Sarah Gillmore has more than ten years of experience in homelessness prevention and alleviation. Gillmore earned a master’s degree in the field of rehabilitation psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has an active professional license as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Gillmore has provided services and experienced different service models in multiple communities, including New York City, Minneapolis and St. Paul, and Milwaukee. She won several local awards for safety improvements she made at our community’s emergency family shelter and is a YWCA Woman of Distinction (2012). She has been an active member of the Dane County Homeless Services Consortium since 2008, is former chair of the consortium (2010), and most recently as chair of its legislative committee (2011-2014). Gillmore was instrumental in developing the HUD supported House-ability and United Way sponsored Rapid Rehousing, “Housing First” programs in our Madison community.
Z! has been a direct service provider and service manager for homeless or low-income families and individuals for the past 9 years, starting at Head Start as a Family Outreach Worker in 2004. There Haukeness did intake, assessment, and case management with strength-based goal setting to improve living situations for families with pre-school children. For the past 5 years Haukeness has managed temporary and permanent housing units with Operation Welcome Home, serving 32 adults and 13 children. Most recently Haukeness worked closely with Gillmore to manage the Daytime Warming Shelter (DWS). Haukeness provides consultation for organizations on a number of issues related to social justice and organizational improvement, both locally and at state levels. Haukeness is also involved, currently, with community partners in a project for supported housing for young people who are homeless.