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A Day in the Life at Hope House

Apr 29

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Are you curious what it's like to live and work at Hope House? Here's what a typical day looks like at our many programs throughout Milwaukee.


7am   It’s wake up time in the Hope House Emergency Shelter. The morning starts with a healthy breakfast of whole wheat bread, peanut butter, cereal, and fresh fruit. Parents get their children dressed and ready for school, and many adults head out to go to work, college classes or to look for jobs.

8:30am   The Angel of Hope clinic, located in Hope House’ main building on 2nd and Orchard, opens up for its first appointment—an elderly woman with diabetes who lives down the block. The clinic, run in partnership with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, serves low-income adults and children who may not have access to insurance or the funding to pay for their medical needs.

10:45am   A formerly homeless client in the Johnston Center stops by the office in her apartment building to meet with her case manager to discuss job leads. The Johnston Center, a collaboration with Mercy Housing, provides apartment-style living at a low-cost to chronically homeless adults, as well as other low-income individuals who have Section 8 housing vouchers.

1pm   A mother and her two young daughters walk down to the Hope House Food Pantry, run in partnership with Friedens Community Ministry, where they pick up fresh produce, frozen chicken, and infant formula, along with non-perishable staples to get them through the week.

2:30pm    Children living at the shelter and in the surrounding neighborhood hop off their bus and join their teachers in the Shining Stars room. They start their after-school time with a healthy snack of fruit smoothies and granola bars, then settle in to work on their homework and read books, with the help of college student volunteers, as well as Hope House staff.

5pm    A young man who is staying at the Emergency Shelter gathers his notebook and pencil, and walks down the hallway to the GED classroom where he’ll spend the next few hours learning from a Milwaukee Area Technical College professor as he prepares to take his GED test. Neighbors and residents all have the opportunity to take these classes free of charge, in order to make a better future for themselves.

6:15pm    Throughout the Southside of Milwaukee, Hope House residents sit down to dinner. For those living in the shelter, they’ll eat a well-balanced meal of chicken teriyaki with cooked vegetables, rice and fresh fruit for dessert, prepared by one of the other residents. For those living in the Surgeon’s Quarters SRO or the Johnston Center, they might share a meal with one of their neighbors, or cook for themselves in their kitchenettes.

9pm   A mother and father tuck in their son and read him a story before bed. Once their child is asleep, the parents pack up their clothes and belongings, because tonight is the last night they’ll need to spend at Hope House. Tomorrow, this family is moving into their own apartment, which they found through Hope House’ Safe Landing program. They’ll receive a rent subsidy and case management for the next 12 months, during which time they’ll work to find full-time employment and stability for their son.

There you have it! A day in the life of Hope House. If you'd like to support these programs the help end homelessness in Milwaukee, please consider making a gift today.

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