News and Stories

  • Former Residential Client Remembers Time Here Fondly

    Frank Horton has done a lot since he left SaintA’s Residential program almost four years ago. After going to a foster home, the 19-year-old graduated from Richland Center High School in 2013. Then he went into WisCorps, a nonprofit organization that gives young people experience in conservation efforts on public land. He attended the University of ...
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  • Mom Goes From Frustration to Family Harmony

    A simple thing like giving her children choices when they want a snack has gone a long way for Kayla Fleury. “It used to be, “You do what I say; I’m your mom!’ ” Kayla said. But through the help of SaintA case manager Krista Stauder and Kimberly Greenwald, a family engagement specialist, Kayla has learned ...
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  • Special Drums to Fill Special Needs

    When Dennis Jensen saw his step-grandson, whom we’ll call Tim, drum in a SaintA Christmas program, he though he could do something to step things up a bit. Tim is in the Residential program and its Transitions Therapeutic School (TTS), and the performance was part of the performing arts work the boys do with Express Yourself ...
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  • Creativity, Teamwork Key Tools for Case Manager

    Being an ongoing case manager requires flexibility, perseverance – and often a fair amount of teamwork. A recent case handled by Lilia Figueroa, a lead ongoing case manager at SaintA, illustrates this well. Lilia is 26 years old and has worked at SaintA for four years. She took this position right out of college and is ...
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  • Determination and a Little Help Put Drugs in Past, Kids in Mom’s Life

    Katie Powers is only 32, but the roller-coaster life she has endured – and survived — has made her an older and wiser soul. She credits SaintA case worker Angie Hurd with literally saving her life and says that, if not for Angie, her outcome probably would have been much different. Katie Powers with Nadia and Derek Katie ...
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  • Rally for Kids on September 27

    Rally for Kids is an event to benefit SaintA. Our annual event allows us to have fun while raising the funds needed to fulfill our mission and to keep SaintA programs available. Saturday, September 27, 2014 6-11 p.m. The Garage at theHarley-Davidson Museum® 400 W. Canal Street At the crossroads of 6th and Canal Streets Milwaukee, WI 53201 Presenting sponsors: Become a Sponsor We ...
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  • Giant Therapy Dog Brings Many Small Miracles

    A 110-pound, long-haired dog with a big smile, a long tongue and impeccable manners produced many minor miracles his first night working with six boys in SaintA’s residential program. Abi Myers with Moose. Bullwinkle Moose, Moose for short, is a therapy dog who interacted with the boys under the supervision of his owner, Kay Bobb, and youth ...
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  • Family Stability? Grandma Steps Up to the Plate

    If any validation is needed that Barbara Brown’s home is the right place for her two teenage grandsons, consider this: the 15-year-old says he thinks the rules she sets are “great.” “She’ll take things away if we do something wrong, and that’s a lesson we should learn. If we know right from wrong in the future, ...
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  • Care Coordinator Helps a Family Heal

    Although Jacob had problems from the time he was born addicted to cocaine and alcohol, life with his adopted family was good by the time he was a teenager. As a baby, he screamed constantly for about six months and required three shifts of being carried around, but the family’s biological kids eventually fell in ...
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  • Former Orphan Has Fond Memories

    Gabe La Rosa, a former St. Aemilian’s orphan, said he owes all his success in life to the nuns. Gabe lived in the three-story building at 60th and Lloyd Streets, where the orphanage relocated after a fire in 1930, in the late 1940’s and early ‘50s. He was 5 years old when he entered and 15 ...
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  • SaintA to Provide Treatment for New Program

    Milwaukee, WI (4/18/14) — The Department of Children and Families (DCF) has selected SaintA to provide treatment in Functional Family Therapy (FFT) for a new program called Safe Milwaukee, which aims to reduce violent and delinquent behavior by youths. The Milwaukee Police Department approached DCF about the program to address high-risk delinquent behavior, especially violence by ...
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  • Creativity, Relationship Quell Crisis

    When 10-year-old Brian returned to SaintA’s residential program after going to school off site, it was obvious something was not right. The boy is on the autism spectrum, and he likes things to be just so. Abigail Myers, left, and Stephanie Gibart “He really wants to do well, and we tell him he’s a smart kid and can ...
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  • Three-Day Conference Focuses on ACEs

    View the presentations from: Dr. Robert Anda, co-principal investigator, original ACE study Laura Porter, Ace Interface Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO, Alliance for Children and Families Participants from around the Midwest and beyond gathered in Pewaukee March 24-26 for sessions focused on learning more about and spreading the word on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The offerings were co-sponsored by ...
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  • A Family Just Like Any Other

    After spending 17 years together as a couple, Thomas Ecks and Terry Grogan felt something was missing in their lives. There was some sort of a void they didn’t quite know how to fill. Then they realized the missing piece was children. Both had come from strong, sturdy families with siblings, and it just seemed natural ...
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  • SaintA Trauma Work Rated as Exemplary

    Milwaukee, Wis. (1/15/2014) -– The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), a national think tank based in Washington, D.C., has selected our trauma informed care work as one of 15 exemplary initiatives that are innovative and helping youth thrive. SaintA was selected out of 136 applications submitted from across the nation. “Your real life ...
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