Cousins Subs® Awards $3,000 to Hope House of Milwaukee

Make It Better Foundation Grant will Help Support Shining Stars Youth Education Program

August 19, 2014 // // MILWAUKEE – The Cousins Subs® Make It Better Foundation has awarded Hope House of Milwaukee, Inc. a $3,000 grant to support the Shining Stars Youth Education Program in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood. The donation will be used to fund field trips and purchase books, calculators, healthy snacks and educational activity supplies for students. The grant could positively affect up to 100 low-income young people.

The Hope House of Milwaukee strives to end homelessness and create healthy communities with its housing, education and community outreach programs. For 22 years, its Shining Stars Youth Education Program has provided children with a safe and structured environment, staffed by caring adults who offer opportunities that strengthen academics, model positive social skills and offer an atmosphere in which to practice new skills.

"We're very grateful to the Make It Better Foundation for this grant," said Jim Farrell, development director at Hope House of Milwaukee. "Our organization depends upon the generous support of companies like Cousins Subs, and we couldn't be more pleased that they're standing behind our mission."

The grant is funded through Cousins Subs' Make It Better Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization established in 2013. The Make It Better Foundation aims to improve the general welfare and quality of life in the communities Cousins Subs serves and addresses three areas of interest that are vital to any community: health and wellness, hunger and youth education.

"We selected Hope House of Milwaukee as the recipient of this grant because they're dedicated to teaching and improving the lives of young people," said Justin McCoy, vice president of marketing at Cousins Subs. "Hope House truly understands the importance of youth education, and they're working hard to prevent homelessness and enrich our community."

More information on Hope House of Milwaukee can be obtained at Nonprofit and community organizations interested in more information on how to apply for a grant are encouraged to visit

About Cousins Subs®

Cousins Subs® and its franchisees operate more than 120 sub sandwich shops in four states, with bold expansion plans. The first Cousins Subs was established in Milwaukee in 1972 by Bill Specht and his cousin. Their dream was to bring East Coast-style sub sandwiches to Milwaukee – with their own deli fresh touch. They started with their bread, developing a secret recipe with the perfect taste and crunch. That bread is the cornerstone of the Cousins Subs slogan, "Better Bread. Better Subs." The original recipe is still closely followed at every Cousins Subs restaurant, where each sandwich is made to order using freshly sliced deli meats, cheeses, and vegetables – and the bread is baked fresh each day. Forty-two years later and still family owned, Cousins Subs employees and franchisees are driven by their mission to "Make it a Better Day" in all they do. In 2013, the brand proudly announced the establishment of the Make it Better Foundation, dedicated to funding causes that address health and wellness, hunger and youth education in the communities that Cousins Subs serves. For more information, visit You can also find Cousins Subs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Hope House of Milwaukee, Inc.

Hope House is an emergency and transitional living facility as well as a true community center located in the near south side of Milwaukee. Opened in 1987, Hope House was created to provide a safe, temporary refuge for people needing a place to sleep. Over the years, Hope House has evolved into a complete provider of services for homeless and low income individuals. In addition to residential services, Hope House provides community outreach to individuals needing health care, food distribution, financial assistance, and educational opportunities for adults and children. Hope House provides services that aim to end homelessness and create healthy communities.

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