“Tell those that make all this possible, “Thank you, thank you very much.”
“I can’t tell you about the tears of joy, endless thank you’s, and how faces brightens when a family receives the brand-new quality merchandise NewThreads freely gives to them. NewThreads has taken love, giving and sharing to a new level. You don’t know the miracles you bring, the lives you’ve changed, nor the relief you’ve given to those in need. But they do…and it means the world to them. Thank you.”
Pastor Jerome Spencer
New Beginnings Christian Church
NewThreads of Hope Board Member
“I believe that the fulfillment of the mission for New Threads of Hope provides a large number of disadvantaged people with not only new clothing, but more importantly lets them know that people in our community do care about them and want to help them help themselves. ”
Les Weil, Community Volunteer
NewThreads of Hope Board Member
“Harley-Davidson Motor Company is happy to support NewThreads of Hope and continue our tradition of sharing with our neighbors in the community.”
Mary Anne Martiny, Manager
The Harley-Davidson Foundation, Inc.
"The Milwaukee Bucks know that it takes teamwork to succeed on and off the court. That is why we are pleased to be part of the team with NewThreads of Hope in fulfilling the Buck's community mission of contributing to a better quality of life for all people in Wisconsin."
John F. Steinmiller, Vice President Business Operations
The Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Team
“New Threads of Hope was great to work with during the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association's Safe Sleep campaign during Baby Safety Month this September. The organization was able to help JPMA connect with children and families in need of essential items to help create a safe sleep environment including cribs, portable play yards, infant clothing and wearable blankets. It is with the support of organizations such as New Threads of Hope that JPMA can help babies sleep safely, survive and thrive.”
Michael Dwyer, Executive Director
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association
"Your donation provides hope to people who are facing difficult challenges in their lives. A community becomes stronger when all people are cared for and treated with dignity, respect and compassion."
Barry M. Weber, Chief of Police
Wauwatosa Police Department]
"Volunteering at New Threads of Hope has enriched my life by permitting me to reach out to the needy."
“It is with great joy and gratefulness in my heart that I can help other people to feel better about themselves as I help sort items for their needs. It is a fulfillment in one's self and also a responsibility on earth to help people in need as God would have me do. It is a wonderful feeling to have the fellowship with the people who are volunteers also--the same goals. Praise be to God for this privilege of being a volunteer at New Threads of Hope, a giving and caring organization.”
Immanuel Lutheran Church
"It takes so little effort to help those who need so much. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve an organization dedicated to such a worthy cause."
Jerry and Jane Fritsch
Grace Lutheran Church
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
A BIG THANK YOU TO LYNDE AND HARRY BRADLEY FOUNDATION, HUNGER TASK FORCE, HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR COMPANY AND CATHOLIC HEART WORK CAMP!
Great things can happen when the business community, non-profit organizations and a team of energetic high school volunteers work together to serve their neighbors in need. This past June, the NewThreads Distribution Center provided a shining example of this unique partnership and spirit of cooperation.
Warehouse space is expensive, and with its limited budget it is essential that NewThreads make the most of every square inch of its space. After consulting warehousing and material handling experts from Direct Supply who volunteered their services, a plan was developed to add industrial shelving into its warehouse (along with a higher-capacity forklift needed to access this storage space) that would nearly double NewThreads' warehouse capacity without adding a single square foot of space to its lease.
Thanks to a special grant from The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, a forklift was purchased and we began to look for industrial shelving units. Over the years, NewThreads has enjoyed a very close relationship with Hunger Task Force. We asked Hunger Task Force for advice in purchasing the new shelving units, and we were delighted to find that they had over thirty sections of industrial shelving units that they were no longer using. NewThreads had thousands of brand new childrens books that Hunger Task Force wanted to make available to a number of families they were working with in the Foodshare Program. A swap was quickly agreed to and NewThreads had all the shelving it would need!
With a brand new forklift and lots of shelving units, now NewThreads needed a big crew of strong volunteers to move and then assemble the shelving units into the warehouse. It just so happened that over fifty high school students from the Catholic HEART Work Camp were in Milwaukee looking for volunteer opportunities. They jumped at the chance to do the heavy lifting for NewThreads and, working through one of the hottest weeks of the summer, they completely transformed our warehouse. Students had a wonderful time scaling our walls (safely!) to build the shelves! The students were also given the opportunity to spend some time in the fields at the Hunger Task Force Farm – providing them with the opportunity to assist Milwaukee with two of the most basic human needs – clothing and food.
With all this new space available, we were so grateful that Harley-Davidson Motor Company helped stock our new shelving units with a donation of thousands of brand-new clothing items that will soon be distributed to families in need throughout southeastern Wisconsin. The Catholic HEART students also worked hard to begin sorting and inventorying these goods that will be part of our Cold Weather Winter Distribution!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You To All!!
Can you assist NewThreads in keeping Wisconsin warm? Please visit our donation, merchandise, or volunteer page - any bit of assistance you may offer can provide so much hope and warmth to our community this winter. Click here to read more…
Erica P. John Presented with Founder’s Award
Erica P. John Presented with Founder’s Award
In 1987, Erica P. John had the opportunity to help a major retailer donate some of its excess merchandise to various charities. Erica had the foresight and vision to seize upon this opportunity and has since grown this into a mission of hope that has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of families in need. On June 4th, we gathered to present Mrs. John with our Founder's Award. read more...
S.T.O.P. Back to School Bash
NewThreads was proud to be a supporter of the Milwaukee Police Department’s S.T.O.P. Back to School Bash on August 4, 2012. We provided over 2,000 clothing items and 2,000 books to be shared with students attending the event. read more...
Winter Clothing Distribution
It may seem ironic that as temperatures hover near 100 degrees, NewThreads is preparing to shield our community from winter’s bitter cold. But that is what we are busily working on here at NewThreads. We are unpacking, inventorying, sorting, cutting labels, and re-packaging items to offer to those in need when the snowflakes begin to fall in the not so distant future.
However, NewThreads cannot meet our community’s needs alone. We need financial support, merchandise donations, and volunteers to enable us to provide coats and jackets, hats and gloves, shoes and blankets, and other brand-new fall and winter clothes that will keep thousands warm when the temperatures fall towards freezing.