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53206 is a neighborhood in need.

Milwaukee is the third poorest among the fifty largest cities in the United States, ranked behind Detroit and Fresno. In zip code 53206, where the Milwaukee Rescue Mission's North Campus is located, the statistics are even more sobering.

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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Milwaukee

Research shows that the best ticket out of poverty is a combination of education, employment, stable families and connection with community, church and Christ.

Four Key Areas


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MRM offers education resources for neighbors of all ages. The Child Enrichment Center provides care and curricular growth for children 4 weeks to 4 years old; Cross Trainers Academy offers hundreds of at-risk students in grades K4-high school an excellent, Christian-based education focusing on strong academics, character development and career readiness. And, adult education offerings range from GED studies to parenting classes and more.


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MRM provides a robust infrastructure for job training, education and interview preparation, equipping residents with the skills and preparation necessary to find and maintain meaningful employment. The planned expansion will allow these services to be offered to the community surrounding the North Campus.

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Through various support initiatives, MRM’s programs encourage the development and growth of stable families in the neighborhood. Marriage and parenting resources, distribution of hygiene and household items and provision of food and clothing combine with neighborly engagement to help strengthen the families of 53206.

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At MRM’s North Campus, each individual is treated with dignity and respect as a person created in the image of God. Partnerships with other organizations connect neighbors with their community and a church family that can continue to support them throughout life’s joys and struggles. Bible studies and community events also provide places for people to connect to one another and to God — and learn about the forgiveness and new life they can have in Christ.

For 125 years, the Milwaukee Rescue Mission has offered help and hope to those struggling with poverty by addressing these four key areas. In order to continue this mission for years to come, the Milwaukee Rescue Mission is expanding the North Campus to provide men, women and children in the surrounding neighborhood with cradle-to-career support, giving them a path to success. The Thrive campaign to raise funds for the North Campus expansion will help us break the cycle of generational poverty here in Milwaukee one family at a time.

Made to Thrive

Learn about our goals in expanding our North Campus.

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With your help, lives are being changed.

Meet Destiny

"I feel accepted at CTA, and I am looking forward to being a veterinarian when I grow up!" Before enrolling at CTA, Destiny confronted significant distractions and obstacles to academic success. Now in 11th grade at CTA, she feels a close bond with her fellow students, loves learning and is benefiting from her Bible classes. She has a 3.6 GPA is looking forward to college and beyond!

Meet Tenesha & Her Family

"CTA blesses the kids with a terrific education and the love of God." Like many Joy House residents, Tenesha faced harrowing adversity as a child; with an alcoholic mother, she was responsible for the care of her siblings from a very young age. As a young mother herself, Tenesha sought refuge at the Joy House when her children's father left Milwaukee. Today, Tenesha's children are thriving at Cross Trainers Academy!

Meet Latiesha & Her Family

"Now I have the confidence, I feel loved and I have hope for our future!" Growing up, Latiesha's dream was to be a pediatric nurse, but when she had her first child at 17, she had to give up her dream. Latiesha faced economic hardship, but she was determined to do what was best for her kids: she came to the Joy House and enrolled them in Cross Trainers Academy. Today, the entire family is thriving! Latiesha works in the Milwaukee Public Schools system and attends the Joy House Bible studies, and her kids are flourishing in CTA.