I recently joined the Board of Directors of Street Angels Milwaukee Outreach. I joined the Board to pitch in and help, because I see the difficult, vital, and responsive work Street Angels has been doing to recognize and preserve the dignity of those who are experiencing homelessness in the city that I love. The need for this work is more acute than ever. The people of Milwaukee are reeling from the effects of job loss, evictions, and the toll of the COVID pandemic on our collective physical and mental health. We MUST show up as our best selves to take care of one another. Here’s where you come in:
This year I am taking the “48 Hours of Homelessness-Street Sleep” challenge in conjunction with Street Angels Milwaukee Outreach. For 24 hours, I will live outside on my balcony with nothing except for the items on my back. I am going to need your support! My personal fundraiser goal is $750. In contributing to my fundraiser, you will also be supporting Street Angels’ overall goal of raising $48,000 in 48 hours. During my time outside, I will be looking to you, my friends and family, to help me with basic survival needs.
During my 24-hour fundraiser, I can earn certain “luxuries:”
When I reach $250, I can use a sleeping bag.
When I reach $350, I can add a tent.
When I reach $400, I can get a change of clothes.
When I reach $450, I can get bottled water.
When I reach $500, I can charge my phone for 30 minutes.
When I reach $550, I can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the day.
When I reach $600, I can use Wi-Fi.
When I reach $750, I can take a hot shower.
Street Angels is a local (501c3) non-profit that helps meet the basic needs of individuals experiencing homeless in Milwaukee County. Street Angels operates 156 nights per year, 3 nights per week providing hot meals, bag lunches, clothing, blankets, shelter and most important, HOPE to hundreds of individuals experiencing homelessness. But that isn’t all. When Street Angels’ hands someone a hot meal, they’re opening a door for them. They are there to learn their stories and help them take steps to end their homelessness. Never heavy-handed. Never bureaucratic. Their work is friend to friend.
Currently, Street Angels is seeing about 130 friends each night and the number keeps growing. Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on people’s livelihoods, unemployment is sky high, and evictions are resuming after the moratorium. Also critical are the terrible effects of mental health problems and addiction. New people are becoming homeless every day. They are frightened, penniless, and don’t know where to turn. Street Angels is there for them.
By helping me, you are helping hundreds of individuals who would otherwise be lost and without HOPE.