Stories about our youth, Pathfinders news, and more.
I Have Feelings
A young Pathfinders client recently taught me the true spirit of resiliency. I’ve been fortunate to provide this fantastic organization with fundraising and communications counsel for the past few months. I recently bumped into “Callahan” in the copy room. As staff sometimes have family members visit, I mistakenly assumed Callahan might be a colleague’s daughter.Read More >
Our Supporters Empower Youth
Courtney came to Pathfinders four years ago, aged 19, suffering from severe depression and psychosis, which resulted in her being kicked out of ALL the shelters in Milwaukee. She was living on the streets, feeling hopeless and tired, and wanting to give up.Read More >
AmeriCorps Opportunity Opens Doors AND Eyes
Last spring, I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. That moment came when I crossed the stage, shook hands with the dean, and adulthood began. It took a lot of work, time, mistakes, and silliness to have that moment come to fruition.Read More >
Drop-In Center Clients Inspired by Black History Month Programs
Our Black History Month Celebration and recognition supported our continued work to build and role model healthy and trusting relationships, safe spaces, healthy conversations, self-awareness and self-esteem building, and exposure to truths and realities with youth exploring who they are, where they are and where they hope to be. Our youth and young adults were able to connect with community members, professionals, collaborative partners and share in inspiring and humbling experiences.Read More >
SEC Student Achiever Scores Points In and Out of the Classroom
Southeastern Education Center (SEC) student Shamaya Pollard emulates her favorite basketball player, MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, when it comes to scoring points. Shamaya recently earned the highest possible points on her daily accountability report.Read More >
A Story Of Hope & Empowerment
Demarius Turner grew up in the foster care system and was left to fend for himself at only 18 years old. As a young man living on the streets, Demarius had a lot working against him, but one of his biggest challenges was hearing loss. He remembered, “I had times when I wanted to give up, when I wanted to kill myself. No one was there to help me.”Read More >
Green Spaces and Mental WEALTH!
The impact environment has on our emotional well-being is tangible! Anecdotally we all have memories of spaces and places and how these influence our mood and well-being. The quick window of summer in Milwaukee feels fast, everybody trying to make the most of the heat, humidity, and sun while it lasts. Through my work at Pathfinders as a therapeutic case manager I have had the privilege of organizing a garden group at Pathfinders Drop-In Center.Read More >
Community Members Discuss: What is Rape Culture?
On Oct. 17, WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio joined Pathfinders and community members for a conversation about what rape culture is and how to push back against a society that normalizes sexual violence. The discussion was part of WUWM’s series, Let’s Talk, Milwaukee.Read More >
Volunteer Spotlight: Arlyn Reynolds
Arlyn Reynolds is a recent graduate from Cardinal Stritch University, who hopes to use his degree to better the community. It was through Cardinal Stritch that he discovered Pathfinders. “After the department explained to me just what Pathfinders does, I had to send in my resume.”Read More >
The Haunting of Clement Ave.
For most of the year, the house at 2943 S. Clement Avenue goes unnoticed, but once October rolls around, neighbors are in for a scary treat because that’s when Andy Reid and Jamie Beauchamp turn their yard into A & J’s Halloween House. According to Andy, it’s a “fun, imaginative way to celebrate this holiday season.” Not only is the display fun, but it also serves as a way to raise money for Pathfinders. Onlookers are able to leave donations in a drop box outside of the house, or donate online through a GoFundMe page. Andy said, “I feel it's society’s obligation to help take care of those in need within our community.”Read More >
To anyone struggling on #NationalComingOutDay
To anyone struggling on #NationalComingOutDay, At Pathfinders, we have nothing but love and respect for all of you who are sharing your coming out posts on social media today. It takes courage and defiance to proudly declare who you are in a world that wants to keep you hidden.Read More >
Pathfinders Youth Organize Job Fair
On Oct. 14 from 2-6pm, Pathfinders’ Pathways to Employment case management team and Y.U.M.A.D participants will hold a job fair for youth ages 25 and under. The job fair will include retail work, customer service, warehouse work, food service, and other opportunities.Read More >
Back To School Campaign & Celebration Recap
Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who helped us celebrate the grand opening and dedication of the new Pathfinders Southeastern Education Center! The beautiful new facility would not exist without the support of the Milwaukee community. The grand opening celebration on Sept. 20 brought together community supporters, board members, local representatives, nonprofit leaders, and many others who are dedicated to ensuring that Milwaukee’s young people receive the education that they both need and deserve.Read More >
The Silver Blue Light
My Mom, Karen LeSage, had a common blessing she would give during times of trouble or challenge in our family. She would simply say, “I’m sending you silver blue light.” She drew this blessing idea from the wisdom of Native American spirituality. The silver light represents a shining beacon that will guide you on the path out of darkness. The blue light represents a blanket or force field that will surround you for protection on your journey through any struggle. My Mom’s silver blue light almost always helped us find our way.Read More >