Repairers of the Breach
Address: 1335 W. Vliet
By Bus: Take the #12 bus, from the Corner of 12th and Wisconsin, North to Vliet St. Get off and walk about a block and a half West to 1335 W. Vliet St.
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. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday mornings at 10:00am.
- 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.
- Electronic Media: Students who are knowledgeable about Facebook, Twitter, and other electronic social networks are needed for marketing initiatives. These students will participate in our Marketing Committee. Schedule individually with the Marketing Committee.
- Drama: Students will facilitate a variety of activities 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. Students will be responsible for researching ideas and presenting them to the group. This will be scheduled individually with the site contact.
- Public Speaking: Students will provide instruction, coaching, and support for homeless individuals to expand their ability in this area. This will be scheduled individually with the site contact.
- Discussion Groups on Sports and Sports Ethics: Students will facilitate a discussion group. Preparation for each group will involve researching a specific topic related to sports and sports ethics and presenting the idea for discussion. This will be scheduled individually with the site contact.
- In-House Newsletter: Students will work with center leaders and members to produce a weekly newsletter about activities and stories of interest at the Center. This opportunity will include participation in community activities at the center on Saturdays.
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.