common Council, and a former Red Caboose employee, shared some of his connections with Red Caboose and Movin’ Out and then introduced Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway who shared her support and announced additional financial support from the city of Madison for the project.
Movin’ Out Executive Director Kathryne Auerback spoke passionately about meeting the affordable and accessible housing needs in the community and introduced Rebecca Giroux from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority which has also provided tremendous support for this project.
Red Caboose alumni parents Sara and Carlos Alvardo touched everyone’s hearts with their sincere expressions of gratitude for everything the staff at Red Caboose has done for their two children.
Lau and Bea Christensen, shared their love of children, how they came to know about Red Caboose, and why they decided to provide a major gift to the project.
The program closed with the announcement the event kicks off the public phase of Red Caboose’s New Tracks Capital Campaign and the 50th anniversary year of Red Caboose. A matching grant of $150,000 from Otto Bremer Trust means that any donations provided between now and September 1, 2022 will be doubled. Please help us spread the word!
As the program ended the sun peaked out for bit, and supporters and children from Red Caboose gathered around the ceremonial dirt pile to make the groundbreaking official.
For those of you who were able to attend the groundbreaking event, thank you! A special thank you to all of our speakers and those who helped with the logistics for the event.
For those of you not able to join us, watch this evening’s NBC15 news for their coverage of the event. We will also have photos and video footage to share soon!
Red Caboose Staff October 21st, 2021