In partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and Dominican Center have received 2 of 7 national MetLife Foundation Community- Police Partnership Awards for Excellence in Neighborhood Revitalization and Economic Vitality and Excellence in Civic Engagement respectively.
Since 2002, the MetLife Foundation and LISC’s National Community Safety Initiative have partnered to recognize innovative partnerships between community groups and police to promote neighborhood safety and revitalization across the nation. This year, 400 police departments and community organizations applied for the recognition, and Milwaukee was the only city to receive two awards. Other projects were named in Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Johnson City, TN, Melbourne, FL; and Chicago, IL.
SIGNIFICANCE: Crime undermines all aspects of a thriving community including education, housing, business, employment and recreation. Amani, Washington Park, and MPD are receiving local and national attention for their comprehensive and collaborative approach to safety and neighborhood improvement. Efforts bring major changes and hope to historic neighborhoods hit hard by divestment.
Read more about it in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article
This November, ReStore is celebrating 10 glorious years in Milwaukee and we couldn’t have done it without YOU! In that time, ReStore has raised funds to build 25 Milwaukee Habitat homes, helping families own safe, decent, affordable homes.
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Milwaukee Habitat and Lowe’s have teamed up to provide extensive work through a “ROCK THE BLOCK” program, a volunteer event built on our mission to reconnect the community through repair and neighborhood beautification projects.
Milwaukee Habitat is one of 1,400 affiliates from across the country who was awarded a $250,000 grant from Lowe’s for neighborhood revitalization projects in the Washington Park neighborhood. As a purpose-driven home improvement company, Lowe’s help aligns community giving and volunteer efforts with programs and partnerships that complement their core business. As a national partner since 2003, each year they support programs that help to rebuild and improve neighborhoods and provide relief to communities in need.
This grant will help fund the following projects:
- The renovation of six homes for families in need of decent, affordable housing.
- The repair of at least 10 homes
- Improvements to the Washington Park pool building
- Speed humps on five residential streets
- Alley garage lighting on 40 properties.
- Community garden signage
- Fifty raised garden beds through partnership with Victory Garden Initiative
- Gardening and lawn care workshops for homeowners
- Foreclosure prevention for homeowners through tax loans
- Updates to the Washington Park Sustainable Community Plan
The grant will also fund a “Rock the Block” event where neighborhood residents and volunteers come together to transform the face of a block in just one day! More than 100 volunteers converged on the 2100 block on 39th Street to help with the transformation on 20 homes in the Washington Park neighborhood on June 29th, 2016. In a neighborhood where the median household income is 49% lower than the national average, too often there is no money left for this type of maintenance.
Rock the Block is part of Milwaukee Habitat’s five-year neighborhood revitalization strategy, now in its fourth year. Neighborhood Revitalization serves more families by responding to community aspirations with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships, empowering residents to revive their neighborhoods and enhance their quality of life.
Other groups who have joined Neighborhood Revitalization projects include Wells Fargo, Thrivent Financial, FIS, VIctory Garden Initiative, Washington Park Partners and Melinda Myers, nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist.
This was the first of three “Rock the Block” events Milwaukee Habitat will conduct throughout the summer in an effort to repair 60 homes this year.
2016 Dates: June 29, August 13 and September 13
On Friday, June 10th, as part of the Brewers Beyond the Diamond community outreach initiative, the Brewers hosted a Milwaukee Habitat garage build at Miller Park. Brewers players, led by Ryan Braun, joined some of the Brewers Wives and staff members to frame the garage that will accompany the Habitat home that Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring on North 39th street. The garage was framed in the parking lot near Helfaer field and was on display for the Brewers night game against the New York Mets. The framed walls were then transported to the Washington Park neighborhood, on Milwaukee’s near west side, where they were erected at the home.
Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring one of 10 new construction homes Milwaukee Habitat will begin work on in 2016. The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. In addition to new construction, Milwaukee Habitat will be rehabbing 12 homes and completing 60 repair projects throughout the year; all part of their neighborhood revitalization strategy in the Washington Park neighborhood.
On Friday, June 17th, Milwaukee Habitat welcomed its 1,000th family served in the Greater Milwaukee area into their new home in the Washington Park neighborhood. Over the past 32 years, Milwaukee Habitat has carried out our vision of building a world where everyone has a decent place to live through new construction, home rehab, and repair programs. For the last four years, Milwaukee Habitat has focused all of our work in the Washington Park neighborhood as part of a five-year neighborhood revitalization strategy. In that time over 200 families have been served, crime rates have decreased, and property values have risen, helping build a strong community in partnership with families in need of affordable housing.
On June 17th, first time home-buyer and 1,000th family, Deeanna, moved into her new construction Habitat home on N. 42nd street. Their home, sponsored by Sargento, is one of Milwaukee Habitat’s ADA compliant homes to accommodate Deeanna’s five-year-old daughter.
As Deeanna helped build her own home alongside volunteers, she recounted on what this home will mean for her family, “Having an ADA home means a long term home for us. This new construction home will change our lives physically, mentally, and financially.”
Not only will this home offer increased accessibility for Deeanna’s daughter, but Milwaukee Habitat’s affordable mortgage will be 1/3 less than what she was previously paying to rent an apartment that was not conducive to their needs.
This home marks the 26th home Sargento has built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. As Milwaukee Habitat’s first corporate house sponsor, Sargento has supported Milwaukee Habitat for over 24 years, with employees volunteering nearly 12,000 hours in that time.
Watch Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director, Brian Sonderman, joined by Sang Kim, Regional President, Wells Fargo and Guy Smith, COO, Milwaukee County Dept. of Parks on TMJ4’s Morning Blend. They discuss our partnership to revitalize the Washington Park pool.
On May 17th, Brewers All-Star Ryan Braun helped Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity kick off their build season in the Washington Park Neighborhood.
Braun spoke in front of a large crowd of volunteers who were on site to help completely frame two homes on the 2100 block of North 39th street during Milwaukee Habitat’s week-long May Blitz Build (5/16-5/20). Braun and the Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring one of 10 new construction homes Milwaukee Habitat will begin work on in 2016. In addition to new construction, Milwaukee Habitat will be rehabbing 12 homes and completing 60 repair projects throughout the year; all part of our neighborhood revitalization strategy in the Washington Park neighborhood – block by block – not just for one family at a time, but for an entire community.
The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. In addition to Ryan Braun kicking off our build season, the team will hold a garage build at Miller Park on June 10. On that day, Brewers players will be joined by their wives and Brewers employees to frame the garage that will accompany the home they are sponsoring on North 39th Street. The garage will be framed in the parking lot near Helfaer Field and will be on display for the Brewers night game against the New York Mets. The framed walls will then be transported to Washington Park, where they will be erected at the home.
“Ryan and Brewers Community Foundation have been great supporters of our work in revitalizing neighborhoods and improving the lives of the families we serve,” says Milwaukee Habitat Executive Director Brian Sonderman, “With over one hundred volunteers building that week, Ryan is sure to boost the energy of what’s shaping up to be a very exciting May Blitz build.”
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. On 5/4/16, at the Southshore Pavilion in Bayview, we celebrated some of the all-stars of our organization who have gone above and beyond to further our vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Thanks to all who’ve volunteered to help families in need of decent, affordable housing!
This years awardees are….
Joe has been volunteering for more than two decades and while working on the electrical team has helped wire well over 100 new construction properties! His dedication to Habitat’s mission and selfless leadership truly exemplifies Grace Morgan’s ideal of putting “belief into action.” Thanks Joe!
Alana has been volunteering as a cashier for ReStore East almost since they opened. Volunteering weekly, she goes above and beyond to provide excellent customer service and is as dedicated as they come! Thanks Alana for going above and beyond to further our mission!
Tom has been volunteering for over six years beginning on the build site to now working with our development department. His work has been integral in helping us improve donor communications. Thanks Tom!!!
Dan began volunteering in the spring of 1994 after a long career as a math teacher. Dan continues to teach our AmeriCorps members and new and unskilled volunteers, helping to train and develop them into the next generation of leaders. His insight, knowledge, and leadership are staples to our organization. Thanks for your 22 years of service!!!
Rosa has been a homeowner with Milwaukee Habitat since 2008 and brought with her a fire to bring change to the neighborhood. She’s been a great mentor in the newly established homeowner network and continues to support our focus that everone matters. Thanks Rosa for embodying our mission!
A special thanks to Waterstone Bank for underwriting this event!