November 2018
Community Advocates Connections
Welcome to November!

Can you believe we are almost ready to close out 2018? We realize the year is ending as the weather turns colder and the daytime hours shorten. That's why we're grateful for your generosity during Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving. This year, we are asking you to remember the individuals and families in our community who need to stay warm during the cold winter months. With your support, those in our Milwaukee Women's Center's Emergency Shelter and Community Advocates' Autumn West Safe Haven will have a warm bed to sleep in, a safe roof over their heads, and a sense of hope for the future.

In gratitude,
Andi Elliott
Chief Executive Officer
Community Advocates
Help Our Residents Stay Warm this Winter
Friends, it’s getting cold outside!

It’s that time of the year again. Time to bundle up when you go out and get cozy when you’re cocooning at home.

Just like you, the residents of the Milwaukee Women’s Center’s Emergency Shelter and Community Advocates’ Autumn West Safe Haven need to stay warm in the cold weather while restarting their lives.

Most of them arrive with little more than the clothes they are wearing. The adults and kids in our Emergency Shelter are fleeing domestic violence or have lost their homes. Our Autumn West residents are living with a mental illness and had been on the streets for more than a year before connecting to our Homeless Outreach specialists.

Once in our care, they receive new bedding, towels, blankets, and personal care items so that they can begin their journey toward independence and happiness with the basic items we all need, especially in winter. 
On November 27, Giving Tuesday, please help our residents come in from the cold and stay warm in our care.

Please consider giving the following gifts to support our residents:

  • $15 can purchase baby blankets for our littlest survivors

  • $30 can provide a domestic abuse survivor emergency transportation to our Milwaukee Women’s Center shelter

  • $60 can pay for a set of sheets and a blanket for men and women staying in our shelters
  • $75 can cover the cost of a housewarming kit for Autumn West residents who had been living on the streets and are now transitioning to permanent housing 

  • $85 can cover one night of safety for a domestic violence survivor

  • $125 can provide groceries for one week for a family of three. More than 85% of our clients live near or below the Federal Poverty level

  • $300 can help to furnish an apartment with pots and pans and kitchen supplies

  • $800 can cover a month of rent for a domestic violence survivor who has left her abuser

Our goal this Giving Tuesday is to raise $10,000 to meet the basic needs of our Milwaukee Women’s Center and Homeless Outreach programs this winter. With your help, our residents can be safe and warm and know that somebody out there cares for them. Thank you!
Start a Penny War!
This Giving Tuesday, start a war -- a Penny War! Penny Wars are fun, interactive, competitive ways to raise money for a cause close to your heart. This year, we're asking groups to launch penny wars to raise money for Community Advocates' programs. It's easy!
Nevermore Program Featured on TMJ4
The Milwaukee Women’s Center believes in breaking the cycle of violence for good. That's why we offer the Nevermore Batterer’s Prevention & Intervention Program for men with a history of intimate partner violence who want to learn new behaviors and repair their relationships. Nevermore is so unique (and effective) that TMJ4 featured it during its Domestic Violence Awareness Month news coverage. As Nevermore’s Program Manager Steve Thomas explained, "Nevermore, it has a great meaning in it. It means nevermore will I commit acts of violence." You can watch the news piece and read the expanded web story at this link .
You're Invited
Nevermore's 11th Annual Awards & Appreciation Dinner
Want to support Nevermore’s unique programming? Attend its 11th Annual Awards & Appreciation Dinner on Thursday, December 6. The event is free of charge to all attendees. Expect good food, live entertainment, a silent auction, and a sense of hope and healing. Please RSVP to Steve Thomas at by November 30.
Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect
On October 18, Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect, at Marquette University Alumni Union, drew 727 guests needing services related to their lack of permanent housing. This year, free services included dental and vision exams, haircuts, housing assessments and applications, clothing and hygiene items, legal assistance, and employment resources. Community Advocates' Housing Department Manager Shawanna Lindenberg provided information and resources to participants. Project Homeless Connect is sponsored by the Milwaukee Continuum of Care , and its volunteers are managed and organized by United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County .
Lasting Links at the Milwaukee Women’s Center
On October 28, members of Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ’s 2018 Department of Women passed out unique gifts to the residents of the Milwaukee Women’s Center : alarm clocks. Why? The clocks will remind the residents that the Holy Redeemer women love them and are thinking of them. Community Advocates Board President Sheree Dallas Branch led the gift giving. Our residents are grateful for these touching and thoughtful gifts. 
Help & Hope for Adults & Families
with Substance Abuse Issues
Did you know the Milwaukee Women’s Center provides no-cost substance abuse treatment for adults and families in both English and Spanish?

  • Positive Options for Women Entering Recovery (POWER) is a mental health/dual diagnosis program serving women who want to abstain from alcohol and drugs; understand and recover from trauma, domestic violence, and mental health issues; and improve their social and economic well-being.

  • The Family Intervention Program’s (FIP) goal is to remove significant barriers preventing Latino and African American individuals and families from seeking traditional counseling services. This intensive, home-based, family-focused case management program provides supportive services to families struggling with the impact of substance addiction and domestic violence.

  • Objetivo del programa de intervención familiar es eliminar importantes barreras que impiden latinos y afroamericanos individuos y familias de buscar servicios de asesoría tradicional. Este programa de manejo de caso intensivo, basado en el hogar, enfoque familiar ofrece servicios de apoyo a las familiar que luchan con el impacto de la addicción a la sustancia y la violencia doméstica.

For more information, call 414-270-4600.
AT&T Pioneers Show Big Support for
The Bottomless Closet
On November 6, three members of AT&T Pioneers Wisconsin Chapter #4 presented the Milwaukee Women’s Center’s Bottomless Closet with a $5,000 gift to support the program’s mission to provide job seekers with work-appropriate clothing and interview prep. AT&T Pioneers Marion Artner, Louise Stahlberg, and Gloria Van Aacken met with Community Advocates CEO Andi Elliott and the Bottomless Closet Manager Jeri Kavanaugh to tour the closet, learn about our work, and present its AT&T Community Engagement Contribution (CARE) award. The group’s Greater Milwaukee Life Member Club has supported the Bottomless Closet since 2013 by gathering and delivering clothes for our clients, and have donated 71 volunteer hours and 589 articles of clothing. We’re grateful for their continued support and look forward to purchasing hard-to-source but much-needed items for our clients, such as steel-toe work boots, underwear, socks, men’s dress shirts, and more.

[Appearing in the photo are Louis Stahlberg, Andi Elliott, Marion Artner, Jeri Kavanaugh, and Gloria Van Aacken]
Save the Date
State Leaders Look Ahead:
Which Policies Will Ensure All Wisconsinites Thrive?
Tuesday, December 4
Join Community Advocates Public Policy Institute on Tuesday, December 4, as we host a panel discussion with state elected officials on the future of policies that will ensure all Wisconsinites will prosper. This forum will be held at Community Advocates' downtown offices, 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee. We'll send more details as we get closer to the event.
November 16: Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee Workshop: Focusing on safety in the workplace and active shooter training. Click here for details and to register .

November 17: An Unequal Killer: A Legislative Breakfast. Learn how tobacco companies are targeting Milwaukee’s young people of color and what can be done to prevent a new generation from getting hooked on tobacco. Sponsored by the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, Wisconsin African American Tobacco Prevention Network, Wisconsin Hispanic Latino Tobacco Prevention Network, and the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Poverty Network. Learn more and RSVP here .

November 22 & 23: Thanksgiving Holiday: Community Advocates’ offices will be closed but our 24/7 sites will remain open throughout the holiday.

November 27: Giving Tuesday: Please remember Community Advocates’ clients during this global day of giving.

December 4: Save the Date: Community Advocates Public Policy Institute will host "State Leaders Look Ahead: Which Policies Will Ensure All Wisconsinites Thrive?" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at our downtown offices, 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee.

December 6: Nevermore’s 11th Annual Awards & Appreciation Dinner: This evening event is free to attendees. RSVP to by November 30.

December 6: Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee’s 48th Annual Luncheon: Members of the Milwaukee Transitional Jobs Collaborative, which is coordinated by the Public Policy Institute, will receive the Rev. Herbert Huebschmann Urban Ministry Award. Details and RSVP here .

We're always adding events to our online calendar. Bookmark it here.
Community Advocates
2018 Board of Directors
President: Sheree Dallas Branch | Public Relations Consultant
Vice President: Jodi Wire | We Energies
Treasurer: Sandra Samse | Johnson Keland Management
Secretary: Bryan House | Foley & Lardner, LLP

Board Members
Marquette Baylor | Aurora Health Care
Anne DeLeo | Community Volunteer
Valerie Gabriel | Community Volunteer
Dr. Stephen Hargarten | Medical College of Wisconsin
Erin Henry | Northwestern Mutual
Betsy Hoylman | Northwestern Mutual
Gary Ingram | Igary Events
Moriah Iverson | Medical College of Wisconsin
Sharon Jordan | Direct Supply
Pamela Klein | Fresh Coast Partners, LLC
Jim Liedtke | Community Volunteer
Esther Shin | Urban Strategies
Kate Venne | Brady Corporation
Lisa Kaiser | Community Advocates | 414-270-2999  | |