Hebron House appoints Acting Executive Director
Attorney and community advocate for the homeless to lead the organization
Waukesha, WI (October 8, 2019) – Hebron House of Hospitality, a non-profit organization that advocates for those in need of emergency shelter and long-term solutions for permanent housing, has appointed Maureen Atwell as Acting Executive Director.
Hebron House is the only non-profit organization in Waukesha County fully dedicated to providing emergency, low-barrier, short-term shelter and long-term housing solutions to individuals and families. Hebron House operates three homeless shelters that provide safe, warm, short-term assistance on an emergency basis, and two housing units for low-income individuals emerging from homelessness. The organization’s mission is to help those on a difficult journey from challenging circumstances to stabilization and, ultimately, end homelessness.
Atwell will lead the organization, overseeing all operations and staff. She has a long history of fundraising and volunteering for organizations that serve the homeless and feels passionately about the mission and the work of Hebron House. Previously, she was the Director of the Waukesha County Child Support Division from 2015 until this year. Under her tenure, the agency won statewide awards for excellence in child support performance and job service programming, obtained its first-ever zero error rate in a statewide audit, and became the largest child support agency in Wisconsin to meet all state-mandated performance targets in a single year. Prior to this, Atwell served as a Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney from 2008-2015.
Outside of her professional career, Atwell has served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement Association and the Legislative Council Study Committee on Child Placement and Support. She has been an active fundraising volunteer for the Milwaukee Homeless Veteran’s Initiative and Milwaukee Rescue Mission.
Atwell holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Hunter College in New York. She is widely published, authoring papers for the Wisconsin Journal of Family Law, Wisconsin Counties Magazine, and the Wisconsin International Law Journal, and was a contributor to the Wisconsin Human Trafficking Protocol and Resource Manual.
She has spoken on a variety of topics before the National Sheriffs’ Association, Wisconsin and National Child Support Enforcement Associations and the State Bar of Wisconsin. Atwell has been recognized with numerous statewide and national leadership awards, most recently the Wisconsin Child Support Enforcement Association’s Hall of Fame Award for contributions to the child support program.
For more than 30 years, Hebron House has been the largest non-profit provider of services to the homeless men, women and children of Waukesha County. Atwell’s role for Hebron House will be to lead the organization through a leadership transition and prepare the organization for long-term success.