At Milwaukee Catholic Home, the word experience means enjoying a concert in the courtyard on a warm summer night. It means taking a class or participating in an intergenerational play. It means building memories, sharing stories with those we love, and never being afraid to try something new.
For over 100 years, Milwaukee Catholic Home has sought to create innovative places and memorable moments that not only enhance the experience of our residents and their families, but also that engage the broader community.
In this season of generosity, we invite you to be part of our continued call to create enriching adventures by contributing to new program spaces on our existing campus. A re-imagined Meditation Room, located off of the St. Joachim Chapel, will allow for residents and their families to pray before our Lord and pause for quiet reflection without interruption. We are excited about this project and about how it will improve our worship space, adding even more to the spirit of Milwaukee Catholic Home. In addition, a new Art Studio on the third floor of the Milwaukee Catholic Home Health Care Center will allow residents to explore their creative side through a variety of art classes and inspired activities.
At Milwaukee Catholic Home, we believe that an engaged life is a full life. And the more aspects of your life that you engage, the healthier you age. Enhancing these current spaces at Milwaukee Catholic Home creates additional opportunities for our residents and families to do something, to try something, and to learn something.
To support these projects and the role you might have in helping make them a reality for our residents, please make an online gift today.
The holiday season is an important time to consider those less fortunate in our community and what we can do to help. Residents, staff, and friends of Milwaukee Catholic Home certainly got into the charitable spirit of this time of year by recently participating in the Capuchin Community Services’ Holiday Food Box Program.
The annual Holiday Food Box Program provides central city families in need with food baskets that contain all the fixings for a festive meal during both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Approximately 1000 qualifying households are served at the Capuchin Community’s two Milwaukee sites; the House of Peace and at St. Ben’s Community Meal.
“While about one third of those who eat at St. Ben’s have access to a kitchen, they don’t always have the proper food, especially during this time of year,” says Capuchin volunteer coordinator Mike George. “In addition, many of those served by the House of Peace are the working poor who rely on our Emergency Food Pantry.”
Partners, such as Milwaukee Catholic Home, who participate in this cause are provided with food boxes and a detailed holiday shopping list. During the month of November, MCH staff and residents worked diligently to promote the Capuchin’s charitable appeal. While the initial goal was to fill and donate 25 food boxes, their efforts were clearly successful, as 40 food boxes were filled and returned to the Capuchin’s for distribution on November 15, 2018. In addition, $1,000 in cash was collected for donation to this cause.
“The outpouring of generosity to our neighbors in the city was AMAZING!” says Milwaukee Catholic Home Pastoral Care Associate Terri Adrian, who spear-headed the organization’s drive. “Staff and residents made contributions which more than doubled our original goals! Our boxes are filled not only with food, but also with prayers for continued blessings.”
To learn more about Capuchin Community Services’ outreach to feed the hungry this holiday season, visit their website here.
Now in its fourth session, the Intergenerational Education Program is a six-week long, curriculum-based program, designed and facilitated by Milwaukee Catholic Home’s expert recreation therapy team. A group of 22 MCH residents and 22 first grade students from Messmer Saint Mary began their weekly educational sessions on Wednesday, October 3rd. This year, session programs include cookie decorating, money handling, gardening demonstrations, and crafting festive Halloween masks. Students and residents will make their joint final presentations during their concluding session on Wednesday, November 7th.
“Every week, students want to know what the activity is for the following week,” says program assistant Madeline Dahl. “So they are definitely enjoying each activity while learning with their grand-friends!”
The program allows Milwaukee Catholic Home residents to make meaningful contributions to the education of students, drawing on their personal expertise and life experiences. In turn, students benefit from an enhanced understanding of aging and their elders, from decreased negative stereotypes, and increased overall comfort with older adults.
“It is heartwarming to see the interactions between the residents of Milwaukee Catholic Home and the children from Messmer,” says Tori Smith, Director of Recreation Therapy. “Watching the relationships grow each week has been inspiring and shows how we can easily bridge the gap between generations if given the opportunities.”
Milwaukee Catholic Home has extensive experience in the development and successful implementation of intergenerational programming. Our certified recreation therapists work in active partnership with Nurturing Nook, the child daycare center onsite on MCH’s campus, to create a weekly calendar of shared activities. Other ongoing programs include “Book Buddies,” a program pairing MCH residents with students at Maryland Montessori School to support literacy development.
Learn more about the Intergenerational Education Program here.