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SURVIVAL BACKPACK

Products and Services:

Each Survival Backpack includes a sleeping bag and the following items:

  • Homeless ID Card
  • Directory of Social Service Providers for the Homeless Population
  • Client Rely Card
  • Personal Shower Hygiene Kit
  • Meals Ready to Eat
  • Winter wrap
  • Summer wrap

 

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At The Door 

Assistance program was incorporated to help individuals and families who moved beyond shelter into their own apartment or home to maintain stable housing. By providing basic household items and furniture when donated to turn an empty apartment into a warm, functional living space and lasting stay.

 

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IDA’S HOUSE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE AND HOUSING PROGRAM 

Ida’s House Is not a shelter. It is a wraparound referral and service center to assist homeless youth of all ages up to age 24, male and female, be connected with community resources to transition from the streets of Kenosha into permanent housing.

Our goal is to provide at first point of contact, food, information and transportation services to help aid homeless youth to safety leave the streets and obtain access to emergency housing within 24 hours of contact.

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Healthy Livin’ Preventative Outreach Program

Healthy Livin’ Preventative Outreach was incorporated to help save a life. To educate the homeless and low-income individuals and families of the importance of taking better care of their life by the simplest preventive to have an annual routine check-up.

The program provides assistance for people battling childhood obesity, adult and juvenile diabetes, high blood pressure, and the common cold to be able to have access to obtain prescription medications and over the counter medical needs such as; multivitamins, allergy bracelet, eye care at no cost to them when needed. So people can invest in their well-being a make a commitment to themselves to be a healthier you by providing:

  • Transportation to and from the clinic/dental visit.
  • Referrals and financial assistance for initial clinic visit co-payment.
  • Financial assistance with low-cost prescription medication and/or refill needs not available in sample meds.
  • Exercise and Nutrition Planner.
  • Free Fitbit bracelet.
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In The Hands of Hope (Aftercare Outreach Program) 

In October 2014, an initiative was led by the Chaplaincy office of the Kenosha County Detention Center through a “Second Chance” continuum of direct informational and support services, which met the needs of homeless inmates. Walkin’ In My Shoes volunteered to work with inmates to give them opportunities to put their lives back on track without the likeliness of reoffending, just so they could have a warm bed to sleep in.

In January 2015, Walkin’ In My Shoes received its first contract with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department to work exclusively with women in the Living Free program who were identified homeless at the time of their incarceration.

In 2018, Walkin’ In My Shoes signed its 4th contract to work with both incarcerated women and men to continue to reduce recidivism and continue to alleviate homelessness in our community.

 

The Re-Entry 

Inmates may have a hard time transitioning back into mainstream society, especially when one has lost their home, belongings, job, family and support, and all that's left of their personal property and freedom. Now, image, fear and the uncertainness of being homeless prior to incarceration. Their anxiety increases and they don't want to return back to the streets. 

 

In The Hands of Hope provides inmates ( who are approaching their release date) with the simplest of necessities at the time of discharge. Which gave them a respectful way to transition back into mainstream society. 

 

Our Aftercare Outreach Specialist meet one-on-one with women and men inmates by request only. We provide them with an onsite comprehensive customized Stabilization discharge exit plan which includes assistance with emergency housing and reunification plan to help reunite them with their children. 

 

Our written referrals are individually created for re-entry to be able to obtain immediate employment, healthcare, support group meetings, grief, AODA, recovery transitional housing, shelter, lodging, and other necessary community resources and referrals needed to help inmates successfully meet their basic needs. Each inmates is provided with a one-time complimentary duffel bag of a warm winter jacket, footwear, meal card, clothing, and personal hygiene items. 

 

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STEPPIN’ UP

Steppin’ Up was incorporated in 2008 to provide information, referrals and services to assist grandparents’ and other relatives such as aunts, uncles, cousins, older siblings, and family friends who have taken on the responsibility of “Primary Caregiver” raising children in their home and lack the support services needed to fulfill their caregiving role to meet basic needs such as food and clothing.

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Opening Doors Homeless Youth Drop-In Center

 

The drop-in center is the first step toward youth accepting help from community social services that allows trust to develop as it provides interaction between a youth and society.

Which promotes the belief that youth are capable of reaching their goals and are capable of doing so in a safe and supportive community. With this approach, trust is established and youth are more likely to be inclined to consider other services offered in the community to leave the streets and into permanent housing.

Services include:

  • Individual Need Assessment 

  • Life Coaches 

  • Case Management 

  • Referrals 

  • Housing Placement 

  • Two Meals A Day

  • Clothing

  • Computer Access To eSchool

  • Personal Care Items 

  • Transportation

 
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Boutique For the Homeless

Taylor Gabbylill Boutique for the Homeless was incorporated in 2009 due to the lack of clothing being provided for the homeless population in Kenosha. Thanks to the generosity of the community donating clothing to Walkin’ In My Shoes clothing closet we are able to provide each client of WIMS a complete wardrobe to youth, men, women, and children at no cost to them. Clothing is also available for natural disasters, and foster family.

Clothing must be cleaned, in good condition, and free from stains, cat hair, and rodent dropping due to medical/hygiene reason.

Please contact us at 262.764.0214 or email us at info@walkininmyshoes.org to arrange to drop off times or pick up.

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Seed To Harvest Community Garden

For the past ten years, we have seen a rising number of children, on average, who are battling cultural obesity, food allergy, mental illness, juvenile diabetes (type 1 and 2), and hypertension. We’ve seen it firsthand in our homeless youth population and families at risk of becoming homeless.

The garden is open to the public to provide a place for the homeless, low-income families, and community residents to have the opportunity to garden together with their children and learn how to grow their own food at no cost to them. Our mission is to have a local source of organically grown fruits and vegetables in our community to reduce food insecurity in Kenosha.   

 

Caden' Kitchen Cooking Class

 

Caden' Kitchen Cooking Class in conjunction with our Seed to Harvest Community Garden program, teach homeless individuals, after-school children, families, active duty personnel, veterans, their families, and community residents how to cook and prepare nutritional meals. This improves the health and social equality care among the general public to improve the quality in their life to reduce hunger, social inequality, juvenile obesity, adult and juvenile diabetes, high blood pressure and other health-related concerns eating healthy have done.

 

Caden' Kitchen Cooking Class is an ongoing program that operates 7 days a week, morning, afternoon, and evening. The benefits of Free Goody Bags (includes: cookbook, apron, cap, kitchen utensils, recipes cultural to eating smart, healthy, tasty samples vegan and vegetarian cooking for everyone to enjoy!

 

 

Tranquility Veterans Garden 

 

In 2018, our organization collaboration with the Veterans Administration Medical Clinic to start a therapeutic garden for active duty personnel, veterans, and their families. This garden provide a horticultural therapeutic and Botanic Garden program as part of Seed to Harvest Community to provide active duty personnel, veterans, and their families garden plots, gardening techniques, stretch exercises, yoga, herb tea foot soak, holistic tranquility and relaxation to help everyday challenges of PTSD, alcohol and substance abuse recovery to living a healthy life at no cost to them.

 

The program also provides counseling referrals with professional behavior health providers, as well as intensive therapeutic, resources, referrals and housing services for homeless veterans. Along with art activities, day outing such as fishing, bowling, basketball, and other sports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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