Experience The Mr. Bob's Family
Helping our friends comes in many forms. from providing clothing, food, and showers to offering emotional support, we want to be there for our friends in any way that they need. Life for them is unpredictable, and we strive to be a source of stability - at Mr. Bob's, you can always find compassion and care.
Your involvement allows us to meet our friends' changing needs so that we are continually providing the appropriate resources. We are a volunteer-operated organization, and we rely on the support of the community. Whether it's buying shower trailer supplies or more food, donations are the key to Mr. Bob's mission of fostering a community of dignity, compassion, and friendship. Your helps keeps our equipment running, clothing and food supply stocked, and our operations smooth as we are funded solely by donations.
Youth Board Involvement
Mr. Bob's allows me to build friendships and relationships. I have learned that there is never enough love in the world and that I can spread love through just my actions. I see my family every Saturday in Milwaukee. I see my family at Thursday sorting. I see my family growing with every new person I meet. The Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge community is a living, thriving family, and I am forever grateful that I can be a part of it.
While volunteering, I have learned many valuable lessons, which helped me grow into a more understanding and confident person. I've always been self-conscious of what people think about me and afraid I'm not good enough. Many people consider me a shy person. It is sometimes hard to go out of my comfort zone. Working with such a kind staff and friends has helped me go more out of my comfort zone. I am grateful to talk to other and have heard many different stories that have encouraged me to talk more with other people.
When I recently went camping, I also learned more of the struggle of living outside. It was only for 3 days, but it felt much longer. It was a lot of work to wash more dishes and clothes. The bathrooms were a 10 minute walk away and not in a convenient location as I'm used to. We went on a hike, and bugs were everywhere because it had just rained. Upon my return home, I realized that while camping was fun, I was happy to be back in my house with my fluffy bed and warm shower. Homeless people do not have that luxury.
I have been blessed with many things in my life, but not everyone has the great opportunities I have. Being able to experience a different lifestyle has helped me to see how much I have and how grateful I should be for the life that was given to me.
In his novel The Road to Character, author David Brooks defines what it means to have a calling in life by writing, “All of us are given gifts, aptitudes, capacities, talents, and traits that we did not strictly earn. And all of us are put in circumstances that call out for action, whether they involve poverty, suffering, the needs of a family, or the opportunity to communicate some message. These circumstances give us the great change to justify our gifts.” Volunteering for Mr. Bob's is a part of my life that I never knew I needed until that first Saturday I volunteered, but I knew at that moment that the world was calling me to be a part of the Mr. Bob's family. What I never could have imagined was how much my call to arrive would change me.
Through my service, I have learned what it means to be human. Mr. Bob's has not only encouraged me to help those in need, but also to form relationships with them. I have learned that the situations my friends in Milwaukee face do not define them, as they are some of the most compassionate and resilient people I have met. They find ways to care for each other, even when they have nothing to give. Our friends in Milwaukee may live in dangerous and disheartening situations, but that does not make them any less human. These people and their love for others inspire me to open up my heart to the world and continue to make a difference.