On May 1, 2020, Repairers of the Breach will launch its very own online store! What will we be offering? You'll have to wait until May to find out, but we think you'll find it innovative and exciting, so mark your calendars! Our grand opening is right around the corner!
As the temperature rises, so do instances of sickness, and WEB MD shows much of the country is battling several illnesses at this time. With the added complication of Coronavirus COVID 19 working its way to Milwaukee, it seems difficult to stay healthy these days.
Our Members are especially susceptible to contracting and spreading illness because they are in public places like the library or ROTB much of the day and at night.
Will you help our Members fight the colds, flus, and coronaviruses coming our way?
We are seeking donations of kleenex (both boxes and individual packs), hand sanitizer (both large and travel sizes), bleach, Lysol, and cleaning wipes to fight these illnesses as best as we can. We have a good supply of soap at this time.
Thank you so much! We appreciate all that you do!
On February 26, 2020, six people lost their lives in Milwaukee when an active shooter opened fire upon his co-workers near the Molson-Coors campus.
Our hearts are wrenched with agony for the victims and their families, and we offer sincerest condolences. We also offer our condolences to everyone else affected by this event, as it seems disasters like this are becoming more common.
Traumatic events, especially in early childhood but also in adulthood, can manifest into mental issues such as PTSD and depression and is one reason why some people become homeless.
However, there is hope. If you are in distress, know that you are not alone. Your feelings are valid, and there are places to help teach you how cope. Milwaukee has hotlines set up and our executive director, Pastor James West, can offer spiritual guidance. Who knows? While seeking help, you might help someone else along the way.
Again, our sincerest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy, and may our great city find peace once again.
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.