Supporting People with Disabilities Since 1934 1016 Milwaukee Ave. South Milwaukee, WI 53172 414.571.5566 phone 414.571.9212 tty
Grayline, Inc.: A Good Neighbor It’s been almost 6 years since Michael came to Easter Seals for a job. He began his journey working in the center’s recycling program but had a bigger dream. Michael wanted to work out in the community. Recently that dream became a reality for him with our new Waukesha neighbor Grayline, Inc. Grayline is a company that produces over 100 different types of tubing products for a variety of industries. Mike Mason, president of Grayline, initially began the relationship with Easter Seals by contracting with the Training Center for an assembly job where tubing and fittings were assembled for a breast pump company. “ The bid was very competitive and the quality of the work was excellent,” said Mike. This first partnership was so beneficial to Grayline’s business that when they had an additional short-term project at their site, they again looked to Easter Seals to be their business solution. Michael came to Grayline with his job coach and quickly mastered the tasks associated with the short-term project, successfully achieving the expected production rate within the first week. He demonstrated quality work skills, enthusiasm, an eagerness to learn and dependability. Michael has not missed one day of work since his employment at Grayline! Upon completion of a second project, Grayline recognized that Michael was a valuable asset to their workforce, and in February he joined their staff of 45 as a proud permanent employee. Mike is proud of the fact that other staff have supported Michael and have made him a welcome addition to the Grayline family and culture. Thank you to Mike Mason and Grayline for allowing us to be their business solution, for diversifying their workforce and making Michael’s dream come true.
For more information about employees like Michael or our Industrial services or contract work, including assembly, fabrication, kitting, inspecting and packaging, contact Beth Lohmann at 262-953-2208 or visit eastersealswise.com
A Message from our CEO The American Classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life” has George Bailey wishing he had never been born. It takes a guardian angel, Clarence, to show George that his family, his loved ones and his community would be far worse off without George’s selflessness, generosity and dedication to others. George’s thoughts have been running through my head recently, asking what would our community be like without Easter Seals and other non-profits like us? What would be the cost to our community and more importantly, to the individual children and adults we serve and their families? How many families would break under the challenges of supporting a child with a disability? How many contributions in talent and human potential lost as skills are not developed toward greater independence? How many individuals would be trapped in state institutions costing hundreds of dollars a day for support? How much human misery? Is there a price-tag for such losses?
Why think of such brokenness? Simply, Easter Seals and its services to nearly 2500 people each month is not a luxury, it is “not nice to have” in our community, but a necessary force for good in Southeast Wisconsin. Easter Seals staff and the services we provide are needed to improve the lives of thousands of children and adults with disabilities. It provides a jump start with education and therapy for children born with disabilities and their families to be ready for school. It provides training and parental support to families adjusting to life with a child with special needs. These services can save thousands of dollars in school spending for special education as our children are more ready for school.
We give adults with disabilities the chance to learn and grow their skills for the workplace, connecting each individual with a chance to earn real wages, for real work. The business community benefits from loyal employees committed to doing the best job possible. If work is not attainable, we connect people to services to support them in our community with dignity, providing support so parents can work and care for their entire family. Thank heavens we live in a world with Easter Seals. You make this better world possible with your gifts, your volunteer hours and your support. Thank you for creating a more wonderful life for children and adults with autism and other disabilities in Southeast Wisconsin.
Bob Glowacki CEO, Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin Board of Directors President Roger Schaus Jr., Generac
Secretary Beth Schimel NovoNordisk
Vice President Greg Schoepke, Custom Production Grinding, Inc.
Treasurer Frank Windt Schenck Business Solutions
Jeff Blakely, CVS Pharmacy
Karen Ordinans, Children’s Health Alliance of WI
John Bosbous, Bucyrus International Nancy Creuziger, Manpower Dennis Farrell, Trustee Village of Menomonee Falls Ina Fischer, Parent Representative Bob Artin Haig, Honorary Board Member Raejean Kanter, Development Consultant Melissa Koeppel Grant Thornton Robert Mueller, Aurora Health Care
Pete Papageorge, Century Services James J. T. Pittelkow, Pittelkow & Associates Financial Services Mitchell Quick, Michael, Best & Friedrich LLP Bob Ranus, Retired Roundy’s Linda Ryan, RE/MAX Realty 100 George Thompson, Retired, Briggs & Stratton
Partnerships FEEL GOOD ABOUT GIVING BY SHOPPING WITH PACQ, INC! During these uncertain economic times, you can feel good about giving to Easter Seals through your routine purchases of your company logo’d products and awards from Pacq. For each purchase made, 10% will be donated to Easter Seals Southeast WI for services to children and adults with disabilities throughout our six county area. Dick Radder of Pacq, Inc explains “We wanted to introduce a simple way where any company can help support the Easter Seals mission and promote their company at the same time. A donation will be made to Easter Seals with each purchase of products you, most likely, already use! Whether you need
employee shirts or awards for recognition, or folders and pens for an upcoming event, when you purchase them through the Easter Seals Program you will be helping Easter Seals help others. It is an easy way for your company to help.”
Support Our Workforce In our efforts to create new training and employment opportunities and enhance our existing services we have identified the need for a commercial digital label printer. Currently our label needs include: custom labels for our commercial vanity water program, including LilyWorks private label water, labels for catering products and other agency materials as well as a private label coffee product we are launching. We now outsource design and printing which add cost to our products. The purchase of this commercial label maker will enable us to save money and provide training and wages to participants involved in our custom labeling and packaging, both for Easter Seals and other companies.
We have received a very generous challenge grant in the amount of $8,000 which is half the cost of the labeler. We need your help to raise the additional $8,000. Please consider being one of the 80 people we need to donate $100 towards this challenge grant which will enhance work opportunites for our Workforce Training Center.
Donate using the enclosed envelope or visit wi-se.easterseals.com/giving 3
YourHeading Autism Services Connection Page During Autism Awareness month, Easter Seals and generous community partners worked together to bring more autism awareness to the community. Through a variety of fundraisers, media, and community events our business partners helped us spread the message that autism affects one in every 110 children and that early diagnosis and therapy are essential to giving these children the best opportunities for social development. Proceeds from all of the partner events will benefit our autism services.
Thank You To All Of Our Sponsors BizTimes Media CBS 58 CVS Pharmacy National Bakery Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Blu The Children’s Play Gallery Steve “the Homer” True of ESPN radio and Cousins Subs Kevin “KB” Brandt of WKLH battled it out for tips at Blu at the Pfister. Their efforts made Milwaukee Admirals Easter Seals the winner! Blu donated tips Blu at the Pfister from the entire evening as well as some of the proceeds from the bar to benefit our autism services.
The Children’s Play Gallery
National Child Representative Kyle Mayer and his mother Stephanie had the opportunity to share their story with over 4000 Admirals fans on April 1st. Our 2011 Walk With Me Ambassadors Scott and Jonathon rode the Zambonis and one lucky donor was selected to be the Human Hockey Puck at the game.
The Easter Bunny visited the Children’s Play Gallery and left a few eggs for the children to find. For a full week, a portion of the admission cost went to Easter Seals to support our services.
Your Autism Services Connection
“Rock Bottom is pleased to be a part of the great things that Easter Seals does for the community. “ Ryan Hartman, Managing Partner of Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery One of our partners, Rock Bottom, known for their micro brews and great food, was a huge supporter. Proceeds from a micro brew, labeled Lily Lager, and a special Easter Brunch were just two of the activities they hosted during the month of April.
Special thanks to our media sponsor, Biz Times Media, for helping us promote our partners and for sharing our stories throughout the entire month.
SERVICES FOR AUTISM & RELATED DISORDERS Imagine the joy of a father hearing his once non-verbal son say “da-da” for the first time; or the feelings of a mother of a child with a disability, when she has the support of our autism services experts at a meeting with her child’s school; or the great satisfaction a therapist feels when a young client shows affection towards her for the first time. Each of these moments occurred recently as a result of the efforts of our autism services! We provide evidence based treatments that produce results, giving hope to families whose children face significant social and developmental challenges. Our staff develop individually designed programs for each child. We also provide consultation in schools, conduct parent trainings, and offer other workshops designed to equip
the community with the skills they need to support individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
Walk With Me 2011 Walk With Me 2011
Walk With Me Milwaukee is Easter Seals’ signature fundraising event that raises funds to support families living with disabilities. It enables us to continue to provide vital services and support to the people we serve in Southeast Wisconsin. Over the past 5 years, Walk With Me has raised over $250,000. This year it will be held on Friday, June 17th at Polish Fest at the Potawatomi Stage. The one-mile walk takes place along our beautiful lakefront. Entertainment before and after the walk will be provided by the All-Star SUPERband and all the walkers receive free admission into Polish Fest.
WALK WITH ME KICK OFF This year, our Walk With Me Kick Off breakfast was held at the beautiful ManpowerGroup headquarters in downtown Milwaukee. Walk With Me team captains and walkers were eager to raise funds after listening to our ambassadors tell their inspiring stories. Thank you to ManpowerGroup for hosting this event for the third year. Our Walk With Me Ambassadors at the breakfast TOP ROW: Ah’Mierra; mom Tiara and Ah’Mir; mom Diane, Scott, dad Jerry BOTTOM ROW: dad Tom and Jonathon; dad Kerry and Timmy
June 17, 2011
polish fest • potawatomi stage
Tent outside main gate of Polish Fest entertainment 5:00pm Potawatomi Stage with All-Star SUPERband walk start
One mile walk along the lakeshore post walk Celebration at the Potawatomi Stage
Register or sponsor a walker at www.walkwithme.org/milwaukee Walk With Me Presenting Sponsors
Nurturing SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE US CAMP YELLOW RIBBON
NURTURING PROGRAM 2012: AMERICA’S MILITARY FAMILIES
Until recently, there have been very few supports to provide children whose parents are or have been deployed in the military with emotional support in a safe and nurturing environment. In partnership with mental health professionals, Camp Yellow Ribbon offers typical camp activities as well as therapeutic activities that help military children to share their fears, bond, mentor and heal with other children their age. Last year 21 campers between the ages of 7 and 14 took advantage of the week long overnight camp. To meet the increased need to serve 50 children this year, Easter Seals Southeast WI has been awarded a $5,000 gift from Complete Mobile Dentistry, Inc to help us continue to provide this camp free of charge. Complete Mobile Dentistry provides onsite dental readiness exams to military personnel throughout the country to help them meet dental need before deployment. Special thanks to this group for helping us find ways to support our military and their entire families.
For more than 5 years, Easter Seals has been providing family nurturing programs. These programs give support to families who face challenges in parenting and building positive personal relationships resulting in healthy family environments.
“There is no better investment for the future then investing in children. Camp Yellow Ribbon is a great organization to help out because not only are these children our future but they have already given up so much so that we may enjoy a better life. “ Kimberly Murray, Complete Mobile Dentistry
As family challenges in society change, our services grow to meet them. Recent studies have shown that an overwhelming 1.8 million members of the Armed Forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan are facing physical and mental health needs that can impact their entire families. Family life in the military can have unusual challenges on the family that come with frequent moves from base to base, physical absence of a parent during deployment or stresses in reintegration to family, social and work life upon return. As an extension of our nurturing services, the Military Family Nurturing Program was created to support the needs of the entire military family to help them: - Stay connected during deployment or deal with separation or loss - Keep relationships together - Help children cope with deployment - Reunite post deployment For more information on our Military Family Nurturing Program or Camp Yellow Ribbon, contact 414-571-5566 x421 or visit our website at www.eastersealswise.com.
Join us for Grillin' and Chillin' Around Town thursday, june
11am to 2:00pm
All Adult Day locations and our Burleigh and Northview locations Proceeds benefit Walk With Me, more information at www.eastersealswise.com
Community Employment Supporting
People with Disabilities Since 1934
HELP LES FIND PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT 1016 Milwaukee Ave. South Milwaukee, WI 53172 414.571.5566 phone 414.571.9212Desires: tty www.eastersealswise.com • 24 years experience in assembling and packaging • 20 hours per week between the hours of 8:00am to • Bussing tables 6:00pm • Sweeping • Within Waukesha City limits that can be reached via • Vacuuming bus or taxi • Dusting • Interested in food service or custodial work within a • Served food in a tray line golf course or restaurant • Parking lot maintenance • Tasks desired are: wiping tables, bussing tables, basic • Street cleaning cleaning, detail oriented tasks and/or dining room • Garbage/recycling set up • Laidback work environment where speed is not a number one priority
Beth Lohmann 262-547-6821 x 2208
Les working on packaging in our Workforce Training Center
If you know of a businesses that would benefit from an employee like Les, please contact
CVS supports the mission of Easter Seals through the All Kids Can Program and is a proud National Sponsor of Easter Seals Walk With Me. Proceeds from this event benefit Walk With Me Milwaukee, our signature fundraising event.
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