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Our Mission

Daystar provides a long-term, safe haven where abused women are empowered to embrace life.

Economic vulnerability and the threat of homelessness serve to keep many women trapped in abusive environments.  Daystar exists to help women move beyond overcoming their barriers to exploring their capacity. 

Daystar’s individualized service design and the two years of housing provided enables each woman to achieve goals that have meaning for her life.  Be it health, income, education or employment, virtually every Daystar resident will accomplish something during her stay that will move her life forward. 

This is why Daystar exists.  At Daystar, women build new networks of healthy support.  Here, they regain a confidence torn from them in violence.  With time, they learn to look forward, not back, to not only dream new dreams for themselves, but take active and measurable steps toward achieving those dreams. 


Our History

Daystar, Inc. was founded in 1986 by Sister Irene Kay whose order, the Sisters of Mercy, wasonce at the center of health, education and social justice ministries in the region.  At the forefront of the domestic violence movement, Milwaukee already had two emergency shelters for victims by that time, both of which teamed with the voices of the children who also found safety inside their walls.  What did not exist was a haven for women without children, a sanctuary into which a mature battered woman could retreat and seek to rebuild her life.  Sr. Irene’s vision was for just such a space, a transitional facility where women could heal, put their lives in perspective and emerge self-confident.  Her vision became Daystar.



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