Repairers of the Breach
Address: 1335 W. Vliet
By Bus: Take the #12 bus North to Vliet Street. Get off and walk about a block and a half west to 1335 W. Vliet Street.
By Car: Go North on N. 12th St. to W. McKinley Ave. Take a left onto McKinley, and then take a right on N. 13th St. Take a left onto W. Vliet St. (Park on 14th St.)
Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 10 minutes
Approximate Travel Time By Car: 5 minutes
Days/Hours of Operation: 8:00am-4:00pm Monday-Saturday
Description of Agency/Activities: Repairers of the Breach is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of homeless and near-homeless people by offering them advocacy, daytime shelter, and resources. Their self-governed daytime center, which is run by homeless leaders who are transitioning out of homelessness, is a "living room" to 80-100 homeless each day, including people who live on the street, those who live in shelters, and s and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Working in cooperation with a number of local organizations, Repairers of the Breach offers its members: free telephone use for job- and home-seeking; a telephone message system for call-backs from employers, etc.; legal services; job services; a safe haven; leadership development; education on health and other areas of interest; literacy education.
Student Role in Agency: Several opportunities are available for Service Learning students including:
- Arts and Crafts: Students will plan and implement a variety of activities utilizing artistic media to encourage self-expression and discussion within the group experience. Emphasis will be on providing meaningful topics that will call forth expression from the members.
- Choir: Students who have musical interests will have an opportunity to participate with the Repairers of the Breach choir as they practice on Saturdays at 1:30pm and on weekend engagements.
- Current Events: Students will research current news topics and facilitate discussion within a group setting.
- Drama: Students will facilitate a variety of activities one time weekly promoting dramatic expression. This can include dramatic exercises and warm-ups. Other ideas for this group include implementing short improvisational skits or comedy routines based on a variety of topics including those involving social justice and homelessness. Students will be responsible for researching ideas and presenting them to the group.
- Games/Cards: Students will research and present a variety of games for members to play together. Emphasis will be to promote interaction and social skills.
- Meditation: Students will research and educate group members on a variety of meditation techniques to be practiced within the group.
- Music Composition: Students will skills and interest in this area will assist members to write music. This would include researching different kinds of music and educating the group.
- Poetry: Students will educate members on the variety of poetry and provide opportunities to write different types of poetry (Haiku, Limerick, Ode, Prose, Sonnet etc.) that includes a wide range of topics.
- Public Speaking: Students will provide instruction, coaching, and support for the members as they speak about a variety of topics to the group. This will include bringing activities to the group that encourage verbal expression.
- Discussion Groups on Sports and Sports Ethics: Students will facilitate a weekly discussion group. Preparation for each group will involve researching a specific topic related to sports and sports ethics and presenting the idea for discussion.
Unique features or challenges of agency: This is a unique organization which will provide service learners with a close and valuable look at homeless in Milwaukee.