"They're not in this alone:" Repairers of the Breach cares for Milwaukee's homeless on this Labor Day

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- On Labor Day, we celebrate the contributions workers make to our country -- but for some who want to work, a job is out of reach -- and that has left them on the street. To give these folks some hope, Repairers of the Breach on Monday, September 1st continued its Labor Day tradition -- gathering to help those less fortunate.

"I can`t give up, and I won`t give in," John Tatum said.

On this Labor Day, when many celebrated a day off work, Tatum said he just wishes he had a job.

"I would rather be working, you know? I`d rather work because I think I would be productive if I was working," Tatum said.

Tatum lost his job last June -- and that has left him on the street, coming to Repairers of the Breach for meals.

On Labor Day, dozens of volunteers worked to serve Tatum and others. Pastor James West, the executive director of Repairers of the Breach says it's about more than a good meal.

"It`s showing them that the community cares and they`re not in this alone and they do have a support system," West said.

Dominic Lacy knows that first hand. He moved to Milwaukee from Texas with nothing. After working with Repairers of the Breach, he now has a place to call home, and clothes on his back.

"They helped, and I couldn`t do that without them," Lacy said.

Tatum is looking for that same support.

"Sometimes I feel hopeless out here," Tatum said.

Tatum says he hopes next Labor Day -- he'll be serving as a volunteer, not looking for food.

Repairers of the Breach saw nearly 200 homeless men and women on Labor Day. Organizers say that's up from 150 last year.

The organization will feed and care for more than 2,500 people this year.

Repairers of the Breach is looking for toiletries donations, as well as non-perishable food items, and blankets. Monetary donations can be made out to “Repairers of the Breach." In person donations can be dropped off at 1335 West Vliet Street in Milwaukee.

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