I think it's safe to say we've been eagerly waiting for the beautiful summer weather to arrive! I know we're all dreaming of a beach getaway and soaking up the sun, but hang on with us just a little longer- we have some great things to share with you all!
OFFICE HIGHLIGHT: MILWAUKEE AREA OFFICE
At our Milwaukee office, our staff provides bilingual Behavioral Health services, bilingual Outreach and Case Management, In-Home Support / Hoarding Intervention + Treatment, Adoption, Pregnancy & Parenting Support, Refugee and Immigration Services, and Supported Parenting Services.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT: ADULT DAY SERVICES
Summer is finally here! We have been getting to enjoy some time outside and getting the flowers planted. Patio time is a true highlight of our center. It is so peaceful and beautiful. We are often out there with the lemonade and enjoying great conversation. If you haven’t been over to see it please feel free to come over!
Volunteers are a key part of our program. Kathy P. has been volunteering with the center for almost 3 years now and brought some new energy to our Monday’s. She’s here from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. every Monday and spends her morning playing cribbage and visiting with one of our members. The afternoons can get pretty loud and fun with Farkle. If you’re not familiar with this game it’s a dice game with the object to get as many points as possible. Once a month they even have a tournament~ it’s that fun. Kathy is also known for bringing in treats throughout the year and filling piñatas for Cinco de Mayo. She is an amazing volunteer and we all just love her!
I recently went to the annual Wisconsin Alzheimer’s conference in the Dells. It’s a very well attended conference and filled with great information. Excellent source of new information to share with our staff and families. The alz.org website has very valuable information and caregiver support groups throughout the area. A great resource to share!
This summer we are going to be having the Reach Out/In students again. Students from various parishes throughout the Diocease sign up and are placed at various locations throughout the area and help with activities, yard clean up…. It’s an amazing group of young adults and allowing them to engage with our seniors is a win win for everyone!! I believe this is their 30th year coming to Catholic Charities ADC.
Happy Summer everyone!
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT: SUPPORTED PARENTING
We are very excited to announce that a new staff member joined us in May at the Milwaukee office! Shelley Carr-McKnight has already made a difference on our team, and we are very excited to see what she accomplishes with the families in our Supported Parenting program. You can learn more about Shelley in the HR updates!
Over the past year, we've seen tremendous success with the expansion of our program from Waukesha to Milwaukee. Sarah Klobuchar is up to a full case load and has participated in several community outreach events and has built strong and supportive relationships with her clients.
We were excited to have two of our board members, Mary Jo Burgoyne and Julie Darnieder, attend a home visit to meet individuals that we serve and to learn more about our program. We are always eager to educate the public on our services and why Catholic Charities' Supported Parenting program is unique. We are excited to have Jim McLaughlin from United Way join us on an upcoming home visit!