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.