Human Services

REPAIRERS OF THE BREACH INC

aka Repairers, RotB

Milwaukee, WI

Mission

Our Mission:  To combat homelessness by providing life-saving, life-sustaining, and life-restoring programs.   Our Vision:  Each individual will have adequate food, a home, health care, a support system, literacy and an empowered voice.

Ruling Year

1991

Executive Director

Rev. James W West Jr.

Main Address

PO Box 05648

Milwaukee, WI 53205 USA

Keywords

homelessness,daytime shelter,advocacy,outreach,empowerment,democratic,self-governing

EIN

39-1707495

 Number

7012439732

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Repairers of the Breach Center

Alumni Association

Speakers Bureau

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of clinic visits provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Repairers of the Breach Center

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This is the MONTHLY AVERAGE of visits. We noticed a sharp rise in visits during the fall of 2019, corresponding with the closure of 2 neighboring free clinics, so 2020's averages will likely be higher

Number of showers provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Repairers of the Breach 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.

Number of Member (homeless and at-risk) visits

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Repairers of the Breach 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.

Number of meals served or provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults

Related program

Repairers of the Breach Center

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This is the MONTHLY AVERAGE of meals served. We use these metrics to evaluate need more than success of a program. Sharp rise in 2019 is because we serve more meals & we now include breakfast numbers

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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.

Many of our metrics involve attendance. For example, with an average of 4,314 meals served each month in 2019, we can proudly say that each month, 4,314 empty bellies were made full. Each visit to our free medical clinic is one less visit to the emergency room. Each shower is one more time germs were washed off and confidence was put on. We are low-barrier. That means that we don't ask for proof of income or IDs to get in. All that's required is a need. However, that also means our Members utilize our programs at their pace. We don't push someone into AODA counseling if they aren't ready for it, for example, and this is because numerous studies show that programs don't work if the person isn't ready for them. Aside from metrics showing that needs are met, however, our favorite way to see progress is when the Members take those big steps. Reading words that they couldn't read before is progress. Obtaining and maintaining a job is progress. Getting a home is progress. Whether it be maintenance or steps forward, we are blessed to see progress every day.

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.

External Reviews

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

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Financials

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/14/2020

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Sexual Orientation
Decline to state
Disability Status
Decline to state

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

No data

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

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