Creating a welcoming community in which every person receives their basic necessities, guidance, hope, and compassion
September 2007: Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge started with 6 backpacks and open hearts for distribution to our friends in the city.
2012: Mr. Bob's became a 501(C)3 to better serve our friends through outreach and compassion.
July 2019: Mr. Bob's launched a mobile shower-trailer to provide a hygienic option for our friends.
Building a family of volunteers who embody our culture of serving others & committing to the well-being of the homeless and the hurting
Mr. Bob's 2020
We would like to extend a tremendous thank you for your generosity in 2020 supporting Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge. In a year full of the unexpected, our friends had an unwavering source of stability due to your kindness. No matter what the world looks like, Mr. Bob’s is a safe place for the homeless to receive compassion and support.
Volunteers and counting
Hygiene kits distributed
Dollars raised for our friends
John Arcuri, President
John has been proudly involved with the Mr. Bob’s organization since 2013 and has served as president since 2018. He owns Milwaukee Warehouse, which provides warehousing and distribution services in southeastern Wisconsin. John’s parents instilled the value of serving others at a young age. This passion to serve has remained with him throughout his life.
Cheri Hesse, Secretary
Cheri has been involved with Mr. Bob's for over 10 years. She has been on the board since its inception and served 5 years as President. Sermons at Advent inspired Cheri to get involved with her community. At that time, Mr. Bob's was expanding, so it seemed to be the perfect opportunity. Since Cheri joined, her love for the Mr. Bob's family has only continued to grow.
Dr. Michelle Graham, Board Member
Dr. Graham joined the Board of Directors in January 2020, following her inaugural partnership with Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge while serving as the President of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County. She serves as the Chief Executive Officer for UnitedHealthcare and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Michelle is passionate about population health, medical education, and ensuring compassionate care for the underserved.
Jade Erickson, Board Member
My name is Jade Erickson and I am currently a Freshman at Eau Claire Wisconsin. I have been a part of Bob’s Under the Bridge for a little over 2 years now and I have loved every second of it. I have learned so much from the importance of building a community and respecting others to learning all about the struggles many who live in poverty face. I have loved my experience with Bob’s Under the Bridge and I continue to work hard to help those in need, not just in this organization, but everywhere I go!
Connor Kraus Youth Board Member
Mr. Bob’s has made such an incredible impact on me during my time here. Working with and serving those in need made me think about my own life, and I realized how blessed I really am. Mr. Bob’s has opened so many new doors of possibility in my future, and has introduced me to an amazing group of people.
I think that being a naturally outgoing person has helped me a lot when it comes to having contact with our friends at the park. I am pretty comfortable with being in new situations, and I adapt well. Despite this, I was intimidated and even a bit scared the first time I went to Saturday morning outreach this past summer. It was new territory for me, and I wasn’t completely sure what to expect. These feelings immediately disappeared when we unloaded the truck and started outreach. Spending time with our friends at the park very quickly became my favorite part of the week. I built friendships with some amazing people that I wouldn’t have met if it wasn’t for Mr. Bob’s.
I always take extra care in learning and remembering as many faces and names as possible. I call as many of our friends by name as I can, and that really makes them happy. Being able to make someone’s day just by simply calling them by name and asking how they are doing is truly amazing. I’ve become friends with children younger than me, and also adults older than my parents. Even though our friends are in terrible situations, I’ve met so many loving people at the park. There’s a social stigma around impoverished people, and many believe that a person who is in a bad situation is automatically a bad person. This is beyond false, and I am truly blessed to have the ability to serve these people with the Mr. Bob’s family.
Katie Sadowski, Vice President
Katie has been volunteering for Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge since August 2018. She was a Youth Board member for the organization since October 2018 before she became Vice President. Volunteering for Mr. Bob’s is one of her greatest passions and she is grateful to learn her community's stories. She is a freshman at the University of St. Thomas.
Ethel Veik, Treasurer
When she is not handling Mr. Bob's financial reports, Ethel is active in her community. She worked at the Taylor Electric Company doing billing, accounts, and advertising for 48 years as well as Sound Designs for 17 years. She served as the treasurer of Advent Lutheran Church for 37 years. Ethel loves to use her skills and work experience to help those in need. She also stays active as a golf and tennis player!
Grace Kittel Youth Board Member
This organization has truly been one of the biggest blessings in my life. Our friends downtown continue to give me more than I could ever give to them. Listening to their stories, and being able to connect with these beautiful people each week is life changing in more ways than one. MBUTB has helped me find my purpose, knowing my service is making a direct impact on others’ lives, as well as my own. Our friends downtown have encouraged me to seek out the small blessings. They always come with smiles on their faces no matter what may be going on behind the scenes; usually situations and circumstances much worse than any of us could ever imagine. Though the work we do seems simple, it is so important, and our friends appreciate it greatly. The 6am wake up quickly became effortless and their joy makes it that much more worth it. We all have so much to give back and our small actions help others more than we know. As Bob always says, “make sure our friends know that they are loved and cared about”; it is as simple as that. Beyond stoked to be apart of this incredible family and I am so grateful for the infinite memories and lessons to come