In May, members of the Southeastern Wisconsin Sanitary Supply Association (SEWSSA) reached out to a facility in need by doing what they do best: cleaning.

For the 12th time as an organization, SEWSSA conducted Operation Clean Sweep. More than 50 volunteers representing seven local companies cleaned the interior and exterior of The Guest House, a Milwaukee residential facility that helps homeless men find jobs and housing.

Guest House staff and residents were very appreciative of the work. Residents were so excited to have a clean facility that many had trouble sleeping the night before.

SEWSSA also purchased mulch, tables and other items to help create a better living experience for residents while staying at the facility. Many manufacturers also donated chemicals, towels, waste receptacles and other cleaning supplies to the shelter.

“Every year we get strong support from the manufacturers within our industry,” says Gene Melzer, one of the SEWSSA founding members. “Their product donations show their support for this cause.”