Grantee Stories

Breaking the cycle on
Milwaukee’s South Side

Tasha was just 17 and living with her boyfriend at his mother’s house when the Milwaukee police arrested her for prostitution. With no money and no job, Tasha had been working the streets to pay the weekly rent her boyfriend’s mother expected from her.

The police offered her a choice: receive a ticket and a fine, or accept a diversion to Benedict Center’s Sisters Program. Tasha took the diversion, and subsequently thrived through counseling and case management, participation in a paid transitional jobs program, and the care and mentoring of other “Sisters.” Today she has her own apartment and a stable job, and she often visits Sisters Program to encourage other women in their journeys.

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