Established in 1969, Journey House is grounded in the philosophy that Education is a Family Journey. We embody this belief through our mission of working with the community utilizing a self-help philosophy in order to increase education, reduce unemployment and crime, strengthen families, and revitalize neighborhoods.
Journey House begins with the conviction that everyone has the right to a high quality of life and the basic assets for attaining it. At the same time, members of urban Milwaukee communities face challenges to their quality of life, and must therefore develop specific academic, employment, and life skills in order to become full participants in the benefits and responsibilities of civic society. For this reason, Journey House exists as a community-based opportunity oasis where men, women, and children on Milwaukee’s diverse Near South Side can build these vital skills and reach their goals.
Journey House’s time-tested commitment to its community has earned the agency a strong reputation within and beyond its target neighborhood. Sixty-eight percent of the population in the area Journey House serves (zip codes 53204 and 53215) is Hispanic. The Journey House “Education is a Family Journey” focus provides a significant response to this community challenge by integrating youth leadership and education programming.