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Perspective View: The Thriving Mission

SaintA’s mission is to facilitate equity, learning, healing and wellness.  This mission is fulfilled through an array of services and support for the people in our care. In 2020, we offer mental health, foster care, child welfare, training, and community-based programs that serve 5,000 people each day, throughout southeastern Wisconsin and beyond. And while the words of our mission statement … Continue

The Healing Starts With Us: The Work Is The Real Work

As news of the unconscionable murder of George Floyd filled the airwaves and then the streets earlier this month, the collective pain was palpable in Milwaukee and in our nation. It was an incident of brutality that shook the world. And the world’s still shaking. At SaintA, heartfelt discussions across our organization unearthed the concern that we should not reduce … Continue

Prioritizing Mental Health Amid COVID-19

With the current ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, therapists everywhere are shifting their practices to remote televisits. Times are particularly stressful for essential workers who risk their lives every time they do their jobs; parents who now act as both caregivers and  teachers; and children who miss their friends and school activities.There are also many who were working through trauma and living … Continue

SaintA Cares: Perspective View

By Ann Leinfelder Grove, President and CEONow five weeks into Wisconsin’s Safer At Home order, we’re finding our way to a temporary state of new normal. With virtual home visits, telehealth appointments, online trainings, virtual gatherings, and enough Teams meetings to fill our digital calendars, at SaintA we believe we’ve got this! Our initial goal to stay focused on the safety … Continue

COVID-19’s Devastation in Black Communities Began Long Ago  

The first three deaths from COVID-19 in Milwaukee county were middle aged black men. Since then, coronavirus has continued to damage black communities at disproportionate rates.  At the time of this writing, in Milwaukee county, black residents made up more than 43 percent of the people who tested positive for COVID-19 and 62 percent of deaths from the disease (WUWM.edu). The black population in Milwaukee county is 27 percent. Check the … Continue

Accelerating the Compassion Curve: Who is Caring for the Caregivers?

It seems like every news feed or social media post you have seen in in recent months leads with the same sentiment: “In these uncertain and trying times….” We see worries abound about the spread of coronavirus and an overrun healthcare system; stressed out families and a potential increase in abuse or domestic violence; business closings causing financial stressors and the long term negative consequences for people living in poverty; existing structural inequities that will result in a disproportionate impact … Continue

48 Things (and Counting) To Do While Physical Distancing

As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to unfold, the most important thing to remember is that you’ll be spending a lot of time at home. Physical distancing (also known as social distancing) can save lives. At SaintA, we want to emphasize that while we want you to be physically safe, having close social and emotional connection is needed now more … Continue

From the CEO’s (Virtual) Desk: Perspective View

By Ann Leinfelder Grove, President and CEO Like all of you, our organization has been hyper-focused on how to best respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. With so many details emerging about coronavirus and its potential long-term impact on our physical, social and financial wellbeing, it’s easy to get distracted.Early on, our leadership constructed a human-centered frame to drive our work … Continue

Let’s Talk About Historical Trauma

In 2015, SaintA launched the Historical Trauma Workgroup to advocate for and educate our staff and clients about the cycle of trauma, structural racism, bias and white privilege. Here’s what we know about historical trauma and what we’re doing about it.Not All Trauma is the SameFirst, it’s important to understand the different kinds of trauma. There’s acute, chronic and historical … Continue

29 Amazing Books by Black Authors

From classics, to kidlit, to modern day stories, Black authors have made a significant impact on literature. Below is a list of some books for you and/or the kids to enjoy. Some discuss race and class, others explore magic and love, but they’re all stories that anyone can enjoy at any time of the year, but especially during Black History … Continue

Gardening Group Grows Together

By Brian Myers, Licensed Treatment Professional, Clinic at SaintA There is a long history of gardening and farming at SaintA, dating back to well before it was known as St. Aemilian-Lakeside. I learned this through historical pictures and stories shared by colleagues who, this year, helped start a new Horticultural Therapy Group (or simply, a “Gardening Group.”) Plant an Idea, … Continue

70 Low-Cost, Family-Friendly Things to Do (When it’s 70 or Warmer)

If you’re like most of our staff, you’ve been waiting (im)patiently for the weather to turn nice so you can enjoy everything Milwaukee has to offer. Our Community Outreach and Engagement teams recently partnered with our Marketing Department to create a list of things we thought our families, youth and kids in care might enjoy. First, it was a top ten … Continue

Small Group of CWA 6th Graders Tackled Big Issues

A group of 6th grade girls from Capitol West Academy met routinely throughout the 2017-2018 school year with the purpose of building self-esteem. They ended up building self-confidence – and so much more! The small group work was formally part of school-based services, a program of SaintA; informally, it was more like an adult-facilitated and student-run grassroots social initiative. Read … Continue

Reflecting on Vel Phillips and Her Many Firsts

As a young girl, I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Vel Phillips. My grandmother worked at the Vel Phillips YWCA, located on North Teutonia Avenue, just ½ block south of Capitol Drive. My Grandmother introduced Mrs. Vel Phillips as the first black female judge in Wisconsin. This was instrumental for me as a little girl who thought I wanted … Continue

A Committee Committed to Wellness

Work committees provide cross-agency staff with reasons to interact with each other in ways that are informal yet productive. According to Bain & Company, “[Work] committees are indispensable and they enable a company to get its work done.” Or, in the case of our Wellness Committee, hopefully enable staff to get their difficult child- and family-serving work done in a … Continue

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