The Junior League of Milwaukee selected Safe Home Environment as its centennial community partner. This partnership will allow the Aurora Abuse Response program Safe Mom, Safe Baby to add safe housing at Mercy Housing’s St. Catherine Residence to its wrap-around services for expectant mothers threatened by domestic violence.
Abused pregnant women are 40% more likely to deliver a pre-term or low birthweight infant requiring extended or resource-intense care in the hospital. When domestic abuse or intimate violence during pregnancy occurs, the child of a pregnant woman is at high risk for poor birth outcomes. With high housing costs across the Greater Milwaukee area, it is difficult for moms to find a safe place they can afford on their own and as a result many stay with their abusers or with friends and family members.
Since the Junior League of Milwaukee began in October 1915, its members, solely or with partners, have created various programs or organizations that are integral to Milwaukee or were precursors to today’s important community organizations.
A few of these organizations include: the Blood Center of Wisconsin, Curative Care Network, the Teen Transition program with Kids Matter, Inc., and The Parenting Network.
Want to donate something to the Safe Home Environment program?
Give a gift (or gift card) to the SHE program through their Amazon Registry for Aurora Health Care Foundation Safe Mom Safe Baby.
When checking out registry items and gift cards for delivery:
- Indicate it is a gift and include your name in the memo
- Send to: Diane Orozco’s Gift Registry Address (Items will be delivered directly to Aurora)
October – National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Over the last 5 years, the Junior League of Milwaukee is proud to have partnered with Aurora Health Care’s Safe Home Environment (SHE) to provide a safe home and development space for women who have been affected by domestic violence.
Learn more about our partnership with SHE in this video from our parent organization, the Association of Junior Leagues International.