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MCH resident and artist Linda Commer reflects on the words of artist Carmen Herrera: “I find inspiration in the simplicity of a straight line.” Linda notes that people often ask her where her ideas come from. “Perhaps years of eliciting the inspirational straight line into my photography, weaving, painting, basketry and jewelry have, now, found me in today’s ink and color designs.”

Please join us for a wine and cheese reception in celebration of Linda’s art on January 7th at 4:30 PM. Proceeds from artwork that is sold will go to MCH Dementia Care Excellence program: “Everyday Amazing!” Linda’s art will be on display throughout the month of January and highlighted at our Annual Partnership event on January 23rd.  For more information on our Partnership event call 414-220-3214.



Our popular event is back this Christmas season!  On  Friday, December 6th  Milwaukee Catholic Home will be hosting Santa and several LIVE REINDEER.

Enjoy cookies, cocoa, photo opportunities, and holiday music from 2 pm—4 pm.  An intergenerational educational program about reindeer will take place at 3:30 pm.  Feel free to bring your own camera!

‘If you wish to have your photo taken, an RSVP is required.  Please contact Tori Smith at tsmith@milwaukeecatholichome.org or 414-220-3229 to request your spot.




Because the fall season seemed especially short this year, the weather outside has already turned frightful! The most wonderful time of year is just around the corner; the time for, among other things, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and for city sidewalks to be dressed in holiday style. Yes, it really is beginning to look more and more like Christmas.  

While we make our holiday shopping lists and check them twice this season, we cannot forget that this is also the perfect time of year to make charitable giving a priority.  

Here are some of the ways that Milwaukee Catholic Home is choosing to celebrate this season of giving: 

Holiday Food Box Program 

Residents, staff, and friends of Milwaukee Catholic Home certainly got into the charitable spirit 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. 

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 50 food boxes were filled and returned to the Capuchin’s for distribution. In addition, $900 in cash was collected for donation to this cause. 

Everyday Amazing-Dementia Care Excellence 

“Everyday Amazing”, Milwaukee Catholic Home’s Dementia Care Excellence program, is an integral framework we use in caring for those with memory loss.  It is through our emphasis on compassion, sensitivity, and individuality that provides opportunities for community and connection to others and the world.  

Our “Everyday Amazing” philosophy features a variety of approaches that are evidence-based and research-driven. We make it a priority to continually update our programs and offerings to include elements of the latest research in cognitive health and overall wellness that meet the individual needs of our residents. 

For more information on how you can contribute to Everyday Amazing, visit the Charitable Giving page on our website or contact Caitlin Elftman at celftman@milwaukeecatholichome.org.  

Employee Appreciation Fund 

At this time of year, Milwaukee Catholic Home residents are invited to consider contributing to the Employee Appreciation Fund.  Since MCH employees do not accept tips throughout the year, this appeal has become a very important way for residents to show the organization’s marvelous employees how much their generous work is appreciated.  The gifts are distributed in December to the approximately 300 hourly staff members.  

For more information on how you can contribute to the Employee Appreciation Fund, contact Caitlin Elftman at celftman@milwaukeecatholichome.org.  

It’s a little bit scary just how talented Milwaukee Catholic Home resident Paul Salsini is, as he proves with his latest novel, “The Ghosts of the Garfagnana: Seven Strange Stories from Haunted Tuscany.”

Salsini’s book focuses on the strange and other-worldly things that have been known to happen in Garfagnana, a rugged region in the heart of Italy. Still undiscovered by floods of tourists, this northwest corner of Tuscany is known for its vast landscapes, soaring mountains, rippling streams, and tiny villages, villages that seem to be frozen in time. It is also here that unknown, mysterious things have been known to take place. These eerie sightings have been known to include a friendly ghost who resides in a monastery, a soldier who died in a brutal battle, and a troupe of passed souls who make their presence known in a local theater.  

That’s where Paul Salsini comes into the picture. In “The Ghosts of Garfagnana: Seven Strange Stories from Haunted Tuscany,” he beautifully illustrates how these stories not only span centuries but are all interconnected to each other, all of course with a spooky twist. Salsini’s unique voice and perspective has long been praised by many; the Italian Tribune has been most recent to compliment him; “The author’s easy and engaging style instantly grabs the reader and his story lines consistently make for enjoyable page turners, equally suited for cold, stormy nights and hot summer days.”  

This is not the first time Paul’s writing has been published. He is also the writer of “The Cielo: A Novel of Wartime Tuscany,” “Sparrow’s Revenge, A Novel of Postwar Tuscany,” “The Temptation of Father Lorenzo: Ten Stories of 1970s Tuscany,” and “The Fearless Flag Thrower of Lucca: Nine Stories of 1990s Tuscany.” 

Paul Salsini has lived at Milwaukee Catholic Home with his wife Barbara since 2011.  He is a veteran Milwaukee journalist, having vast experience as a reporter, state editor, and staff development director at the Milwaukee Journal. Paul currently teaches in the Diedrich College of Communications at Marquette University.  

Purchase your copy of “The Ghosts of Garfagnana: Seven Strange Stories from Haunted Tuscany” here!  

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.



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