Once the pandemic hit, things changed for everyone. We all took a step back and stayed in our homes, inevitably. People decided they were sick & tired of looking at the same old things, and many decided to improve their surroundings in their homes. Donations of furniture, home goods, artwork, decor, rugs, & more were abundant, everywhere. A thoughtful friend asked if I would help collaborate interiors & provide basic needs for families in need. For the last three years, we have been working hardcore to provide a safe haven for Milwaukee’s most vulnerable individuals. I became the Executive Director of this nonprofit, called homeMKErs. After being exposed to so many different communities in Milwaukee, I've come to realize what a rare place I currently reside in. The disparity within Milwaukee County is astonishing & heartbreaking. We/homeMKErs provide everything, free of charge, to the families we serve & care for. This requires more work, more hours, & more time than I’ve ever spent on anything; yet this is the absolute most rewarding “job” I’ve ever had. There is no pay, but my heart is fuller than ever.
After working with Partners in Hope, Sojourner House, Milwaukee Center for Children & Youth, Hope for Restoration & several other non-profit organizations, we hope to obtain our tax exempt status, for people that would like a receipt for their items. We filed our 501-(c)3 paperwork in 2021, so hopefully we will be approved for that soon. Fingers crossed! We have so many case studies that we were able to provide, which will likely help to prove our needs. This process, can take a while & our partners have all told us to "keep going" as it isn't always easy to obtain.
Thanks for your support.
"I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver."
“No one has ever become poor from giving."