By calling 2-1-1, you can be connected with thousands of nonprofit and government agencies in the area. The 211 social services hotline can be called at no charge 24 hours a day. Operators will provide callers with information on a wide variety of non-emergency family, financial, health and social service issues.
Experts advise against using substances such as marijuana or alcohol to help reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness while social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Marijuana and other inhaled substances including cigarettes and e-cigarettes or vaping devices can be acutely dangerous because of the stress they place on the pulmonary system. Alcohol use can affect the general health of the body, leading to potential outcomes like sleeping less, and a weakened immune system.
Community Closets are a resource available to all West Allis-West Milwaukee community members. The Community Closets are filled with many items (e.g., non-perishable food, clothing from birth through adults, school supplies, etc.) to help families in need. All items have been donated by the community, staff, and parents.
Horace Mann Elementary School Community Closet: Call Maria Garcia at 414-604-3912 for further information or complete the request form here.
Dottke High School Community Closet: Call Meg Holzhauer at 414-604-3561, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the request form here.
Hunger Task Force has created a list of confirmed, trusted sites that are providing food safely and reliably. The map below lists public senior sites, school meal sites and outdoor emergency food distribution sites in Milwaukee. Search by zip code in the upper left hand corner to see a list of all the sites in your area. Then, click on individual sites to see details: days and times of service, type of program, etc. This resource is updated daily. Check with your local community food pantry directly for hours of operation. Click here to view the interactive Google map
The COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful for people of all ages. Fear and anxiety about a new disease and what could happen can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:
Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.
Take care of your body– Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Connect with others– Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships, and build a strong support system.
Take breaks– Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.
Stay informed– When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information.
Avoid too much exposure to news– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks.
Feelings of feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
Worsening of chronic health problems
Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
If you experience these feelings or behaviors for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, talk to someone -- parents, teachers, counselors, clergy members, or doctors can help. You are not alone.
With heightened levels of stress and more time at home, incidents of family violence may increase. If an incident begins, try to remove yourself to a safe place and call for help. Dial 911 for immediate help for you or someone else.
If the incident is over, call 414-933-2722 for 24/7 support through Sojourner Family Peace Center: HERE
If adolescents need a safe place to stay, and there are no options with other family or friends: