[MILWAUKEE, WI, May 10, 2013] – The YMCA-CDC NIP program is now Community First, a non-profit agency dedicated to providing low-income Milwaukee homeowners with much needed repairs. Community First will host its first-ever ‘Burgers and Birdhouses: Be a Part of Community First’ event on Thursday, May 30th from 6-9 p.m. at The Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water Street in Milwaukee. Cost per person is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds will be used to continue the organization’s life-changing work of providing significant home repairs to Milwaukee’s low and moderate-income families in order to preserve homeownership and prevent foreclosure.
The event will feature the music of Milwaukee’s own Dead Bug Jazz Quartet, free massages from Relax, Manifest Therapeutic Massage’s Mario Fears, gourmet burgers, raffle items from local Milwaukee businesses, and decorate-your-own birdhouses. A recipient of the organization’s services and a trusted contractor of Community First will share their stories of the impact the organization has on their life.
“I’m excited to host our first event,” said Community First Executive Director, Rafael Garcia. “We hope to share our message and mission with more people in our community, resulting in more support for the work we are doing for our city’s families. Sure, we’re eliminating health and safety hazards and correcting code violations, but what that really means is we are giving families security in their own homes. Security that they can stay and live in the home where they raise their children, cook Sunday dinners together, and make lasting memories. That is what our work means to me.”
Community First offers vital services to the neighborhoods that it serves by managing the rehabilitation projects and ensures that families are provided professional, insured, licensed and timely contractor services. What is unique to the NIP program is that all of these services are provided at no cost to the family. It is administered as a five-year forgivable loan. There are very few home repair resources in the city of Milwaukee that provide substantial repairs such as roofing, mechanical work, lead abatement and other costly home repairs.