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.

Operating as usual

Thank you The Iron Horse Hotel and Tito's Handmade Vodka for your support today with your Pride brunch!  It means so muc...
06/06/2021

Thank you The Iron Horse Hotel and Tito's Handmade Vodka for your support today with your Pride brunch! It means so much to us knowing your part of the family!! HAPPY PRIDE!!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

Thank you The Iron Horse Hotel and Tito's Handmade Vodka for your support today with your Pride brunch! It means so much to us knowing your part of the family!! HAPPY PRIDE!!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

We have the best family ever!!🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈
06/05/2021

We have the best family ever!!🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

• y’all don’t forget we’re raising money for @couragemke all month long! we’ll donate $10 for each box we sell and $5 for every Pride + Courage candle! •

One more milestone just now and we are so very, very proud!   Please join us in congratulating one of our residents as s...
06/05/2021

One more milestone just now and we are so very, very proud! Please join us in congratulating one of our residents as she just walked across the stage for her 8th grade commencement ceremony! She has worked so hard for this moment and looked so beautiful as she walked across the stage!!! Next stop, high school!!!

Tonight we celebrate with special treats and maybe a bonfire!!

One more milestone just now and we are so very, very proud! Please join us in congratulating one of our residents as she just walked across the stage for her 8th grade commencement ceremony! She has worked so hard for this moment and looked so beautiful as she walked across the stage!!! Next stop, high school!!!

Tonight we celebrate with special treats and maybe a bonfire!!

WOWZA!!! Do we have a HUGE milestone to celebrate today! One of our residents has worked so hard and has exceeded so man...
06/02/2021

WOWZA!!! Do we have a HUGE milestone to celebrate today!

One of our residents has worked so hard and has exceeded so many expectations. Today we celebrate his high school graduation! We are so very proud of him!

Please join us in showering him with love today by commenting below!!! 🎓🌈🎓🌈🎓

WOWZA!!! Do we have a HUGE milestone to celebrate today!

One of our residents has worked so hard and has exceeded so many expectations. Today we celebrate his high school graduation! We are so very proud of him!

Please join us in showering him with love today by commenting below!!! 🎓🌈🎓🌈🎓

To all of our Family, Happy PRIDE Month! We honor each of you in the role you play in creating a safer, more inclusive c...
06/01/2021

To all of our Family, Happy PRIDE Month! We honor each of you in the role you play in creating a safer, more inclusive community! Thank you for your love. Thank you for your voice. Thank you for being here with us! 🌈🌈🌈

With your help we will be able to expand our programing to support MORE LGBTQ+ youth in our communities! STAY TUNED EVERYONE!!!

wwww.couragemke.com/donate

To all of our Family, Happy PRIDE Month! We honor each of you in the role you play in creating a safer, more inclusive community! Thank you for your love. Thank you for your voice. Thank you for being here with us! 🌈🌈🌈

With your help we will be able to expand our programing to support MORE LGBTQ+ youth in our communities! STAY TUNED EVERYONE!!!

wwww.couragemke.com/donate

Please join us in congratulating one of our residents who just walked across the stage for her 8th Grade Promotion!  We ...
05/25/2021

Please join us in congratulating one of our residents who just walked across the stage for her 8th Grade Promotion! We are so very, very proud of the work she has put in to get to today!!! Tonight we are celebrating with cake and some extra special treats!!!

Please join us in congratulating one of our residents who just walked across the stage for her 8th Grade Promotion! We are so very, very proud of the work she has put in to get to today!!! Tonight we are celebrating with cake and some extra special treats!!!

“May 25. A day to remember George Floyd and the sacrifice he made a year ago. The long history of racial inequity, oppre...
05/25/2021

“May 25. A day to remember George Floyd and the sacrifice he made a year ago. The long history of racial inequity, oppression, and injustice was brought to light once again because of his death. Conversations around these issues have evolved, but there's still a lot more progress to be made.” - Don Lemon CNN

(Image: Nikkolas Smith)

“May 25. A day to remember George Floyd and the sacrifice he made a year ago. The long history of racial inequity, oppression, and injustice was brought to light once again because of his death. Conversations around these issues have evolved, but there's still a lot more progress to be made.” - Don Lemon CNN

(Image: Nikkolas Smith)

It’s beginning to look a lot like... 🏳️‍🌈PRIDE!🏳️‍🌈Come on down to Cream City Print Lounge to make one or all 11 pride d...
05/22/2021

It’s beginning to look a lot like... 🏳️‍🌈PRIDE!🏳️‍🌈

Come on down to Cream City Print Lounge to make one or all 11 pride designs!!! Fresh roasted corn, Sno cone truck, raffles, coffee and full bar and lots of smiling faces!!!!!

8010 W. National Ave, West Allis

Thank you for the support modernmakershomeandbath!  What a fun way to celebrate PRIDE!!🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈
05/21/2021

Thank you for the support modernmakershomeandbath! What a fun way to celebrate PRIDE!!🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

05/21/2021

Check out some the designs you can pick from at tomorrow’s event!!!! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

Thank You Amilinda for your continued love and support and delicious food! We LOVE brunch!!!!
05/20/2021

Thank You Amilinda for your continued love and support and delicious food! We LOVE brunch!!!!

*********** BRUNCH ALERT *********

Yes we said BRUNCH!

We are hosting a Gay Pride Brunch on Sunday June 6th benefiting Courage MKE. This is an organization that is near and dear to us and we are super excited for this.

We will be open from 11 to 3pm. PLEASE make your reservations on line at www.amilinda.com

We look forward to seeing you 😎

#SeeSomethingSaySomethingDoSomethingTogether we are stronger!
05/17/2021

#SeeSomethingSaySomethingDoSomething

Together we are stronger!

#SeeSomethingSaySomethingDoSomething

Together we are stronger!

Thank you all who walked so we can run!❤️
05/16/2021

Thank you all who walked so we can run!❤️

Thank you all who walked so we can run!❤️

Missing a shoe?  No problem!  Happy Friday!  Some light planting today. Tomorrow, our veggie gardens!!
05/14/2021

Missing a shoe? No problem! Happy Friday! Some light planting today. Tomorrow, our veggie gardens!!

Thank you Hamburger Mary's MKE and Ruthie Keester for an amazing night of community and fundraising.  We are so lucky lu...
05/13/2021

Thank you Hamburger Mary's MKE and Ruthie Keester for an amazing night of community and fundraising. We are so lucky lucky to have you as family!! ❤️

05/12/2021

Stay tuned for a message from the legend herself, Ruthie Keester!

A little birdie told us there may still be room if you didn’t make your reservation yet!

May 1st was #MayDay in Milwaukee.  Voces de la Frontera put on a rally for immigrant essential workers.  A couple of our...
05/05/2021

May 1st was #MayDay in Milwaukee. Voces de la Frontera put on a rally for immigrant essential workers. A couple of our residents wanted to join the rally. We marched and chanted for social awareness from the southside of Milwaukee (on Mitchell street) all the way downtown to the steps of the courthouse. What a powerful day for our kids!

We are so grateful and lucky to have staff that understand how important it is to teach our residents that stand up together!

Educator, Friend, Chef, Nurse, Counselor, Comedian, Leader, Role Model, Confidant, Protector, Artist, Advocate and so ma...
05/03/2021

Educator, Friend, Chef, Nurse, Counselor, Comedian, Leader, Role Model, Confidant, Protector, Artist, Advocate and so many more. Regardless of the task, a Teacher wears all of the hats.

HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! THANK YOU TEACHERS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

Educator, Friend, Chef, Nurse, Counselor, Comedian, Leader, Role Model, Confidant, Protector, Artist, Advocate and so many more. Regardless of the task, a Teacher wears all of the hats.

HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! THANK YOU TEACHERS FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

This Puerto Rican dinner made by our dear friends Omar & Gloria is EVERYTHING we needed today!  Thank you so much!!❤️❤️❤...
04/28/2021

This Puerto Rican dinner made by our dear friends Omar & Gloria is EVERYTHING we needed today! Thank you so much!!❤️❤️❤️

This Puerto Rican dinner made by our dear friends Omar & Gloria is EVERYTHING we needed today! Thank you so much!!❤️❤️❤️

Truest thing we’ve heard this morning!!
04/28/2021

Truest thing we’ve heard this morning!!

Truest thing we’ve heard this morning!!

Because of you, we can commit to being here as long as we are needed."This study is encouraging in that it shows that ma...
04/27/2021
Study: Gay & Bi Teen Boys Are Coming Out to Parents in Record Numbers

Because of you, we can commit to being here as long as we are needed.

"This study is encouraging in that it shows that many teens, including those under 18 years old, are comfortable with their sexuality," said Moskowitz, an assistant professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing. "At the same time, we must be cautious, as the data also point to some of the same barriers and discrimination that previous generations have faced. Work still needs to be done."

https://www.advocate.com/youth/2021/4/26/study-most-gay-and-bi-teen-boys-are-out-parents?fbclid=IwAR2mgXT__ENnIQw_jbru062KFVgUcnyz1HrMUehHj8yFvQj43QFSxC5_bD8

Generation Z teenagers have been more open to family members about their sexual identities than the generations that preceded them. But hurdles still remain.

We had so much fun with this photoshoot!!  We LOVE our Milwaukeehome Family! Their updated Pride shirts for 2020 are goi...
04/27/2021

We had so much fun with this photoshoot!! We LOVE our Milwaukeehome Family! Their updated Pride shirts for 2020 are going fast!! Visit www.mkehome.com to check them out!

Our first quarter community service project was a little late but, this weekend we officially became Riverkeepers!!  Spe...
04/26/2021

Our first quarter community service project was a little late but, this weekend we officially became Riverkeepers!! Special thanks to our Kohl's family for helping us!!! We are so proud of our residents, staff and volunteers for helping keep our community beautiful!
#communityhelpingcommunity

Sometimes time together makes you feel sooooo good!   Staff day out!!  Thank you to our family at WALKER'S PINT for open...
04/24/2021

Sometimes time together makes you feel sooooo good! Staff day out!! Thank you to our family at WALKER'S PINT for opening just for us before the public! It was so nice to just be together in a safe environment.

Sometimes time together makes you feel sooooo good! Staff day out!! Thank you to our family at WALKER'S PINT for opening just for us before the public! It was so nice to just be together in a safe environment.

We want to congratulate our first Miss Courage MKE Jaida Essence Hall on an incredible year after winning RuPaul's Drag ...
04/23/2021

We want to congratulate our first Miss Courage MKE Jaida Essence Hall on an incredible year after winning RuPaul's Drag Race! We are incredibly proud of you! Tonight, you pass the crown but, you will always be our Queen!!

We want to congratulate our first Miss Courage MKE Jaida Essence Hall on an incredible year after winning RuPaul's Drag Race! We are incredibly proud of you! Tonight, you pass the crown but, you will always be our Queen!!

We love birthdays at Courage House. This week, we got to celebrate being in the lives of TWO special kids at the house. ...
04/23/2021

We love birthdays at Courage House. This week, we got to celebrate being in the lives of TWO special kids at the house. A week of presents, baking cakes for each other, roller skating, and an escape room! Watching the residents make each other’s days special exemplifies this community. Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!

We love birthdays at Courage House. This week, we got to celebrate being in the lives of TWO special kids at the house. A week of presents, baking cakes for each other, roller skating, and an escape room! Watching the residents make each other’s days special exemplifies this community. Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!

Today and tomorrow are the last days to order!  Mother’s Day is on its way!!! ❤️❤️
04/23/2021

Today and tomorrow are the last days to order! Mother’s Day is on its way!!! ❤️❤️

Our friends at Saint Nicholas Inspired has done it again and just in time for Mother's day! Starting tomorrow April 22nd, any of the items purchased from their link below, they will be donating 50% of their proceeds to our organization through April 24th! Just make sure you click on the Courage MKE online fundraiser button!!

Guess what we are up to today!  Cannot wait to share this partnership with all of you!!!  Oooohhhh the cliffhanger!!! 😊
04/23/2021

Guess what we are up to today! Cannot wait to share this partnership with all of you!!! Oooohhhh the cliffhanger!!! 😊

Guess what we are up to today! Cannot wait to share this partnership with all of you!!! Oooohhhh the cliffhanger!!! 😊

Happy Thursday!!! Check this out!!!Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to ...
04/22/2021

Happy Thursday!!! Check this out!!!

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Courage Initiative Ltd" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Courage Initiative Ltd" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Happy Thursday!!! Check this out!!!

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Courage Initiative Ltd" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Courage Initiative Ltd" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Our friends at Saint Nicholas Inspired has done it again and just in time for Mother's day!  Starting tomorrow April 22n...
04/21/2021

Our friends at Saint Nicholas Inspired has done it again and just in time for Mother's day! Starting tomorrow April 22nd, any of the items purchased from their link below, they will be donating 50% of their proceeds to our organization through April 24th! Just make sure you click on the Courage MKE online fundraiser button!!

Our friends at Saint Nicholas Inspired has done it again and just in time for Mother's day! Starting tomorrow April 22nd, any of the items purchased from their link below, they will be donating 50% of their proceeds to our organization through April 24th! Just make sure you click on the Courage MKE online fundraiser button!!

04/20/2021

"Justice is more than one verdict" ACLU of Wisconsin

Today's verdict is the starting line of what needs to happen across our country. Let's get to work and keep fighting together!

04/16/2021

We’d like to send a very special THANK YOU to Hamburger Mary's MKE, Ruthie Keester and everyone who attended their BINGO-GAMESHOW fundraiser on Wednesday easing over $1000.00 for our organization! What a fun night filled with laughs and community!!! ❤️❤️

Happy 414 Day Milwaukee!  Thank you for all you do for us!!
04/14/2021

Happy 414 Day Milwaukee! Thank you for all you do for us!!

Happy 414 Day Milwaukee! Thank you for all you do for us!!

Today, we are taking advantage of spring break and starting our vegetable garden beds that Victory Garden Initiative ins...
04/07/2021

Today, we are taking advantage of spring break and starting our vegetable garden beds that Victory Garden Initiative installed before we opened! Has anyone ever started seeds in the window before?

Today, we are taking advantage of spring break and starting our vegetable garden beds that Victory Garden Initiative installed before we opened! Has anyone ever started seeds in the window before?

Address

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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You can now use Amazon Smile on your app. I am sure there is an easier way but I found it by typing in “Amazon smile” in the search and then clicked the box on the top to set it up.
Who do you know that needs a pick me up? Our Girl Scout troop was supposed to have six more cookie booths in March when everything was cancelled, and we now have 436 boxes remaining. Please comment if you would like to order. Single packages $5, Gluten Free Caramel Chocolate Chip $6, Pride Package $30, Full Rainbow $40. Porch delivery with electronic payment available. Cash works, too. We will donate whatever does not sell to the LGBT Community Center. If you would like to sponsor packages for donation, please comment below. Available until 9am Wednesday 6/10
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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!
Happy I got to Cranky Al’s before they were gone for the day! #Igotthelastsixfortoday
🍜Make sure to make your reservation for June 11 6-9pm an intimate evening with Chef AJ Dixon. Sharing a 3 course meal with wine🍷🍜pairings featuring her dish of Chicken Provençal. For each dish served during the month of June a percentage of the proceeds go to make strides for Courage MKE 🌈Savage Support 💗and Express Yourself Milwaukee 🎭🎨🎼 DINE FOR A CAUSE! https://www.facebook.com/events/327419101276183/?ti=ia
Are you still accepting encouragement cards?