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Yearly Archives: 2015

Milwaukee Catholic Home will hold its annual community retreat next month, from Tuesday, September 15th through Thursday, September 17th.  This year, our retreat leader will be Fr. Jim Gannon, Provincial Minister for the Assumption BVM Province of the Franciscan Friars.  Fr. Jim will be helping us reflect on the theme of “God With Us Through the Seasons of Life.”  Family and friends are welcome to join us for any or all of the events below!  Please contact Mike Brauer at mbrauer@milwaukeecatholichome.org or (414) 225-8246 for more information.


Tuesday, September 15th

2:00 pm – Opening Retreat Talk
The Astor Room

4:00 pm – Retreat Mass
St. Anne Chapel

Wednesday, September 16th

10:00 am – Retreat  Talk
The Astor Room

4:00 pm – Retreat Mass
St. Joachim Chapel

6:30 pm – Film Screening:
“Of Gods and Men”
6th Floor Theatre

Thursday, September 17th

10:00 am – Retreat Talk
The Astor Room

1:00 pm – Reconciliation Service
Followed by opportunity for individual confessions
St. Anne Chapel

4:00 pm – Closing Mass
St. Anne Chapel

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Societal changes over the years have caused a separation of the generations as families no longer live close together and institutions focus on specific generational programming. The media tends to portray elders in a negative light as individuals who need to be cared for or in comedic ways focusing on disabilities which sometimes accompany aging. All of these factors impact children’s and young adults’ sterotypes of aging and the elders in society.  It is this therapist’s belief that the elders in society are far underused as a great resource to the educational process. They are a wealth of untapped knowledge and wisdom that needs to be greater appreciated.

Beginning on September 17th,  Milwaukee Catholic Home will be taking part in a six week Inter-generational Educational Program with Catholic East Elementary. Twenty-four residents and twenty-four fourth grade students will come together to teach, learn and experience each other.

Eight sessions will be created utilizing the elders’ skills and knowledge while directly reflecting the students’ educational curriculum. The goal is to create a hands-on, intergenerational learning environment outside of the walls of the classroom and within a senior living community.

The inter-generational educational study will gather pre- and post- quantitative and qualitative data to measure views of aging, self-worth, depression, and engagement.  In the future we hope to also collect data on student test scores, currently gathered 2 times a year, and compare this to classes that do not offer inter-generational educational programming. A lofty goal but well worth the effort in pursuing!

The data results with help direct the future of the inter-generational education program at Milwaukee Catholic Home with the eventual goal of developing a “living classroom curriculum” where students and older adults would come together to learn, create, grow and share their lives on a regular basis. Ultimately, we hope to develop a model that can be replicated both annually at Milwaukee Catholic Home and at other institutions.

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Mike Brauer, Mission Advancement Officer

Julia McKale lived at Milwaukee Catholic Home for nearly 20 years.  Her smile warmed the hearts of both friend and stranger.  She lived simply in the same modestly furnished apartment throughout her time at Milwaukee Catholic Home.  To say she loved living at MCH would be to understate her joy in being here with her friends.

Several years ago, Julia expressed an interest in making a significant gift to Milwaukee Catholic Home.  She had been donating to various projects and appeals several times each year because, for Julia, she found it was a way for her to express her gratitude to MCH.  She loved her friends, she looked forward to attending events and she felt cared for.  It was truly her home.

Like most retirees, Julia lived on a fixed income so she knew that her gift would have to come from one of her assets.  In conversation with staff, she was reminded that the entrance deposit that she had paid upon arriving at MCH was, in fact, a potential vehicle for her to make the gift that she had wanted to make.  After another conversation or two, Julia decided to direct her entire entrance deposit to Milwaukee Catholic Home as a gift.  Per her wishes, this charitable gift was designated equally to three endowment funds: chaplaincy, fine arts, and benevolent care.mckale

Julia passed away earlier this summer and her gift has now been received by MCH according her wishes.  In addition, we were surprised to learn that Julia had made an additional gift provision for us – we were named as a beneficiary of an annuity.  Just last week, Milwaukee Catholic Home received this additional gift from her estate.

We are grateful to Julia for her generous heart and for her wish that a part of her legacy be reflected in her gifts.  These gifts, while significant to MCH, were more significant for Julia as she sought to use these financial vehicles as a means to further express her gratitude.  In so doing, she was acting as a good steward – she ‘paid it forward’. Her legacy of gratitude will live on and will hopefully inspire others to make similar decisions.

As a part of our final 100th Anniversary celebration on October 1st, we will unveil and dedicate a new wall that recognizes the legacy of giving by our residents, their families, and our friends that has been a part of MCH since 1913.  The initial gifts of land and buildings that were made by the Cudahy and Hackett families are a part of this philanthropic legacy.

For more information on how to make a gift using appreciated assets including an entrance deposit, contact me anytime at 414-225-8246 or by email at mbrauer@milwaukeecatholichome.org.




This is a favorite event every year!  We bring the sights, smells and sounds of the Wisconsin State Fair to Milwaukee Catholic Home.  Every day has a different theme!

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2:30 pm: Dairy Day

Tuesday, August 4th
10:30 am: Floral and Produce Day

Wednesday, August 5th
10:00 am: Staff Cream Puff Eating Contest

Thursday, August 6th
2:00 pm: Food on a Stick Day

Friday, August 7th
2:00 pm: Meet and Greet with Miss Wisconsin!

For more information, please contact Bridget McNair at (414) 220-3229 or bmcnair@milwaukeecatholichome.org.

As we close out our 100 Year Anniversary celebration at Milwaukee Catholic Home, we are looking for residents, family and friends to share stories about our community and the people and experiences that make it so unique. We’ll be doing video interviews that will be shared at our closing celebration on October 1st.

If you or someone you know would like to share your stories, please contact Therese Goode at (414) 220-3213 or tgoode@milwaukeecatholichome.org.

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We’re looking for exceptional nursing staff to join our team! Please join us for a job fair on June 23rd from 12 pm – 5 pm at 2330 N. Prospect Avenue. If you’re a qualified and licensed RN or LPN, you’ll receive a $100 Pick n’ Save gift card just for RSVPing, attending the fair and filling out an application!

Part-time & full-time positions are available. Snacks and beverages will be served, and immediate on site interviews and tours will be offered.

We’re also offering a $500 Wisconsin weekend getaway package for each successful hire, as well as a $2500 sign on bonus.

Please RSVP to Crystal Tuli at 414-220-3248 or ctuli@milwaukeecatholichome.org.

View the video below to learn more about what it means to be part of the caring and supportive staff at MCH.

Our vision statement ends with a compelling message: “We Are Called to Do More.”  It sounds great on paper, but how do we live out that call at Milwaukee Catholic Home?  We asked our staff about this “Call to Do More” and how they live it out in their day to day work.








Patio Pops is back!  We’ve got a great line-up for our annual outdoor summer concert series.  This year, we’re also expanding our outdoor music offerings to include Backyard Beats, a series of outdoor concerts held in our Health and Rehabilitation Center’s beautiful courtyard.  We hope you can join us for one of the dates below!



Patio Pops

June 10: Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz

June 24: Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

July 8: Lisa Edgar and Razzmatazz

July 22: The Radio Rosies

August 5: Robin Pluer and Chris Hanson Band

August 19: Tom Anthony Group

All shows start at 7:30 pm out on the patio at The Residence at 2462 N. Prospect.


Backyard Beats

Saturday, June 27, 2:00PM-3:30PM: German Beer Garden with the Tom Brusky Polka Band

Saturday, August 1, 2:30PM-3:30PM: Kids From Wisconsin

Sunday, August 9, 2:30PM-3:30PM: Metropolitan Voices

Saturday, August 22nd, 2:30PM-4:00PM: Extra Crispy Brass Band

All shows will take place in the courtyard at the Health and Rehabilitation Center at 2330 N. Prospect.


Many thanks to our Patio Pops sponsors!

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