It was standing room only as local dignitaries, mental health activists, community members, and Community Advocates employees leaned in to hear the speeches. All the hard work preparing the Crisis Resource Center for its grand opening was worth it, as Community Advocates CEO Joe Volk greeted the crowd at the podium. He was followed by enthusiastic speeches from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn, County Supervisor and Chairwoman of the Health and Human Needs Committee Peggy Romo West, and County Supervisor David Bowen. Milwaukee Women's Center Director Latrice Buck Hogan spoke last, encouraging attendees to take guided tours of the facility.read more »
All too often in the Milwaukee area, people experiencing mental health crises end up in the back of a squad car on the way to jail or a hospital emergency room. These outcomes can be both traumatic and costly – about $1,400 a day for a stay at the county’s Mental Health Complex. There is another alternative.
Community Advocates will soon open Milwaukee’s first north-side Crisis Resource Center, a 24-hour walk-in facility offering short-term stabilization to people experiencing a psychiatric crisis. Early interventions and short-term, intensive services can help eliminate the need for hospitalization and emergency detentions.
The Bottomless Closet -- a new program of the Milwaukee Women's Center Division of Community Advocates -- is an appointment-only boutique offering free, work-appropriate, gently used or new clothing to women and men entering or re-entering the workforce. Clients must be referred by a local social service agency.
Individuals preparing to interview are given two complete interview outfits. Once they secure employment, they can return to receive up to five additional outfits.read more »
As part of its Adopt-a-Nonprofit program, FUEL Milwaukee chose Community Advocates as one of its adopted nonprofits for 2011. The young professionals of FUEL Milwaukee put together a partnership between Everest College, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), Redline Milwaukee, and a group of volunteer photographers and sound technicians, to launch an exhibit in October 2011 addressing the issue of homelessness.read more »
On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Willie Hines, and other dignitaries joined Joe Volk, CEO of Community Advocates, and the agency's supporters, neighbors, clients, and staff in a groundbreaking ceremony for Autumn West. The new, cutting-edge supportive housing facility will be located at 3410 W. Lisbon Avenue. When completed, the facility will house 21 residents.read more »