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OUR PROGRAMS

Franciscan Peacemakers provides a pathway to sustainable, healthy, safe, and productive lives for women engaging in prostitution due to trauma, human sex trafficking and drug addiction.

OUTREACH Ministry

Franciscan Peacemakers have had a visible presence on the streets since 1995 distributing bag lunches and personal hygiene items, allowing us to be in contact with women engaging in prostitution due to sexual exploitation, trauma, human sex trafficking, and drug addiction. In service to both these women and the wider community, we develop trust over time and provide information about Franciscan Peacemakers’ healing pathway to a sustainable healthy, safe, and productive life.

Franciscan Peacemakers Hospitality Center on Lisbon Avenue opened in August 2019 to provide a respite from the streets. The sanctuary provides a place to meet basic needs (restrooms and food) while also offering an opportunity for longer conversations with Franciscan Peacemakers staff. The Hospitality Center has been key to the referral of women from the streets into the Clare Community program since it has opened. 

Housing and Healing

Clare Community was opened in January 2014 in response to the growing need for resident-based trauma care for the women served by Franciscan Peacemakers' Outreach efforts. Named in honor of St. Clare of Assisi, Clare Community is a holistic two-year program where women survivors find sanctuary and connections to resources needed to become sober, stable, safe, and exploitation-free while living in and contributing to the community. Clare Community has partnered with the St. Bakhita Catholic Worker to provide housing for up to 10 residents. 

Clare Community also encompasses a network of clients and volunteers who are not in residence but are committed to journeying together in healing. This community and staff gathers weekly for ‘Candlelighting’ - a time for prayer, reflection and mutual support.

Employment

The Franciscan Peacemakers Social Enterprise (formerly known as Gifts for the Journey) was launched in January 2013 as a supportive workplace where women in recovery from drug addiction and/or sexual exploitation are employed while learning skills in manufacturing, packaging, marketing, and sales. While acquiring the skills they need to earn a living wage, the employees who live at Clare Community have the opportunity to put a percentage of their earnings in a matched savings account to begin a strong financial foundation upon their graduation from Clare Community.

Franciscan Peacemakers products include soaps, lotions, candles, bath bombs and salt scrubs - beautifully handmade with all-natural ingredients by women working together toward individual and collective healing. 

Franciscan Peacemakers products can be found at the following locations and events: 

Franciscan Peacemakers Soap Shop

3333 W. Lisbon Avenue in Milwaukee, WI
Open: Monday thru Friday, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM and by appointment (call 414-949-1551)

Find a Retail Partner

Upcoming Event Schedule

To inquire about becoming a retail partner, please fill out this form or contact our Sales Team at sales@franciscanpeacemakers.org

Education

With our service rooted in Franciscan Spirituality we are committed to creating community awareness about women engaging in prostitution due to trauma, human sex trafficking, and drug addiction, including why it exists and persists.

Members of our Board and Staff are available to speak to your faith community, community service organization, business, school, or foundation. We explain how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how Franciscan Peacemakers ministries are working to help address the problem and provide a healing pathway to a sustainable healthy, safe, productive life for women seeking healing and recovery.

To begin getting to know Franciscan Peacemakers work, check out our podcast where you will hear from those connected to our programs - staff, participants, board members, volunteers with the hope that what we have learned in our 25 years of ministry can be applied to your life in some way.