2019 Homelessness Awareness Week

2019 Homelessness Awareness Week

Homelessness Awareness Week runs October 10 – October 17, 2019 across greater Milwaukee. The purpose of this week is to increase public education on the current state of homelessness in our local communities.

On the Table Talks

Thursday, October 10

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On the Table is a region-wide forum offering a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation about what we must do – individually and collectively – to improve the quality of life in our community. Throughout the region on this day, participants gather to share a meal, talk about topics that matter in the community and put their ideas in motion to improve the quality of life in greater Milwaukee. Using the Harwood Institute model of Community Conversations, United Way and several local shelters will be holding talks between people with lived experience and agency board members about how to end homelessness.

Join our FREE public On the Table talk about homelessness at the Marcus Hotels and Resorts Super Chat! “Homelessness” will be one of the 30 table discussions happening at The Pfister Hotel between 9:00am-11:00am.

Register to attend.

Brunch to Break the Cycle of Homelessness

Friday, October 11

Join us at the United Way Johnson Controls Volunteer Center for brunch and learn about the current state of homelessness from government officials, including Mayor Tom Barrett, and what our local community organizations are doing to end homelessnes.

9:00am-11:00am , United Way’s Johnson Controls Volunteer Center (200 W. Pleasant St. Milwaukee, WI 53212)

Register to attend.

Milwaukee Empty Bowls

Sunday, October 13

Milwaukee Empty Bowls is an annual community event that brings people together to raise money and awareness to address local food insecurity. Guests are invited to choose from nearly 2,500 handcrafted ceramic bowls with proceeds benefiting local agencies, including two United Way partner agencies: Friedens Community Ministries and the Jewish Community Center. Local recipient agencies will have information about homelessness and food insecurity at their resource tables. Bowls are $25 each, which includes two soup tickets from the more than 30 restaurants and bakeries that will be on-site. Learn more about this event.

Safe & Stable Homes Awareness Day

Monday, October 14

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is working with community partners to end family homelessness in our four-county region by 2025. We’re calling this initiative Safe & Stable Homes: Ending Family Homelessness.

Learn more about this initiative.

Landlord Celebration & Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, October 15

Milwaukee County Housing First will launch their first ever Landlord Celebration & Awards Ceremony to celebrate great landlords that have taken on tenants that were previously homeless. If you are a landlord and are interested in learning more about Section 8 housing vouchers, come to this celebration to hear from landlords that have found success working with this population. Additional resources will be on-site for landlords to learn more about the community resources that exist to help their tenants be successful in their exit from homelessness.

5:30-6:30pm, United Way (225 W. Vine St, Milwaukee)

For more information, people should contact Kali at Kaleena.daugherty@milwaukeecountywi.gov.

Project Homeless Connect Set-up Day

Wednesday, October 16

A great event has great preparation. The day before is just as critical!  We need your assistance to organize, place supplies, stage rooms and move product at Marquette's Alumni Memorial Union. Lead an area or support a team leader - we have a little something for everyone's gifts and talents. Set-up volunteers will help assist in making Project Homeless Connect a success! The set-up crew will be responsible for unloading and moving boxes to their appropriate assigned rooms, setting up the rooms, placing signs and creating a welcoming atmosphere for the day of the event. Other duties include hanging and arranging clothing, organizing and setting up the hair salon, preparing resource tables, etc. This annual event is part of the plan to end homelessness and we look to assist over 500 guests this year.

Sign-up to volunteer.

Project Homeless Connect

Thursday, October 17

This an annual one-day event dedicated to serving individuals experiencing homelessness by providing health screenings and access to community resources in one convenient location. Since 2014, over 2,300 people experiencing homelessness have attended Project Homeless Connect in Milwaukee, many returning as volunteer guest advocates after successfully connecting to resources at this event. Over 450 volunteers are needed annually to run this event!

Learn more about this event and sign-up to volunteer.

© 2019 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.
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