Each year, our parish gives small grants to non-profits doing works of justice and mercy locally, across the country and around the world. In this space, you can learn more about the work supported by your generosity.
Not long after COVID hit, many of us spent time trying to figure out how to attend meetings and seminars and such via Zoom. The main benefit of this technology has been the ability to easily connect with groups that would otherwise be too far away. One of the first remote sessions I attended was a group conversation with a small non-profit start-up called Awake Milwaukee. Some incredible volunteers in southern Wisconsin were trying to raise awareness about the journey of those who were abused by clergy and their struggles to be heard. What impressed me the most was their focus on deep listening to survivors. Often, the ebbs and flows of the news cycle can determine what people are interested in paying attention to – so Awake Milwaukee offers support, resources and advocacy for survivors even when it doesn’t make the news. After less than three years, their reach is now global and their impact has been so important. If you want to learn more about this essential work go to their webpage at www.awakemilwaukee.org.