MILWAUKEE — A local group dedicated to helping at-risk and disadvantaged youth is starting off the new year with a new housing complex for young women ready for a new start.
"I think this is going to be a great opportunity to get them a fresh start and get them the tools that they need to be successful in this world," said Margarite Taylor-Lloyd.
Members of the Girls Learning to become Outstanding Women organization, also known as GLOW 414 are celebrating a huge milestone, as they prepare to open their very first transitional apartment complex in Milwaukee.
"This is an exciting moment it’s something that needed in the community," said GLOW Mentor, Samantha Brock.
"It has a nice kitchen, nice flooring, nice bedrooms, nice bathroom. It already comes with couches," said GLOW member, Paries Wright.
The complex, made up of one and two-bedroom apartments, will not only provide young women with a place to stay, but it will also give them the opportunity to take classes to prepare themselves for the next step.
"It’s financial literacy, telling them about credit, they must be enrolled into school," said GLOW founder, Mickell Daniels.
"So many times, we are working with young ladies, we’re giving them and teaching them so many skills but we’re really not always preparing them for the transition to adulthood," said Brock.
Mickell Daniels, who spearheaded the housing project, says opportunities like this weren’t available for her when she was younger.
"You asked me a question earlier about what made me start this? Because I needed this. I grew up around the corner," said Daniels.
And now that it’s here, Daniels says she will do everything she can to make sure the women who come through these doors, succeed.
"I can speak their language. And let them know that I hear you, I feel you, but I got you," said Daniels.
The GLOW organization says they still need to add a couple of more things like bedding and curtains before the apartment complex is ready. They’re also accepting donations of any kind to ensure the housing stays up and running.