Mike’s Story

Mike Henry's Story /// I have seen extreme sadness and defeat. I have also seen the most beautiful things in people that have nothing.  What we do is try and assist people in need. Twice a week, I take a team of volunteers and go out onto the … [Read more...]

The Story of a Jail Program Coordinator

Nathan's Story ///   My name is Nathan and I work with some of the most misunderstood people in the Chippewa Valley. My job is not an easy one and very few people choose the path that I have taken. I am a helper and love what I am … [Read more...]

You Can Only Go So Far with Optimism

You Can Only Go So Far with Optimism /// Second chances are hard to come by nowadays. The world forgets that people make dumb mistakes as we live our lives. We should be able to turn around safely back on the right path and not be punished for … [Read more...]

‘Our’ Issue

'Our' Issue /// You know, growing up, my personality was always that of a helper. I have always wanted to intervene and help people.   I was born and raised in the small town of Menomonie, Wisconsin. After I graduated high school, I … [Read more...]

Breaking Cycles

A story of breaking cycles. /// My parents were teenagers when they had me. My grandfather wouldn’t let my mom use public assistance, so she worked all the time. He thought since we had clothing, food and a roof over our heads we were good. … [Read more...]

The Life of Tom

Sheila's Story: Mental Health and Veteran Court Coordinator /// Tom has been sent to jail multiple times for assault, possession of marijuana, and attempted suicide. Considered a high risk individual, Tom was accepted into the Mental Health Court … [Read more...]

Ken’s Story

Ken's Story /// My name is Ken Adler. I represent one of the many faces involved with the criminal justice system in the Chippewa area. This is my story. Growing up, I was always involved in the community. When I was in high school, my … [Read more...]

Reuben’s Story

Reuben's Story /// Alcohol was always around me. I knew it’s effects and the way of life that went along with it. Freshman year of high school I was invited to play on the adult softball league. My dad said I could join the team on one … [Read more...]