Greetings! As we move into this new season of crisp air and changing colors, we reflect the parallel changes that our agency has gone through these past few months. Read on to hear about program highlights, updates, and exciting events coming up!
This summer, the programs in our Child Welfare Services hosted events for their clients and families. We couldn't help but share some of these sweet moments!
We recently completed the 2018 United Way Reports for Behavioral Health, In-Home Support, Hoarding Intervention and Treatment, Outreach & Case Management, Pregnancy & Parenting Support, and Supported Parenting. The program directors and staff put together the reports that were filled with hours of research and statistics. Here are a few interesting facts:
- From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, 1,110 clients were provided with mental health outpatient services in both Milwaukee and Waukesha.
- The majority of In-Home Support and Hoarding Intervention & Treatment clients have poverty level income. 86% live off an annual income of $24,999 or less, and just 3% of our clients live with income greater than $37,000 per year in Waukesha.
- The US Bureau of Census, Barker and Maralani (Booth et al., 2004) conservatively estimated that there were about 7 million parents with learning difficulties who have children under 18 in their homes in the US.
- Using the FY 2017 Health and Human Services Federal Poverty Guideline as an indicator, 668 or 92% of families (using a family of 4) served in our Outreach & Case Management Program live below 200% poverty with family annual income being under $24,000 per year and 404 or 55% of those served earned less than $10,000.00 annually in Milwaukee.
- Our Pregnancy & Parenting Support program has maintained considerable progress over the past two years with the percentage of participants who are breastfeeding. This year 54.17% of clients measured chose to breastfeed, which is similar to last year’s 59.41%. This is a significant increase, however, from just two years ago, which was at 41.38%.
Pictured above are our staff who work in our Sheboygan and Fond du Lac offices. They provide Behavioral Health and Outreach & Case Management services at both offices, and we are so thankful for this hard-working group of individuals!
Legal Services for Immigrants (LSI)
LSI is a team of five attorneys who represent 4,000 low income clients at immigration and at the Chicago immigration court. They are also comprised of two paralegals and an office manager.
There’s been a lot of change within this past year; immigration law practice is devolving into a bit of a “goat rodeo.” No one knows what to expect, including the immigration judges, the asylum officers, or the adjudicators. Policies are proposed that never take effect and significant changes appear without warning. Our next community outreach is entitled, "Immigration: The Evolution of Chaos". In this seminar, we are going to offer a timeline of the changes beginning with the 2016 election. Although it is complex and sometimes hard to follow, we believe in the importance of educating society on the changes over the past two years.
For example, for the first time, domestic violence and crime victims are slated to be put into deportation. Many asylees no longer have the right to see a judge and will be deported for circumstances out of their control. For those of us practicing immigration law, truth is now stranger than fiction.
There are over 746,000 people in deportation proceedings throughout the United States; 28,448 at the Chicago court where we practice. Our clients have hearings scheduled in 2021. There are no immigration attorneys outside of Milwaukee or Madison, and those living in rural areas have nowhere to find accurate information. Even those living in larger communities have a hard time finding accurate information. One of our goals is to keep the immigrant community informed about what rumors are true and what is hearsay; the reality is harsh enough without embellishment. To reach our audience quickly, regardless of geography, we piloted a series of bilingual YouTube videos which now have over 8,000 hits. Technology is the doorway in which we hope to inform our audiences, not only in Southeastern Wisconsin, but across the United States.
- Barb Graham, Director of Legal Services for Immigrants
Thank you to everyone who came out for the Brewer's game! The food was a hit out of the ballpark, employees won prizes in the raffle, and we were able to spend quality time with coworkers we don't see everyday. The Brewers may have lost, but it was a win in our books!