The ELCA Outreach Center offers a wide range of services that help families and individuals meet every day basic needs and move toward self-sufficiency. Since the Outreach Center purchased its own building in 2014, it has operated at an increased capacity. Approximately 65-80 individuals visit the Center per day as compared to 50-60 two years ago.
Primary Focus: Helping Citizens toward Self-sufficiency
Lutheran Affiliation: ELCA
Note: the following video was created by Outreach for Hope to support ministries of congregations located in low-income central city areas of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, ELCA.
Operating Budget: $256,738
Prescription vouchers: Beneficiaries of the prescription voucher program are people living well below the poverty line who need assistance with their prescription co-payments. The voucher may be used at local pharmacies such as Walgreens and CVS.
GED classes: The target population for the GED classes are adults living in poverty who are looking for ways to become self-sufficient. The availability of free GED classes is critical in Kenosha. The only other option in the area for GED classes is Gateway Technical College, which is fee based and does not offer childcare.
Other programs: The Center also offers free legal advice, a clothing closet, community access to computers, phone, and internet, resume building and job search assistance, basic computer training, youth programming, and an annual Christmas gift giveaway.
Who is Served: Beneficiaries of the ELCA Outreach Center are people living in poverty who do not have funds to afford basic legal advice for issues such as evictions, debt, family, guardianship, immigration, and recovering their driver's licenses or IDs. Many are homeless or re-entering society from incarceration.
Location: 6218 26th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53143