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A condemned building, that once sat in a struggling neighborhood, is being transformed into a safe place. A place that is a developing beacon for our neighborhood and the greater Milwaukee community. A space designed to meet, commune and work through our collective brokenness, together.
Hope Street Ministry, a non-profit committed to building community on Milwaukee’s Northside, is developing Shechem, a haven of hope. The building, designed to house a gym, classrooms, cafe, and event spaces, will welcome people from all across Milwaukee to come together, learn and grow alongside one another.
Shechem is a place where we can join together, reach across the table and to begin the work of breaking down preconceived notions, be curious, creative and learn from one another. A place where we have the ability to open our hearts and minds to what has put people in the places and situations different than our own and how we can grow from there.
To demonstrate tangible evidence of this vision of true community among friends, neighbors, sisters, and brothers, we will create the Bruised But Not Broken wall.
The wall will be a focal point in Shechem’s atrium, visible from both inside and out as a celebration of our diversity, confession of hurt, hope of reconciliation, and a journey toward justice.
The display will be community curated and feature “reeds” painted by people across greater Milwaukee. The installation is designed to represent everyone’s effort in developing a more whole and more healed community.
Hope Street is inviting the public to the future site of Shechem and host sites July 20th-25th to hand paint reeds that will greet all who come to Shechem.
Anyone is welcome and all are encouraged to take part in this unique and special demonstration of community truly coming together.
You can find a time and location near you and learn more at www.hopestreetministry.org/paint-a-reed or by calling Hope Street’s office at (414) 445-5404.
Hope Street Ministry is a not-for-profit organization in the city of Milwaukee, creating spaces to help form healthy communities.