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By Hope House Milwaukee on 7/13/2015 10:12 AM

You see them holding signs by the highway asking for money. You see them sleeping on park benches. You want to help, but you’re not sure how. Here are some ideas for helping the homeless in our community this summer—in big and small ways.

1.     Refer them to 2-1-1. The best way to help homeless people access services is by encouraging them to call 2-1-1 on any phone.  211 is a centralized system by which people in need are connected with appropriate services—everything from shelter to food to emergency day care. We are pleased to have this system in Milwaukee, and it is the best way for anyone to access services, including Hope House. Visit IMPACT 211 to learn more. 

By Hope House Milwaukee on 4/19/2013 9:52 AM
During the summer months, when few structured opportunities are available for youth, Hope House offers an exciting, educational, and safe Summer Program five days a week. Three days out of the week, youth explore Southeastern Wisconsin through field trips to sites such as Menomonee Park, Blue Lotus Farm, and Pump It Up. The Shining Stars have the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn about communities and cultures outside their own.  They also have tons of fun making new friends, playing games, and getting some exercise!

Fun at the park!

Two days every week, the Shining Stars participate in educational workshops at Hope House. This includes community service activities, friendly sports at the park, and several hours in specialized clubs. This year, the teens will be planning and hosting a barbeque for the younger Shining Stars, as well as their family and friends. In...
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. 

By Hope House Milwaukee on 6/20/2012 9:27 AM
Our Shining Stars, volunteers, and program staff have been preparing their garden for the summer. Youth will have the opportunity to work and play in the garden every week during the summer program--and will enjoy their work at harvest time! Youth have already been able to eat fresh strawberries and cilantro that they have carefully grown. Our Lead Youth Worker, Miss Beth, tells me that they have plans to make salsa once the tomatoes and peppers are ready! 

To celebrate the garden and make any final preparations, the Shining Stars held their annual Planting Party for friends, family and volunteers. We had a fantastic time and learned a LOT from an amazing volunteer from the DNR--Tom. We tilled the dirt left dry from lack of rain, we planted so many different seeds, we learned what bugs live in our garden, and Tom helped us save some very weak tomato plants. 

First, we had to clear out any last...

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