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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 11/4/2013 3:22 PM

Share Your Holiday Spirit!

The holidays are a time to come together and share.
This year, share your generosity with who are those less fortunate.


Each fall and winter, we often reflect on all we are grateful for as we begin thinking of holiday parties, feasts, gifts and time spent with family. For many in our community however, travelling to visit family, holiday gifts, parties and feasts are out of reach, while families and individuals strive to meet more the immediate needs of food, clothing and shelter. The holidays are a time to celebrate, but also for magnanimity. Expand your hearts this year and share your bounty with those who have less. 

You can help the individuals and families we serve in several ways...

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 8/2/2013 12:46 AM

Food Pantry Assistant, Alexa Turner

Alexa Turner packing bags at USSFP

Hope House’s Food Pantry Assistant, Alexa Turner, recently finished her sixth month at Hope House and oversees operations at the United South Side Food Pantry. Her work at USSFP includes managing incoming donations, packing well-balanced food bags, overseeing and organizing volunteers, checking in guests, as well as providing nutritional and application assistance for programs such as SNAP and WIC. Alexa graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2012 with a degree in Criminal

Justice, but knew for some time she wanted to be involved in social work; at USSFP she found her niche and loves working with the different groups of people, from guests to volunteers. One of the challenges of the job is in meeting guests who are in need, 

but arrive before or after hours; Alexa observes, “it is hard” to have to ask guests to come back when the pantry is open “when I am aware of their need for food.” That said, she also notes that it makes her “happy knowing that, even if only a little, I am contributing to helping families in Milwaukee.”

United South Side Food Pantry

Often when discussing food pantries, or state and federal programs, such as WIC or SNAP, the term ‘food insecurity’ is included somewhere in the discussion. Food insecurity may seem like just another hot new buzzword that you find hashtagged on Twitter, but for those whom it affects, #foodinsecurity is only the beginning of the conversation. Food insecurity means in basic terms, not knowing where your next meal is coming from. While often linked to poverty, it is more often the case that the contributing factor creating food insecurity in the United States is unemployment. Personal economic fallout from the recent recession, which included rising unemployment, foreclosure and health insurance rates, disappearing pensions and shrinking home values, both individually and collectively contributed to rising levels of food insecurity in the United States.

In 2011 - two years after the end of the recession – this issue still represented a very real circumstance for nearly 15% of the US population, or roughly 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. ...


By Hope House Milwaukee on 7/1/2013 3:23 PM

One of the best ways to improve an individual’s economic future is through education. Additionally, managing one’s own economic security requires financial literacy and an ability to plan, budget and maintain employment. In a tight job market, relevant job-specific skills are important, but it is critical to be well-rounded, thoughtful and creative when responding to the kinds of complex problems that exist. But learning and integrating these skill sets requires modeling from an early age: knowing how to approach and dissect complex problems, communicating ideas effectively, working in a team and thinking abstractly to solve problems are all skills that take time to develop. Hope House’s Shining Stars program is one avenue that provides a means to develop these skills, as well as helping to hone the academic knowledge and diversity of experience for participants.

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