UUCW’s Split the Plate program is one of outreach and generosity. Each month we give half of all undesignated offerings to a non-profit organization, to help us live our UU values and serve our community.

Our Split the Plate partner for mid-July through August is Our Space, suggested by Mary Ross.  The mission of Our Space is to empower individuals living with mental illness and substance abuse issues to achieve their full potential by providing recovery-oriented, person-centered services and programs, in a safe and accepting environment.

Located at 14th and National in Milwaukee, the Our Space Drop-in Center is a voluntary day program that provides members with support and community. Members who take part in this program determine the recovery path that works best for them.

Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving. People with mental and/or substance abuse disorders have a unique capacity to help each other based on a shared affiliation, and a deep understanding of this experience. In self-help and mutual support, people offer encouragement, strength, and hope to their peers, which allows for personal growth, wellness promotion, and recovery.

Our Space is a provider of Comprehensive Community Services (CCS). Professional staff work with the individual’s case manager and Peer Support Specialists to offer person-centered, recovery-oriented services.

The Our Space Peer-Run Respite program—also known as Parachute House—partners with the State of Wisconsin Division of Care and Treatment Services and Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division.  Parachute House provides holistic recovery-oriented person-centered services to Wisconsin adults who are experiencing emotional stressors and need additional support through conversation and other wellness opportunities. The Parachute House offers private guest rooms and is staffed by Certified Peer Support Specialists, who have lived experience and have been successful in their own journey to recovery.

For more information visit the Our Space website. To help support Our Space, you can:

  • Go to the UUCW website’s “Donate” tab and select “Split the Plate” from the menu provided.
  • Or text your donation to 73256.
  • Or mail your donation to UUCW, 13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield WI 53005-5219

For more information about Split the Plate, contact Kathy Herrewig.