Employment is about more than a paycheck. As much as it may seem like a grind some days, having a job brings a special sense of independence and dignity that almost everyone desires.
And it’s no different for people with developmental disabilities.
Every year, hundreds of people find work at the Eisenhower Center on Milwaukee’s north side. It subcontracts work to its employees, all of whom are disabled, allowing them to work according to their ability.
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On Wednesday, March 6, 2013 members of our A-Teams from all across the state took to the State Capitol and met with legislators to discuss topics relating to people with disabilities. Over 75 Rehabilitation for Wisconsin in Action members, parents, guardians, advocates and people with disabilities took part in our Legislative Advocacy Day. These activists made contacts with over 40 legislators and their aides! In this picture, members of the A-Team of Southeastern Wisconsin speak with Rep. Joel Kleefisch.
So it is no shock the budget ax has fallen upon programs like Family Care, which provides a long-term care system for Wisconsin residents with disabilities. The problem is recent cuts facing some clients within the system appear to be excessive and unwarranted, and thus life changing . . .
Those entrusted with the state’s Family Care system need to take a step back and start using a bit more common sense and empathy when making decisions that impact those in their care. Any funding decisions should put people first, and not dollars first.
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Candace Hennessy PhD, RN, has joined Curative Care Network as the new President and CEO. Candace brings 25 years of experience in health care. Most recently, she was an Executive Vice President for Aurora Health Care and President and Chief Clinical Officer for Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin. In addition, she brings a commitment to learning as she has been a professor at Marquette University and Carroll University.
Candace is very passionate about making a difference in the lives of patients and delivering care with the highest quality and touch. She is very excited to get started and to work with the talented team at Curative. Please join us in welcoming her!
We certainly thank Bob Coons, who retired after 19 years of valued leadership at Curative. He positioned Curative to achieve continued success for years to come.
RCS Empowers, Inc. was awarded $4,000 from the Green Bay Packers Foundation at a luncheon and ceremony event at the Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay on Feb. 12. RCS was represented by art therapist Laura Griffin and Day Service Coordinator Ruth Weigel.
The grant was specified for the lighting, curtain and sound system project for the annual RCS play production. This grant, along with other grants and donations from the community, will assist RCS in reaching its $75,000 goal. The play productions, which have been held for more than 30 years, are a vital part of RCS’s programming. RCS plays showcase the talents of many actors and actresses who happen to have disabilities. Community volunteers also contribute hundreds of hours to create scenery, costumes, and staging as well as supporting operations like lighting, music and theatrics.
This year’s production, “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed April 19-26 at RCS’s new location, 1607 Geele Ave. The community is invited to attend. Free tickets are available at rcs.ticketleap.com. To initiate the new venue, a special fundraiser pre-show and dinner is available for the April 19 opening night performance. The dinner tickets for the fundraiser must be purchased by calling 920-458-8261.
On Wednesday, January 30 RFWiA member St. Croix Industries received the Small Business of the Year from the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce. Clark Schroeder, executive director, offered his thanks to all the organization's clients and their parents for trusting St. Croix Industries "to provide services to their children and trusting that we can give them what they need." Click here to see the full article. Congratulations Clark and St. Croix Industries!
On Thursday, January 17 Around the Corner with Jim McGivern aired on Wisconsin Public Television featuring the city of Mineral Point, WI. The Hodan Center, an RFWiA member, was highlighted as being a great part of the community. You can view the full episode here. At the 12:15 mark of the episode Hodan Center Executive Director Tom Schraeder is interviewed. Emmy Award-winning actor John McGivern leads a unique field trip through different cities in Wisconsin. McGivern discovers the secrets to living well, working hard, and playing merrily in all of these hometowns.