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  • 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Continue →
  • Healing Trauma Conference Provides Information, Hope

    With sold-out attendance on both days, the Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities conference Sept. 27 and 28 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee tackled questions of how to understand trauma and its effects and how to create and maintain healthy communities. The conference was hosted by SaintA and sponsored by SWIM, Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee, a ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Continue →
  • In the United States, Let’s Choose the Children

    The images of despair at our southern border have been difficult to watch, and even harder to comprehend. We are encouraged by yesterday’s Executive Order stating that family unity is an imperative along with border security, but remain concerned about the safety and wellbeing of the children. As a 168-year-old human services organization whose vision is ... Continue →
  • LGBTQ+ Foster Youth: #FosterChat Recap

    On Wednesday, June 13, 2018 we hosted our #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. June’s topic was on LGBTQ+ Foster Youth. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had over 150,000 potential impressions, reaching 5,183 people. If you missed this month’s #FosterChat, you can ... Continue →
  • National Nonprofit Leader and Innovator Joins SaintA as Vice President of Strategy, Innovation

    SaintA has announced that Polina Makievsky will join the national leader in trauma-informed care on June 18 as Vice President of Strategy and Innovation. Makievsky presently serves as Senior Vice President of Knowledge, Leadership and Innovation for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. SaintA has 10 years of experience in the implementation of its trauma-informed ... Continue →
  • Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: #FosterChat Recap

    On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 we hosted our #FosterChat on Twitter (@SaintAorg), in partnership with the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families and Courage MKE. May’s topic was on Youth Transitioning to Adulthood. According to our Twitter snapshot on Union Metrics, our twitter chat had nearly 215,000 potential impressions, reaching 38,529 people. If you missed this ... Continue →
  • Trauma Informed Care Discussed Internationally

    On April 5, SaintA participated in an international discussion about the importance of trauma-informed care. Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker hosted a Norwegian government Delegation of about twenty individuals interested in learning more about trauma response and how to best intervene. SaintA participated in the breakfast at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, along with a number ... Continue →
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