Community Advocates

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Politicians on both sides of the aisle point to breaking the cycle of poverty as one of the most vital issues facing the country. But what the politicians can’t agree on is how to do it.

Lowering taxes, increasing entitlements – many ideas are floated on a state and federal level, but still, around 45 million people live in poverty.

Music has its Grammy Awards. The movie industry has the Oscars.  Live theater has the Tony Awards. But when it comes to revitalizing Milwaukee neighborhoods, the name on the awards is "MANDI."  

Marti Mikkelson

We begin our annual holiday series Life’s Voices, stories of people striving to make Milwaukee a better place to live.

Our first profile is of Joe Volk. He’s devoted most of his life to helping people without a home.

About ten people are standing in line at the front desk of Community Advocates in downtown Milwaukee. Another dozen are sitting in the waiting area.

During the course of a year, the agency serves about 75,000 families, according to Volk. His office is on the third floor.