Here at Milwaukee Catholic Home, we are constantly pursuing new opportunities for intergenerational programming, and love to develop new partnerships in the community that make these opportunities possible.
This month, we’re excited to host a student volunteer from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School as part of the school’s brand new service learning initiative: Vocare. The word Vocare is Latin for “to draw forth, to call.” In her invitation to us, Linda Bardele, Director of Salvatorian Service at DHSA, told us that the Vocare program gives students an opportunity for longer term service projects, and “sends forth our seniors into the community to give of themselves as they continue their journey to become the people God intended them to be.” As many of our staff can attest, the supportive and faith-filled environment of Milwaukee Catholic Home is a great place to take that journey, and we’re thrilled to partner with DSHA in giving their students this opportunity.
The student joining us in January will be working primarily with our recreation therapy team in the Health and Rehabilitation Center, and will spend some time with residents in each service area. We look forward to her time with us, and to further collaboration with DSHA in the future!
In addition, we’ve had the opportunity to host six students from Milwaukee Public Schools who are participating in the the School to Work transition program. This program gives students a chance to learn about career options and get some hands-on experience working in a professional environment. The students delivered newspapers to residents, spent time socializing with residents during meals, and assisted them in getting to activities. We recently celebrated these students’ completion of their time here, and are proud of the work they did in preparing for their lives after graduation.
“These students came to us as ‘helpers and assistants’ – however, after four and a half months of being a part of our lives they became part of our team,” said Bridget McNair, Director of Recreation Therapy. “We hope their futures are blessed!”
Our piano is getting a makeover! With support from our residents, we began raising money last year to upgrade our pianos in the Residence building. The performing and fine arts are a central part of life at Milwaukee Catholic Home, and we often host exceptional musicians who need instruments that match their expertise. In addition, the piano in our chapel plays a key part in our liturgical celebrations on a weekly basis.
We considered purchasing a brand new piano, but instead learned about Farley’s House of Pianos, a shop in Madison that specializes in restoring older Steinways. We learned that a rebuilt older Steinway can in many cases have a better sound than a brand new Steinway and be more affordable as well. When we went to visit the shop, we learned that the artisans at Farley’s were just beginning the process of rebuilding the perfect piano for us: a 1920s Steinway Grand Series B. Tim Farley also said that he could rebuild one of our current pianos, a baby grand that will be a great replacement for the small, older upright that is currently used in the St. Anne’s Chapel.
Tim’s been sending us photos of our piano’s transformation, and it’s been fun to see the process unfold. Enjoy some of these photos below!
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My wife and I recently celebrated an important milestone: our 15th wedding anniversary. We had a great time looking back at the past 15 years and the memories we’ve created together.
However, it’s important to remember that an anniversary like this isn’t an ending, and it isn’t really about the past. It’s about the present and the future. It’s a re-commitment, or even a re-invention. My wife and I have each changed in different ways over the course of our marriage, and as our needs, abilities, strengths and weaknesses change, our commitment to each other means that we adapt to those changes and renew our understanding of how we live out our marriage in daily life.
Our 100 year anniversary at Milwaukee Catholic Home is like that too. We have spent some great time looking back, recognizing our many achievements and the people who have been part of our community over the course of a century. But this is also an opportunity for us to look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. We’ve had to adapt quite a bit to the changing needs of the older adult population over the course of our history, but we’re anticipating even bigger changes ahead, changes that will challenge us to be innovative and to find new ways to serve.
Our Board of Directors is entering into a period of strategic planning, looking ahead to the next several years and how we can best position ourselves in a difficult marketplace. We are confident that the things that have made Milwaukee Catholic Home great for 100 years – meaningful experiences, strong community, and a spirit of faith and generosity – will continue to provide a great framework for planning a future of service.
Of course, don’t think the partying is going to stop – it’s one of the things we do best, and we’re going to take full advantage of our three years of celebration. Coming up this month, we’ll be holding our 100th annual corporate meeting, and we plan to mark it with lots of great food, drink and fellowship. If you’d like to become a corporate member, or haven’t renewed your membership yet, don’t forget to give Anne a call at (414) 220-3250. We look forward to seeing you this month and at all of our great events in the year 2014!
Our centennial celebration continues this year with our 100th Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 23rd. Milwaukee Catholic Home corporate members meet each year to hear from our CEO and Board of Directors about the challenges and successes of the past year as well as plans for the future. The afternoon begins with the celebration of Mass with our entire community at 4:00 pm, and ends with food, drink and time spent together.
A favorite part of this event is always the “Year in Review” slideshow showcasing photos from the past year. Since this will be our 100th Annual Meeting, our slideshow this year will also include some historic photos of Milwaukee Catholic Home across the decades.
If you are not yet a member of our corporation, or need to pay your dues for 2014, please contact Anne Catalane at (414) 220-3250. We look forward to celebrating with you!