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By Hope House Milwaukee on 8/30/2013 11:51 AM

Heading Back to School with help from Irish Fest and the Hope House Street Fair 

Recessions and slow economic recovery are hard on everyone. Higher rates of unemployment and underemployment are common, as well as the loss in home values, or foreclosures, which can and have led to increases in homelessness and poverty rates. As we all know, when financial resources are limited it is difficult to make forward progress in one’s life; additionally, the impact of an economic recession can be even more pronounced when resources are limited to begin with. In Wisconsin, current unemployment rates are hovering around 7%, just below the national average. In Milwaukee, the state’s most populous city, the rates as of June 2013 were 10.6%:  this percentage represents many people in the city who are considered unemployed, but does not account for those who are underemployed.

Heading back to school in the fall is a time of excitement for families, but can be stressful for parents and children alike when resources are limited. Hope House of Milwaukee works to help reduce the stress that can build around this time for families with limited financial resources by collecting donations of school supplies at Irish Fest and distributing them at the Hope House Street Fair, as well as offering free tutoring and after-school workshops from September to Mid-June.

For the past 10 years, Hope House staff and youth have stood at the gates of Irish Fest collecting donations of school supplies for families in need on opening day in exchange for free entry passes to the event. ...

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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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