Committed to a healthy Milwaukee

About Hope House

Hope House was originally created in 1987 by a collaborative effort of five local churches to address homelessness on Milwaukee’s south side; Hope House has evolved from a short-term shelter into a long-term housing facility and community center that offers numerous programs and activities to assist men, women and children suffering with homelessness. Hope House utilizes diverse, multi-disciplinary approaches to address the problems of homelessness and poverty.  It is the mission of Hope House to end homelessness and create healthy communities within the city of Milwaukee.

Ending Homelessness & Creating Healthy Communities

Hope House is a non-profit emergency homeless shelter and rapid rehousing facility and community center located in the near south side of Milwaukee. Opened in 1987, Hope House was created to provide a safe, temporary refuge for people needing a place to sleep.

Over the years, Hope House has evolved into a complete provider of services for homeless and low income individuals.

In addition to residential services, Hope House provides community outreach to individuals needing health care, food distribution, financial assistance, and educational opportunities for adults and children. Hope House provides services that aim to end homelessness and create healthy communities.

Our Mission

The mission of Hope House is to end homelessness and create healthy communities. Our vision is a community that houses and values all of its people.

Progress Reports

See our most recent results and statistics.

Annual Reports

Read about our previous years efforts and see our statistics in the fight on homelessness.

Financial Information

See our most current audited finances.

Making An Impact In Milwaukee

As our services grow, so does our impact. Hope House has forged new partnerships in recent years resulting in a collaboration with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County with their Family Flex Fund. This new program provides much needed resources for families that are timing out of other programs and are in imminent danger of running out of other options. 

Additionally, in September of 2021, we were given the largest gift in the history of our organization when Mercy Housing gifted us the St. Catherine Residence on Knapp Street. We continue to provide the services that the St. Catherine Residence is known for as well as adding new programs to this 164 unit building.

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Meet the Team


Wendy Weckler

Executive Director

Patrick Schrank

Development Director

Julia Swanson

Program Director

Kaitlan Devine Nash

Finance Director

Board of Directors

Sean Miller, President

Clifton Larsen Allen

Christopher Schuele, VP

Reinhart Boerner Van Duren SC

Dan Brenton, Treasurer

Town Bank

Lisa Christiansen, Secretary

Rockwell Automation, retired

Rose Morby

Consultant & Fundraiser

Roanne Osborne, MD

Medical Management

Sarah McNally

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Richmond P. Izard

Milwaukee Public Schools

Jasmin Treske

Bader Philanthropies

Eric Treske

Wisconsin Lutheran College

"Once you choose Hope, anything is possible."