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Author: Created: 3/21/2012 1:43 PM
News, Events, and Photos from Hope House of Milwaukee.
By Hope House Milwaukee on 2/4/2013 1:58 PM
After many years of service, Executive Director of Hope House, Ken Schmidt, has stepped down as Chair of the Shelter Task Force, passing on the lead to Tim Baack of Pathfinders. Ken states that “it was a joy to work with such competent and intelligent leaders” during his time as Chair.



The Shelter Task Force is a collaboration between Milwaukee’s emergency, youth, and domestic violence shelter leaders that seeks to provide the best possible service for the homeless. Agency leaders work together to quickly and efficiently move people off of the streets, into shelters, and into permanent housing. The shelters stabilize guests to enable them to obtain and maintain permanent housing. All of this is no easy task—thus the Shelter Task Force comes together to coordinate resources and make sure guests get everything that they need to succeed.



The Milwaukee Shelter Task Force solves many problems related to homelessness, including the coordination of overflow shelters during winter months....
By Hope House Milwaukee on 1/10/2013 12:53 PM
The Starr Group generously donated $500 of adorable stuffed animals, as well as a monetary gift of $250, to Hope House for the holidays. We were delighted to share this cute gift with the children we serve! 

Lisa Koss of the Starr Group tells us more about the donation:

"If you had a bunch of cute and cuddly animals represent the people you work with – what would that group look like?

Every year at Christmas time, The Starr Group plays a game with their employees where the real winners are a local charity.  This year each employee picked a name and had to purchase a stuffed animal that represented that person.

Well, everything from Animal from The Muppets to a classic, cute and cuddly teddy bear was chosen to represent the group.  While a fun team experience, it brings a unique opportunity to be charitable as well.

The Starr Group is an Insurance/Risk Management agency with the capabilities of advising clients on everything from their business insurance, including group health,...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 11/29/2012 9:24 AM

Thanks to Dollar General Youth Literacy Foundation and Best Buy Children's Foundation, we've brought exciting new technology to the Shining Stars Program--brand new computers and Kindle e-readers! A new wave of avid readers has formed, and we're hearing beautiful quotes like, "Can I read the whole book today?" Read more about how we're building literacy skills with technology in our blog!

By Hope House Milwaukee on 8/29/2012 7:34 AM
Are you and your family ready for school to start again? Thanks to the generosity of our donors and supporters, we are! We were able to help over 500 students in the neighborhood prepare for success as we distributed free care packages of school supplies at our 12th Annual Back to School Fair. How did we get so many? Irish Fest offered Hope House the opportunity to collect school supplies on the festival's opening night, where guests gave notebooks, folders, crayons--all sorts of great things--in lieu of admission. These donations filled a U-Haul truck, totaling at about $14,000. Can you imagine the mountains of pencils and markers? 

To conquer these mountains, a group of fantastic volunteers from US Bank sorted, organized, and filled up school supply care packages. There's no way our Street Fair would have been possible without their help! It took hours of work and lots of helping hands, but they did it, and many, many young students were made very happy the following day at our Street Fair. 

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By Hope House Milwaukee on 7/27/2012 8:22 AM
Hope House of Milwaukee will be hosting the 12th Annual Back to School Street Fair on August 18th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Orchard Street, between 1st and 3rd Streets. This year, we will have resource tables, free school supplies, food, games, bicycle repairs, and art projects! Each year, we give out backpacks full of school supplies to hundreds of students in Milwaukee, for no cost at all. 

In years past, we've offered free bike repairs:



Worked with exciting local agencies:



Played games:



and just had lots of fun:



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