Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening, 156-nights per year, our two outreach buses are loaded with hot meals, bag lunches, clothing, blankets and other basic supplies to meet the needs of individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Milwaukee County. Each bus is operated by 1-staff member and 2-3 volunteers, and each team travels a specific 4 to 5-hour route through Milwaukee County. One route focuses on the Southern part of the County and the other on the Northern and Downtown area of the city. The routes stay consistent, so people know where and when to find Street Angels. There is an average of 35-40 stops per route which include homeless encampments, park & ride lots, beneath bridges and public meeting spots.
Through providing consistency, hot meals made with love and other basic survival needs, Street Angels is able to gain trust and develop a partnership with individuals to assist them in developing strategies to obtain shelter, housing, treatment and other vital services.
Street Angels partners with Milwaukee County Housing Division, 2-1-1, and other providers to coordinate efforts and ensure that every available resource is utilized to get people into permanent housing. The time between the first night of homelessness and the first night in shelter/permanent housing needs to be a time of support and hope, that is Street Angels mission.
COMMUNITY COLLABORATION OUTREACH
Street Angels staff and volunteers along with partners from Milwaukee Fire Department, West Allis Fire Department, UMOS, Wisconsin Community Services, Community Medical Services, Samaad’s House and Hunger Task Force have teamed up to provide community collective outreaches as part of our programming. This is a daytime outreach that occurs in various geographical locations throughout the city and is available to anyone in need. The program offers resources from basic needs to mental health care access, harm reduction and AODA treatment services. Because of these partnerships Street Angels is able to offer harm reduction supplies, including Narcan. Saving lives, one friend at a time.
"SHOWERS OF HOPE" HYGIENE PROGRAM
In partnership with the Kohler Company, Street Angels will be unveiling a mobile shower trailer in Spring of 2024. The unit will provide (3)- shower stalls, (1)- ADA compliant & accessible, and will initially operate two days per week. The intent is to combine the shower program and the community collaborative outreach to offer easy access to basic needs and to make huge strides in getting people connected to vital services. LOVE AND DIGNITY ON WHEELS!
If you or your organization are interested in becoming a community partner for this program, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMMUNITY EDUCATION & AWARENESS
Bringing awareness to issues surrounding homelessness through Street Angels presentation, “Getting to Know Your Neighbors Without Homes”. This presentation has been provided to various groups including local law enforcement, Froedtert Hospital security team through NAMI’s CIT training, The National Weather Service Team of SE WI and WISCAP 2022 Poverty Matters Conference. To sustainably solve a problem, we must first understand it.