To create healthy communities, Hope House reaches out to serve the surrounding neighborhood with a variety of services.
Angel of Hope Clinic:
The linkage between poor health and poverty is fundamental. Those in poverty often have restricted access to health care, and the services they do have may be low in quality and do not respond to their needs. Waiting lists for treatment are often long, should services even exist. They are less likely to recover completely from illness, and, as a result, have a lower life expectancy. In addition, they are more likely to fall even deeper into poverty as a result of working time lost to ill health and the cost of health care. The same difficulties are intensified for the homeless.
The Angel of Hope Clinic provides low-cost health care, examinations, treatment, and linkage services to adults and children within the community who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, or from lower-income households. Angel of Hope fills part of the gap for treating basic health needs for populations that are generally under-treated or at-risk for more serious medical needs.
The Angel of Hope Medical Clinic served the medical needs of 4,155 individuals in 2012.
If you would like to make an appointment, please call the clinic at (414) 385–5394.
United South Side Food Pantry:
Current, local research shows that for too many low-income families, persistent hunger and poor nutrition are a sad, but preventable fact of life. In response, the United Southside Food Pantry - the fourth largest emergency food distribution site on Milwaukee’s south side – has developed a multifaceted continuum of services designed to reduce hunger, improve nutrition, and enhance quality of life for households in the 53204 zip code. The three tiers – healthful food distribution, applicable education on good nutrition and general wellness, and relevant service referral and linkage - create a positive, proactive, and integrative method for recipients to learn, develop, and apply new behaviors and strategies that improve and maintain their quality of life. The United Southside Food Pantry seeks to reduce hunger today and lead to good health tomorrow.
The geographic community served by the United Southside Food Pantry extends throughout the 53204 zip code, comprised of a mix of long-time homeowners and a number of new immigrants who occupy a variety of rental units in the area. In 2012, a total of 3,642 households received emergency food distributions. This amounts to more than 9,800 people – 5,512 adults and 4,310 children.
The food pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM as well as Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Please bring an official piece of mail (energy bill, bank statement, etc.) displaying your name and the 53204 zip code and a photo ID for each adult in your family to receive services. If you have any questions, please call our pantry staff at (414) 389 – 3822.
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Protective Payee Services:
For many people, barriers such as mental illness or disabilities make it impossible to maintain employment or even to manage the financial resources that they have. Tragically, this population tends to slide from the brink of homelessness over the edge without careful and compassionate assistance. The Protective Payee Program is designed to provide financial oversight, budget counseling, and supportive case management for individuals with severe mental illness and other disabilities who need that little extra support to prevent homelessness. The program provides careful financial oversight for individuals with limited disability income, so that the individual stays in housing and has the resources to provide for basic needs.
The population served by the Protective Payee Program consists of chronically mentally ill adults, disabled adults, or those in recovery from substance abuse that are receiving Social Security Disability and living in the City of Milwaukee. In addition, these individuals are either homeless, or at high-risk for homelessness due to financial mismanagement. During 2012, a total of 47 households – 8 families and 39 singles – benefited from the Protective Payee Program.
Our Community Liaison is focused on improving the personal investment of neighborhood residents within the community. The benefits are striking – not only have these efforts resulted in decreased crime – including the closure of three drug houses and the formation of Block Watches, but also increased connection to community agencies through street fairs and monthly Community Coalition Meetings. Our Community Liaison engages with local leaders to report and solve problems in our neighborhood, as well as hosts community building events. In 2012, we hosted the 12th Annual Street Fair, participated in neighborhood clean ups and hosted the 12th Annual Morning with Santa.
If you want to learn about upcoming events or want to discuss a neighborhood issue, please call our Community Liaison at (414) 389-3830.