Working in this field is consistently humbling.
Over the last few months, we've been amazed by donators and volunteers.
People drop off items at our office that are essential to our residents' comfort and stability.
They help us fill our shelves with soap of all types, deodorant, socks, dental hygiene supplies, toilet paper and other common - seldom thought about - household products that keep us clean and healthy.
Some send in checks, or arrange a corporate donation, or they tell us about a ridiculous sale at Kmart.
Amy, in the photo to the right, next to Robert, schooled us on some extreme couponing skills. Because of her knowledge and diligence, we were able to purchase dozens of large fans during the hottest time of the year for a tiny fraction of the normal price.
That purchase scored rewards points we used to obtain hundreds of dollars worth of hygiene supplies for free.
She also assembled the shelves we use to store them.
She's inspiring and tireless and we couldn't possibly write out all of the ways she has helped our residents and many Milwaukeeans still living on the street.
It's people like Amy who do so much that thanks can never counterbalance their generosity. She's got heaps of Karma stored-up.
Carla, in the second photo, learned about us at a screening of "30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle." She reached out to us through our website and showed up at our offices with a carload of essential supplies. She was happy to take a picture but didn't want a thank you sent. Tough bananas.
ALL OF THE THANKS!
Milwaukee's generosity continues to humble us.
Blue's Egg - one of Milwaukee's best restaurants - sponsored us recently. One dollar from every egg plate, for an entire month, went to our residents. It may be tacky to say how much they donated, but we were absolutely blown away by it. It was huge.
The funds will help us to provide essential household supplies and social engagement events for our recently housed residents.
Their donation came from a great community program that they run: Everyone's Good Graces. In their words:
"Our goal is to provide hospitality, vision and a slice of community every day. By supporting the needs of the community, we strive to preserve the EGG: Everyone's Good Graces."
Massive thanks to Blue's Egg and Black Shoe Hospitality. Ridiculously amazing restaurants. They make Milwaukee better on so many fronts. Thank you! <3
'30 Seconds Away: Breaking the Cycle'