Jrue and Lauren Holiday team up with Kohler, Milwaukee Bucks Foundation to help repair and renovate three local shelters
Lauren Holiday was looking at Kohler bathroom fixtures for her own home renovation project, when she asked the sales representative a question:
“You know what would be really cool? If we partnered and we did women’s shelters.”
Kohler responded immediately, Holiday reached out to Sojourner Family Peace Center, the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation pitched in and the combined efforts led to nearly $300,000 to help repair and renovate three local shelters, including one at 619 W. Walnut St., just blocks from Fiserv Forum.
Sojourner Family Peace Center showed off the upgrades Friday evening.
Off the court and pitch, Jrue Holiday (Milwaukee Bucks guard) and Lauren Holiday (World Cup and Olympic soccer champion) are a team and a force of their own to be reckoned with.
Known for their community work before coming to Milwaukee, the Holidays have stepped up those efforts, pledging salaries to help the community, supporting Black-owned businesses and looking for more ways to prop up community centers and projects.
This was just the latest time and financial commitment.
Emily Fons, Sojourner board president, said the Milwaukee shelter is a national draw for other shelters because of its size. The new facility offers clinics and support groups, children’s areas and educational classrooms, with 24-hour security and police and representatives from the district attorney’s office all on site. More than 600 abused women, children and men find respite here every year.
“When you come in, their goal is to make it like home, and I think they’ve done that,” said Lauren Holiday.
But with so much use by so many people – residencies usually last 30-90 days but can be longer – there’s a lot of wear and tear. Donations and support are critical.
The Holidays, the Bucks Foundation and Kohler Co. also provided upgraded bathrooms in two other local domestic violence and homeless shelters, the Hope House in Milwaukee and The Women’s Center in Waukesha.
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