Author Archives: SaintA

Youth Program Manager Works to Make Services Accessible

SaintA has recently promoted Demonte Dismuke to Program Manager of the Youth Transitioning to Adulthood (YTA) Program. In this role, he will help SaintA continue to support and empower eligible youth who have aged out of foster care in Milwaukee County.“Demonte brings extensive experience with youth services, where he has always put children and families first,” says Angela D’Fantis, Child … Continue

Capitol West Academy has new VP of Education

(From SaintA and Capitol West Academy recently announced the promotion of  Sara Daniel to Vice President of Educational Services. She works closely with school leaders to improve social-emotional learning.

From Bedside Nurse to Family-Centered Caregiver

Michelle Spehr always wanted to make a difference. Growing up, she watched her mom, a pediatric nurse, have an impact on the lives of children every day. From then on, she knew she wanted to do the same.From working in hospital intensive care units to earning her Master’s in nursing and Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP), to being a child … Continue

Congrats Capitol West Academy Class of 2019!

(From Our K4-8 Grade school is done for the year! Thirty-three 8th Graders are headed off to high school while the K5 class prepares to enter the 1st Grade. Read more.

SaintA adds Digital Content Specialist

(From Milwaukee Business Journal) Marquette grad Leah Harris has joined SaintA’s in-house marketing team as a digital content specialist. Through internships she has already had bylines in Milwaukee Neighborhood News and Milwaukee Magazine.

Called to Care for Teenagers

(From Ms. Roberson has cared for nearly 40 foster children in the past five years – almost all have been teenagers. “They’re hurting on the inside and they need someone to love them and to trust them,” she says. 

Read Across America at CWA

(From On March 1, Capitol West Academy students celebrated reading and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Guest readers included the school’s founder, pro-sports team owners, community leaders and more.

Family Services Supervisor Joins Panel About Vel Phillips

On Feb. 28, Penny Liddell, SaintA family services supervisor, celebrated Black History Month along with FBI Milwaukee and several other notable organizations by remembering Vel Phillips. She joined Chief Judge Maxine Aldridge White, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Deputy Editor Adam Carr and Professor of History at Marquette University Dr. Robert Smith for a panel hosted by FBI Milwaukee’s Diversity and Inclusion … Continue

Aspiring Women of Color Continues for Second Year

On February 18, Aspiring Women of Color (AWOC) relaunched with an open house. The Affinity Group welcomed women of all colors, with a range of experiences, to gather, chat and learn about the group’s mission and goals. This year, Marsades Porter, family preservation specialist supervisor will lead the group along with Lilia Figueroa, child welfare supervisor and Maria Andrade, child … Continue

Case Management Specialty Focuses on Sex Trafficking

Imagine you are a vulnerable young girl, with a history of family disruption and abuse, little to no parental involvement, and possible mental health needs. Along comes a very smooth young man with a cute, gentle name such as Pooh Bear. He’s nice looking, he buys you hair extensions and nice clothes, pays for you to have your nails done, … Continue

Foster Youth Identity: #FosterChat Recap

On Wednesday, August 9, 2018 we hosted our #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. August’s topic was on foster youth identity. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had nearly 125,000 potential impressions, reaching 8,501 people. If you missed this month’s #FosterChat, you can join us next month … Continue

Mental Health Support for Foster Youth: #FosterChat Recap

On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 we hosted our #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families and special guest expert, Dr. King through Rogers Behavioral Health. July’s topic was on Mental Health Support for Foster Youth. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 100,000 potential impressions, reaching 13,073 … Continue

SaintA LGBTQ Affinity Group

As part of its inclusivity work, the SaintA Equity Council is proud to sponsor the LGBTQ Affinity Group. The group was founded by Monika Walbergh, Child Welfare Case Manager; Misty Knuteson, Family Preservation Specialist; Thomas Ecks, Community Engagement Specialist; Jenny Keefe, Family Preservation Program Manager; and Sarah Morschauser, Child Welfare Case Manager. The group provides its members and agency colleagues … Continue

Father’s Day: A Redemption and Reunification Story

(From GrowHope @ SaintA) When he was just a month old, Carter was removed from his parents’ care. His dad, Daquane, and his mother were still teenagers and unprepared for the responsibility and stress of parenthood. …

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