Clark Hall 231
Limit: 10 students (THIS SITE IS NOW CLOSED)
Address: 3330 W. Wells Street (Vet’s Place Central)
Days/Hours of Operation:
Description of Agency/Activities: The Center for Veterans Issues is a nonprofit veteran’s administration and management organization. CVI supports the concerns of all veterans by providing information, resources, identification of funding, technical assistance and organizational development to veteran service organizations. CVI also provides transitional housing to homeless veterans, while offering many services to help veterans transition back into the community. CVI provides veteran housing, programs, and reintegration services; affordable, permanent housing for low-income veterans via property acquisition, development and property management; advocacy to address veteran’s issues; and economic development through entrepreneurial initiatives.
Student Role at Agency: Students will have the opportunity to assist with the intake of veterans between 8am and 12pm or sit-in on the clinical staffing process with case managers in which they decide the best course of action for the client as they move forward with bettering their lives. Students can also co-facilitate any group class for veterans that are offered between 8:00am and 3:00pm between Monday and Friday.
Limit: 4 students
Address: 1030 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Approximate travel time by bus: 20 minutes
Approximate travel time by car: 8 minutes
Days/Hours of Operation: Choose a two-hour time slot between 10:30 am- 2:00 pm Monday-Friday
Description of Agency/Activities: Dryhootch is a nonprofit 501c3 organization formed by combat Veterans to help Veterans in their return home. Dryhootch was envisioned as a place where Veterans could gather informally in a coffee house; a safe, comfortable, drug-and-alcohol-free environment. The idea revolved around the creation of a retail coffee shop run by and for Veterans, which would also support an extended network of Veteran families, and encourage Veteraninteraction with the community as a whole. "Hootch" is military jargon for a hut or safe place to sleep during combat. The term "dry" denotes the organization's mission to provide a social gathering place for Veterans that is free of alcohol - one of the major problemsplaguingVeterans of all eras. As such, the concept behind "Dryhootch" was a desire to establish a café-like environment dedicated to "helping Veterans who survived the war, survive the peace."
Student Role at Agency: Students will help with the Art for Warriors program where students will help veterans with art projects.
Orientation: Call Mark to set up orientation.
Limit: 2 students
Address: 1216 N. 13th Street
Transportation: Within walking distance
Days/Hours of Operation: Mondays 6:00- 8:00 pm
Description of Agency/Activities: The Guest House provides shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose. Founded in 1981 by the Central City Churches, the Guest House offers emergency shelter, transitional shelter, transitional housing and permanent housing for homeless adult men. Services provided include: case management, benefits counseling, AODA treatment and support groups, mental health counseling, education, employability skills assessment, job training and placement, access to primary health care and psychiatric services (including medication monitoring), and referrals to other community-based agencies and providers.
Student Role at Agency: Students will work with seven people in the Homeward Bound Program, playing games, eating dinner, and visiting with them.
Orientation: Call Erik to schedule an orientation. Then, when you have attended that, you may start your service.
Special requirements: Students will sign up in a pair and attend on the same day of service.
Limit: 3 students
Address: the National Guard Armory at 4108 North Richards Street, Milwaukee
Orientation: At the day of service, talk to Kathy for a general overview of the program
Days/hours of operation: students must attend all of these
Description of agency: During a “Stand Down” soldiers are removed from the field of combat for rest and recreation. Homeless and at-risk veterans in this country are not unlike soldiers combat, living in the field (streets), surviving by their wits with limited rations and enduring very unfavorable living conditions. Today’s version of a Stand Down is designed and intended to bring a wide array of preexisting specialized resources together at one location and to provide a comprehensive therapeutic program to homeless and to at-risk veterans that integrates employment, housing, medical, legal and a broad range of social services.
Student Role in Agency: Students will set up for and attend a Stand Down event. They will observe and interact in this meeting. Students will also attend monthly meetings for veterans and take inventory after the event.
Requirements: service learners are expected to attend all of these events.
Limit: 5 students
Address: 5000 W National Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53295
Approximate travel time by car: 7 minutes
Approximate travel time by bus: ~30 minutes
Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 12:30 p.m. -2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Fridays 8-10:00 a.m., 10:00a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Description of Agency/Activities: The Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center offers a variety of health services to meet the needs of our nation's Veterans.
Student Role at Agency: These openings are in the Patient Escort department, which involves taking patients to and from appointments within the hospital. Students should have plenty of opportunity start conversations and meet veterans.
Orientation: call Jessica to schedule an orientation. Then, once you have attended that you may begin your service.
Special Requirements: A TB test, volunteer application, and background check are required. Once you have signed up, call Jessica as soon as possible to get this information.