Johnny’s Story

“The first time I felt loved is when I joined a gang at 15. They were my brothers. I thought, ‘Wow, here’s where I’m supposed to be.’” Growing up, Johnny struggled to find his place in the world. His mother left when he was just a baby, leaving him to be raised by an…

Monique’s Story

“It started with a bad relationship last year. I thought it was healthy at first, but it moved too fast. It was very controlling, very oppressive.” It was a new, exciting relationship, and Monique was looking forward to the future. But as little disagreements grew into hostility, she felt suffocated, frightened and unable to…

Craig’s Story

“Wasted potential.” That’s how Craig saw his life. Despite growing up in a stable household, he rebelled as a teenager — he started hanging out with the wrong crowd, and began using drugs and alcohol. What started as youthful defiance led him down a heartbreaking path of brokenness, addiction, homelessness … and nearly a…

Janetta’s Story

Between a difficult childhood and a teenage pregnancy, Janetta’s life hasn’t always been easy — “But I know God won’t let me down.” Eventually, through God’s grace, she found peace. She got married, and her family started a new life in Mississippi. Sadly, it wasn’t only the move that went south — but her…

Ron’s Story

For 30 years, Ron survived on Chicago’s cold, dangerous streets. He endured sub-zero winter nights with little more than a blanket and an alleyway to block the wind. At times, he was so hungry that he begged for change just to buy some fast food. Once, he even found himself in the middle of…

Dale’s Story

“I’d never been to Milwaukee except for when I was born here.” Life has taken Dale all around the country in his 61 years — from serving in the military to working in a fabrication shop in Elkhart, Indiana — but it was only two years ago that he hopped on his bicycle and…

Nakisha’s Story

Though she’s young, Nakisha has faced a lot of adversity, including challenging family relationships. Several years ago, during a difficult period of her life, she turned to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission for help. She and her three kids took refuge at Joy House, our shelter for women and children in need. “That first time…

Lee’s Story

From alcohol to drugs, arguments to separations … Lee has had his challenges in the past. In fact, this isn’t his first time at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Years ago, thanks to support from friends like you, Lee turned his life around at MRM. He graduated, got a job, got married and was living…

Trinity’s Story

"Since I’ve been here, that’s all I’ve been given — love, support and help." After going through a rough experience at her previous school, Trinity wasn’t sure what to expect from Cross Trainers Academy (CTA), the Milwaukee Rescue Mission’s K4-12th grade school. What she found was a place that welcomed her with open arms,…

Garlund’s Story

“God pulls you up, no matter how many chances you need,” says Garlund. Garlund knows this firsthand. He’s been on the receiving end of such endless grace for years, beginning in his late 20s when friends introduced him to crack cocaine. The drug took over his life quickly — and to the point that…