Since 1976, Community Advocates (CA) has maintained and strengthened its mission to provide basic needs advocacy and services to low-income, at-risk individuals and families in the Milwaukee area. At the heart of Community Advocates mission is its overarching goal of reducing poverty in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
The agency provides a variety of comprehensive services, including health care advocacy, case management and protective payee services, homelessness prevention, energy assistance, disability advocacy services, and housing/case management services for individuals who are homeless and also have chronic mental illness.
Community Advocates has a rich history of fostering and creating partnerships and collaborations to solve community problems and challenges. As the lead agency for Milwaukee’s Continuum of Care, Community Advocates is a recognized leader in providing services to the homeless. Through its Milwaukee Women’s Center division, CA provides comprehensive domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health services. Finally, as the lead agency for Milwaukee Brighter Futures, CA oversees programs for children, youth and their families that help prevent teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, violence, gang involvement and alcohol and drug abuse.
Community Advocates has earned a reputation over the years as a community-oriented agency that is proactive and positive in providing client-centered services and advocacy to help people the basic needs of people. Moreover, CA is one of only a handful of agencies that accepts clients on a walk-in basis. CA delivers its services using a wraparound approach in which clients work in partnership with staff to help them achieve their goals.
At a time when funding has dwindled for many non-profit agencies, Community Advocates remains steadfast in its mission and desire to serve Milwaukee’s Central City community, by leveraging its resources to provide innovative programs and partnerships and demonstrating its dedication to the community as a neighborhood partner and friend to those in need.