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!


From left to right: Sue Howland, Payton Metz, Claire Reuning, Dezirae Grant, Shelley Carr-McKnight, Jennifer Layton, and Carla Alejo

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.


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!

2018 Reach Out/Reach In Leaders

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!



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!


Dr. Sebastian and his guests share lunch and discussion on the mental health field, 6/18/19

Our staff at Milwaukee was fortunate enough to meet with Dr. Sebastian's guests visiting from Nigeria, Uganda, and Somaliland. Each a mental health professional in their countries, they shared their work experience and vision in regards to the mental health field. Mandy Bibo, Carla Alejo, and Claire Reuning shared about their respective programs, and the conversation flourished into plans and wishes for the future for their hospitals, clinics, and mental health facilities. We are grateful for the partnership with Dr. Sebastian and our Behavioral Health program, and hope to share more experiences like this in the future!



Over this past year, we have been working diligently to re-design our promotional materials with our new logo and branding guidelines. We recently updated our banners and tablecloths for outreach and community events. Should you ever have an event where you will be at a table or booth, there are resources below at the following offices for you to use:

Milwaukee (MAO)- one table runner, one 6" tablecloth, one 8" tablecloth, one visual banner, one programs and services banner

Waukesha (WAO)- one 8" tablecloth

Racine (RAO)- one 8" tablecloth

Sheboygan (SAO)- one 8" tablecloth, one visual banner

Central (CAO)- three 8" tablecloths*, one 6" tablecloth, one visual banner, one programs and services banner

*Should anyone ever need more than one tablecloth for an event, please contact Sarah Werner to utilize the extra tablecloths at CAO.


We have a wonderful opportunity through Amazon to give back to our agency! Anytime you are online shopping, go through this link and AmazonSmile donates to Catholic Charities Of The Archdiocese Of Milwaukee Inc.!


Joan Harter, In-home Hoarding Support | MAO | March 2019

Joan holds an Associate degree in Human Services which she obtained at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI. She has experienced volunteering at Christian Life Camp in Mandaree, North Dakota, where from 2003-2012 she helped put on a camp for junior high-aged children on Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. She’d also spent a month on Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation helping at a summer camp for young children. Currently, she volunteers most Friday and Saturday mornings at River West Food Pantry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Tracy Wheeler, In-home Hoarding Support | MAO | April 2019

Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Tracy had worked nine years with Shorewest Realtors. She expressed that her years of helping clients ready their homes for sale and helping their transition during some of the most stressful times in their lives translates well in a role that serves to help the community.

Stephanie Alanis, Human Resources Assistant | CAO | May 2019

Stephanie studied Public Relations at Mount Mary University and graduated in December of 2018. She is from the state of California but has lived in Milwaukee for most of her life and loves this city she calls home. She had first joined Catholic Charities last fall as an intern within the Advancement Department where she assisted with the organization’s annual #GivingTuesday campaign. Her favorite store to shop at is Target and she worked there throughout all of her Undergrad. She was excited at the opportunity to join Catholic Charities as she has always wanted to work for a non-profit that improves the lives of those in need.

Shelley Carr-McKnight, Family Support Worker| MAO | May 2019

Shelley graduated from Mount Mary University with a degree in Social Work this past May. Within her field work she provided case management at a Milwaukee Public School’s Pregnant and Parenting Youth Program. She also facilitated recovery focused group sessions at La Causa Recovery Center. Two fun facts about Shelley are that her favorite color is red and her favorite food is tacos!

Ellen Kendall, Advancement Officer | CAO | May 2019

Ellen has over 15 years of extensive professional experience in the areas of community relations, fund development, donor relations, marketing, and communications. Her previous roles prior to joining Catholic Charities have included Director of Community Affairs and Fund Development at La Causa, Director of Marketing and Communications with the Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center, and Senior Marketing Manager at Bank Mutual. Outside of work she enjoys volunteering at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Ellen expressed that what she likes best about working for Catholic Charities is that everyone is welcoming and is living the mission. She was drawn to her profession by a life-long commitment, instilled by her father, to give back and serve the community. Muhammed Ali’s quote resonates with her as he states, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”

Jennifer Layton, Director of Child Welfare Services | MAO | May 2019

Jen has her Master’s Degree in Social Work from UW-Milwaukee and has over eight years of experience in Child Public Welfare. She was employed at Saint A’s prior to joining our team and has expressed a commitment to Catholic Social Teaching. Through the leadership roles in the local and state board positions she has held as a member of Junior Chamber International (JCI) USA, she has worked with chapters around Wisconsin to develop and execute projects and programs that benefited individual communities. An interesting fact about Jen is that she had started college as a music major and used to play clarinet, saxophone, and piano. Currently, her hobbies involve being outside when the weather is nice, especially for camping or walking in woods and near water. She’d love to play on a non-competitive volleyball team.

Raquel Medrano, Behavioral Therapist | SAO | June 2019

Raquel received her Master of Science in Counselor Education from UW-Whitewater this past May. Prior to Catholic Charities she interned at her university’s Health and Counseling Services as well as worked as a Behavior Technician for children with autism. Raquel was born and raised in Manitowoc, WI where she currently resides. She enjoys hobbies such as travelling, hiking, spending time with friends and family, and Netflixing. She has always had an interest in the helping profession, and her interest in the mental health field grew as she learned about the stigma around mental health and the high rates of those who suffer in silence due to this stigma. What she likes best about Catholic Charities is the unique opportunity to provide treatment to people of all ages in the low SES population. She believes providing therapy services to this population will be humbling and rewarding.


Here is the first look at our 2019 Summer Agency Newsletter! Thank you to everyone who made this newsletter possible- we are very excited to send this out to our donors!

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