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 »