RISE helps empower acid attack survivors, who are at risk of being trafficked.
Franciscan Peacemakers' Street Ministry started as the dream of two Franciscan Capuchin priests in 1995. Fr. Robert Wheelock, OFM Cap., and Fr. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap., saw escalating violence in the city of Milwaukee. The words of St. Francis called them to start doing what was necessary and thus began the ministry of Franciscan Peacemakers.
Our mission is to reach out to women, men, and children who engage in prostitution on the streets of Milwaukee. We do this by being a consistent presence in neighborhoods where prostitution is occuring. We minister by offering a simple bag lunch, personal care items, and an invitation to leave the streets behind.