REPAIRERS OF THE BREACH INC

Life-saving. Life-sustaining. Life-restoring.

aka Repairers, RotB   |   Milwaukee, WI   |  www.repairers.org

Mission

Our Mission:  To combat homelessness by providing life-saving, life-sustaining, and life-restoring programs.   Our Vision:  An inclusive society whose members all have adequate food, housing, health care, a support system, literacy, and an empowered voice.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Rev. James W West Jr.

Main address

PO Box 05648

Milwaukee, WI 53205 USA

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EIN

39-1707495

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Problem: Homelessness How do we combat it? The reasons for homelessness are as varied as the number of homeless people in Milwaukee. That is, no two stories are alike, and a "one size fits all" solution to homelessness is nonexistent. What helps one person may not help another. For example, making sure all the homeless have enough to eat doesn't address the fact that that they have no home. However, how can we expect them to maintain a job if they are hungry all the time? It's wonderful to assist someone in finding a job, but what good does that interview do if they have no insulin? What about those with AODA issues or mental issues? What good is earning money if you're unable to manage it? At Repairers of the Breach, we believe the best way to fight homelessness is to offer life-saving, life-sustaining, and life-restoring programs and services, so that our Members (the homeless and at-risk) can work towards self-reliability. We simply must address this from all angles.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Refuge & Resource Center

Our primary program at ROTB is our refuge and resource center, Greater Milwaukee's only daytime shelter open 6 days per week. All our programs and services are life-saving, life-sustaining, and/or life-restoring, and our refuge and resource center is no different.  
Open Monday through Saturday, from 7 am to 4 pm and whenever wind chill temperatures fall to below 20 degrees, we offer a variety of resources within our daytime shelter, such as Impact 2-1-1 to assist with housing. We also provide a safe daytime sleeping place for homeless 2nd and 3rd shift workers, because overnight shelters are closed for them.
In 2020, we averaged 2,219 Member (homeless and at-risk) visits per month. 86% of those visits were male adults, and 14% of those visits were female adults with no children. In addition, 6.5% were veterans.   
Shelter Governance     

Our Center is a sanctuary--a place free of gangs, drugs and alcohol, and our Members govern themselves. We are also low-barrier, meaning that our Members don't need proof of income or an ID to utilize our services. All that's required is a need. Unfortunately, that means we do not qualify for government dollars, but it's necessary to serve those with the greatest need.
      
Along with our refuge and resource center, ROTB also offers a personal care program, which includes showers, underclothes, and toiletries to the Members. It also includes a weekly visit to our clothing bank, dubbed, "The Boston Store," where winter essentials such as hats, gloves, boots, coats, snow pants or thermal underwear, and more are available.

In 2020, we served an average of 2,822 meals monthly in our Breach Cafe, which doesn't include the many bag lunches we supply our working homeless, nor does it include continental breakfast offered. For COVID-19 safety, all meals are now packaged in bagged, to-go clamshell containers, with utensils and condiments included. Our bubbler is closed until further notice, but bottled water is readily available to those who need it.

Our free medical clinic provides basic care for injuries, chronic issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes, and referrals for other issues. We also partner with others to provide flu shot clinics, AIDS testing clinics, and breast cancer screenings.

Our literacy program helps our Members increase their reading comprehension. Our Employment Assistance Program helps our Members find jobs, provides interview prep, provides resume assistance, and even provides bus passes to get to interviews.

We offer many other services, resources and programs, such as our art therapy program, our peace garden, spiritual counseling, mental health assistance, lifeline services, and more.
     
Visit: repairers.org for more information

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Population(s) Served
Adults

ROTB maintains ties with formerly homeless graduates, keeping them connected and involved with positive people and activities, remaining sober, healthy and housed. Many Alumni return to our center to participate in activities and to volunteer. Others provide public testimony about the realities of the homeless experience through our Speakers Bureau. Alumni are also eligible to receive household furnishings through this program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Speakers Bureau gives a voice to the voiceless by allowing Members and Alumni to provide powerful testimony about their plight. The typical result is a breakdown of negative stereotypes and a healing of the breach between the poor and the prosperous, the “haves” and the “have nots.” 
We speak to groups small and large--to students of all ages, civic groups, business associations, churches/synagogues/temples/mosques, corporate gatherings, and so forth.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Best of Milwaukee, Local Activist 2011

Alternative Publications/Shepherd Express

Certificate of Special Recognition 2006

U.S. Senator Russell Feingold

Facility Award 2004

Highsteppers Women’s Support Group

Special Commendation for Positive Approach to Safety 2003

City of Milwaukee Safety Commission

Community Organizing Achievement Award 1997

Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee

Community Organizing Award 1997

Progressive Milwaukee

Social Justice Award 1997

Wisconsin Community Fund

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2011

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2012

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clinic visits provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Refuge & Resource Center

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the MONTHLY AVERAGE of visits. Significant drop in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Number of showers provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Refuge & Resource Center

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are MONTHLY AVERAGES of showers provided. We use these metrics to evaluate need more than success of a program. Significant increase in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Number of Member (homeless and at-risk) visits

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Refuge & Resource Center

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the MONTHLY AVERAGE of visits. We use these metrics to evaluate need more than success of a program. Significant decrease due to COVID-19.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Refuge & Resource Center

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is the MONTHLY AVERAGE of meals served; evaluates need more than success. Decrease due to COVID-19; breakfast switched to continental only and hasn't been counted in meals in 2020.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Members are able to meet their basic needs (food, shelter, hygiene, clothing, health care, etc.) so that they can focus on sustaining economic self-sufficiency.
2. Members sustain a living situation that includes housing, benefits and/or job, and hope for the future.
3. Members are able to sustain mental health and substance abuse recovery.
4. Members are able to seek reconciliation and reunification with estranged family members.
5. Members sustain the program's self-governing model/community, emphasizing responsibility, dignity, empathy, compassion and hope.
6. The Repairers of the Breach model reduces stigma and inspires hope and action in the broader community.

Day shelter services
• Sanctuary
• Living room
• Community
• Center “ownership”
• Women's safe haven
• Breach Cafe
• Personal care/hygiene
• Free clinic
• Communication service (telephone, voicemail. e-mail)
• Mail service
• Voter initiatives
• Holiday support
• Sleep support

Services of an ongoing nature
• Support groups
• AODA recovery support
• Counseling services
• Violence reduction
• Learning center (for adult basic education)
• Employment assistance
• Leadership development
• Family reunification support
• Spiritual fellowship
• Veterans outreach
• Stress management
• Pain management
• Time and money management
• Enrichment/talent development
• Linkages to other social services
• Alumni support

We have partnered with many organizations to increase our capabilities. For example, Impact 2-1-1 visits our shelter and assists with getting the Members on housing. We're partnering with Covering Wisconsin to ensure our Members have health coverage. We've partnered with the Hunger Task Force to provide nutritious, fresh, healthy meals. We've also partnered with Marquette University to help with the free medical clinic.

In addition to partners, we also rely on hundreds of volunteers. From students helping with meals to volunteers weeding our garden, these in-kind services allow us to do so much on a small budget.

Continuing to offer programs and services, and our Members continuing to use them are our biggest accomplishments. We constantly endeavor to make sure they can count on us.

Going forward, we are in the very beginning stages of planning a Pilot Program, which will follow a small group of Members from beginning to end. We will still offer ala carte programs and services like we do now, but for those in the Pilot Program, we will assist them by designing a customized program to assist them out of homelessness. Again, we're in the very early stages of development, but we're already excited for this program.

Financials

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REPAIRERS OF THE BREACH INC

Board of directors
as of 3/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs Rebecca North

Milwaukee Friends Meeting

Term: 2017 -

Adu Kahmanne

LEUX, LLC Chicago

Brandon Bruckman

Insight Investment Advisers

Joyce Roesler

Community Outreach

Frank Jelen

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

Michelle Crockett

Community Outreach

Rebecca North

Milwaukee Friends Meeting

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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