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Street Angels gets new bus to expand transportation outreach in Milwaukee

Posted at 11:54 PM, Jan 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-21 00:56:20-05

MILWAUKEE -- As the temperatures dropped into the single digits in Milwaukee, volunteers with Street Angels in Milwaukee loaded up buses with necessities to keep those who are homeless warm.

Bins were filled with blankets, flashlights, thermal wear, and extra sleeping bags. Over 50 hot meals of cheeseburgers and potatoes were prepared by a family to hand out Sunday night.

One bus of volunteers handed out the food and gear but for Eva Welch, co-founder of Street Angels Milwaukee Outreach, she went out to transport people to warming shelters across Milwaukee.

"It could mean the difference between life and death. Every year someone freezes to death here and we are trying to prevent that," said Eva.

Street Angels recently purchased a second van to expand their transportation outreach. Their goal is to eventually cover the north and east side of Milwaukee. Sunday night Eva drove dozens of people to St. Bens to have a warm place to stay.

"It's emotionally draining sometimes. We go home after this and won't sleep because we think about the people who won't go to the warming station," said Eva.

The organization relies on the community coming together. Eva said that's what community is all about.

"Everything is provided by the community and Milwaukee truly cares," said Eva.

If anyone needs a ride to a warming shelter call 414-369-3688 option 4.