Thank you to all who made our annual meeting a success. A special thank you to our Board Member Michelle Crockett who put in countless hours organizing this event and the Bader Philanthropies, INC for hosting us. From familiar faces like our Volunteer of the Year Doug Drysdale, to new faces like State Representatives Darrin Madison and Kalan Haywood, we were gifted with presentations from many talented speakers, including our Board President Rebecca North and Executive Director Pastor James W West, Jr. Board Treasurer Brandon Bruckman updated us on our finances, and Board Member Jim Podewils regaled us on the Board's wonderful five-year strategic plan known as the "Roads to Success."
We look forward to next year's meeting, and if we did not see you there this year, we hope to see you next year!
We are blessed to have a wonderful community of volunteers and donors who understand how important their dedication is for Milwaukee and our neighbors.
On October 21, for example, Ms. Sarah Herron provided meals for our Members, while Ms. Vickie Kennedy of Total Restoration Mind, Body, Soul, and Spirit INC brought gift bags and hygiene products for the Members.
Your dedication helps our Members propel forward to permanent self-reliance by removing barriers such as hunger and decreased confidence due to hygiene.
Repairers of the Breach is more of a hub, bringing needs and fulfillment together. It's YOU, the Repairers, who deserve the credit: the Members for your hard work, and the volunteers and donors for making it possible.
Special thanks to the Green Tomato team (Amy, Heather, DP, and Mr Thomas) who cooked food from the garden for our Members! Healthy, organic food sure is tasty.
On 7-20-23, our garden was maintained by our Program Coordinator Danzel Thomas, Executive Director Pastor James W West Jr, Board Member and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Epsilon Kappa Omega Chapter Member Michelle Crockett, Romana Dicks-Williams, John Williams, and two center Members. After weeds were pulled and plants were watered, the gardeners were treated to raspberries, peppers, and onions from the garden, with the latter two used in that day's Breach Cafe lunch.
What makes the garden so special, besides the abundance nature provides, is the sense of community felt when everyone works together, as well as the sense of accomplishment and peace felt after a hard day's work.
Thank you to everyone who keeps our garden running!
Very special thanks to the Milwaukee Transit System for visiting us on July 1st, providing a delicious barbeque meal, and providing needed hygiene bags. Fun was had by all!
Every so often, our friends at Good Shepherd Parish in Menomonee Falls visit us on a Saturday to share a Bible verse and delicious lunch, along with cases of water.
This last Saturday was no exception.
Thank you, Good Shepherd Parish! Your visits are always welcome!
If your group would like to provide lunch for our Members one day, contact Danzel at: 414-342-9323. Not only will you be helping those less fortunate, but you'll be making friends along the way!
Members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Epsilon Kappa Omega Chapter visited Repairers of the Breach on May 25th, 2023 to help tend and water our Peace Garden.
The garden allows Members, staff, and volunteers to release excess energy by working in the soil. It also allows a somewhat meditative experience as their minds wander while completing the tasks. It also allows a sense of wellbeing when outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
The best part, however, is in fall, when the veggies and herbs are ready to be picked and cooked in our Breach Cafe!
Thank you, Alpha Kappa Alpha, for working in our garden!
On Saturday, April 8, Repairers of the Breach hosted Community Day, sponsored by the 4th District of Sons of Allen, which covers Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnestoa, Wisconsin, Canada, and India. Rev Davis, Pastor West, and Danzel Thomas had a blast enjoying music and handing out delicious lunches to those who needed it. Great job, gentlemen!
More information on Sons of Allen can be found online.