Milwaukee Women’s Center thrives, thanks to Raven Resistance Volunteers

On Tuesday, May 23, the Milwaukee Women’s Center, a division of Community Advocates, welcomed about 30 volunteers for a day-long beautification event. The volunteers, organized as the women-led Raven Resistance, freshened up living spaces and community rooms, donated furniture and household supplies, and planted raised gardens so that residents can grow their own food. After a long day of work, the volunteers and residents celebrated with a cookout and admired the freshly painted mural of the Milwaukee Women’s Center in the lobby—another gift from Raven Resistance.

“The Raven Resistance volunteers gave so much of their talents to the women and children in the Milwaukee Women’s Center,” said Andi Elliott, CEO of Community Advocates, which operates the Milwaukee Women’s Center. “We are so grateful for their generosity.”

This isn’t the first time the volunteers organized to support the Milwaukee Women’s Center, which provides temporary, safe shelter for women and their children who are leaving abusive relationships or are facing homelessness.

On March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day, the volunteers created Lady Business MKE, which launched a one-day fundraiser that netted almost $10,000 for the Milwaukee Women’s Center.

Participants included local female-owned businesses such as restaurants and bars, a photography studio, natural health services, a yoga studio, and more.

Now, organized as Raven Resistance, the volunteers have gifted the residents of the Milwaukee Women’s Shelter with a freshened-up living space.

The Milwaukee Women’s Center provides a safe space for residents, as well as supportive services to help them become independent and free of abuse.

The Milwaukee Women’s Center also runs:

“Domestic abuse doesn’t discriminate and it touches more lives than many people realize,” Elliott said. “We are so pleased that Raven Resistance stepped up and gave so much to the women and children served by the Milwaukee Women’s Center.”


--Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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