Category: News and Stories

Gift from Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation Creates Healing Bridge

The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation has awarded SaintA a grant to provide telehealth mental health services to some Milwaukeeans hit hardest by COVID-19. The grant enables us to outfit 158 of our clients, who would not otherwise be able to access quality mental health care while Safer at Home, with devices and internet access for one year. “As we face … Continue

Former Foster Youth Have Shakier Foundation than Most

Perhaps some of the most crucial services we provide at SaintA are the ones created for former foster youth. We estimate that at least 1,000 Milwaukee youth have aged out of foster care in the past 5 years – most without the proper support systems to transition to adulthood under the best circumstances. A pandemic like the one caused by … Continue

Train the Trainer, Transform a School: A Case Study of the Vel R. Phillips School

The Vel R. Phillips School is unlike any other school. As a part of the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, its students are placed in secure detention. Many are awaiting court decisions that could severely impact their lives. Roughly half of the student population has a learning or behavioral disability. Most are only there temporarily, and students attend classes … Continue

SaintA Offices Temporarily Closed

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5 p.m., SaintA offices will be closed until further notice. Business operations and clients services remain open with modified delivery methods (see below.) We can still be reached at 414.463.1880 (Capitol Drive Campus) and 414.604.5800 (Summit Place in West Allis.) We strive to stay ahead of public health efforts to flatten the curve of … Continue

SaintA Takes Action to Help Contain Coronavirus 

SaintA is committed to keeping clients and staff safe as we tend to the health and well-being of the people we serve each day in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. Since the coronavirus outbreak began, the Executive Team and Safety Committee here at SaintA have been monitoring the situation to understand the risk to our community.How is SaintA Responding? The World … Continue

SaintA Works Hard to Combat Youth Sex Trafficking

Wisconsin ranks third in the nation in sex trafficking cases. Milwaukee is a big hub, being on a straight line from Chicago to Minneapolis via freeways, with several vulnerable cities along the way.You probably didn’t know that. And SaintA is working hard to spread more information about it and to change community perceptions. But, more importantly, the organization has a … Continue

SaintA Family Honored as Outstanding Adoptive Parents

Chippewa Falls Foster Parents Win Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent Award On Wednesday Nov 20, Chris and Wendy Attoe will receive the 2019 Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent Award. Join us in Madison to watch these dedicated foster parents be presented with this exciting award. The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Assembly Chamber at the state capitol. November … Continue

What SaintA brought to the “table” at On the Table MKE

On October 10, groups across Milwaukee gathered for On the Table Milwaukee to have bold and candid conversations about equity in the city.On the Table MKE, created by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, began in 2017.  Since then 5,000 residents throughout the region have participated in forums to address opportunities and challenges facing our communities.SaintA staff and guests from MATC, Rescare … Continue

SaintA Earns Eighth-Consecutive International Accreditation

SaintA has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for a period of four years for all of its administrative and programmatic functions. This is the eighth-consecutive 4-year accreditation SaintA has earned from the international accrediting body, dating back over 30 years. This accreditation is good through September 30, 2023. COA was founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare … Continue

Program Seeks to Keep Kids out of Child Welfare

SaintA has an exceptional child welfare program, but a new endeavor aims to keep families out of it completely. The Early Intervention Services (EIS) program, a subset of the agency’s Intensive In-Home Program, is a short- term intervention that connects families with long-term supports. EIS case managers work with Initial Assessment (IA), the government entity that receives and analyzes reports of … Continue

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

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

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

Event Explores Everyone’s Role in Race, Trauma and Healing

From a recorded welcome by Oprah Winfrey to input from a variety of local and nationally recognized experts, 1,400 people came together at the city’s new Fiserv Forum Wednesday evening Sept. 26 to learn how to do their part to heal Milwaukee.A Community Gathering on Race and Trauma was hosted by SaintA and sponsored by Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee, SWIM, … Continue

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