Looking for ways to help the homeless in Milwaukee? These organizations do just that – and are eager for volunteers and donations.
Sojourner Family Peace Center offers shelter and support groups for women who need them, with services including restraining order filing and empowerment programs. There are some especially helpful resources for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as their children. Volunteers can help with events and programming or other shelter and visitor service needs.
Residential services, education and community outreach are the three main areas in Hope House’s focus. The organization works toward a goal of ending homelessness through housing and after-school programs, and offers youth and adult education that includes bilingual GED classes. Volunteers work with after-school tutoring, food pantry assistance and more.
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Along with housing and case-management services, The Guest House runs Cream City Gardens – an urban garden program that provides produce for food pantries and families in need. There are also education programs for urban agriculture training and career skills. Volunteers are needed for services such as meal preparation, shelter assistance and donation drives.
The mission of The Cathedral Center is to help women and families gain independence through education and employment programming, while providing safe housing in the meantime. Many of the services, like meal hospitality, resident support and promotion rely on the help of volunteers. Other special programming, such as game nights and holiday events, are completely volunteer-run.
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Milwaukee Women’s Center provides emergency shelter and care for victims of domestic violence and abuse. Support is available for victims of any age and circumstance. On the other side of the issue, there are group classes to help abusers recognize and take responsibility for their actions. The Center also runs other outreach and support programs like Bottomless Closet, which provides professional clothing and job-seeking assistance. Volunteers can help with shelter duties, childcare and administrative work.
The international Salvation Army is diverse in the services it provides, and Milwaukee’s chapter is no different. Assistance with emergency housing, addiction recovery and youth empowerment are just a few examples of the many programs offered. Volunteer opportunities are equally varied, from driving Canteen trucks to after-school tutoring – and of course, the famous bell-ringing around the holidays.
Milwaukee Rescue Mission has the shelters Safe Harbor for men and Joy House for women and children. Both run programming for counseling, addiction recovery and spiritual guidance. In addition, MRM offers family enrichment and education, and founded Cross Trainers Academy for at-risk children. Volunteer opportunities sometimes fill up, but can include a wide range of duties across MRM’s programs.
Focused specifically on youth needs, Pathfinders provides shelter, counseling and education for young people seeking refuge. There is even a street outreach team that travels into communities and provides case management for adolescents and young adults where they’re at. With training, volunteers over 18 can help with shelter assistance, and volunteers over 21 can become youth mentors and coaches.
Tippecanoe Church coordinates with 56 different community groups in Bay View and the wider Milwaukee area to provide food and warming rooms to those without shelter during our cold winters. The Divine Intervention program also helps guests find permanent housing and assists with furnishings once they do. Other outreaches include delivering meals out in the community and running a garden that helps stock food pantries. Interested volunteers, also called hosts, should email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
The Street Angels team tackles street outreach and homelessness advocacy in Milwaukee County. They also provide warming shelters for the cold winter months as well as hot showers and supplies. Though spots often fill quickly, volunteers can sign up to help with meal preparation and packaging, outreach and food delivery, and more.