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September 12, 2017
Recently I served as the photographer’s assistant to Matt Heltsley. Matt is a volunteer with experience taking street portraits of people who are struggling with poverty, homelessness and other issues.
Matt was taking photos for the 2018 calendar at Capuchin Community Services’ House of Peace site. He was shooting outside and I was tasked with getting the guests to their mark in front of the famous 17th Street mural. This mural on the side of our building chronicles the struggles of the African American community in Milwaukee. It seemed appropriate that those whose lives are still in the struggle might be photographed with dignity and respect in front of the mural.
August 29, 2017
Last week was the Capuchin Community Services' school supply distribution. It's always a special day. The kids are so full of anticipation and hope. There was one girl who caught my eye. She sat poised and patient, waiting for her family's number to be called. Her brothers and sisters were 'over-the-top' excited...but she sat still, holding books on her lap (which included a prayer book), and waited.
St. Ben's Community Meal
May 22, 2017
During the past several years, I have had the privilege of being part of our Front Door Ministry program at St. Ben’s, part of the Capuchins Community Services ministry. Every Wednesday our team provides assistance with obtaining birth certificates, prescription co-payments, and bus tickets for medical appointments. We also hand out hygiene bags, provide GED information, provide an opportunity to take a shower, and we provide clean underwear to those taking a shower.
House of Peace
April 26, 2017
I remember as a young girl watching, “Let’s make a deal” on television. I was always just as surprised as the contestants, when they selected either the beautiful curtain or the decorative box, and it usually was a clunker inside. Sometimes our various guests are judged by their outer appearances, which do not generally reveal their rich histories and experiences.