Courage MKE

Courage MKE Courage MKE empowers today’s LGBTQ+ youth to become tomorrow’s leaders Courage MKE is a collaborative movement to provide housing, resources, and services needed for displaced and homeless LGBTQ+ youth in Milwaukee to thrive.

In addition the Courage House to serve displaced youth, our organization also provides scholarships, hygiene care packages and other services for the LGBTQ+ youth of Greater Milwaukee.




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Courage MKE is committed to providing shelter, resources and services for LGBTQ+ youth in the Milwaukee area. This page is for the supporters of Courage MKE, and we

In addition the Courage House to serve displaced youth, our organization also provides scholarships, hygiene care packages and other services for the LGBTQ+ youth of Greater Milwaukee.




Courage MKE Social Media Commenting Policy

Courage MKE is committed to providing shelter, resources and services for LGBTQ+ youth in the Milwaukee area. This page is for the supporters of Courage MKE, and we

Operating as usual

From the bottom of all of our hearts, we’d like to say thank you to all of our Courage family for your support, generosi...
12/31/2021

From the bottom of all of our hearts, we’d like to say thank you to all of our Courage family for your support, generosity and love.

Before the festivities begin, I want to put it out in the universe that there are thousands of kids, one more time, thousands of KIDS that are in the system being shuffled around from place to place and home to home that just need a chance. They are in their situation by no fault of their own and just need someone to say yes. Someone to show them what family is. Someone to show them that they matter. As you make your New Year resolutions, please consider becoming a foster parent. You can change a life just by opening your heart and home.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

-Brad

From the bottom of all of our hearts, we’d like to say thank you to all of our Courage family for your support, generosity and love.

Before the festivities begin, I want to put it out in the universe that there are thousands of kids, one more time, thousands of KIDS that are in the system being shuffled around from place to place and home to home that just need a chance. They are in their situation by no fault of their own and just need someone to say yes. Someone to show them what family is. Someone to show them that they matter. As you make your New Year resolutions, please consider becoming a foster parent. You can change a life just by opening your heart and home.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

-Brad

Happy Kwanzaa!#newtraditions
12/26/2021

Happy Kwanzaa!

#newtraditions

Happy Kwanzaa!

#newtraditions

From all of us, to all of you, Merry Christmas!🎄❤️🎄
12/25/2021

From all of us, to all of you, Merry Christmas!🎄❤️🎄

From all of us, to all of you, Merry Christmas!🎄❤️🎄

We would like to send a very special thank you to everyone that helped us grant wishes for 134 children in our immediate...
12/23/2021
Courage MKE residents collect and deliver gifts for Milwaukee children

We would like to send a very special thank you to everyone that helped us grant wishes for 134 children in our immediate neighborhood through our Holiday Helpers Campaign.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Wishing everyone a joyous Holiday Season!!!

#communityhelpingcommunity

Courage MKE, which serves as a resource center and home for Milwaukee's displaced LGBTQ+ youth, collected enough gifts for more than 130 kids in their neighborhood. Then they delivered the presents door-to-door.

Such a special night we had last night with our Residents, Staff and Board enjoying time together making memories includ...
12/16/2021

Such a special night we had last night with our Residents, Staff and Board enjoying time together making memories including a special visit from Santa himself! Wishing you all a very, very safe and Happy Holidays!!!

A very special thank you to The Pasta Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar for the amazing food!!

Check out this stunning calendar!!!  Makes a great holiday present too!!
12/13/2021

Check out this stunning calendar!!! Makes a great holiday present too!!

MILWAUKEE mural artists,
MILWAUKEE photographers,
MILWAUKEE models,
MILWAUKEE designers,
MILWAUKEE stylists,
MILWAUKEE educators.

OTHER PEOPLES’ PROJECT!

Other Peoples’ Project asks you to buy a 13 month calendar today! 100% of the proceeds support Courage MKE, helping them to house LBGTQ+ young people. Just use the PayPal link below to pay $25.00 + $3.00 postage, and a calendar will be sent to you. $20.00 goes directly to Courage MKE. Use messenger to send us your mailing address.

You will love this calendar all year long!

https://www.paypal.me/oppcalendarproject?locale.x=en_US

https://www.couragemke.org

#edessafashion
#followthefuture
#itonlytook100years
#letsbuildyourlegacy
#comeandgetthisdegree
#milwaukeefashion
#mkefashion
#consciousfashion
#marn_arts
#collegesanduniversities

Model: Leidy Castillo
Photographer: Anthony Anderson
Designer: Stephanie Schultz

Family,Our hearts are filled by your continued generosity. Our Holiday Helpers program is off and running. If you and/or...
12/07/2021

Family,

Our hearts are filled by your continued generosity. Our Holiday Helpers program is off and running. If you and/or your organization are looking to help make this holiday season special for some deserving kids, please take a look at the link below. We sincerely appreciate any help in granting these wishes!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D86sWEJhSiItxroNGsxktbpun0waChbdv1hnPTb9iPs/edit?usp=sharing

Family,

Our hearts are filled by your continued generosity. Our Holiday Helpers program is off and running. If you and/or your organization are looking to help make this holiday season special for some deserving kids, please take a look at the link below. We sincerely appreciate any help in granting these wishes!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D86sWEJhSiItxroNGsxktbpun0waChbdv1hnPTb9iPs/edit?usp=sharing

It’s beginning to look a lot like …. 🎄☃️❄️
12/01/2021

It’s beginning to look a lot like …. 🎄☃️❄️

It’s beginning to look a lot like …. 🎄☃️❄️

This year the theme of the day is "End Inequalities, End AIDS", highlighting the fact that as much as the virus itself, ...
12/01/2021

This year the theme of the day is "End Inequalities, End AIDS", highlighting the fact that as much as the virus itself, the social stigma attached with it also greatly affects people.
#weremember #endthestigma #fightaids

This year the theme of the day is "End Inequalities, End AIDS", highlighting the fact that as much as the virus itself, the social stigma attached with it also greatly affects people.
#weremember #endthestigma #fightaids

During 2020 and beyond, you undoubtedly witnessed or experienced fear, sadness, worry, and frustration. But the world al...
11/30/2021

During 2020 and beyond, you undoubtedly witnessed or experienced fear, sadness, worry, and frustration. But the world also demonstrated compassion, hope, and creativity. The pandemic has taught us that we are stronger together. Whether supporting community organizations, checking in on each other, celebrating and honoring essential workers, or getting to know our neighbors, generosity will continue to help the world get through tough times together.

Courage MKE is participating in #GivingTuesday today. Today we celebrate the mission of fueling a collaborative movement to provide the resources LGBTQ+ youth need to thrive and honor all the work that would not be possible without supporters like YOU. Now more than ever the youth in our communities need all of our help. Even a donation of $5 can make an impact.

At our gala earlier this month, we announced our goal to purchase a new property to provide housing for youth ages 17-24. Our realtors are actively searching for properties that fit our vision. In this current real estate market we want to make sure we are ready to purchase when we find the property that can be adapted to meet all of our needs. We have a goal of $500,000 to raise in order to launch this program and make it as successful as we are committed to. 100% of all donations made on #GivingTuesday will be applied to this new program's campaign.

During 2020 and beyond, you undoubtedly witnessed or experienced fear, sadness, worry, and frustration. But the world also demonstrated compassion, hope, and creativity. The pandemic has taught us that we are stronger together. Whether supporting community organizations, checking in on each other, celebrating and honoring essential workers, or getting to know our neighbors, generosity will continue to help the world get through tough times together.

Courage MKE is participating in #GivingTuesday today. Today we celebrate the mission of fueling a collaborative movement to provide the resources LGBTQ+ youth need to thrive and honor all the work that would not be possible without supporters like YOU. Now more than ever the youth in our communities need all of our help. Even a donation of $5 can make an impact.

At our gala earlier this month, we announced our goal to purchase a new property to provide housing for youth ages 17-24. Our realtors are actively searching for properties that fit our vision. In this current real estate market we want to make sure we are ready to purchase when we find the property that can be adapted to meet all of our needs. We have a goal of $500,000 to raise in order to launch this program and make it as successful as we are committed to. 100% of all donations made on #GivingTuesday will be applied to this new program's campaign.

Thank you to everyone that has already signed up to support our Holiday Helpers program. Together, we are making Holiday...
11/29/2021

Thank you to everyone that has already signed up to support our Holiday Helpers program. Together, we are making Holiday wishes come true for so many deserving children in our neighborhood.

If you or your organization are looking to help families this year, please click the link below.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D86sWEJhSiItxroNGsxktbpun0waChbdv1hnPTb9iPs/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you to everyone that has already signed up to support our Holiday Helpers program. Together, we are making Holiday wishes come true for so many deserving children in our neighborhood.

If you or your organization are looking to help families this year, please click the link below.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D86sWEJhSiItxroNGsxktbpun0waChbdv1hnPTb9iPs/edit?usp=sharing

Wishing all a very Happy Hanukkah!
11/28/2021

Wishing all a very Happy Hanukkah!

Wishing all a very Happy Hanukkah!

Thank you Swoon for helping make the holidays special!!!!
11/26/2021

Thank you Swoon for helping make the holidays special!!!!

Good Karma Friday is small businesses answer to Black Friday. Today we are donating 10% of sales to @momsmentalhealthmke as well as launching our giving tree. For our giving tree this year, we partnered with @couragemke and Pathfindersmke, so you can shop for residents from both organizations. We also encourage you to check out all three organizations to see what other amazing things they are doing for our community. ❤️🎄 Spread all the good karma!

Thank you BizTimes Media!!! Come grow with us!#togetherwecan!
11/26/2021
Courage MKE plans to open housing for displaced young adults

Thank you BizTimes Media!!! Come grow with us!

#togetherwecan!

Courage MKE, the nonprofit operator of a home on Milwaukee’s south side for displaced LGBTQ+ youth, plans to purchase another property that would provide housing to young adults aging out of the foster care system.

From all of us here at Courage MKE, Happy Thanksgiving!We had an amazing day here at The Courage House, filled with visi...
11/25/2021

From all of us here at Courage MKE, Happy Thanksgiving!

We had an amazing day here at The Courage House, filled with visits from staff and their families, board games, cooking and oh boy did we eat!! 😳

Extra special thank yous for those that helped provide some of the most spectacular food ever and to our staff and their families who took time out of their day off to spend time with our residents.

Now, where are the pjs, warm blankets and a good movie? HA!🦃

Since we opened The Courage House, it has always been important to us that our residents learn the importance of giving ...
11/22/2021

Since we opened The Courage House, it has always been important to us that our residents learn the importance of giving back to the community. Each quarter, along with our staff we perform at least one Community Service project. Last year, our residents with the help from our staff and all of YOU, we launched our Holiday Helpers program delivering over 700 presents to 134 children. Like last year, our residents have canvassed our neighborhood with 300 invitations to help grant Holiday wishes for the children in our immediate neighborhood.

If you or your organization would like to help grant any of these wishes you can sign up using the link below! Additional instructions can be found once on the sign up sheet.

(Please note, families have until 11.23 to return their wish lists)

Click this link to sign up:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D86sWEJhSiItxroNGsxktbpun0waChbdv1hnPTb9iPs/edit?usp=sharing

Please feel free to share this post!

Since we opened The Courage House, it has always been important to us that our residents learn the importance of giving back to the community. Each quarter, along with our staff we perform at least one Community Service project. Last year, our residents with the help from our staff and all of YOU, we launched our Holiday Helpers program delivering over 700 presents to 134 children. Like last year, our residents have canvassed our neighborhood with 300 invitations to help grant Holiday wishes for the children in our immediate neighborhood.

If you or your organization would like to help grant any of these wishes you can sign up using the link below! Additional instructions can be found once on the sign up sheet.

(Please note, families have until 11.23 to return their wish lists)

Click this link to sign up:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D86sWEJhSiItxroNGsxktbpun0waChbdv1hnPTb9iPs/edit?usp=sharing

Please feel free to share this post!

Heartbroken.
11/22/2021

Heartbroken.

Heartbroken.

We teach our residents that FAMILY is always there for family and today, we are so proud to share with all of you the la...
11/11/2021

We teach our residents that FAMILY is always there for family and today, we are so proud to share with all of you the launch of GNDR Free. Designed, created and built by one of our team members, KB.

Their mission:
"To empower TGNC (trans and gender non-confirming) people through clothing designs. We believe clothing is more than just clothing: it is a medium in which we can use our voice, connect with others, and express ourselves."

KB, congratulations on following your dreams, all of us here at Courage MKE, are so lucky have you here with us. We wish you nothing but success and congratulate you for following your dreams. We are so dang proud of you!!!!!!!!

Family, please take a look at the site below and even better, please share it!!!

https://gndrfreemerch.com/

We teach our residents that FAMILY is always there for family and today, we are so proud to share with all of you the launch of GNDR Free. Designed, created and built by one of our team members, KB.

Their mission:
"To empower TGNC (trans and gender non-confirming) people through clothing designs. We believe clothing is more than just clothing: it is a medium in which we can use our voice, connect with others, and express ourselves."

KB, congratulations on following your dreams, all of us here at Courage MKE, are so lucky have you here with us. We wish you nothing but success and congratulate you for following your dreams. We are so dang proud of you!!!!!!!!

Family, please take a look at the site below and even better, please share it!!!

https://gndrfreemerch.com/

11/11/2021

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, auction donors, and Courage Family for making our gala a night filled with love and family.

It was an honor for us to stand before you and share the amazing work our entire team has been doing as well as to be able to share the stories of our residents and staff.

Because of all of you, we are able to continue to serve LGBTQ+ from across the state of Wisconsin not only in the capacity we have been but, our plans for the near future to serve more.

Our hearts are so full and the love shared that evening, fueled the fire to continue to move forward. Here's to our family growing together!

With our sincerest gratitude,

The Courage MKE Team

We are so excited to see you all tonight!Just a few notes/reminders:1) Proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative test ...
11/05/2021
📅 Nov 5 | Courage MKE's Many Hearts, One Family Gala

We are so excited to see you all tonight!

Just a few notes/reminders:

1) Proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative test within the past 72 hours is required at registration.

2) Masks are a sign of love. We do have some on site too.

3) There is a parking garage next to The Pritzlaff on St. Paul.

4) We encourage everyone that is attending to preregister on the gala site (below).

5) We hope you all have so much fun this evening.

www.event.gives/courage2021

6:30PM - 11:30PM | From our Executive Director I would like to personally welcome you to our Many Hearts, One Family gala hosted by Milwaukee's own person of influence, Montell Infiniti Ross! During a time of larger nation-wide and global change, we too are confronted with the same and are commit...

WOW! WOW! WOW! We cannot handle it!  The glitz, the glam, the TALENT! ARE YOU READY???Look at this AMAZING cast of enter...
11/03/2021

WOW! WOW! WOW! We cannot handle it! The glitz, the glam, the TALENT!

ARE YOU READY???

Look at this AMAZING cast of entertainers that will be rockin' the house down at our Many Hearts, One Family gala this Friday! WE ARE NOT READY for the looks and performances they will all be serving! We are so grateful to our cast every year who donate their time, talent to support our mission. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all!

Dita Von Eddie E Candelaria Ben Ludwig Christina Rose Kilia Nicole Deverreoux Cass Marie Andi Withani Domino ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎
Tickets are available at: www.shepherdtickets.com

We are so excited to see everyone on Friday! This gala would not be possible without sponsors like Jesse Mendelsohn & Dr...
11/01/2021
📅 Nov 5 | Courage MKE's Many Hearts, One Family Gala

We are so excited to see everyone on Friday! This gala would not be possible without sponsors like Jesse Mendelsohn & Dr. Anthony Porcelli, and Mind Right Realty! We would like to extend a heart felt thank you to both of our Gold Sponsors this year!

Our silent auction is now live and open for bidding! We would like to thank everyone who donated to our auction. This year, we because of their generosity, we have 100 items to bid on. The auction will close at 8:30pm Friday!

**Tip for those attending, use this link to register before Friday!

https://event.gives/courage2021

Tickets are still available at www.shepherdtickets.com

**Reminder: proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours will be required at registration. Masks are also recommended!**

6:30PM - 11:30PM | From our Executive DirectorI would like to personally welcome you to our Many Hearts, One Family gala hosted by Milwaukee's own person of influence, Montell Infiniti Ross! During a time of larger nation-wide and global change, we too are confronted with the same and are committ...

We are so honored and lucky to have a local community leader,  Montell Ross host our gala this year!Here’s a message fro...
10/27/2021

We are so honored and lucky to have a local community leader, Montell Ross host our gala this year!

Here’s a message from him as we are just a week away from the Many Hearts, One Family Gala.

Hosting this year’s COURAGEMKE Gala means so much to me. Being a former Mr. CourageMKE (2017), I’ve carried a passion for giving back to our community in a way that’s fruitful and fulfilling for our next generation. It’s given me an opportunity to create long lasting connections with people, organizations, businesses and community members who all want to see the well being of our LGBTQA+ youth that have been impacted by abandonment in a way that is heartbreaking.

Hosting the gala gives me the opportunity to use my leadership, my advocacy and my HEART to fill into others in a way that’ll grow CourageMKE even more. Being a resident of Milwaukee and part of the LGBTQA+ community here in this city I see first-hand how meaningful this organization has been to our community and how their mission has been used in so many ways to uplift those that haven’t been lifted just for being themselves. I want to say thank you to Brad, Nick, the board and everyone involved in the planning of this year’s gala. It will be something GREAT…something MEANINGFUL…something that’ll touch your HEARTS … because we are a family and family sticks together ALWAYS.

We cannot wait to see everyone! Don’t forget to get your tickets in advance at: www.shepherdtickets.com

We are so honored and lucky to have a local community leader, Montell Ross host our gala this year!

Here’s a message from him as we are just a week away from the Many Hearts, One Family Gala.

Hosting this year’s COURAGEMKE Gala means so much to me. Being a former Mr. CourageMKE (2017), I’ve carried a passion for giving back to our community in a way that’s fruitful and fulfilling for our next generation. It’s given me an opportunity to create long lasting connections with people, organizations, businesses and community members who all want to see the well being of our LGBTQA+ youth that have been impacted by abandonment in a way that is heartbreaking.

Hosting the gala gives me the opportunity to use my leadership, my advocacy and my HEART to fill into others in a way that’ll grow CourageMKE even more. Being a resident of Milwaukee and part of the LGBTQA+ community here in this city I see first-hand how meaningful this organization has been to our community and how their mission has been used in so many ways to uplift those that haven’t been lifted just for being themselves. I want to say thank you to Brad, Nick, the board and everyone involved in the planning of this year’s gala. It will be something GREAT…something MEANINGFUL…something that’ll touch your HEARTS … because we are a family and family sticks together ALWAYS.

We cannot wait to see everyone! Don’t forget to get your tickets in advance at: www.shepherdtickets.com

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1544 S 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI
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Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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(414) 240-2882

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Courage MKE became an idea of Co-Founders, Brad and Nick Schlaikowski while they were foster parents. Together they welcomed multiple homeless LGBTQ+ youth into their home after learning about their stories of rejection, fear and survival. Their first foster daughter told stories of being kicked out of her home because she came out as Le***an and then rejected further from women’s shelters because of who he is. Another one of their foster daughters fought to survive and was manipulated into s*x trafficking.

In late summer of 2015, Brad and Nick knew it was time to take action and bring homelessness amongst our LGBTQ+ youth to the front of the conversation. That year they, along with a group of amazing friends put together a community event called “Courage; an event for homeless lgbtq+ youth” to help raise awareness to the cause as well as over $15,000.00 for another local nonprofit. The event came and gone and though proud, Brad and Nick still wanted to do more. They brought their friends together and proposed the idea of continuing to raise awareness and eventually open a facility that any child that identified as LGBTQ+ would be accepted for who they are, taught what it means to be part of a family and most importantly a place they would be proud to call him, it was that moment that Courage MKE began.

Brad and Nick quickly created a Board of Directors and by January 2016, because of the high needs of this community and the generous support the event received and continues to receive, Courage MKE was established as a nonprofit organization!

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From the bottom of all of our hearts, we’d like to say thank you to all of our Courage family for your support, generosity and love. Before the festivities begin, I want to put it out in the universe that there are thousands of kids, one more time, thousands of KIDS that are in the system being shuffled around from place to place and home to home that just need a chance. They are in their situation by no fault of their own and just need someone to say yes. Someone to show them what family is. Someone to show them that they matter. As you make your New Year resolutions, please consider becoming a foster parent. You can change a life just by opening your heart and home. Happy New Year everyone!!! -Brad
Happy Kwanzaa! #newtraditions
From all of us, to all of you, Merry Christmas!🎄❤️🎄
We would like to send a very special thank you to everyone that helped us grant wishes for 134 children in our immediate neighborhood through our Holiday Helpers Campaign. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Wishing everyone a joyous Holiday Season!!! #communityhelpingcommunity
Such a special night we had last night with our Residents, Staff and Board enjoying time together making memories including a special visit from Santa himself! Wishing you all a very, very safe and Happy Holidays!!! A very special thank you to The Pasta Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar for the amazing food!!
Check out this stunning calendar!!! Makes a great holiday present too!!
Family, Our hearts are filled by your continued generosity. Our Holiday Helpers program is off and running. If you and/or your organization are looking to help make this holiday season special for some deserving kids, please take a look at the link below. We sincerely appreciate any help in granting these wishes! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D86sWEJhSiItxroNGsxktbpun0waChbdv1hnPTb9iPs/edit?usp=sharing
It’s beginning to look a lot like …. 🎄☃️❄️
This year the theme of the day is "End Inequalities, End AIDS", highlighting the fact that as much as the virus itself, the social stigma attached with it also greatly affects people. #weremember #endthestigma #fightaids
During 2020 and beyond, you undoubtedly witnessed or experienced fear, sadness, worry, and frustration. But the world also demonstrated compassion, hope, and creativity. The pandemic has taught us that we are stronger together. Whether supporting community organizations, checking in on each other, celebrating and honoring essential workers, or getting to know our neighbors, generosity will continue to help the world get through tough times together. Courage MKE is participating in #GivingTuesday today. Today we celebrate the mission of fueling a collaborative movement to provide the resources LGBTQ+ youth need to thrive and honor all the work that would not be possible without supporters like YOU. Now more than ever the youth in our communities need all of our help. Even a donation of $5 can make an impact. At our gala earlier this month, we announced our goal to purchase a new property to provide housing for youth ages 17-24. Our realtors are actively searching for properties that fit our vision. In this current real estate market we want to make sure we are ready to purchase when we find the property that can be adapted to meet all of our needs. We have a goal of $500,000 to raise in order to launch this program and make it as successful as we are committed to. 100% of all donations made on #GivingTuesday will be applied to this new program's campaign.
Thank you to everyone that has already signed up to support our Holiday Helpers program. Together, we are making Holiday wishes come true for so many deserving children in our neighborhood. If you or your organization are looking to help families this year, please click the link below. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D86sWEJhSiItxroNGsxktbpun0waChbdv1hnPTb9iPs/edit?usp=sharing
Wishing all a very Happy Hanukkah!