September 2022 Newsletter


In Milwaukee and surrounding counties, Impact 211 is an organization that provides a first step for those experiencing a personal crisis. They are a free confidential helpline and online resource directory for social, family, and health services. Because September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, mental health advocates, community members, and survivors unite this month to broadcast the message that healing is possible, and suicide can be prevented.


Alliance on Mental Illness of Racine, Inc., is a local organization that for over 40 years has sought to provide no-cost peer-led support programs to help people affected by mental illness. Their goal is to get people the support they need as well as the information they need to better understand mental illness. The Alliance on Mental Illness of Racine provides education to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. They also provide basic care for parents and caregivers of children who have emotional, behavioral, and/or mental concerns.


Since 1977, the Waukesha Free Clinic is the oldest charitable and free clinic in Wisconsin. The organization opened its doors when they recognized there were growing healthcare gaps in the Waukesha County community. The clinic is a critical safety net provider and offers increased access to the community’s healthcare delivery system. Other services provided are homeless outreach, Hispanic health, continuity of care, dental referrals, and patient information.


Located in Milwaukee for over 25 years, the Franciscan Peacemakers has provided services to women that have been sexually exploited through prostitution and human trafficking. They do this by deploying a mobile Street Outreach team that go throughout the city five mornings a week seeking those that may need help. In addition to offering long-term residential services, substance abuse counseling, and trauma counseling, they also offer an employment training program.


Serenity Inns was formed in Milwaukee as a result of what was witnessed as an increased alcohol and drug use within their inner-city church communities. Additionally, as a response to the rising rate of overdoses, Serenity Inn identified an unmet community need for residential treatment for men who do not have insurance or funds to pay for treatment. Their goal is to provide rehabilitative services and structured housing in an atmosphere of support and accountability. This gives the addicted men hope to rebuild their lives.


The Outreach Community Health Center, located on Milwaukee’s North side, has served the most vulnerable people in the community since 1984. Their goal is to provide health and wellness to all individuals they serve. Patients of Outreach Community Health have access to physicians, behavioral health psychologists, psychiatrists, and dental services. The Health Center also provides access to pharmacists, benefits services, and assigned case managers.