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Event highlights contributions of workers with disabilities

November 8, 2018

“Empowering Our Citizens: Disability Inclusion in the Wisconsin Workforce” brought together employers, people with disabilities and their families to discuss the important role work plays in the lives of individuals who have a disability. The recent event, organized by My Choice Family Care at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, featured speaker Simon Duffy of Sheffield, England,… [Read More]

Relatives, friends can provide care to Family Care members through self-directed supports program

September 27, 2018

When Josephine Ivy has her hair brushed by her in-home personal care worker, it’s done with love. That’s because Ivy’s caregiver is her daughter, Unity Brown, who is a paid caregiver for her mother 22 hours a week. She does this through a Family Care program known as Self- Directed Supports, in which Family Care… [Read More]

My Choice chooses vendors who support Community-based employment for its anniversary celebration

September 6, 2018

By: Sue Pierman To celebrate its second anniversary as a non-profit, My Choice Family Care selected Friendship Bakery and LilyWorks Catering, which provide community employment to people with special needs, to provide food for its event. “We thought it was important to choose these vendors because we support community- based employment for our members with… [Read More]

Op-Ed: The power of positive community action

August 31, 2018

By: Jacquelyn D. Heath Special to the Milwaukee Times As summer winds down in Milwaukee, attention turns from enjoying all that comes with this famously fabulous (albeit short) season to preparing for change, new beginnings, and fresh starts. A major change looming before many households in some way these days is the start of a… [Read More]

Grants now available for non-profit organizations to help veteran entrepreneurs, improve employment

July 26, 2018

Applications due September 14, 2018 Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announced that grant applications are now being accepted from registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c) (6) non-profit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes. Non-profit organizations interested in applying for this grant opportunity must submit their… [Read More]

Ensuring people with disabilities have fair access to voting

July 19, 2018

The City of Milwaukee Election Commission, the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition, Independence First and the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, People First Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force held a news conference on July 17, 2018 at the Independence First Center to celebrate National Voter Disability Voter Registration Week and highlight… [Read More]

The Salvation Army distributes hot dogs to Milwaukee children in need

July 12, 2018

The Salvation Army traded out sandwiches for hot dogs! This past Wednesday, July 11, 2018, volunteers distributed hot dogs via their canteen (mobile kitchen) to children in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods. The Feed The Kids summer meals program will last until August 24, 2018. So far, The Salvation Army has served 4,760 meals to children this… [Read More]

UWM is the doorway for many different paths to success

June 28, 2018

By: Mark A. Mone Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee There is no one path to finding your future success. At the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, we have many open doors that lead to what you want to accomplish in life. Just last month, more than 3,300 people received a degree from UWM and are now beginning… [Read More]

African American Children’s Theatre announces closing

June 28, 2018

After nearly 30 years of providing theatre arts training and performing opportunities to Milwaukee children, the African American Children’s Theatre (AACT) announces the ending of their programming and closing of the classroom at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Constance Clark founded the African American Children’s Theatre in 1989 after children of families affected by gun… [Read More]

Diamond Discs International celebrates grand-opening of world headquarters

June 21, 2018

Diamond Discs International hosted the grand opening of their new global headquarters located at 9300 W. Heather Ave., in Milwaukee. Ugo Nwagbaraocha (top photo), President of Diamond Discs International, spoke about celebrating its expansion and investment in the local community. Diamond Discs’ demonstrated growth and expansion has led to the firm’s capacity for consideration as… [Read More]