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President & CEO John Hyatt's powerful pledge to the community
By: John Hyatt, President & CEO
The Struggle is Real
By: John Hyatt, President & CEO
John Hyatt named IMPACT President & CEO
By: Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing and Communications
Thank you for everything
by Michael G. Davis, President and CEO Posted: December 1, 2015
IMPACT 2-1-1 among largest 2-1-1 providers
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications Posted: March 30, 2015
‘Tis the Season
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications Posted: December 22, 2014.
New housing for families in Milwaukee County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless
by Wyatt Massey, IMPACT Marketing & Communications Intern. Posted: May 28, 2014.
IMPACT 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service Expands to Nine Counties
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications. Posted: February 11, 2014.
Pocket Change
Michael G. Davis, President & CEO, IMPACT. Posted: December 19, 2013.
LEADING INDICATORS. LEADING CHANGE.
By Michael Davis, President & CEO. Posted: June 13, 2013.
We’re in the big leagues now
By Michael Davis, President & CEO. Posted: April 29, 2013.
2-1-1s Bolstering Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications. Posted: November 12, 2012.
IMPACT 2-1-1 and Hunger Task Force Team up to Feed Kids This Summer
by Vickie Boneck, Director of Marketing & Communications Posted: June 6, 2012
Off the Streets & Out of Harm's Way
by Bob Waite, IMPACT 2-1-1 Program Director Posted: April 12, 2012
Looking Back. Moving Forward.
by Bob Waite, IMPACT 2-1-1 Program Director Posted: February 6, 2012

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The Struggle is Real

By: John Hyatt, President and CEO

Having worked at IMPACT for more than 22 years – serving as President & CEO for the past year – it is obvious to me that we remain a community in great need. Despite reports of an improving economy and higher rates of employment, many in our community still struggle to make ends meet.  Every day, people are forced to ask difficult questions. Do I pay my utility bill and keep my house warm, or do I put food on the table for my children? Do I pay my rent or do I go to the doctor and fill my prescription?

Many people take on two or even three jobs in order to keep up.  The long hours and stress take an emotional and physical toll.  Living on the brink of exhaustion makes them more irritable and impatient with loved ones and coworkers.  When someone’s mental health is compromised, they are more susceptible to substance abuse which can lead to unfortunate choices based on fear and panic rather than good judgment.

During 2016, we helped over 45,000 people get connected to a food-related resource; 40,000 people seeking emergency shelter and other homeless services; 10,000 access healthcare; 2,800 find a free tax preparation service; and 800 take the first step toward recovery from heroin or other opiate addiction.  

Twenty-four hours a day, we are the voice of reason – helping them build a thoughtful plan that will help resolve their crisis and start them on a path of long-term stability. 

Our ability to make this positive impact is a direct result of the tremendous support from community stakeholders, private foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. If you are interested in meeting with me, observing our operations first-hand, and exploring ways in which you might be able to help us achieve our mission, please call Gail at (414)256-4808 to schedule a time.