October 2018
Community Advocates Connections
Happy October!

During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are spotlighting the incredible generosity of a few of our many Milwaukee Women's Center supporters. Along with our dedicated staff, they help to provide for, feed, and encourage adults and children who are surviving domestic violence. In this newsletter, you'll discover the creative ways they're enabling survivors to move ahead in their lives and thrive. We're inspired by their work and hope that you will be inspired by them too, whether it's by volunteering to cook a meal, sponsoring a care package, or showing the world how much you love your Harley! The possibilities are endless.

In gratitude,
Andi Elliott
Chief Executive Officer
Community Advocates
Support Survivors during Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. While we honor and support survivors every day of the year, Community Advocates’ Milwaukee Women’s Center encourages everyone to participate in the  Domestic Violence Awareness Project’s campaign to do "1 Thing"  to support survivors in October.

"We’re always surprised by and grateful for the creativity of our supporters and volunteers," said Andi Elliott, Community Advocates CEO. "Many of them come up with fun and easy opportunities to contribute to our work with survivors of domestic violence."

Here are some examples of our fantastic supporters to inspire you during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 
Volunteers Melanie Maddux and Matthias Letson-Maddux cook dinner for Milwaukee Women’s Center residents each month.
The Brookfield-based Nancy Jo Baratti Unit of Mary Kay is donating a care package to the Milwaukee Women’s Center for each $30 sponsorship; sponsors will receive a $30 Mary Kay credit.
 House of Harley-Davidson is looking for female riders for their 2019 calendar, which will benefit the Milwaukee Women’s Center.
Public Policy Institute Launches Training Center
It’s still a work in progress, but Community Advocates Public Policy Institute’s training center will be opening its doors soon at 6900 W. Brown Deer Road, Milwaukee, as a training and meeting space for large groups (with ample free parking). We’ll be open for business in November, so keep watching this space for updates.
Energy Assistance Heating Season Has Arrived
Community Advocates is a proud partner in Milwaukee County’s Energy Assistance Program . To launch the 2018-2019 heating season, we hosted a kickoff party for the program—and our new Energy Assistance site—with a little help from V100.7’s Reggie Brown, the Milwaukee Fire Department, face painters, and more! Located next door to our former location, you can find us at 6900 W. Brown Deer Road, Suite 110. Look for the Energy Assistance logo! Extended hours are available through October 31 at all six Energy Assistance locations in Milwaukee County.
Circles of Support for Men Returning from Prison
Recognizing that individuals transitioning from incarceration to living in the community need extra care and accountability, monthly Circles of Support for men are forming at Hephatha Lutheran Church, St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, and Project RETURN. These circles, based on restorative justice practices, include a shared meal with participants and facilitators. They’re organized by the Milwaukee Reentry Council, MICAH, Project Return, and Community Advocates Public Policy Institute. Get details and registration info here.  
Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect
Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect is a one-stop shop for those experiencing homelessness who want to connect to services. This year, free services include dental and vision exams, haircuts, housing assessments and applications, clothing and hygiene items, legal assistance, and employment resources. If you are bringing a guest, click on this link for an explanation of the event, and documents to bring for various services. 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 . Project Homeless Connect will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at Marquette University Alumni Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.
Join Our Team!
Community Advocates has four wonderful career opportunities: Project Bridge case manager, Autumn West resident manager (part time), and part-time and full-time treatment specialists. Learn more at this link.
See You at the Movies
Community Advocates and the Public Policy Institute are proud Community Partners in Milwaukee Film's Black Lens, which highlights the work of African American filmmakers. Community Advocates is partnering in three screenings of "Mighty Ground," while the Public Policy Institute is supporting "Little Woods." See you at the movies!
2017 Annual Report
Community Advocates served an amazing 69,434 individuals last year. Find out how we did it.
Share Your Heart!
Share your heart! Play the Canal Street Bingo Game at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino to help raise funds for area children’s charities. The Milwaukee Women's Center is excited to be in the running to receive Heart of Canal Street funds!
October 18: Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect at Marquette University Alumni Memorial Union. Click here for details.

October 19: The Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee, sponsored by Community Advocates, will hold a discussion of housing services. Click here for details and to RSVP.

October 20, 22 & 24: Community Advocates is a community partner in three screenings of the film “Mighty Ground,” part of Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens program. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

October 22, 24 & 27: Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is a community partner in three screenings of the film “Little Woods,” part of Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens program. Click here for details and to purchase tickets.

October 31: End of extended hours for Milwaukee County Energy Assistance. We return to regular service hours on November 1. Schedule your appointment at KeepWarmMKE.org or 414-270-4653.

November 1: Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment begins. Need help signing up? Contact Covering Wisconsin

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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  | lkaiser@communityadvocates.net | communityadvocates.net