TOGETHER, WE CAN SAVE THE SOLDIERS HOME
SAVING THE CHAPEL, THEATER & GOVERNOR'S MANSION - POSSIBILITIES ABOUND
We need your help to restore these remarkable buildings and return them to the service of veterans.
In October 2020, the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA) announced that it will be taking an important step toward the rehabilitation and reuse of the Chapel, Theater and Governor's Mansion by engaging a Historic Preservation Consultant to develop economically feasible recommendations for the adaptive reuse of these buildings.
We need your financial support to help us identify feasible ways to restore these remarkable buildings to the service of veterans. We have a $15,000 total goal, the first $5,000 of which will be matched dollar for dollar through a matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Money raised will go to the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance and will fund the work of the Historic Preservation Consultant as well as MPA's ongoing advocacy work focused on saving these three historic, vacant buildings.
EVERY HERO DESERVES A HOME | HOUSING FOR HOMELESS AND AT-RISK VETERANS
In 2017, a coalition of organizations and volunteers dedicated to saving the Soldiers Home launched a capital campaign to raise the private funds needed to restore six historic buildings in the Soldiers Home Historic District - including the iconic Old Main - to their original purpose - the service of veterans.
Partners in the campaign include the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Center for Veterans Issues, and the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee. Learn more about the project here.
The project was completed in Spring 2021, and veterans are once again living at the Milwaukee Soldiers Home. While the financing for the project has closed, there are still ways the community can support the veterans who call these buildings home.
Additional funds raised will go toward amenities for the rehabilitated buildings including finishes, furniture, and artwork that will help our nation’s heroes feel at home.
To donate online, select one of the following options. If you prefer to donate by check, please make payable to Greater Milwaukee Foundation, referencing Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home Fund, and mail to Greater Milwaukee Foundation (101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 201, MIlwaukee, WI 53212). If possible, complete and enclose a Pledge Form (available here):
Gifts of all sizes are accepted and are deeply appreciated. Gifts can be made in honor or memory of a veteran. All veteran donors, or donations in honor of veterans, will be listed in the Veterans Community Room in Old Main.
All Extraordinary Women will be permanently listed in a special area of the Women’s Wing.
We are asking women to each pledge $1,000 ($200 per year; $17 per month). Gifts can be made in memory or in honor of someone. (Men can give to recognize a women who is important in their lives.) Groups of women (military posts, family members, etc) can also come together for one gift.