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About Us

Men of Men, Inc

Founded in 2017, MOM House is centrally located on Milwaukee’s northwest side, supporting young men between the ages of 17 and 21. Individuals will live in a semi-structured environment under essential agreements; expressing trust, respect, and support for each other. Young men will have an opportunity to interface as equals and talk openly about perspectives, beliefs, challenges, and achievements.

 

MOM uses a multicultural approach to assist individuals from all backgrounds who may have a number of different educational, economic, social, and mental health boundaries that may make it challenging for them to live independently. A large number of our potential residents will have been involved with at least one system of care during their life time, yet still lack the skills required for everyday living. Although a large number of group homes associated with DMCPS only provide short-term care, some older residents primarily those close to adulthood, eventually require a setting with a more transitional (Long-Term) and independent living focus.

MOM facilitates the My Choice program, which teaches youth tools to improve their cognitive thinking skills. The program was conceived with the intent to decision making and modify behavior. My Choice models positive decision making and helps individuals change their motivations through altering their belief systems and gives them ownership of their life.

The program goals are to help Individuals understand themselves and gain some insight about how their behaviors and thoughts contribute to their success, and better understand themselves. Individuals will learn to process their thoughts, identify and meet realistic needs, and use choice to make better decisions. In the role of an advocate, I am presenting the tools that increase the probability of independent living and community engagement. The objective is not to make an individual live independently, but to give them the choice to do so efficiently.

Men of Men, Inc collaborates with community partners to;

  • Support young men

  • Achieve academics goals 

  • Complete job training

  • Learn computer skills

  • Engage in community happenings

  • Volunteer efforts

 

MoM VISION STATEMENT:  

MOM uses a multicultural approach to enhance the development and quality of life for young men, as they become confident and competent experts of self.

MoM MISSION STATEMENT: 

• To enable access for young men, such as education and employment opportunities, without discrimination.

• To create a better understanding between self and desired self in order to expand insight.

• To offer a neutral space to encourage open dialog where trust and support may be practiced.

• To use a person-centered approach to mentor change and provide modeling.

• To teach young men to be responsible and mature individuals who are able to meet their own needs.

• To empower young men to accept responsibility for their actions, while improving their responsive behaviors to others.

• Aid young men in the process of change, who choose to live independently.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Hendriel Anderson, MS  

Executive Director

 

I am a Social and Civil Service Activist; earning a Master of Science in Education from Concordia University of Wisconsin, with an emphasis on Family Studies. As a Milwaukee Native, I have been advocating for children and families in Southeastern Wisconsin for more than twenty years. My philosophy is that the understanding of self and desire, creates better insight and improves self-efficacy. Everyone has a role and a responsibility in community building. I do not work in isolation; believing in the importance of collaborations and partnership building. My life’s work is driven by youth voices, families, and all those affected by trauma. Their adversity deserves compassion, dignity, privacy, and respect. Diversity, safety, and accessible services are fundamental to personal change.

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Carnelius Russell, MS  

Chief Financial Officer

I am a native of Madison, Wisconsin who now proudly calls the Milwaukee area home. I have been serving families in the Milwaukee County Human Service field for over fifteen years. I have worked as a supervisor in several areas of child protective services where I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the most abused, neglected, underprivileged, and underserved children and families in Milwaukee County. I’ve also worked with the Behavioral Health Divisions Mobile Urgent Treatment Team working primary with suicidal and traumatized youth throughout Milwaukee County. I hold Bachelor Degrees in Sociology and Political Science and Master of Science degrees in Organizational Management and Mental Health Counseling. No matter what position I’ve held throughout my career I have always been a strong advocate and believer in the unlimited potential of the young men in our community. During my career I have witnessed countless young men age out of the system without the tools and skills needed to become responsible fathers, husbands, employees, and contributing members of society. As a husband and father myself, I understand that without empathic, nurturing, compassionate, confident, and skilled men there cannot be strong healthy families in our communities. I am committed to using my experience, education, and passion for service to help support and guide young people in our county.

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Tai Hooper, LPC  

Men of Men, Inc Board Member since 2018

My name is Tai Hooper and I am a licensed professional counselor in Milwaukee, WI. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders from University of Wisconsin – Madison and my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin.  Presently, I serve as the inaugural Mental Health Coordinator with Acelero Learning Wisconsin, a national Head Start provider that operates center-based early childhood education programs in Milwaukee and Racine counties. I have a variety of experiences working with youth and families for several nonprofit organizations within Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Empowering people to find their authentic voice has always been an important aspect to community work I have engaged in over the years. My professional interests also include trauma-sensitive practices, motivational interviewing, infant and early childhood mental health, mindfulness, and workplace wellness. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with her family, cooking, and practicing yoga and meditation.

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Shannon D Reed  

Men of Men, Inc Board Member since 2018

Shannon Reed is a promise-driven leader: one who is motivated most by their accountability to Serve on PurposeTM. Reed’s service to the civic wellbeing of Black boys and men living in greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County informed the development of state-wide health, education, financial stability, and workforce initiatives. He has been a member of the United Way family for the last 11 years, initiating his tenure at the greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County chapter. There Reed advanced from Financial Portfolio Manager to the Director of Innovative Strategies for Boys & Men of Color to his final role at the local level, Director of Racial Equity. In this role Reed was responsible for managing a 10-million-dollar racial equity portfolio – an initiative made possible by a donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. In 2022, Reed transitioned to United Way Worldwide where he now serves as the National Director of Young Men United, an initiative to support local United Ways and young men of color in the United States over the next 10 years to increase their post-secondary attainment and workforce preparedness.

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Bridget Robinson, MBA, J.D.  

Men of Men, Inc Board Member since 2020

I am a Milwaukee native; graduate of Marquette University where I became the first in my family to obtain a college degree. For 15 years I served as a human resource professional providing talent management across various industries. I later launched a full-scale human resource consulting firm where I lead small business owners in strategic planning, professional development and life cycle recruitment. I am widely respected for being a bridge builder for women of color, providing both mentorship and career coaching. I currently serve as the Interim Executive Director empowering residents and youth to unite with community resources to build safe and empowered residents. I recently published a book entitled, "If I Should Die Before I Wake" that chronicles my life as a teen mother. I am a mom, a community leader, a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and an influencer.

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Erin Morgan  

Men of Men, Inc Board Member since 2020

My name is Erin Morgan and I am the Victim Witness Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Wisconsin. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Majoring in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University. I have over 15 years of experience providing victim advocacy and crisis response services to victims of federal crime and their families. I serve on several state and national committees including the Wisconsin Drug Endangered Children Committee, Milwaukee Human Trafficking Task Force Committee and a member of the National Crime Victim Assistance Team of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys’ Rapid Response Program. I provide guidance to federal prosecutors on the Attorney General Guidelines and Victim Rights. The criminal justice works best when victims receive services, find healing and have their voices heard. I enjoy spending time with family and friends along with playing and coaching soccer.

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Oswald Bwechwa 

Men of Men, Inc Board Member since 2020

My name Oswald Bwechwa. I was born and raised in Tanzania, East Africa. I am an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. I am currently serving as an associate Rector at Christ Church Episcopal in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.


I came to the United States for education. I went to Marquette University where I received a BS in Economics, and later went to Berkley California to pursue a MS degree in Theology. I also graduated from UMW with an MSW. Prior to coming to America I studied philosophy in Dublin Ireland where I graduated with BA in philosophy and also graduated from Catholic University in Nairobi Kenya with a BA in Theology.


My professional life and passion have been about working with our youth. I believe that the health of any society is depended on the health of its youth. After graduating from college, my first job was working with youth in Tanzania. At the time, there were no recreational opportunities for the youth. Books were in short supply and there were no places where student could go to study. I initiated a library project with educational materials that I had collected from Ireland. The library also provided recreational facilities for the youth. This initiative has evolved into a full fledged high school institution in the that city.


When I came to the United States, I was part of a youth group initiative at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in the inner city providing free meals, tutoring and recreational opportunities for disadvantaged youth especially during summer seasons when very few opportunities of positive and structured activities are
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My entire professional life in the United States has focused on empowering the youth and their families. I believe that strong families, communities and nations begin with empowered youth. Society has to invest in its youth. Such investments will produce peaceful, less violent, and prosperous communities. Of course these investments in our youth cannot happen in isolation. Strong families must be part of the picture.

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Dorion Higgins 

Corporate Compliance Officer since 2023

 

My name is Dorion Higgins and I am Assistant Program Director for the Parsons Federal Reentry Center in Milwaukee, WI. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Human Services Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

 

I have over 15 years of experience working in our criminal Justice system of Milwaukee, WI, working in various positions within our criminal justice system as a Probation and Parole Officer for Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Case Manager and Employment Specialist at the Parsons Federal Reentry Center where I currently serve as Assistant Program Director, where my main focus was/is assisting individuals with reentry back into society from the institutions of Federal and State prisons.

 

I have spent the past 15 years striving to make our criminal justice system a more inclusive environment for those we serve. I am currently married to the love of life and have been for the past 14 years. We have two children and have lived in Milwaukee, WI our entire lives. I enjoy spending time with family, reading, playing the drums, and engaging in political debates.

Accreditations

Accreditations

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Certifications

Certifications

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