Who We Serve

Community Advocates Milwaukee Wisconsin

Community Advocates: Where Meeting Basic Needs Inspires Hope.

People know they are welcome at Community Advocates, one of the only remaining community organizations accepting walk-in clients five days a week.

“Advocates” is our name for a reason: Our purpose has always been to advocate for and be a voice for those who often go unheard.

Those who have a roof over their heads, food on the table, and lights and heat that reliably stay on every day are often not aware of Community Advocates. 

However, the people who do not have these things know about Community Advocates, and we are glad – because Community Advocates is the best place for them to get the help they need to secure these things for themselves.

Snapshot of Our Clients

•  75,000+ individuals touched by our programs each year
•  95%+ have incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level ($33,525 for a family of four)
•  Three out of four have incomes at or below the federal poverty level ($22,350 for a family of four)
•  Nearly half of those under the poverty line in Milwaukee are served in some capacity by our programs
•  Many clients are single mothers with children
•  72% African American; 13% Caucasian; 8% Bi-Racial or Multi-Racial; 5% Hispanic/Latino; 1% Native American; 1% Asian American

Beyond Individual Clients

Community Advocates has an enormously positive impact on our community. Our mission does not just affect those who we directly serve – it affects and involves us all. 

Because of the thousands of people every year who Community Advocates helps to meet their basic needs and live in dignity, our community is a better place in which we all can live.

See for Yourself

Want to know more about the people we serve? 

See and hear from them yourself.


People With Urgent Needs

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Victims of Domestic Violence

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People Living With Mental Illness

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People Needing Substance Addiction Treatment

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More About Community Advocates and Our Clients

What Are Basic Needs?

Community Advocates in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Community Advocates helps people meet their most basic needs -- like a roof over their heads, the lights and heat on at night, and healthcare for their kids. Meet Eloise and Marty, two grateful individuals who have been helped ...