Homeless advocate Sister MacCanon Brown is moving forward after painful departure from non profit she founded
In an exclusive interview with CBS 58 News, homeless advocate MacCanon Brown is sharing never before details about her shocking departure from the "Repairers of the Breach" which she founded decades ago.
"We did a coup because we were concerned the organization was going a different direction," Brown told CBS 58's Michele McCormack. "And when we did that, of course I was terminated for that."
But this local nun who has helped so many for so long is now getting the help she needs to continue her mission.
"I died a thousand deaths," says Sister of her departure.
She's speaking out not to rehash the philosophical differences that came about, but to celebrate the support she's received since then.
Including the purchase of a warehouse at 24th and Center.
She hopes to generate enough donations for renovations that will include a vision clinic.
"Milwaukee has never had a free vision clinic. But I have an optometrist who is committed to spearheading that."
Her new non profit is called the Sister MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary.
The five story facility will eventually include indoor fish tanks for the meal program.
Sister Brown's face lights up as she tours the shell the building, just thinking about what it could become.
"There will be table top gardens with lights year round and huge fish tanks with thousands of gallons of water to raise Perch and Tilapia flowing into our food program."
The sanctuary will be more like a hotel.
The homeless will be welcomed and served.
No assembly line atmosphere.
Sister Brown is convinced that's the only way to empower a person who the outside world might see as hopeless.
You can see part two where Sister Brown talks about the exact moment she received her termination notice Tuesday on the CBS 58 News at 4 and how she found a way to rise above it.