Here at Milwaukee Catholic Home, we are constantly pursuing new opportunities for intergenerational programming, and love to develop new partnerships in the community that make these opportunities possible.
This month, we’re excited to host a student volunteer from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School as part of the school’s brand new service learning initiative: Vocare. The word Vocare is Latin for “to draw forth, to call.” In her invitation to us, Linda Bardele, Director of Salvatorian Service at DHSA, told us that the Vocare program gives students an opportunity for longer term service projects, and “sends forth our seniors into the community to give of themselves as they continue their journey to become the people God intended them to be.” As many of our staff can attest, the supportive and faith-filled environment of Milwaukee Catholic Home is a great place to take that journey, and we’re thrilled to partner with DSHA in giving their students this opportunity.
The student joining us in January will be working primarily with our recreation therapy team in the Health and Rehabilitation Center, and will spend some time with residents in each service area. We look forward to her time with us, and to further collaboration with DSHA in the future!
In addition, we’ve had the opportunity to host six students from Milwaukee Public Schools who are participating in the the School to Work transition program. This program gives students a chance to learn about career options and get some hands-on experience working in a professional environment. The students delivered newspapers to residents, spent time socializing with residents during meals, and assisted them in getting to activities. We recently celebrated these students’ completion of their time here, and are proud of the work they did in preparing for their lives after graduation.
“These students came to us as ‘helpers and assistants’ – however, after four and a half months of being a part of our lives they became part of our team,” said Bridget McNair, Director of Recreation Therapy. “We hope their futures are blessed!”