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A Different Kind of Mission

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With a poverty rate of 29 percent, Milwaukee is among the poorest cities in the United States. Thirteen percent of the workforce is unemployed, and every night, 1,500 people live on the streets — with some estimates doubling that number. Children often face the harshest realities of poverty. Nearly half of Milwaukee’s children live below the poverty line, living day in and day out without basic needs.


The Milwaukee Rescue Mission (MRM) approaches solutions to poverty holistically. As one of the only emergency shelters in the Milwaukee area and the largest homeless shelter in the state, they touch the lives of thousands of individuals every year by meeting basic needs and offering additional comprehensive services. In addition to housing, food, and a shower, the Milwaukee Rescue Mission offers short-term and long-term assistance programs in areas of education, counseling, overcoming substance abuse, job training, and more. They focus on addressing the root causes of poverty and promoting spiritual development. Their programs for men, women, and children recognize and activate the potential of their participants so that each individual can realize their gifts and talents.

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