‘Street Angels’ donates food and clothing to Milwaukee’s homeless population as temperatures drop

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — Single-digit temperatures are making it especially difficult for Milwaukee’s homeless population.

Thursday evening, January 20, the volunteers do what they can.

We met a woman named Tammy who grew up in Milwaukee, went to Milwaukee public schools, but a life of hardships left her homeless. A recent eviction left her with no place to sleep.

“We were both, me and my husband, our depression and all that, and then other things followed, you know, and we ended up there in the tent city,” she said. declared.

We met Tammy in the parking lot of Ascension Lutheran as volunteers were loading buses for Street Angels.

“I thought I’d ask you if there was a place to spend the night and all that because it’s probably going to be cold again tonight, because it was really cold last night. It was really, really cold.”

The two Street Angels buses loaded with food and warm clothes criss-cross the city three times a week, looking for people in need of help.

Eva Welch hands Tammy gloves and a meal.

“We’ll probably see 40 to 50 people,” said Welch, co-director of Street Angels Milwaukee. “In summer, there can be more than 200 people.”

Welch started with Street Angels seven years ago.

“You know some of these people that we’ve known for a few years now and we really care about them, and it can get tough,” Welch said.

Street Angels had to close its overnight warming center as up to three people a night tested positive for Covid.

“We only have 2.5 employees. If one of us breaks down, the whole mission breaks down, and the streets are where we need us the most,” Welch said.

City leaders say to call 2-1-1 to get started. Unfortunately, overnight accommodation has limitations at this time.

“Covid has definitely changed the way we warm up. So we used to do the – just walk into these overflow sites, and because we have to watch capacity very closely, we encourage people to call 211,” Emily said. Kenney, director of systems change at Impact 211.

St. Ben’s, at 9th and State, and Repairers of the Breach, at 13th and Vliet, still offer beds for sleeping.

“A lot of us aren’t trying to get in trouble, we’re not looking for trouble or anything,” Tammy said. “We just want resources and the right people to talk to and show us the right way.”

For more information on Impact 211, click here.

For cold weather safety information, click here.

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