The Mount Olive ACTS! Fund
Mount Olive has been blessed with an amazing gift. Jesus challenges us to love and care for one another. We are all blessed differently and those with time or money to spare should share it with those who can use it. So we are sharing this gift with agencies, organizations or individuals that serve others in our community and in the world at large.
Who is Centro Legal: A non-profit law firm located in Milwaukee, with a staff made up of five attorneys, an executive director, and a legal assistant.
How does Centro Legal help: We provide free and low-cost legal services to low-income clients and survivors of domestic abuse. Our work assists clients in navigating the lengthy family court process, which can take an average of nine months to well over one year, to obtain child custody, placement, support, paternity, and divorce orders. These orders are imperative in establishing new family foundations and aiding our clients in their transition to independence and self-sufficiency. Our effective and full representation ensures that our clients understand the process and their legal rights and reduces the time they spend in court and away from their jobs and families. By the time their case is resolved, the client has legally enforceable court orders, which are particularly important in cases complicated by domestic abuse. They establish boundaries with the abuser, finances are no longer commingled, and child custody and placement orders set the parameters of contact with the children. Ultimately, both our clients and their children can reset their lives. By the conclusion of the case, our clients report feeling more confident with increased hope for their future.
Centro Legal is very thankful to the Mount Olive congregation and the ACTS Funding team for their generous support of our mission. With your help, we are able to provide effective legal assistance to over 200 survivors of domestic abuse each year. If you would like to learn more about our organization, please contact Molly Dobberke Riehle at 262-719-5811 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We also invite you to hear directly from one of our clients, who is featured in the video we produced for our annual fundraiser, Centro LeGala, which was held on June 20th. The video can be viewed at www.vimeo.com/342305606.
How can MTO help? Centro Legal is currently in search of a part-time development professional and volunteers for administrative support.
Who is Family Service: Family Service is an independent, non-profit counseling center that provides state-of-the-art psychotherapy, education, and advocacy services to anyone needing help at any age or stage of life. Founded in 1964, Family Service’s goal is to improve the quality of individual, family, and community life. They know that mental and emotional health is the basis for confident individuals, good parents, happy children, strong families, and productive communities. Visit www.fswaukesha.org
How Does Family Service Help? Family Service offers personalized counseling care for people of all ages to address emotional, behavioral, mental health, relationship, and family issues. Counseling services for:
- Family Circumstances
- Work Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Financial Problems
- Anger Management
- Post-Traumatic Stress
- Drug & Alcohol Abuse
- Marriage & Relationship Problems
In 2017, 843 people received counseling in the Mental Health and Wellness clinics located in Waukesha and Oconomowoc. 823 parents were helped to develop skills and find healing when faced with the challenges of family disruption caused by divorce or separation through the Cooperative Parenting Center. 814 psychotherapy sessions were provided to children in public schools through School-based services.
What Can MTO do to Help? A full list of items that can be donated to Family Service will be posted on the ACTS church bulletin board, but include:
Post it notes
Dry erase markers
2 inch 3-Ring Binders
DVD envelopes (paper sleeves) to store recorded interviews in
Post It Notes
Locking File Tote Storage box
Any type of general office supply
Toilet bowl cleaner
Tall kitchen garbage bags
Wanted Donated Games: Candyland, Sorry, Trouble, Don’t break the ice, Life, Shutes and Ladders, Kerplunk, Uno Card Game
Who is Community Lutheran Ministry (CLM): An urban outreach ministry which serves the 14621 zip code in northeast Rochester, NY. It provides hope to children and families living in the poorest section of the inner city. The Mission Society extended a call to Deaconess Maggie D. Harris who began her ministry in October 1990. This ministry has concentrated on after-school programs for elementary school children, counseling with teens and single mothers, and the recruitment of volunteers from congregations and the neighborhood, in addition to refining and further developing outreach strategies.
How Does Community Lutheran Ministry Help? A traveling Ministry Day Camp has become a very viable ministry to families in the community. This summer the camp served 135 children. The 6-week traveling camp has received as many as 300 applicants in past years. Children ages 3-16 kick off their days with devotional time then travel outside their community each week. With their dedicated counselors, the children experience field trips to museums, nature centers, church sponsored bible camps, skating, boating, fishing swimming and places where they can share and experience God’s love and joy with hundreds of suburban volunteers each summer. At the end of the summer, the kids create beautiful signs and do a neighborhood ‘STOP THE VIOLENCE’ walk followed by a family picnic to celebrate the perform skits/dances for the parents.
What Can MTO do to Help? In preparation for every summer’s camp a wish list of needs is shared: badminton game, volleyball net and volleyballs, double-dutch jump rope, snacks (indiv. wrapped), bathing suits, towels and socks.
- Praise dance costumes
- Books to read for children ages 2 to 12
- Craft kits for 25 kids
- Gift cards for food needs for after school and summer program or Thanksgiving
- Musical instruments
- Snacks (individually wrapped), juice boxes
- Fans (industrial sized)
- Refrigerators, stoves, canned and non-perishable goods, health kits (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.) for kids, new/used children’s clothes for ages infant to 16 years.
For more information visit www.communitylutheranministry.org
Our Savior's-El Salvador Mission
Who is Our Savior’s-El Salvador Mission: Missionaries David & Nancy Slinde have been leading a community development project since 2009. The delegation empowers women from a region in El Salvador with training on how to care for laying hens so they can manage a healthy poultry project. Empowering women is a major goal as the culture is hostile to women. Women with power are accepted into leadership positions in their communities and gain respect.
How Does Our Savior’s-El Salvador Mission Help? 55 women from the delegation participate and admit to the importance of this project by providing a better diet for their children and improve their overall living conditions. 10 families currently have a coop with 9 hens and 1 rooster in each. After 12 months, the family must donate the same number chicks to begin another project with another family. The cost of a coop is expensive as they need to be very strong to keep out predators. The new coops have cement floors, solid support posts, thick wire walls and metal roofs. They are actually better than most homes. Their community is void of any natural resources.
What Can MTO do to Help? Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in West Bend (262.334.9551) accepts donations for the Chicken Project lead by the Slinde’s.
Who is House of Love? A Christian-based organization providing out-of-home care for teen girls (ages 12-18) in the Milwaukee area by providing a safe and loving family environment that is missing in their lives. House of Love prepares youth to lead self-sufficient lives who have often exited the foster care system. Because there are over 2000 youth in and out of homecare in Milwaukee County every month, House of Love is able to improve the lives of 10-15 girls each month.
Who is Milwaukee Christian Center:
Milwaukee Christian Center (MCC) is a multi-service organization that works to build strong neighborhoods full of opportunity. Their approach works through four core areas: food security, youth development, older adults, and housing – serving over 7,500 people each year.
How Does Milwaukee Christian Center Help?
What began with American Baptist roots providing outreach to immigrants on Milwaukee’s south side in 1921, MCC now serves youth, families, and older adults of all races, ethnicities, religions, and ages throughout the city of Milwaukee. Through MCC’s Food Security efforts, they serve low-income children, families, and older adults residing in one of Milwaukee’s most impoverished and distressed areas, zip code 53204. Each month, 1,000+ individuals receive healthy food, nutrition education, and connections to supports needed to become self-sufficient. Additionally, a team of construction experts improve the lives of the neighbors through the Neighborhood Improvement Project (NIP) which offers the opportunity for at-risk young adults from these same neighborhoods to learn home construction skills while earning their GED.
What Can MTO do to Help?
Please visit their website with more information at www.mccwi.org.com or call 414.645.5350. Besides financial donations, MCC appreciates volunteer help by becoming a tutor in their youth programs or assist in their food pantry.
Who is St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic:
Celebrating 43 years in November 2019, St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic (SJMC) is proud to be the oldest free clinic in the state of Wisconsin. Their mission is to support the health and well-being of uninsured, under-insured and low-income friends and neighbors who reside, work, or attend school in the Waukesha County. These individuals are unable to access the healthcare system. Health disparities continue to evolve in Waukesha County and encompass every age, income level, race and ethnicity.
How Does St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic Help?
SJMC’s driving purpose is to ensure increased access to primary care to those in need. In the 2017-2018 fiscal years, SJMC assisted 566 patients with over 2750 services ranging from provider assessments, diagnosis and treatment planning, labs and x-rays, medications, patient health education, and health insurance navigation. Most patients seen at the clinic have a household income at 300% of Federal Poverty Limits. This makes it difficult for them to access the proper care and medications needed. SJMC is dedicated to providing patients with necessary care and medications at no cost. This is only possible by the generous donations from the community.
The following is a success story written by their Homeless Outreach Nurse:
“I have been doing wellness checks at The Hope Center since I started this job in May of 2018. I had seen this client every time I went to the center; he would interact with other clients but never interacted with me. On June 28th, I noticed that he had two black eyes. I decided to take a chance; I looked at him, smiled, and said “Well you look a little different than you did the last time I saw you.” He smiled back and explained to me that he ran out of his epilepsy medication and had a seizure. I let him know that if he ever needed help with his medication, to let me know. This turned out to be the icebreaker that began a little trusting relationship. From then on, he would have me take his blood pressure but never would open up about anything else. I continued to see him every week at the Hope Center. Finally, on September 4th, he asked for help. He was running low on medication and started explaining his situation. He was currently homeless, he lost everything he owned when he had a seizure in June. This included his ID, his food share card, his forward health card, and his phone. Right then I asked him if he had time to meet me at St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic to start working on getting some of these items back. He met me at the clinic later that day and we began working on getting those items back for him. By the end of September, he had a government phone, his ID card, his forward health card, and his food share card. He also decided to sign up for the PATH program (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) and allowed me to be his case manager. With the help of the staff from NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness), he was signed up for and entered into HMIS (Homeless Management Information System). A representative from HAC (Housing Action Coalition) also met us at the clinic in September and entered him into Coordinated Entry to help him with housing. On December 3, 2018, at the age of 53, he was able to move into his very first one-bedroom apartment on his own. The community worked together to help furnish and stock his new home so he could begin his new journey. As the Homeless Outreach nurse, I continue to follow his progress and assess his health and wellness to insure his stability continues in the right direction.”
What Can MTO do to Help?
To learn more about how you can help St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic, call their office at 262-544-6777 or visit www.sjmdc.net
Who is Gerard’s Embrace:
Gerard’s Embrace is a shelter for homeless pregnant women, located in East Troy, WI. They are committed to providing the resources and support that the area residents need to become self-sufficient and capable of providing a stable family life for them and their children. The program introduces life skills training, employment coaching, budget monitoring, and spiritual growth.
How Does Gerard’s Embrace Help?
Gerard’s Embrace is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for pregnant women and their babies. This environment enables the residents to focus on their own emotional, physical, educational, and spiritual well-being. The goal is to promote long-term economic independence and to provide an opportunity for women to build a better life for themselves and their children.
Residents have the opportunity to:
- Live in a safe, comfortable home in an atmosphere of support and respect
- Develop skills necessary for financial independence through guided budgeting
- Participate in life skill enrichment including guidance in the areas of civility, households maintenance and parenting
- Experience spiritual growth with guided lessons and devotions
- Earn EmbraceBucks for actively participating in Gerard’s Embrace programs. EmbraceBucks can be used to purchase items in their Baby Boutique.
What’s required to qualify for residency with Gerard’s embrace:
- Be pregnant and 18 years of age or older
- Successfully complete a background check and drug screening
- Agree to comply with house rules, including but not limited to, curfews, schedules, visitors, use of technology
- Willingly live civilly with other residents by respecting privacy and property of others, treating others with kindness and dignity and participating in communal life
- Comply with non-smoking policy and zero tolerance policy concerning illegal substances
- Participate in life skills building and spiritual enrichment
- Actively participate in maintaining health and the health of baby by keeping all necessary medical appointment, following physicians directives and making healthy choices
What Can MTO do to Help?
Please visit their website or Facebook page with more information at www.gerardsembrace.com or call 262.684.2027
ACTS Housing is empowerment through home ownership. ACTS Housing serves diverse families throughout Milwaukee’s inner city. Most homes owners purchase formerly vacant or vandalized foreclosures. Usually rehab costs are less than demolition and new owners save hundreds on their monthly housing costs. In 2018, ACTS Housing supported 131 families in transitioning from renter to homeowner. These families, on average, earned 52% of the county’s median income in 2018. ACTS Housing families work incredibly hard to purchase, often rehab, and occupy homes while creating vibrant neighborhoods. While rental prices continue to rise in the city of Milwaukee, ACTS Housing families have a stable, affordable living situation. Mt. Olive’s support went towards ACTS Housing core programs: home buyer counseling, real estate brokerage, home rehab counseling and loans/grants for home repair to make home ownership possible. This helped ACT Housing turn renters to owners, houses to homes, and blocks to communities!
How Does ACTS Housing Help? ACTS Housing believes in the power of home. Since the founding in 1995, ACTS Housing has supported more than 2,500 families in becoming homeowners. On average, families save between $100-$200 monthly by transitioning from renting to owning as well as having a stable, safe and sanitary home. ACTS families work incredibly hard. For example, Hector works all day but finds time to complete his home rehab projects at night with the help of his children. Additionally, Simon and Gregoria, who purchased a city tax foreclosure for $3,500 completed their rehab in just three months!
Would you like to help further? Visit www.actshousing.org to learn more and if interested in providing financial support of ACTS Housing, online donations can be made.
- Who is Safe Babies Healthy Families: A program of Easterseals, Safe Babies Healthy Families has been serving families for over 35 years as a voluntary, in-home visitation program, serving families prenatal to age 5.
- How does Safe Babies Healthy Families help: There are two main missions: assist children to be school-ready, which is done by providing activities and developmental screenings on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and second, to prevent child abuse and neglect. The majority of the families have experienced trauma in their lives and may be struggling either financially, with mental health, drugs and alcohol, domestic violence, etc.
- The organization helps build them up by providing support, education and resources for their families. When a family achieves goals (big or small), they receive ‘baby bucks’ to go shopping in the Earn as You Learn Store, which Mount Olive has been generous in supporting. The store contains basic essential items that their children need. The generous donation has made an amazing difference because the once bare shelves of diapers and wipes have been well-stocked. The organization also purchased some umbrella strollers, car seats and pack ‘n plays for families. The donation provides families with assistance, but also keeps the children safe.
Any program or initiative that seeks to meet the needs of others is eligible to apply. Requests for matching funds to complement existing fund raisers are also eligible.
The annual application deadline is February 28th. Twelve applications will be accepted each year. They will be considered in chronological order. The size of each gift will be based on the needs of applicants and the merits of the request.
In addition to a possible financial gift all recipients will have information about their program/initiative shared in Mount Olive’s newsletter, bulletin and website.
Applicants will be notified in early April as to whether the application is being considered for funding. Decisions will be communicated by the end of May.
Financial requests over $10,000 may take an additional 90 days for an approval decision (end of August).