Thank you to Stan's for their wonderful Share-A-Pair shoe drive! Because of them, we received boxes of shoes and boots, orthotics for our medical clinic, and socks! They even were so thoughtful as to include unusual sizes for our Members with more robust feet. Our Members are extremely thankful, because they go through shoes much more quickly than the average person, yet they don't have the means to purchase new shoes. Imagine walking on mud, snow, ice, and overall, putting more miles on the only pair of shoes you have. Your shoes will wear out faster, and your feet will be colder and more painful as those shoes and boots wear out. This is especially troublesome for someone who needs orthotics and who works on his feet all day.
Because of generous donations from all over Milwaukee, including Stan's Share-A-Pair shoe drive, our Members have one less thing to worry about. THANK YOU! You are truly Repairers of the Breach!
It's dangerously cold outside. Thank you to Fox6News for reminding people that our emergency warming rooms are open overnight for anyone who needs shelter.
Special thanks to the Milwaukee Synagogue for Russian Jews for their generous donation of time and food for our Members during this year's Super Bowl!
Ever wonder how homelessness is tracked? One way is through Milwaukee's Point In Time Survey through the Continuum of Care. Watch as Michelle London of Spectrum News learns about the survey and how it impacts shelters like ours.
Art Therapy is an effective and powerful tool to help anyone work through past or current issues such as trauma, depression, negative self-talk, fear, and much more. It gives an outlet for expression and transforms a person's negative and destructive energy into beautiful art.
We are blessed to have two wonderful graduate students from Mount Mary University here to run our art therapy program. Amber Thomas and Brieanna Harris will be here Tusdays and Fridays from 10 am-1 pm.
Thank you, ladies!
Four days before his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr gave a speech called, "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution." It was about poverty and our responsibility towards our fellow man.
"One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths. We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power. It seems that I can hear the God of history saying, 'That was not enough! But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.' That’s the question facing America today," said King.
The speech was given in 1968 ...51 years ago this year... and yet it's still as relevant today as it was then.
Our business in life is our fellow man. It's recognizing that we are all human and worthy, no matter our skin tone, gender, financial situation, or other reasons. Just as we strive to live by MLK's words at ROTB, so does the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Epsilon Kappa Omega Chapter.
For the past 18 years, they have hosted an MLK luncheon and celebration here at the Breach, and we are grateful for each and every one of those years they've visited us.
To both the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority for their generosity, and to Martin Luther King Jr for his powerful teachings, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
Thank you to everyone who made our Christmas a success this year. Happy New Year!
Our Literacy Center volunteers work to ensure the Members are getting a practical education... but who says it can't also be fun? Practicing reading comprehension and following step-by-step instructions to make Christmas ornaments is challenging, festive, and fun!
We are looking for volunteers for December 25th, from 9 am until 2 pm to assist
with our Christmas Day. We will need help with serving food to Milwaukee's
most vulnerable population and help with disbursing gifts.
In addition, donations of SOCKS, HATS & GLOVES, HOODIES, and Men's BOOTS (sizes 9-13) will make their Christmas even warmer.
Thank you, Repairers! We couldn't do this without you!
MATC visited us on December 9th, offering occupational therapy for our Members. They had fun making puppets for Joy House!