Laura's Corner

I work very hard and am attending college to obtain my degree in the Human Service field. Writing makes me feel alive and gives me the opportunity to touch those whom I would not be able to otherwise. Last but not least, I have been blessed with two amazing daughters who love me completely and support my dreams. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or feedback.

Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Services Inc.

I receive emails at school occasionally. My VA guy at UWM had sent me an invite to a special preview of the movie Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg. Needless to say, at the end of the movie, I was so choked up I couldn't stand. After pulling myself together, I went home and cried some more. It was that good. I had attempted to find another Veteran to attend, to no avail.

I had received an email from a gentlemen informing me of a volunteer opportunity. He mentioned being a part of Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Services located in the bottom floor of St. John's Lutheran Church at 5500 W Greenfield Ave in West Allis. I decided to go for it and realized that there is a reason for everything.

Upon walking in, I noticed many individuals walking about. There is a huge seating area, similar to a cafeteria. Toward the back there are cupboards which hold clothing and such. Past the clothing you will find the kitchen. Men and women, buzzing about, getting a Thursday morning breakfast meal ready. I cannot tell you the life and excitement of everyone involved. It is comprised of love, compassion, empathy and a true desire to help others in need.

Monday morning consists of pickup. Volunteers stop at many different food stores and such to fill the shelves. Some of the organizations are Sentry, Outpost Foods, Milwaukee Public Market and Brownberry Breads. It's quite interesting to throw over 120 loaves of bread in a 4 door car, yet it'd done, every single week.

Tuesdays the volunteers start early for the 8-10am food pantry. We fill boxes and deliver to 60 individuals who are home bound. We also get bags and food ready for those walking in off the street. Men, women and children are able to pick up clothing and small items we have as well.

Thursdays consist of a delicious breakfast. Cereal, eggs, milk, meat, toast, etc, I can't begin to explain the amounts of food available. Also included is a mountain of donuts on a table prior to walking into the kitchen, we ensure every single person walks away full and satisfied.

The beat part of this whole experience is meeting men and women who have been forgotten. To be able to talk with and hug those who most likely have very little human contact is an amazing experience. I have been touched. I have felt loved. I will continue to volunteer. Why? Because it just feels so darned good.

For those looking to volunteer or donate, please feel free to stop by. We are always looking for support regarding clothing, food and financial as well. We are run by 100% volunteers and use the donations to continue to feed, clothe and distribute food to those in need. I am including a link to our website and facebook page. Please stop by and like us. You will see many pictures recently taken of our work and also from a recent breakfast meal.

God bless!

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