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Task Force Announces Leadership Change & Call to Action for Match Day 2013

Mar 6

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Via Pathfinders Milwaukee:

At its January 2013 meeting, members of the Shelter Task Force of Milwaukee elected its new leadership. Serving as Chair and Vice Chair of the Task Force are Tim Baack, Senior VP of Strategic Development at Pathfinders and Donna Rongholt-Migan, Executive Director of the Cathedral Center.  Prior to this recent election, the Shelter Task Force was chaired for many years by Ken Schmidt, Executive Director of Hope House, who noted “It was a joy to work with such competent and intelligent leaders” during his time as Chair.

The Shelter Task Force is a long-standing coalition of homelessness prevention providers, emergency shelters, and interim/transitional housing programs that serve youth, adults, families, and domestic violence survivors.  It aims to provide the best possible service for the homeless, and agency leaders work collaboratively to quickly and efficiently move people off the streets and into emergency and permanent housing, as well as prevent homelessness through targeted community-based case management and cost-efficient homelessness prevention initiatives.  Through the effective coordination of resources, the Task Force provides support to local efforts operating and maintaining overflow shelter services during winter months.  The Shelter Task Force also works to influence legislation and public policy regarding issues surrounding homelessness, and member organizations play a pivotal role in Milwaukee’s You Count point-in-time street counts that twice annually attempt to quantify the extent of homelessness in Milwaukee County and document emerging trends and unmet needs regarding services and resources for the homeless and near-homeless.  The Shelter Task Force currently serves as a working committee of the Milwaukee Continuum of Care (CoC), a broad initiative legislated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and led by the City of Milwaukee, which serves as the Milwaukee City/County CoC Lead Agency.  Under the guidance of the CoC’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Shelter Task Force is actively working to increase the community’s awareness and understanding of homelessness and its effects on Milwaukee.

The Shelter Task Force reminds the community that Match Day is coming up on March 14, 2013.  Under the leadership of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF), Match Day is designed to raise awareness and funds for agencies that meet the food and emergency shelter needs of individuals and families in southeastern Wisconsin.  In its second year, Match Day 2013 is now a 24-hour online giving event sponsored by GMF, and every gift of $10 or more made online on March 14, 2013 via www.matchdaymke.org will be proportionately matched, based on the total amount raised that day by each of the 21 participating organizations.  In 2012 – the first year of Match Day in Milwaukee – for every dollar donated $.63 was matched.  Donating online is easy and secure, and the shelter program members of the Shelter Task Force benefit directly through this important initiative.  The need continues to grow – the community’s You Count annual street count effort conducted January 30, 2013 documented nearly 650 homeless individuals in Milwaukee’s emergency shelters on that evening alone.  Many others remained on the streets of our community with no safe place to go.  Making an online donation to Milwaukee’s homeless shelters on Match Day is an important way to help end homelessness in our community.  


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