Milwaukee-based Repairers of the Breach, an organization dedicated to helping fight homelessness in the Milwaukee community, recently hosted a Chill Out event in support of fundraising for its campaign to expand and renovate its center at 1335 W. Vliet St.
The event featured servings of chili and hot chocolate and a Roundy’s refrigerated truck served as a reminder of how brutal a Wisconsin winter can get.
Individuals that have been helped by the center, shared their stories and invited guests to climb into the refrigerated truck to experience and be reminded of how cold it is to sleep outside during the winter.
“Building repairs and preparation of additional upstairs rooms will give the space and surroundings to accommodate the homeless,” said MacCanon Brown, executive director. “While these improvements will help us year-round, they are especially evident and vital during periods of the severe cold in winter.”
Repairers of the Breach is Milwaukee’s only day time resource for the homeless.
The expansion plans, announced earlier this year, call for conversion of the facility’s second and third stories into expanded daytime program space for job training, counseling, and other services as well as renovation of the center’s health clinic, and the first floor and lower levels.
“From the beginning, Repairers of the Breach has addressed the needs of the homeless through education, empowerment and the development of life changing skills. With the community’s support, we will be able to continue this work in a warm and safe environment,” Brown said.