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.
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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. ​

Mission: Courage MKE fuels a collaborative movement to provide the resources LGBTQ+ youth need to thrive.

Operating as usual

Today is Trans Day Of Remembrance. These senseless acts of violence and murder must end. We must demand protections at t...
11/20/2020
At Least 350 Transgender People Have Been Killed Globally in 2020

Today is Trans Day Of Remembrance. These senseless acts of violence and murder must end. We must demand protections at the global level.

“The total represents a 6% increase in reported murders from their count in 2019, when 331 trans and gender non-conforming people lost their lives due to hate violence.”

#TDoR2020 #SayTheirNames #TransLivesMatter #Remember

A new report released as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance shows an startling trend of annual increases in anti-trans murders.

Thank you to all that have reached out, donated and signed up to help our residents grant wishes to children in The Cour...
11/17/2020
Courage House Gives Back

Thank you to all that have reached out, donated and signed up to help our residents grant wishes to children in The Courage House neighborhood.

There is still time to be a Holiday Helper! Click the link below if you would like to sign up to help!

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

#CommunityHelpingCommunity

If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]

Sheet1 Thank you for considering to help our Residents make Holiday Wishes come true for children in our community. If you can help, please enter your information in columns C and D. We ask all granted wishes be delivered to The Courage House labled with the child's name and age and unwrapped n...

Community helping community. We are in this together!!!  Thank you Food is Free MKE!
11/15/2020
Milwaukee backyard food pantry grows significantly

Community helping community.

We are in this together!!! Thank you Food is Free MKE!

A food pantry that started with humble beginnings in the backyard of a Milwaukee home, has grown like wildfire.

Thanks to our new friend Shay for bringing the 🏳️‍🌈!  We loved our special treat!!  #Courage #Oreo #ProudParent #Rainbow
11/14/2020

Thanks to our new friend Shay for bringing the 🏳️‍🌈! We loved our special treat!! #Courage #Oreo #ProudParent #Rainbow

Thanks the group of volunteers from Kohl's for helping to get our backyard ready for winter and pack over 100 courage ki...
11/13/2020

Thanks the group of volunteers from Kohl's for helping to get our backyard ready for winter and pack over 100 courage kits to be delivered to youth in need across the city.

We miss hugs!  We’ve decided we will look at masks as the hugs that we long for!!! Spread kindness. Be safe family, we c...
11/12/2020

We miss hugs! We’ve decided we will look at masks as the hugs that we long for!!!

Spread kindness. Be safe family, we can do this TOGETHER!

This is why we talk about being family at The Courage House and strive to operate different than other group homes."Fami...
11/12/2020
What Happens to Some L.G.B.T.Q. Teens When Their Parents Reject Them

This is why we talk about being family at The Courage House and strive to operate different than other group homes.

"Family settings tend to be more effective, Ms. Gasca-Gonzalez said, because “families take care of each other’s needs” and group homes typically have generalized rules."

At The Courage House, we have rules of course but, it comes down to listening to our residents. Each one of them has different experiences, needs and wants. We are so proud to know that our staff takes the time to LISTEN to all of them.

Over a third of young people in foster care in New York City identify as L.G.B.T.Q. and are struggling to find the support they need, according to a new survey.

Anyone looking for reasons to smile? 2020 keeps swinging BUT the 2020 LGBTQ Progress Awards on December 3rd has so many ...
11/12/2020
LGBTQ Progress Awards 2020 | Milwaukee

Anyone looking for reasons to smile? 2020 keeps swinging BUT the 2020 LGBTQ Progress Awards on December 3rd has so many reasons to put a smile on your face! This year's winners have amazing stories of support and commitment to better our LGBTQ+ community.

This is Courage MKE's 3rd year to proudly sponsor the awards and we look forward to attending their virtual event this year! Join us by registering for free here:

Thursday, Dec 3, 2020 | Virtual Event| Shepherd Express and Cream City Foundation are proud to support the great strides made in Milwaukee for the LGBTQ community. This event raises money for awareness and celebrates those who have worked hard and made progress in our city.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
11/11/2020

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

Today, we beam with pride knowing our residents care so much about our community!  On behalf of our residents, we are pr...
11/10/2020

Today, we beam with pride knowing our residents care so much about our community!

On behalf of our residents, we are proud to announce their Courage House Gives Back campaign. Over the past two weeks, our residents canvassed our neighborhood and delivered letters from "Santa's Helpers". Families were asked to provide names, ages and up to three wishes for the children in their homes in hopes we can help them.

Our residents are working to earn extra money of their own to save to help grant wishes and are asking you, our Courage MKE family to help if you can.

The link below will take you to all of the wishes. if you can help, simply complete the form, and have any granted wishes back to The Courage House by December 12th!

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

If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]

We would like to thank our two Gold Level sponsors for helping make Courage MKE's 2020 Gala: LIVE! From our living rooms...
11/06/2020

We would like to thank our two Gold Level sponsors for helping make Courage MKE's 2020 Gala: LIVE! From our living rooms! possible this evening.

American Family Insurance and Double Platinum DJ Service we are honored and proud of our continued partnership. Thank you for your commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ youth within our communities!

The day is here! It is our favorite day of the year! Though we won't be hugging and sharing stories in person this year,...
11/06/2020
📅 Nov 6 | Courage MKE's LIVE! From Our Living Rooms!

The day is here! It is our favorite day of the year! Though we won't be hugging and sharing stories in person this year, we have a great evening planned for all of you. Everything you need to know about this evening can be found here:
https://event.gives/courage2020

The event will be aired live here on Facebook as well. We want to see your pictures tonight! Please share them on any social media using #Courage2020

6:30PM | Welcome to our annual gala appropriately titled LIVE! From our living rooms! We are so excited to have Bryanna Banx as our hostess this year!Can you believe this is our 5th Anniversary!?!?! The work we have all done together has changed the lives of so many and provided a resource to our co...

We are so excited about our entertainer during our Courage MKE's 2020 Gala: LIVE! From our living rooms! tomorrow! Due t...
11/05/2020

We are so excited about our entertainer during our Courage MKE's 2020 Gala: LIVE! From our living rooms! tomorrow! Due to COVID she has not been seen on any stage at all during 2020. Infact, we are sure people have been wondering where this FABULOUS performer has been and we are honored that she is making her 2020 debut to help our fundraising efforts!

Since we started Courage MKE five years ago, Betty Boop (Omar Pomales) has not only raised thousands of dollars. She has been to nearly every Courage MKE event and she is there to support us no matter what is asked of her! The best proof of that would be when we were getting ready to open The Courage House, Betty taught herself how to install subway tile for our backsplash in our kitchen. :)

Betty we are so excited to have you join us for our 5 year anniversary gala. We cannot wait to see you perform. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

The weather is beautiful, our gala is tomorrow AND we are so excited and honored to find out today that we have been nom...
11/05/2020
2020 Best of Milwaukee

The weather is beautiful, our gala is tomorrow AND we are so excited and honored to find out today that we have been nominated for TWO Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee awards for Best Non-Profit/Human Services Organization under the City Confidential category and Best LGBTQ Event under the LGBTQ category.

Voting starts today! ❤️🧡💚💙💜🖤🤎

https://shepherdexpress.com/best-of-milwaukee/2020#//

Our Best of Milwaukee is based entirely on the votes of our readers—and who better than the people that live and work in Milwaukee to decide upon the best the city has to offer in food, retail, health, culture and politics?

Make sure you're entered in for our free raffles during our virtual gala Courage MKE's 2020 Gala: LIVE! From our living ...
11/04/2020
Courage MKE 2020 Gala: LIVE! From our living Rooms Registration!

Make sure you're entered in for our free raffles during our virtual gala Courage MKE's 2020 Gala: LIVE! From our living rooms! this Friday!

It's easy to do! Just complete this google form.
https://forms.gle/3DgbzXjxPiWZuVvr7

There is no cost to join us for the party! Please complete this form for every person you will be watching the gala with. The only thing we will be doing with the information is using it to draw free raffles during the entire broadcast!!

With a very special Thank You to our dear friends on the Kohl's Junior Art Team, the last of our auction items have been...
11/03/2020
📅 Nov 6 | Courage MKE's LIVE! From Our Living Rooms!

With a very special Thank You to our dear friends on the Kohl's Junior Art Team, the last of our auction items have been added today!

We are ready and fired up for Friday! have you taken a look at our Courage MKE's 2020 Gala: LIVE! From our living rooms! site yet? See you all soon! Invite your friends too!

https://event.gives/courage2020

6:30PM | Welcome to our annual gala appropriately titled LIVE! From our living rooms! We are so excited to have Bryanna Banx as our hostess this year!Can you believe this is our 5th Anniversary!?!?! The work we have all done together has changed the lives of so many and provided a resource to our co...

We have one more day family!
11/02/2020

We have one more day family!

This just in for any collectors out there! Autographed movie posters by the casts of Antman, Dr. Strange, Thor and Guard...
10/30/2020
📅 Nov 6 | Courage MKE's LIVE! From Our Living Rooms!

This just in for any collectors out there! Autographed movie posters by the casts of Antman, Dr. Strange, Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy. As well as many other items have been added to our silent auction!

Check it out today!

6:30PM | Welcome to our annual gala appropriately titled LIVE! From our living rooms! We are so excited to have Bryanna Banx as our hostess this year!Can you believe this is our 5th Anniversary!?!?! The work we have all done together has changed the lives of so many and provided a resource to our co...

We feel like we’ve been wrapped in the coziest blanket with all the love and support we have received from our silent au...
10/29/2020
📅 Nov 6 | Courage MKE's LIVE! From Our Living Rooms!

We feel like we’ve been wrapped in the coziest blanket with all the love and support we have received from our silent auction donors! More items added! Check back later this weekend for the last items to be added!!

6:30PM | Welcome to our annual gala appropriately titled LIVE! From our living rooms! We are so excited to have Bryanna Banx as our hostess this year!Can you believe this is our 5th Anniversary!?!?! The work we have all done together has changed the lives of so many and provided a resource to our co...

It's Here! It's Here! Today is the day! Our silent auction is officially open!  Bidding Starts Now!A very special thank ...
10/26/2020
📅 Nov 6 | Courage MKE's LIVE! From Our Living Rooms!

It's Here! It's Here! Today is the day! Our silent auction is officially open! Bidding Starts Now!

A very special thank you to all of our sponsors and donors to our silent auction!

Our 2020 Virtual Gala; LIVE! From Our Living Rooms! is Friday, November 6th!!!! Please share this link!!

https://event.gives/courage2020

6:30PM | Welcome to our annual gala appropriately titled LIVE! From our living rooms! We are so excited to have Bryanna Banx as our hostess this year!Can you believe this is our 5th Anniversary!?!?! The work we have all done together has changed the lives of so many and provided a resource to our co...

WEST HOLLYWOOD ANYONE??   Here’s a fun one to bid on!!If you find yourself in a dream you don’t want to wake up from, yo...
10/22/2020

WEST HOLLYWOOD ANYONE??

Here’s a fun one to bid on!!

If you find yourself in a dream you don’t want to wake up from, you must be at Petit Ermitage, the West Hollywood hideaway that is nothing like you’d expect, and more than you could have imagined. Welcome to Petit Ermitage, the Los Angeles hotel for the luxury dreamer. We ensure your enjoyment during your stay as you ride the Petit Ermitage Experience. Bare it all and dip into our heated saltwater pool. Dine amongst hummingbirds & butterflies at The Rooftop Garden, as the space is recognized as their sanctuary by the National Wildlife Federation. Get bent at our daily yoga sessions held free of charge for all of our guests. Or, enjoy a movie under the stars on the Firedeck. - 2-Night Luxury Accommodation - Dinner for Two by In-House Executive Chef -15% off Petit Dejeuner Breakfast Buffet - Complimentary coffee Your 450 sq. ft. luxury suite features a queen bed, fireplace, sunken living room, balcony, complimentary wireless internet, desk, signature bamboo mattress, 600+ thread count Egyptian cotton linen, mini bar, iPod dock, flat screen TV with full cable access.

The night of our virtual gala on November 6th marks our 5th Anniversary as a family. Though we won’t all be together to ...
10/21/2020

The night of our virtual gala on November 6th marks our 5th Anniversary as a family. Though we won’t all be together to share stories and hugs, we hope you can still join us to help us celebrate this milestone!!

#ThenAndNow

10/21/2020
10/21/2020
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Family, We’d like you to meet our 2020 Gala hostess, the FABULOUS Bryanna Banx! “It’s a complete honor to be a part of t...
10/20/2020

Family, We’d like you to meet our 2020 Gala hostess, the FABULOUS Bryanna Banx!

“It’s a complete honor to be a part of this year’s annual Courage MKE gala as the chosen hostess. I have been following and loving everything Courage MKE has been doing since it came to fruition back in late 2015 with the founders Brad & Nick. I have been performing and hosting events all across the Midwest specifically here in Wisconsin for 16 years and this event is one of the things I look forward to doing as often as possible because we are giving back and helping those in need. With the help of so many people and endless amounts of hard work, Courage MKE was able to open there first Courage House on the south side of Milwaukee for displaces LGBTQ+ youth. We all need to be able to help when we can and push people to reach their full potential.

We are living in some very crazy times and there are people, organizations, and businesses that need us all now more than ever. Courage MKE fuels a collaborative movement to provide the resources our local LGBTQ+ youth need to thrive all while raising awareness within the community about the growing epidemic that is homelessness with LGTBQ+ youth. Courage MKE also believes in post high school education and has provided $17,000 in scholarships named after a Wisconsin drag legend and one of my mentors, the late and great, Jackie Roberts.

None of this is possible without the support and love from everyone in the community. This year’s gala will be a virtual event on Friday, November 6th beginning at 6:30pm and it will be an evening full of laughs, free raffles, a silent auction, tons of excitement, and a hopefully all of you participating and showing as much love as you can. I want to encourage you to grab your favorite pajamas or dress in your best and join us as we are trying to raise as money for this great cause.

I look forward to seeing all of you in a few weeks.”

We cannot wait to hang out in the living room with you Bryanna!!!❤️

You’ve seen his work around MKE and around the country and now you have three opportunities to own an original piece by ...
10/19/2020

You’ve seen his work around MKE and around the country and now you have three opportunities to own an original piece by Jeremy Novy in our silent auction!

Jeremy Novy’s unique brand of street art is ripe with thoughtful social examinations. Novy has combated a homophobic lack of representation with a celebration of gay iconography, bringing joviality and warmth to disused urban spaces.
With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, he curated the first major exhibition of its kind, “A History of Queer Street Art,” premiered in San Francisco in 2011 and later toured to Pop Up Gallery in Los Angeles and Yale University.

Since graduating from Pecks School of the Arts, Novy’s art has been met with acclaim across the country. His work has benefited non-profit foundations, advocacy organizations, and community service programs and has been featured in numerous films, books, publications, and collections public and private.

His stencil work is cogent in its messaging and remarkably complex for its compositional simplicity—like the koi fish of his most-established series which, floating beneath the surface of concrete, refer to anti-authoritarian coded symbols in Chinese art under communism.

His pioneering images of drag queens, physique pictorials, and pornography bring to life the multiplicity of modern identity, reminding us that the we, each of us, must walk the streets of our cities in collective solidarity. (Excerpt from Artsy)

10/18/2020
Hungry?  Miss dining out? We have few safe options for you in our silent auction!!La Merenda Milwaukee is offering a PRI...
10/17/2020

Hungry? Miss dining out? We have few safe options for you in our silent auction!!

La Merenda Milwaukee is offering a PRIVATE dinner for 6 in a private room with amazing service!!

AND

The Pasta Tree Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering a clean, safe and masked in home dinner for 4 and wine pairing with your own personal chef Suzette Metcalfe, owner of The Pasta Tree!!!

Not sure about you but, this just made us hungry!! Thank you to both restaurants for your generosity and continued support!!❤️

SO much AMAZING art in our auction this year including chairs like this one that were created by residents and staff at ...
10/16/2020

SO much AMAZING art in our auction this year including chairs like this one that were created by residents and staff at The Courage House!!

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270 East Highland Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
53202

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(414) 240-2882

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Our Story

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 Lesbian 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 sex 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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Thank you ..
You two are absolutely beautiful human beings. What you are doing is absolutely amazing and you should be commended from here to eternity. God bless people like you for opening your hearts like this.
Hoda and Jenna just played a piece about you guys this morning. I had to come find you blind and just tell you what an awesome work you are doing. ❤️
Is there a way I can link my Amazon Smile to Courage?
I couldn’t stop crying while watching all this come together. We need more places like this for our LGBTQ youth. Y’all are what’s right with the world. Thank you!
David, Alley and Brian celebrating one great night of love!
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