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The needs of the homeless population are varied and complex. For over 30 years, The Salvation Army Emergency Lodge has been an advocate and service provider for the homeless, not only meeting their basic daily needs for food, shelter and clothing, but also providing a comprehensive array of programs that bridge people from homelessness to stability through wrap around services that are strength based and solution focused. The programs and services at the Emergency Lodge continue to challenge people's ideas about homeless shelters.

  • Emergency Lodge Homeless Shelter - Since 1979, the 120 bed Emergency Lodge has provided emergency shelter to homeless individuals and families. Services are offered in a 24 hour setting that requires residents to be drug and alcohol free. Residents stay in semi-private rooms, receive three nutritious meals a day and have laundry facilities available. 41% of homeless individuals in Milwaukee suffer from a mental illness. Our social work staff has mental health expertise, education, and degrees. Each resident is assigned a primary social worker to develop an individualized plan for self-sufficiency. Part of each plan requires residents to establish income, either through employment or benefits, and to save 80% of their income in preparation for their move to housing in the community. More than 80% of residents successfully move from shelter to safe affordable housing each year.
    • Services Include:
      • Emergency Shelter and Meals
      • Case Management
      • Income Assessment and Planning
      • Social Security Benefit Advocacy Services
      • Housing Assistance
      • Community & Agency Networking/Referral
      • AODA & Other Support Groups
      • Transportation Assistance
      • Pastoral Care
  • Respite Care Program - The Respite Care Program provides shelter for up to 20 medically needs homeless individuals while their health concerns are stabilitized. The program serves single men and women who are self-care, have an acute medical condition and need 24 hour shelter. Each resident works individually with a nurse and a social worker to develop a case plan focused on improving their medical condition and resolving their homelessness.
    • Services Include:
      • Case Management
      • Nursing Services
      • AODA Support/Referrals
      • Medical/Dental/Mental Health Referrals
      • Medication Instruction
      • Social Security Benefit Advocacy
      • Housing Assistance
      • Transporation Assistance
  • Children's Development Program - The Children's Center Development Program provides advocacy and support for the children living at the shelter. Homelessness is a devastating experience for children and their families. Not having a home impacts every aspect of a child's life. It can damage their physical and emotional health, interfere with their education and development, and can result in a separation of family members. At the Emergency Lodge, families stay together, promoting a cohesive sense of family.

    Professional staff provides targeted services to address physical and socio-emotional deficits with each family. Educational assessments and school partnerships promote academci stability and success. The Children's Education Center provides a safe nurturing environment where children participate in educational and recreational programming.
    • Services Include:
      • Family Case Management
      • School Enrollment & Bus Transportation Assistance
      • Educational Assessments
      • Tutoring & Computer Lab
      • Clothing & School Supplies
      • Recreation & Family Activities
      • Birthday & Holiday Celebrations
      • Summer Camps
      • Parent Enrichment Classes
      • Children's Bible Studies
  • Homeless Medical Clinic - The Salvation Army Homeless Medical Clinic provides uninsured homeless adults with free health care services. These services are provided by physicians, physician assistants, nurses, a pyschologist and a social worker who all work closely together to serve over 2,500 individuals each year. The Salvation Army operates the clinic in partnership with Aurora UW Medical Group and Health Care for the Homeless of Milwaukee.
    • Services Include:
      • Point of Entry Clinic/Episodic Care
      • Chronic Disease Care
      • Blood Work & Lab Services
      • Medication & Medical Supplies
      • Medical & Depression Screenings
      • Educational Workshops & Information
      • Medical Specialty Referrals
      • Social Services
  • Employment Assistance Program - The goal of the Employment Assistance Program is to address and eliminate barriers for employable clients to move beyond poverty through employment. The Employment Services Coordinator works individually with jobseekers, providing them the opportunity to attend specialized workshops, improve job readiness, access job search resoucres, and to qualify for placement in paid transitional job training positions.
    • Services Include:
      • Employment Assessments
      • Employment Workshops & Training
      • Job Application Assistance
      • Resume Writing Assistance
      • Job Postings & Job Leads
      • Transporation Assistance
      • Placement in Transitional Job Positions
      • Work Appropriate Clothing & Tools
      • Bag Lunches
  • Social Services Available to the Community at the Lodge
    • Parenting Classes
      • Conducted by the Parenting Network
      • Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:30pm
    • Narcotics Anonymous Meetings
      • Tuesdays from 7:00 - 8:00pm
    • Spiritual Care
      • Conducted by Shalom Ministries
      • Women's Bible Study
        • 2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30pm
      • Worship Services
        • Fridays 7:00 - 8:30pm
        • Sundays 9:30 - 11:30am
      • Children's Bible Study
        • Fridays 7:00 - 8:30pm
    • Department of Human Services Mobile Unit
      • Sign up for FoodShare, Child Care and Healthcare
      • On-site bi-weekly, please call 414-265-6360 for appointments
    • WE Energies Positive ID Service
      • Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Residents of The Emergency Lodge include children. In the entryway, their drawings and projects are posted. During Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday celebration, one child wrote her "I Have a Dream" speech.

"I have a dream for myself...

I want to be very smart. I want to finish college. I want to be a teacher, nurse,

neurosurgeon, and a principal. I want my life to be just perfect!

I have a dream for my family ..."


Read the rest.

Get involved and make The Emergency Lodge a better place by participating in the "Meaningful Makeover" project. See how some participants transformed a room.



If you're interested in making The Emergency Lodge a more hopeful play to stay, contact Tom Flatley by email:



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