Tami Fleming, the executive director of Shelter from the Storm, a referral-based temporary housing facility, is the winner of this year’s Rev. James C. Wright Human Rights Award, the City of Madison has announced.
The award was presented to her at the Madison Common Council meeting Feb. 23.
Fleming also founded Friends of the State Street Family in 2011, whose mission is to “alleviate human suffering by providing help and hope to people experiencing homelessness in Dane County by connecting them with essential resources.” The organization provides survival gear, outreach and food to homeless people and helps people find housing through the Housing First Initiative.
“There are not enough words that can describe how Tami impacts not only the volunteers, but each person she meets,” said Department of Civil Rights Director Norman Davis in a statement. “Her compassion for helping people attain their basic human needs is amazing, and she treats each person with respect and dignity.”
Rev. Wright was a civil rights pioneer in Madison who worked to bring about the adoption of the City of Madison’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance in the ’60s. He served as a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission prior to his appointment as Executive Director for the Equal Opportunities Commission. Rev. Wright retired in 1992 after 24 years of service to the City of Madison.
Since 1996, The Rev. James C. Wright Human Rights Award has been presented annually in his honor to an individual who best exemplifies his dedication and compassion for civil and human rights and who conducts their daily life consistent with these values.