Operation Fresh Start gets a fresh new space

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- For nearly 50 years, Operation Fresh Start has been giving young adults a chance to better themselves. Now, OFS has bettered their building!

"We needed to expand, the community wanted us to expand," Executive Director, Gregory Markle said.

Markle says they serve ages 16-24 who need help finishing their high school education, getting a job, getting a license, or learning a skill.

"About 30 percent of our young people are housing insecure. So it's just young people that have often times lived through poverty but want to have a better life for themselves and the next generation," Markle said.

Markle has been with the organization for almost a decade. He says the new building is everything they wanted and more. The new space for OFS on Milwaukee St. is two times the size of their old location.

Lee Jossart has been going to OFS for only two months and says he wished he knew about it sooner. He is 18, finishing his high school education, and just learned how to install roofs.

"I wake up and it's just something I want to do. I am a hands-on type of person and at OFS you get to be hands on and always moving," Jossart said.

The new OFS space is in an old church. The organization renovated the building with help from some of the people they serve. There is a larger learning center with a computer lab, a health office where people can receive minor treatments by a registered nurse, a kitchen, and a construction and conservation training center.

"We cna help young people learn and move forward," Markle said.

For more information visit: http://www.operationfreshstart.org/