Milwaukee, WI

Jul 14, 2024 - Jul 19, 2024

First Presbyterian Church

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About Milwaukee, WI

The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has a tradition of strong family values and rich ethnic heritage. It's a hardworking community that is also considered to be one of the most segregated cities in the country. However, in areas like the Bay View neighborhood (where YouthWorks' housing site is located), workers' rights and civil rights are deeply important, and many in this city are consciously reaching out to help meet the needs of those who are struggling. Milwaukee is known for its cleanliness, safety, the scenic RiverWalk that is full of restaurants and shops, and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Serving in Milwaukee, WI

Originally a European settlement founded in 1830s, Bay View (the neighborhood that we are housed at in Milwaukee) became a company town when the Milwaukee Iron Company opened its plant. Bay View became a hub for worker’s rights and social activism. In 1886, labor protests culminated in the historical event known as the Bay View Massacre, when 7 individuals were killed by State Militia while protesting for eight-hour workdays. Bayview officially joined the city of Milwaukee a year later, and it is now known to be a “hip” neighborhood, popular with young families and professionals. Bayview also has a sizable population of “campers;” individuals who do not have a permanent residence but do not identify as homeless. With more than 25% of residents living below the poverty line and a reputation as one of the most segregated cities in the country, poverty, food insecurity and homelessness are common issues that Milwaukee citizens face. YouthWorks is in Milwaukee to come alongside of local organizations that work tirelessly to meet the physical needs of their neighbors. We serve with urban gardens, food pantries, and soup kitchens to help with the process of moving food into the hands of people who most need it. Additionally, we can show community members that they have value by listening to their stories and giving them the chance to be heard.