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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.

 

 

In Poland, a common birthday toast is “Sto Lat!” which means “100 Years!”  For MCH resident Ada Dziewanowska, who was born in Poland, the traditional toast takes on a special significance this year as she celebrates her 100th birthday.  To make her birthday even more special, the Polish dance community in Milwaukee will be marking the occasion with an original choreographed dance piece based on her life.

Ada has been involved in the traditional art of recreational Polish dance all her life.  She’s taught in Poland, Japan, Israel, Switzerland, and all over the United States.  She’s also created teaching tools for other instructors, and is the principal author of Polish Folk Dances and Songs: A Step-by-Step Guide, which is considered the authoritative English-language work on Polish folk dancing.  She’s often shared the cultural riches of the Polish folk tradition with our community at MCH, giving talks and performances and even teaching us a dance step or two!

The dance piece in honor of Ada’s life is being performed by the Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble, a group that Ada has led as Artistic Director for many years.    The performance will take place on February 11th at the “Bal Maskowy,” an annual ball sometimes referred to as the “Polish Mardi Gras.”  The piece was choreographed by her student and longtime collaborator, Staś Kmieć, an award-winning dancer and choreographer who is currently the Artistic Director of Ballet Western Reserve in Youngstown, OH.  We’ll feature more about the event, including pictures, in the upcoming print edition of the Focus newsletter!

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Ada with Staś Kmieć, who choreographed a dance piece in honor of her 100th birthday

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Ada performs in traditional Polish costume

Once again, Fitch has affirmed MCH’s credit rating at an excellent A-.  MCH is one of only two continuing care retirement communities in the state with a rating in this range.  The rating speaks to MCH’s excellent stewardship of its financial resources.  The report from Fitch pointed to Milwaukee Catholic Home’s sound liquidity, consistent financial profile, and strong revenue-only coverage of its debt.  Click the link below to view the complete report from Fitch.  Congratulations to our executive leadership and finance staff  on this achievement!

Milwaukee Catholic Home A- Rating Fitch Report

Please join us for one of our special events this Christmas season!

GINA FRANKSAn Afternoon with Santa and his Reindeer
Friday, December 4, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Town Center
2330 N Prospect Ave
RSVPs required – contact Bridget McNair at (414) 220‐3229 or bmcnair@milwaukeecatholichome.org.

Holiday Tea and Open House
Friday, December 11, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
2462 N Prospect Ave
RSVPs required – contact Linda Cardinale at (414) 220-3216 or lcardinale@milwaukeecatholichome.org.

Advent Taize Prayer Services
Wednesdays, December 2nd, 9th and 23rd, 7:00 pm
St. Anne Chapel
2462 N Prospect Ave

The Residence Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 16, 4:30 pm
The Astor Room
Featuring the Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices and the American Legion Band

Intergenerational Christmas Spectacular
Thursday, December 17, 2:30 pm
3rd Floor Multipurpose Room
2330 N Prospect Ave

MCH Choir Christmas Concert
Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 pm
The Astor Room
2462 N Prospect Ave

Christmas Eve Mass
Thursday, December 24, 2:30 pm
St. Joachim Chapel
2330 N Prospect Ave

Christmas Day Mass
Friday, December 25, 10:00 am
St. Anne Chapel
2462 N Prospect Ave

At Milwaukee Catholic Home, we work to create innovative places and memorable moments that enhance the experience of our residents and their families and engage the broader community.  Click here to find out about our exciting new programs, and how you can help!

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over 50 family members showed up for our first ever German Beer Garden in the Health and Rehab Center courtyard.  There was live polka music and LOTS of dancing.  Enjoy great videos and photos below!

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This past Saturday, Milwaukee Catholic Home staff and residents collaborated with SET Ministry to host a Christmas party for a group of families and older adults living in public housing.  The event was a week in the making:

On Tuesday, residents and staff made cookies to be served at the party.

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Friday afternoon, residents, staff and volunteers put together gift bags full of treats and personal care products.

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The gift tags were hand made by residents of our Memory Care apartments.

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At the party on Saturday morning, staff and resident volunteers enjoyed serving holiday goodies, chatting with party-goers  about Christmas memories, and singing carols together.  Some lucky attendees won raffle prizes, including a handmade afghan.

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It was truly a wonderful day, and we look forward to teaming up with SET in the future!