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Peace for Change recently held its Walk Toward Wellness event. The walk was an effort to push peace in the community and to save its youth from the scourge of violence. Pictured above are some of the participants in the event that went from the Mitchell Park Domes to the Washington Park Bandshell. Proceeds from the walk will go towards the 18th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Back to School Festival in remembrance of Daniela Sayas Matthews. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity announced today that Wells Fargo would be the lead sponsor of its 500th home build, which will begin construction Monday, June 18.
The 500th build will kick off a June ‘Blitz’ week during which Milwaukee Habitat staff and volunteers –including more than 100 from Wells Fargo — will be completing rough framing for seven homes on North 39th and 40th Streets in Milwaukee’s Washington Park neighborhood.
“Milwaukee Habitat and Wells Fargo share a vital goal – to make sure affordable and sustainable
homeownership is available to area families,” says Fred Bertoldo, Regional President of Wells Fargo in Wisconsin. “As the nation’s leading mortgage originator, we recognize the need to increase the availability of affordable housing in the communities we serve,” he adds.
“We are grateful to Wells Fargo for the generous contribution it provided to help us realize this incredible milestone,” says Brian Sonderman, Milwaukee Habitat’s Executive Director. “Wells Fargo shares our goals, particularly those tied to revitalizing communities and enabling hard-working families to improve their financial well-being,” he adds.
Once construction of the Wells Fargo house is complete, it will become the new home of Renee Walls, age 48, her son Alonzo and her elderly father, for whom Ms. Walls is the primary caretaker. “I want to thank Habitat and Wells Fargo for helping my dream of owning a home come true. Because of this opportunity I will be able to take my father out of hospice and care for him at our home,” says Walls.
Ms. Walls works as a security guard at Roosevelt Middle School and currently rents a two-bedroom apartment from the Housing Authority, located in the North Lawn neighborhood.
Residents, well-wishers and “do-it-yourself”types were on hand to celebrate the opening of the Tool Loan Center, located at 2500 W. Capital Drive. The event was hosted by Housing Resources, Inc., which showcased the renovation work that has taken place at the center, which included a tool donation drive. The Tool Loan Program lends tools to people who own homes in Milwaukee who are planning do-it-yourself home improvement projects. The Tool Loan Center provides low cost alternatives for finding tools needed for a job. The center stocks a wide variety of hand and power tools from screwdrivers, hammers and pipe wrenches to sanders, saws, ladders, wheel barrows and more.
Ald. Ashanti Hamilton, who was among the attendees, said anyone who has tools they are no longer using should bring them to the center and make a donation. “Your power tools, ladders screw drivers, hammers, saws and other tools will be put to good use and will make a major positive difference for someone,” he said.
There is another Tool Loan Center at 1407 W. Lincoln Ave. on the near south side. The renovation of the Capitol Drive location was made possible by donations from NeighborWorks America, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Wells Fargo. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
by Janet Masters
Summer is a busy time when most people are “on the go.” It’s also a prime time for drownings, grill fires and home burglaries. Keep yourself and your family safe this summer by following these tips from American Family Insurance.
Dive into poolside precaution
• Never let children into your pool without an adult present. Even teenagers who are strong swimmers should always have a companion.
• Never leave children alone in the pool area, even for just a few seconds to answer the phone or check the stove.
• Keep rescue equipment such as a shepherd’s hook or life preserver at poolside. Also bring a portable telephone along when people are in the water.
• Remove all toys from the pool after swimming so children aren’t tempted to reach for them and possibly fall in. Don’t allow tricycles or wagons at poolside.
• Prevent young children from climbing up into an above-ground pool, even when it’s covered, by securing, locking or removing the steps or ladder.
• Check the applicable laws and ordinances in your area regarding fencing requirements for pools.
• As an extra precaution, always lock the pool area when no adults are present.
Barbecue your food, not your home
• Put your grill at least 15 feet from any building, and grill only on a flat surface that can’t catch fire. Do not grill on an apartment building balcony or deck.
• Never use gasoline, alcohol or kerosene to start your coals. Once the coals are on fire, glowing or smoldering, don’t put on additional lighter fluid.
• When you’re done cooking, soak the coals with water and close the grill lid and any vents tightly. If you have a gas grill, close the valve on the gas cylinder.
• Don’t move the grill or remove the coals for 48 hours, unless you can safely move the coals into a stainless steel pail.
• Be sure you have homeowners or renter’s insurance.
Safeguard your home and possessions
• Do not leave windows or patio doors open when you’re away. Also, be sure to close and lock your garage doors.
• Keep trees and shrubs trimmed, especially near doors and windows.
• Secure patio doors with a lock.
• Be sure to notify your neighbors if you’ll be gone for an extended period.
• Arrange for neighbors or friends to pick up newspapers and mail.
• Leave some shades up or curtains partially open so that the house looks occupied. Consider putting timers on your lamps and leave a radio playing.
• Arrange to keep your lawn mowed and maintained. Maybe ask a neighbor to park his/her car in your driveway.
HeartLove Place bills itself as “a beacon of hope in the community.” Indeed, when other organizations and businesses have fled the central city, HeartLove Place’s new and modern facility—which occupies an entire city block–stands tall and shiny among many of the nearby, older, dilapidated buildings.
Specifically, HeartLove Place is located in the Harambee North Neighborhood of Milwaukee—one of the most troubled central city neighborhoods in Milwaukee. Harambee North is bounded by Capitol Drive on the north, I-43 on the west, Center Street on the south, and on the east, Holton St. and the Rail Corridor between Keefe and Capitol. The 2000 US Census found 11,671 persons living in 3,935 households within the neighborhood which encompasses 1.06 square miles, or about 114 city blocks.
HeartLove Place began humbly more than 22 years ago through the inspired volunteer ministry of dedicated individuals who recognized the huge challenges facing Milwaukee’s low-income population. Fractured families, debilitating unemployment, struggling schools, increasing crime and violence, and record teen pregnancy rates plagued many urban families and youth. Determined to show the love of Christ by helping others overcome these challenges, a committed group of Christian leaders set about with a plan to address these issues. The result of this effort is HeartLove Place, which was established in 1999, a comprehensive community organization that was founded to build upon the success of the Partners for Youth program that began in 1989.
Like its predecessor, HeartLove Place is a grassroots, neighborhood-based organization located side by side with, and committed to, the residents of Central Milwaukee and the Harambee Neighborhood. HeartLove Place prides itself on leveraging its resources by working with several supporting and collaborative organizations.
The Mission of HeartLove Place is “Through the influence and knowledge of Jesus Christ, assist Milwaukee’s central city families by teaching, encouraging and mentoring individuals to accept responsibility, incorporate good judgment and fairness in their work ethic, and build positive character.”
The goals of HeartLove include providing services and programming to all community residents who request them; encouraging collaboration between public and private agencies to supply needed services; strengthening families through education, quality services, and access to resources; illustrating compassion through Christian principles without passing judgment; and providing employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for community members.
Without a doubt, HeartLove Place has excelled in all its goals through its myriad of programming and services, including its child development center, banquet and food service program where individuals are not only trained and employed in the food service industry, but provide meals to many schools in the area, and Camp HeartLove.
HeartLove place continues to demonstrate its love and ‘heart’ for the community by being a caring, compassionate, unique and positive neighbor in the hood.
Tom Wanta (far left) joined (left to right) New Horizon’s Saleem El-Amin, his wife Olivia El-Amin, and Paul Reneau at the open house for New Horizon’s Girl’s Shelter, 9501 W. Watertown Plank Rd., Wauwatosa, in South Building D. The center is being supported by Direct Supply company. Wanta reportedly presented New Horizon with donation supporting their efforts in the community. New Horizon has programs in Child placement and treatment foster care, a male group home and female group home. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
They came, they competed and they conquered.
Area high school students recently participated in the annual Afro-American, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), competition sponsored by the Milwaukee Chapter of the NAACP. The competition, held at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts, was a 26-category contest of the mind in which students could compete in five categories: sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts.
The first, second and third place winners were recently awarded their medals during a special ceremony held at the NAACP Branch offices.
In the Music Vocal-Classical category: Terrell Lewis (1st place); Anthony Miller (2nd place); and Myesha Chaney (3rd place).
In the Music Vocal-Contemporary category: Imani Smith (1st place); Kelton Howard (2nd place); Jamika Bradford (3rd place).
In the Poetry category: Myesha Henderson (1st place).
In the Musical Instrumental category: Marquis Clawson (1st place)
Components of the ACT-SO program include a local, city-wide competition and mentoring of local first place winners in preparation for their participation at the national competition during the annual NAACP convention.
Lewis, Smith and Henderson will compete nationally July 5-8 in Houston, TX.
Statistics show that one in five Americans now report that they have had bedbug infestation or know someone who has encountered bedbugs at home or in a hotel.
Yet there is still a lot to be learned about these pests. In this installment of Ask the Exterminator, we will once again shed light on those pesky critters.
A FEW FACTS ABOUT BEDBUGS
80% of people are most concern about encountering bedbugs at hotels.
52% on public transportation.
49% in movie theaters.
44% in retail stores.
40% in medical facilities.
36%in their own homes.
32% equally pointed to places of employment and friends homes.
While many people are concerned about encountering a bedbug, most people have never seen a bedbug.
Here is a picture of what a bedbug look like.
Many people think that by throwing away your furniture (beds, couches, etc.) you can get rid of the bedbug problem.
In actuality, by throwing away furniture, you have only gotten rid of one of the many hiding places of the bedbug. The truth is that they may still be in other places inside your home.
A common misconception is that bedbugs are found in dirty homes or places. Bedbugs should not be defined with filth or sanitation. They can live for a year or more without eating and withstand a wide range of temperatures.
Bed bugs can be controlled with vigilant and frequent visits from a Professional Pest control company.
If you think you might have a bedbug problem that’s when it is time to call a professional.
A bedbug is not a pest that you can control on your own.
Established in 1982 by area churches, the Guest House started out with humble beginnings, serving as a drop-in center primarily for people who were homeless. Today Guest House offers a comprehensive slate of services that include housing, education, substance abuse treatment and pre-employment preparation.
The Guest House of Milwaukee, Inc. provides shelter, housing, education and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose. While the Guest House continues to provide emergency shelter for about 86 individuals each night of the year, today the agency also focuses on education, training, case management and treatment aspects associated with eradicating homelessness—not just for men, but also women. In addition, today Guest House can better serve this population because of its 230-scatter site permanent housing units.
Besides providing a warm, safe place to sleep, the Guest House emergency shelter also provides meals, hygiene supplies and facilities, storage for belongings and a mail and message service. And, in an effort to fully address the problems that led to a person’s homelessness, Guest House seeks to connect individuals with resources, jobs and permanent housing so that, ultimately, they can depart with independence.
On an annual basis, Guest House serves between 600-700 men through its transitional housing program. Each man is assessed by a staff professional and given an individual plan for independence, based on his specific strengths and needs. Men are able to participate in the transitional housing program as long as they are making progress toward achieving their goals, up to a maximum of two years.
The Guest House also operates scattered-site supportive permanent housing for people who are homeless with disabilities. Participants in this program have very significant barriers to independence and therefore require long-term support to maintain an apartment in the community. In addition to a fully furnished unit or apartment, each client receives intensive case management, food and transportation subsidies.
Guest House has earned a reputation for treating individuals who are down on their luck with dignity, care and compassion. Recognizing that there are a myriad of reasons for homelessness, Guest House has earned a reputation for being a good neighbor to those who need a hand up.