Wisconsin Community Services creates opportunities for offenders and ex-offenders with mental illnesses and addictions as well as high-risk youth and adults. The organization recently won the 2012 BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award at the MANDIs (Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation) awards ceremony.
Nearly half of ex-offenders with mental health disorders are back in prison within two years of their release. A program offered by Legal Action of Wisconsin seeks to reduce that number by making sure that they receive all the services they are entitled to.
A new $50,000 grant awarded to Milwaukee’s Cribs for Kids enables the organization to distribute Pack ‘n Play cribs and information about safe sleeping practices to eligible families. The goal is to reduce the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Since August, some area teens have been participating in Speak Out, a program that focuses on the damage sexual violence causes to victims, their families and friends. Students recently participated in a Bystander Intervention program at the Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club to learn how to help others stay safe.
With the Violence Against Women Act up for reauthorization this year, advocates for Latino victims of domestic violence such as the UMOS Latina Resource Center fear undocumented women may lose the ability to escape their abusers.
Jason Mishelow, senior attorney and CFO of Centro Legal, provides low-cost legal help to families who cannot afford high legal fees. Centro Legal specializes in family law cases, domestic violence issues and misdemeanor criminal offenses.
Milwaukee Police Department District 2, which includes Clarke Square, recently recognized block watch captains and members at a Block Watch Captains Award Dinner. District 2 has 214 block watches, more than any other district in the city.
Hundreds of youth and neighborhood activists were recently invited to a showing of “The Interrupters,” a documentary film about a group that works in the streets of Chicago to stop violence as it occurs.
Public safety was a hot topic as community members met recently to hear updates on the Quality of Life plan goals in Lindsay Heights, including the announcement of a $5,000 grant to improve safety.
Aldermen from the 12th and 14th districts have agreed to change parking restrictions that prevent residents on South 6th, 11th and 16th streets from parking near their homes in the winter.