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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.



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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 11/29/2010 12:00 AM
Education and employment are the first steps in preventing homelessness. Hope House offers low or no-cost GED preparation classes to help our residents and neighbors start successful careers.  Unemployment and low-wage jobs can be a quick route to homelessness. Without a high school diploma or GED, it is difficult for a person to land a job that can lift them from poverty. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, a full-time minimum wage worker working full time, year round would earn $13,624 a year. This puts them almost 25% below the $18,310 poverty level for a family of three(1). Education is a crucial part of finding employment that will support a family.  At Hope House, we offer the opportunity to rise above poverty with the power of education. Our classes are very low-cost and offer one-on-one attention within individualized coursework. Students hone their skills in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies; this provides a basic foundation for not only passing their GED test,...

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