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Phone: 414-347-1774
135 W Wells St Ste 700
Milwaukee
Wisconsin 53203
USA

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Target demographics: Each year the Benedict Center serves up to 400 involved with the criminal justice system in Milwaukee. Women referred to the Center are in need of basic educational and employment skills, substance-abuse treatment, trauma counseling, anger and stress management and cognitive behavior development. About 72 percent of women served by the program are African American and Latina, with an average age of 34.

Nearly 80 percent report a diagnosis of some form of mental illness. Additionally, 78 percent of participants report they have been sexually, physically or emotionally abused. Only 25 percent are employed. Many can’t hold jobs because they lack the skills or experience or because of behavioral problems associated with drug and/or alcohol abuse or mental health issues. Many suffer the consequences of abject poverty, have inadequate, unsafe housing or no housing at all, and most have educational achievement at the 5th or 6th grade level.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 400

Geographic areas served: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mission:
THE BENEDICT CENTER WORKS WITH VICTIMS, OFFENDERS, AND THE COMMUNITY TO ACHIEVE A SYSTEM OF JUSTICE THAT IS FAIR AND TREATS EVERYONE WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT THE AGENCY'S OVERALL GOALS ARE TO - OFFER REAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHANGE TO WOMEN IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW THROUGH THE WOMEN'S HARM REDUCTION PROGRAM, A HOLISTIC, GENDER-RESPONSIVE JAIL AND PRISON ALTERNATIVE, GROUNDED IN EDUCATION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT,-ADVOCATE FOR FUNDAMENTAL SYSTEMIC CHANGE IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
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05/30/10
As a retired teacher, I came to the Benedict Center to tutor women for their GED's. I went to teach; but I learned. My eyes have been opened to the frustration and needs of the underprivileged and to the unfairness of the criminal justice system. The Benedict Center gets it! The staff provides ... more »
05/29/10
Our society is framed by large margins which are teeming with troubled individuals. Organizations and policies attempt to address the needs of the underprivileged, but rarely does one encounter one as effective and impressive as the Benedict Center. This organization brings women who have had ... more »
05/28/10
At the Benedict Center I have have seen compassion shown for those who most people dismiss-- those who have been arrested for criminal activity. While talking with some of these people, many of whom have probably done things that I would find abhorable and some of whom may be innocent, I am ... more »
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