Time and Place

The Innovative Cities Lecture Series
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 345

Faith-based Community Planning and Development presented by Ashley Thomas: Executive Director, Hope Street Ministries

Lecture Summary

Hope Street in Milwaukee is known as the Greenhouse for People on 26th & Capitol. They offer housing, programs and protection from toxic situations to people looking for a second chance. Based on community feedback and input, they have proposed a three-story, 21,000-square foot community center that will have a variety of uses including event space, gymnasium, greenhouse, cafe and classrooms.The center will be open to the people living in Hope Street as well as the surrounding area. Come learn about Hope Street’s work on 26th and Capitol and their vision for community development.


Ashley Thomas attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison on an athletic basketball scholarship, graduating in 2012 with a BA in Sociology. She is currently working towards her Masters in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, with a hope to go on to complete her PhD. Ashley walked into Hope Street in 2012 reluctantly on assignment to learn about organizations in the City of Milwaukee. It didn’t take long to realize the place wasn’t what she expected. One encounter led to another as she moved from faithful volunteer to Operations Director in 2013. In 2015 she was promoted to Assistant Executive Director and unanimously voted in by the Board of Directors to take the role of Executive Director in 2016. Ashley’s passion, vision and love for all people equip her to do life and simply be present at the Greenhouse for People on 26th and Capitol.

Please RSVP to sbaile@uwm.edu if you plan on attending!
Pizza will be served, but you will need to provide your own beverage.
AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

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Please checkout Visiting the UW-Milwaukee Campus for transit and non–motorized options and parking.

Need Directions?

Get directions to The School of Architecture and Urban Planning building at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is located at 2131 East Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to planners, students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University.
Please contact Sadie Baile, Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at sbaile@uwm.edu