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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 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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This show is a must watch for every parent. Inclusive, heartwarming and a glimpse into our kids lives every day.
05/01/2022
This Gay Netflix Teen Drama Is Just What We Need

This show is a must watch for every parent. Inclusive, heartwarming and a glimpse into our kids lives every day.

This sweet and even slightly formulaic love story feels almost radical given the current political climate. (Spoilers ahead.)

BIG THANK YOU to our friends at  for this Bounty-ful donation of paper towel!!  ❤️🤣❤️
04/26/2022

BIG THANK YOU to our friends at for this Bounty-ful donation of paper towel!! ❤️🤣❤️

A very special THANK YOU to  and the entire cast of The Laramie Project for inviting us to share our mission with your a...
04/25/2022

A very special THANK YOU to and the entire cast of The Laramie Project for inviting us to share our mission with your audiences last week! Bravo to all on such an incredible production!!!

Big thanks to  for sending an amazing Chinese Food dinner to the house!Our residents are loved it!
04/23/2022

Big thanks to for sending an amazing Chinese Food dinner to the house!

Our residents are loved it!

Thank you   for helping us celebrate  with our staff!!! ❤️
04/14/2022

Thank you for helping us celebrate with our staff!!! ❤️

We love our city and all of you!  Happy !!!What are some of your favorite Milwaukee small businesses to visit? Let’s sho...
04/14/2022

We love our city and all of you! Happy !!!
What are some of your favorite Milwaukee small businesses to visit? Let’s show them some love in the comments!!!

We are so proud of our hometown girl, Jaida Essence Hall for her upcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars All Win...
04/13/2022

We are so proud of our hometown girl, Jaida Essence Hall for her upcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars All Winners season!!! She has been traveling the world but still hasn’t forgot about home.

Last week we received a gift of $5000.00 from Duncan Hines from a contest Jaida won and chose us as the beneficiary of the gift!

Thank you Jaida! We love you and will be cheering you on every week!!

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Courage MKE board of directors. We are very excited to get to work...
04/06/2022

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Courage MKE board of directors. We are very excited to get to work with all of you as we continue to grow and provide the highest level of quality services and resources to the LGBTQ+ youth we serve!

Welcome to the family Robin, Andrea, Dan and Broderick!

Last spring, the Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest non-profit providing shelter and healthcare services to  youth ...
04/05/2022

Last spring, the Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest non-profit providing shelter and healthcare services to youth experiencing homelessness informed us that we had been accepted into their mentorship program for our plans to open a 15 - 20 unit facility for youth ages 17 - 24 that are experiencing homelessness or have aged out of the system. Every month since, along with about 20 grassroot organizations like ours, we met via zoom, to listen, ask questions, share ideas and learn.

Last week, The Center brought our Executive Director and Program Director to NYC to participate in their Model Replication Conference. Throughout the week, they opened their offices, facilities and internal practices for everyone who attended the conference. We came back ready to continue our planning here in Milwaukee.

Words cannot express our gratitude to the Ali Forney team and residents we had the opportunity to meet with. They inspired and motivated us to make it happen here for our older LGBTQ+ youth here in Milwaukee.

If you would like to help make this much needed resource a reality, please consider making a donation at www.couragemke.org/donate.

Pictured: Alex Rogue-AFC Executive Director, Jean Northway-Courage MKE Program Director, Carl Siciliano-Founder AFC, Brad Schlaikowski- Courage MKE Executive Director, Nadia Swanson-National Technical Assistance and Advocacy Program Consultant

03/31/2022
Thank you to  for inviting us to be here for the  show!!
03/20/2022

Thank you to for inviting us to be here for the show!!

We'd like to send a special thank you to our friends Associated Bank for hosting a Courage Kit drive!
03/18/2022

We'd like to send a special thank you to our friends Associated Bank for hosting a Courage Kit drive!

Let’s end our day with something so sweet.       “…. And let them be they.”
03/10/2022

Let’s end our day with something so sweet.
“…. And let them be they.”

We have some pretty incredible women in our little Courage family that inspire us every day.  Haley, Jinx, Hannah, Fayom...
03/08/2022

We have some pretty incredible women in our little Courage family that inspire us every day. Haley, Jinx, Hannah, Fayomi, Brenna, Amber, Amanda, Mims, Tywanda, Jean Thank you for showing our residents what strength, leadership, compassion and ambition looks like day in and day out. We wouldn't be who we are without EVERYTHING you do.

03/07/2022

Hello Courage Family!

We are looking for a few pieces of hand me down/gently used furniture and thought we'd put it out here incase anyone has anything that you may need taken off your hands.

1) Couch
2) Wood/sturdy coffee table
3) 2 upright dressers
4) 4 ceiling fans

If you have something that you'd like to donate, please email [email protected]

Wishing you all a very happy Monday!

Three years ago today we cut the ribbon to the Courage House. We have learned so much over these past few years and prou...
02/28/2022

Three years ago today we cut the ribbon to the Courage House. We have learned so much over these past few years and proud knowing that every year we have been open our program has only gotten better than we have ever imagined.

To ALL of our Courage MKE family, thank you for everything you do for us and our residents. Because of you we are able to go above and beyond every day! Because of you we can focus on continued growth to provide services to youth aging out of the system. We are so honored by your trust and continued support!!

Thinking about all youth in Florida and Texas.
02/25/2022

Thinking about all youth in Florida and Texas.

THANK YOU VALENTINE!!!The excitement that springs up every time the mailperson comes everyday has been so heart warming....
02/14/2022

THANK YOU VALENTINE!!!

The excitement that springs up every time the mailperson comes everyday has been so heart warming. Thank you to everyone that has been sending hearts and treats throughout the month! Our walls are literally covered with messages that make us laugh, fill our hearts and remind us that it always gets better!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for showing our residents how much love is in our community!! They love receiving your letters.


We would like to send a special Thank You to the Mars Family Foundation for inviting us to be part of their first Fish T...
02/12/2022

We would like to send a special Thank You to the Mars Family Foundation for inviting us to be part of their first Fish Tank. What an amazing evening with the other organizations, families and VIPs. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Please join us in congratulating our team at the Courage House for becoming the first group home in the Milwaukee area t...
02/09/2022

Please join us in congratulating our team at the Courage House for becoming the first group home in the Milwaukee area to receive the Qualified Residential Treatment Program Certification from the State of Wisconsin.

What is QRTP?
Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) are designed for youth with serious mental health or behavioral needs.

"Our trauma informed philosophy is built into our program, and incorporated into all of our day to day activities. Our mission is to help residents be themselves in order to heal. We are committed to supporting all aspects of a resident’s identity, including gender and sexuality exploration and racial identity. We have a family-like environment, working to solve problems as a part of a community, using restorative justice principles whenever possible. Our staff reflects the myriad identities of our residents, with most staff identifying as part of the LGBTQ community." - Jean Northway, Program Director

Congratulations to you all for all of your hard work!!

02/02/2022

Hey Family!
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎

Gosh this time of year is hard. Counting down the days we can be outside again and holidays bringing so many feeling and emotions.

We are looking for volunteers that might be willing to help shower our residents with love!

All you’d have to do is cut out a heart (or multiple), write an inspirational message, glue a funny picture to create a smile, share a story or anything you’d like and mail them to The Courage House. We plan on covering our walls with love/hearts from our staff, board and all of you this month.

Hearts can be mailed to;
Courage House Residents
1544 S. 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

We thank you in advance for helping show our kids how much love there is in our community!!!

Thank you Milwaukee Magazine for this award. This award belongs to every staff member, volunteer, social worker, donor a...
01/31/2022
Meet the Winners of Our 2022 Unity Awards! - Milwaukee Magazine

Thank you Milwaukee Magazine for this award. This award belongs to every staff member, volunteer, social worker, donor and supporter within our Courage Family. To have been nominated among so many outstanding people and organizations means the world to us.

This is what happens when !

These six people and organizations are making Milwaukee a better place for all of us.

Are you interested in making a difference in our community and be part of our growing organization? Our Board of Directo...
01/26/2022
Courage MKE Board Member • Jobs That Help • Nonprofit Jobs in Wisconsin

Are you interested in making a difference in our community and be part of our growing organization? Our Board of Directors is currently looking to add new members!

Share via:Position Title: Member of the Board of Directors Length of Term: Three years (two term limit) Reports To: Board… Learn More Courage MKE Board Member

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

Happy Kwanzaa!
12/26/2021

Happy Kwanzaa!

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

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!!!

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

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

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

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

Address

1544 S 6th Street
Milwaukee, WI
53204

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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 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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This show is a must watch for every parent. Inclusive, heartwarming and a glimpse into our kids lives every day.
BIG THANK YOU to our friends at for this Bounty-ful donation of paper towel!! ❤️🤣❤️
We are hiring!
We are hiring!
A very special THANK YOU to and the entire cast of The Laramie Project for inviting us to share our mission with your audiences last week! Bravo to all on such an incredible production!!!
Big thanks to for sending an amazing Chinese Food dinner to the house!

Our residents are loved it!
Thank you for helping us celebrate with our staff!!! ❤️
We love our city and all of you! Happy !!!
What are some of your favorite Milwaukee small businesses to visit? Let’s show them some love in the comments!!!
We are so proud of our hometown girl, Jaida Essence Hall for her upcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars All Winners season!!! She has been traveling the world but still hasn’t forgot about home.

Last week we received a gift of $5000.00 from Duncan Hines from a contest Jaida won and chose us as the beneficiary of the gift!

Thank you Jaida! We love you and will be cheering you on every week!!
Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Courage MKE board of directors. We are very excited to get to work with all of you as we continue to grow and provide the highest level of quality services and resources to the LGBTQ+ youth we serve!

Welcome to the family Robin, Andrea, Dan and Broderick!
Last spring, the Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest non-profit providing shelter and healthcare services to youth experiencing homelessness informed us that we had been accepted into their mentorship program for our plans to open a 15 - 20 unit facility for youth ages 17 - 24 that are experiencing homelessness or have aged out of the system. Every month since, along with about 20 grassroot organizations like ours, we met via zoom, to listen, ask questions, share ideas and learn.

Last week, The Center brought our Executive Director and Program Director to NYC to participate in their Model Replication Conference. Throughout the week, they opened their offices, facilities and internal practices for everyone who attended the conference. We came back ready to continue our planning here in Milwaukee.

Words cannot express our gratitude to the Ali Forney team and residents we had the opportunity to meet with. They inspired and motivated us to make it happen here for our older LGBTQ+ youth here in Milwaukee.

If you would like to help make this much needed resource a reality, please consider making a donation at www.couragemke.org/donate.

Pictured: Alex Rogue-AFC Executive Director, Jean Northway-Courage MKE Program Director, Carl Siciliano-Founder AFC, Brad Schlaikowski- Courage MKE Executive Director, Nadia Swanson-National Technical Assistance and Advocacy Program Consultant
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