Providing a pathway to a sustainable, healthy, safe and productive life for women engaging in prostitution due to trauma, human sex trafficking or drug addiction.
HOW WE MAKE THE WORLD BETTER
Franciscan Peacemakers addresses the needs and issues of women in the Greater Milwaukee area who are seeking a way out of prostitution due to trauma, human sex trafficking or drug addiction. Our humble service is rooted in Franciscan Spirituality, incorporating a holistic healing approach emphasizing the human dignity of every person. We do this in 5 ways: (1) Outreach: Street Ministry, (2) Housing: Clare Community, (3) Social Enterprise: Gifts for the Journey, (4) Education: Speaking and Advocacy, and (5) in partnership with You: Critical Financial and Spiritual Support.
Cynthia’s New Gig
Cynthia joined Clare Community in June 2018 after getting some out patient recovery under her belt at Meta House. The recovery work she is courageously doing for herself allowed her to advocate for her ability to put her past social services education to work. With approval from her support team at Meta House, Cynthia started going out on outreach with Franciscan Peacemakers in November 2018.
In the deep of our Wisconsin winter, with the temps below freezing, we found an average of 15 women out on the street during our morning outreaches. “Hey Cynth – we are so proud of you!” was a refrain heard over and over, as Cynthia handed out bag lunches, gloves, socks, scarves – whatever we had to offer some relief for the elements.
Because Cynthia knows these streets first hand, the impact of our outreach feels that much more profound. The women we are serving get a glimpse of what the hard work of recovery might mean for them – to be in the drivers’ seat of their life, just as Cynthia now is. The inspirational witness she provides, along with the practical knowledge – “Hey, go down this street – that porch is one where people go when it’s cold.” – are increasing our reach – as Cynthia reaches toward her potential.