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Monthly Archives: April 2014

Milwaukee Catholic Home is a proud member of the Intergenerational Creative Trust, an alliance of East Side senior services providers and arts institutions fostering life-long learning through the arts. This May is the Trust’s second annual Flourish Fest, a celebration of creativity and aging.  You are invited to experience the groundswell of intergenerational arts programming in Milwaukee. Witness, talk about, and experience the power of real art — all life long!

Events will be hosted at many member sites all month long, including a film screening of “A King in Milwaukee,” featuring Paul Cebar, at Milwaukee Catholic Home on May 29th.  Other key events are listed below.  For a complete schedule and more information about Flourish Fest and the Creative Trust, please visit creativetrustmke.com.
The Crossings
Thursday, May 1 & Friday, May 2
Session 1: Kinnickinnic Ave, Logan & Russell; May 1, 2-4pm
Session 2: St. Francis & Kinnickinnic Ave; May 2, 9-11am
Session 3: Packard & Ramsey Ave, May 2, 2-4pm
Join us for street performances de- signed to make Milwaukee a city that SEES and STOPS for pedestrians.

Cinderella, the First 30,000 Years
May 1-3, 7:30pm & May 4, 1pm
$8 for seniors
Kenilworth Square East Studio 508
1925 E. Kenilworth Place
We explore Cinderella’s story, following it through time across cultures.

Moving Pictures (Performances at Museum Mile Open House)
Sun, May 4
Session 1: Jewish Museum 11:30am Session 2: Charles Allis 12:30pm Session 3: St. Johns MWA 1:30pm Session 4: Villa Terrace 3:30pm Session 5: Lighthouse 4:30pm
Inspired by Timeslips storytelling, a live interactive performance that imagines the stories behind art.

Solid Ground: An Artistic Journey
May 5-30, Mon – Sat, 8am-4:30pm
Luther Manor Adult Day Care Center; 4545 N. 92nd St., Wauwatosa
A display of the artwork created through cross-generational collaboration.

Spark! Memory & Arts Workshops
Thur, May 15, 2:30-3:30-families with memory loss, 3:30-4:30- professionals & students
Milwaukee Public Museum
Workshops to inspire creative engagement with people experiencing memory loss.

All-Festival Celebration
Thur, May 22, 3pm and 7pm
Chai Point Senior Living, Rubenstein Pavillion; 1400 N. Prospect Ave
All Creative Trust participants, family, staff, and friends are invited to a special Festival finale featuring a new film!

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The past week has seen some wonderful Easter festivities at MCH.  One favorite is our annual Easter Egg Hunt with the students from Nurturing Nook Childcare here on the MCH campus.  The kids enjoyed the spring weather out in our courtyard and shared their colorful finds with their “grandfriends.”  There was a special visitor as well!

Over in the Residence, residents dyed eggs using a variety of techniques.  Resident Ada Dziewanowska, who was born in Poland, shared her culture’s tradition of intricately decorated eggs.

Of course, the central events of the week were the Holy Week liturgies held in our St. Anne and St. Joachim chapels as we gathered as a community to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection.

A happy and blessed Easter to you and yours!

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MCH is partnering with Catholic Charities to help women in need – and you can help!

From now until April 24th, we will be collecting donated items for our April Showers Community Baby Shower, which will be held in the Health and Rehabilitation Town Center on Thursday, April 24th from 2-3 pm.  The event will include refreshments and a presentation by a staff member from the Pregnancy Support Center.


Items that are most needed include:


  • Diapers, especially size 1, 2 or 3
  • Baby wipes and lotion
  • Baby bottles
  • Rattles and toys
  • Baby clothes and layettes

Baby items can be placed in the crib in the Health Center Town Center or left at the reception desk in The Residence.   Cash donations are also welcome, and should go to Katie Rutz (1st floor Recreation Therapy Office) or left care of Katie Rutz  at either reception desk.

Please contact Katie Rutz at (414) 220-3322 to learn more.  Thank you for your generosity!






In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, MCH recently honored all of our volunteers at a special banquet and awards ceremony.  Long-time volunteer Gene Traudt received this year’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

Enjoy some pictures below, and make sure to check out our blog for a post from Volunteer Coordinator Mary Cherniak about what makes an MCH volunteer.

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Mary Cherniack, Volunteer Coordinator

Mary Cherniack, Volunteer Coordinator

Every year, Milwaukee Catholic Home is supported by around 8,000 hours of volunteer work by close to 200 volunteers of all ages. Some of these volunteers are students who work with us for a week or for a semester, while others have given of their time for years or even decades. All of them exemplify the compelling Gospel message: “The greatest among you will be your servant” (Matthew 23:11). This week, we honor our volunteers in a special way.  Mary Cherniack, our Volunteer Coordinator, shares some thoughts on what makes an MCH volunteer.

We of course try all year round to show our very special MCH volunteers how much we value them. Our volunteers bring extraordinary skills, experience, friendship, vision and inspiration to our residents daily.

April 6th thru April 13th, National Volunteer Appreciation Week, is a special opportunity to express our thanks. Thursday, April 10th we hosted a ‘Wine and Roses’ party — because our volunteers deserve the very best! A good time was had by all.

Each year we honor one person as “Volunteer of Year.” This year, Gene Traudt received this well-deserved recognition. Gene goes above and beyond daily in serving our community and has for over 12 years! He has endeared himself to our residents and staff with his interpersonal skills and great understanding of others’ challenges, especially since he himself has overcome physical and cognitive difficulties.

With our recent renovations, MCH Volunteers have been involved in some new roles, particularly as hospitality help in the newly remodeled Town Center in our Health and Rehabilitation Center. Having a warm, friendly face at our new Café is so welcoming. Our volunteers bake cookies, make popcorn, serve beverages and make our residents, their families, and guests comfortable.

When I see our volunteers at work, I think of the quote from Leo Buscaglia: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

We are so blessed at Milwaukee Catholic Home with warm, caring people giving of their most precious resource…time!


As part of our new Lifetime of Learning series at Milwaukee Catholic Home, the Milwaukee Ballet paid a visit to our Health and Rehabilitation Center this past week.

Eight dancers spent a fascinating hour taking residents and visitors through a typical ballet class at a professional company, including stretching and strength exercises, followed by the performance of an original dance piece.  The Ballet’s educational coordinator was on hand to answer numerous questions from the audience, on everything from how to financially support yourself as a performing artist to the proper care of toe shoes.

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Visit our photo albums page for more great pictures of the afternoon.  Family and friends are always welcome, so stay tuned for information on future events in the Lifetime of Learning series.