Before the Resource Hub became what it is, organizations throughout the community of Milwaukee kept noticing an unfortunate pattern of not enough personal care and basic necessity items for populations in need. Some organizations had an abundance of resources, some had none, and others had items that were expiring.
When CRAY, Collaborative Rapid Advocacy for Youth, recognized that resources for victims and survivors of human trafficking as well as high risk youth were not being distributive in an effective way, they began to brainstorm ideas on how to bring balance into collaboration; which is how the Resource Hub came into existence.
Collaborative Partners of CRAY and the MKE Resource Hub are:
The organizations who will be benefiting from this pool of resources will be able to personalize backpacks filled with personal need and self care items for the populations they work with. Paired with the driving force of the community donating items, volunteering time, and spreading the word, the program will make the maximum impact.
All Items Must Be Store Bought and New This is important because aftercare is about healing human dignity. The populations who are being served through the Resource Hub are not second best and the items being provided shouldn't be either.
Victims, survivors, and at-risk youth who will benefiting from the Resource Hub are males, females, boys, girls, and non-binary.
Not sure where to start? Check out the list of accepted items below or our Amazon wishlist. Our current biggest item needs are highlighted in bold.
Deodorant (2 pack)
Travel Size Hand Sanitizers
Toothbrush/Toothpaste (Packaged Individually)
Tampons/Panty Liners/Pads (Small packages to put in backpacks)
Hair Care Products
Ethnic Hair Care Products
Shampoo and Conditioner
Men's Hygiene Products
Lip Balm/Chap-stick (2 pack)
First Aid Kits
Boxes of Bandaids
Adult Coloring Books
Children's Coloring Books
Pack of Pencils
Pack of Pens
Box of Granola Bars
Bag of Pretzels
Bag of Goldfish
Books for Adults; must be books that are listed on the Amazon Wishlist
Packs of Underwear
Sports Bras or Soft Bras (without wire)
Packs of Socks
Maternity Jeans Expander
Maternity Belly Band
Other Item Needs
Hand Wipes or Baby Wipes (to-go or travel size)
Pencil Pouches; will be used for packing smaller items such as stress balls and headphones