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By Hope House Milwaukee on 10/14/2015 8:34 AM
The important work done at Hope House is supported by funding from a variety of sources, such as generous individual donors, corporate sponsors, workplace giving campaigns and philanthropic foundations. In-kind donations, such as food and hygiene supplies, also help make the day-to-day operations possible.

These sources, however, are only part of what keeps Hope House up and running. Money from the federal, state, and local levels of government also plays a key role in Hope House's continued service to Milwaukee.  



On Oct. 12, Hope House staff spent the morning in front of members of the Milwaukee County Board at a public hearing to...
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 6/6/2014 2:42 PM

Participants in our Shining Stars Youth and Pathways to Progress programs are moving forward!

As spring gives way to summer, we begin to see caps, gowns and graduation celebrations - Hope House has been no exception! Here we are celebrating the hard work, perseverance and dedication of our Pathways to Progress GED students and two of the students in our Shining Stars Youth program. 
By Hope House Milwaukee on 5/13/2014 9:00 AM

...which means our youth are getting excited for summer programs here at Hope House!

   

Garden Club members are currently planning for their Spring Planting Party coming up on May 22 from 7-9pm. At the Planting Party, they will be joined by residents from the Single Floor and volunteers from the Sole Sisters Club. The youth are hoping to have enough donations of plant starts to start the gardens off right! Plants they would like to have include: herbs like rosemary, thyme,  basil, mint, and cilantro; vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, and chilis and flowers like roses, lilies, zinnias and impatiens. If you wish to donate plant starts, please donate during the week prior to May 22nd. If donations of live plants are hard to fit into your schedule,  gift certificates to local nurseries, or garden stores will also be helpful in getting Garden Club members into the gardens this year.
By Hope House Milwaukee on 4/17/2014 3:21 PM

On March 13th, 2014 
you gave us $17,936 ways 
to end homelessness!

This year, the 24-hour online giving event known as Match Day was a huge success for our organization. Through your generous donations, we were able to raise $17,936 - nearly $2000 more than in 2013!

This will mean funding for programs such as:

By Hope House Milwaukee on 2/28/2013 10:28 AM
Julia and Lorey have served the community as Protective Payees at Hope House for many years. But what exactly does a Protective Payee do? 



Hope House’s Protective Payee Program provides financial oversight, budget counseling, and supportive case management for individuals with severe mental illness and other disabilities. In 2012, we served a total of 48 households through this program. It wouldn’t have been possible without our payees, Julia and Lorey!

What is a typical day like for a payee? “Every day is different,” Lorey shared with a smile. Every client has different needs, and some face more challenges than others. At Hope House, payees do more than just write checks—they keep clients on track for success. That could mean anything from making medical appointments, taking clients grocery shopping, or just listening when a client is having a bad day. Julia and Lorey meet with their clients regularly—most...
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 2/4/2012 12:00 AM
Paul* spent nearly two long years homeless, moving between shelters and living in his car. He finally came to Hope House in October 2011, homeless, jobless, yet determined.



Paul had a steady job managing a program at Home Depot, until a downturn in the economy caused Home Depot to discontinue his program. Shortly after being laid off, Paul got into an accident that put him in the hospital and out of the labor market for six months. By the time he was released from the hospital, he had no resources to support himself, and no job prospects.



Paul found himself living in his car, in and out of shelters, but never being able to quite make it up for air before he sunk back down again. He found part time jobs, but never full time jobs. Even with his management experience, he could not secure a steady, well paying job. Throughout this struggle, throughout nights spent sleeping outside in the cold Wisconsin winter, Paul never lost hope.



“Young trees become stronger after...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 9/30/2011 12:00 AM
Joshua* is moving on from homelessness and moving into his own apartment today. This is the first time that Joshua has lived on his own in stable, permanent housing.  Joshua was released from prison in 2008, after serving 15 years for a robbery. Following his release, he stayed with family and friends, uncertain of the permanency of his situation. He bounced around from place to place, and finally settled into his own apartment—only to be evicted for nonpayment of rent. Joshua evaluated his situation and sought shelter at Hope House. Here he would be guaranteed a bed, food, and compassionate case management to get him on the path to permanent housing.  Like nearly half of the single men we serve, Joshua faces mental illness, complicating his path to stable housing and financial security. He is on a fixed income, the management of which often requires more careful budgeting skills than recipients are equipped with. Here at Hope House, we offer both shelter and supportive services. Joshua was quickly connected...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 8/2/2011 12:00 AM
The Johnston Center, a collaboration of Mercy Housing and Hope House, has been open for almost one year. This building, formerly a clinic, offers 92 single occupancy units for the chronically homeless and disabled. The building features common spaces, a computer lab, and an exercise room. But what makes the housing “supportive” is the case management provided by Hope House staff.  Careful and compassionate case management can be the determining factor of maintaining housing for many chronically homeless individuals. Adhering to a budget on low, no, or fixed income can be a struggle. Navigating the social services available and selecting the right ones can be confusing. That’s why Hope House provides comprehensive case management for any individual staying at the Johnston Center. Residents can work with our staff to plan a budget, pay bills on time, and connect with the services they need. Our staff not only help them on the right track, but help them stay there, while they live in safe, permanent housing.  According...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 4/29/2010 12:00 AM
For many people, barriers such as mental illness and physical disability make it extremely difficult to maintain employment, manage financial resources, and keep supportive social connections. This can lead down a slippery slope of poverty, substance abuse, or reoccurring homelessness. Hope House’s Protective Payee Program is designed to provide financial oversight, budget counseling, and supportive case management for individuals in this scenario.  According to a study done by the US Department of Health and Human Services, 39% of homeless individuals report...
By Hope House Milwaukee on 2/25/2010 12:00 AM
Individuals without shelter face added obstacles in the winter months; hypothermia is the cause of death for nearly 700 homeless individuals annually. So what are shelters doing to counteract these critical conditions for the homeless?  The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) published a report titled Winter Homeless Services: Bringing Our Neighbors in from the Cold to explain the need for increased winter services for homeless individuals as well as provide insight on what shelters are already doing to help (follow the link to read the entire report)....

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