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Supporting People with Disabilities Since 1934 1016 Milwaukee Ave.  South Milwaukee, WI 53172  414.571.5566 phone  414.571.9212 tty

A Recipe for Success Melissa Grant came to the Training Center in 1998 to explore her vocational interests and strengths and wanted to determine if supported employment would assist in her reaching her goals. She had worked in a pizza and sub shop where she bussed tables, washed dishes, and completed some food preparation. While at the Training Center, she tried several programs to increase other important skills necessary for employment and to find the job setting she would most enjoy. She worked with the Lilyworks landscaping crew, maintaining park and ride lots and with the commercial cleaning program. Melissa then decided to train with the catering department. All of these experiences assisted Melissa in making the decision to pursue a career in the food service industry. Working in the catering program, Melissa increased her knowledge in all aspects of the catering business including setup, food preparation, and serving. The curriculum highlighted learning the importance of maintaining consistency in these tasks, increasing skills in customer service and learning to operate a cash register. Melissa also worked with Easter Seals staff to further develop interpersonal communication and problem solving skills. Her success in the catering program has led her closer to her career goal with her new job, working at the Lily Works Café located in the Milwaukee Mental Health Complex. Melissa is, taking orders, and performing cashiering duties and also expanding her talents by learning food preparation at the grill. All of these experiences have also led to her being chosen as one of three training participants to participate in a large catering event at UWM each summer. She is relied upon heavily to contribute to its success and has taken a leadership roll with her co-workers.

“Melissa is very excited to be working at the Café. She loves interacting with the customers and is learning how to cook.” Stanley Tom, Commercial Catering Manager

Melissa also recently moved into her own apartment, and is taking her cooking skills one step further in preparing her own healthy meals. Her next career goal is a job in one of the many great restaurants here in town. Her determination, enthusiasm and expanded skills are sure to make her a successful member of any restaurant team.

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Centry Services Partnership

A Message from our CEO CENTURY SERVICES My parents are Mary and Ray Glowacki, retired proprietors’ of Pulaski Inn in Cudahy. My dad tells us often that when he was a young man, everything he needed was on Pulaski Avenue. The family could purchase groceries, gifts, shoes, and of, course a pint of your favorite Milwaukee products at our place. You could get what you needed without venturing in a car or going beyond a three block stretch in a small Milwaukee suburb. Your world was your community, your street, your neighborhood. Today, we face a more expansive community. For most of us unless we live in a retail district, we have to travel for everything we need or order it online. We no longer compete just at a regional or state basis, but our businesses compete internationally. We can communicate globally and freely. I have a twitter account (@bobglows) that has followers from Australia and the United Kingdom! How does this all relate to delivering services to individuals with disabilities? Simply put, no entity can work in isolation any longer. As the world is more complicated, so our responses to community needs must become more sophisticated and on a larger scale to meet the needs of others, merely collaborating or cooperating is not enough, nor does it deliver the results the people we serve need and desire. Working together can not only be about locating two non-profits in one building or joining a committee to study a societal problem. It involves moving two or more organizations into a relationship with each other that has defined goals, responsibilities and objectives. It is not collaboration, but partnership working together for the long term.

The possibilities for partnerships are as endless as the number of people involved, and can begin with the simplest of efforts.

This newsletter features a sample of our partnerships with a variety of people and groups. Some are just starting out and beginning to bear fruit, like Project Ability and Project Search, where we are working with major employers to find jobs for adults with disabilities, giving “real world” experiences and real wages to participants in these programs.

Pete Papageorge, owner of Century Services began his involvement with Easter Seals by volunteering for our annual February snowmobile event for over ten years. Pete wanted to find a way to support us throughout the year and created a program that provides revenue for our programs and recognition for our work in the community.

Some of our long-term partnerships work at variety of levels, like our work with Kenosha YMCA where we have located our adult day for three years and this summer we piloted a special class for families living with autism or our relationship with Mental Health of America of Wisconsin and Dry Hooch that has resulted in two successive summers with Camp Yellow Ribbon for military families. This month we opened our new café thanks to our board member, Pete Pappageorge and his company, Century Services. Developing partnerships, expanding relationships and bring the community together to solve problems facing children and adults with disabilities are the hallmarks of what we are building here at Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin. We believe in the power of partnerships. Our most important partner is you, without your support our mission would not be possible. We thank you for your support of our work in making our community more inclusive, accessible and allowing greater choices for the individuals we serve. Thank You!

He donates a portion of his coffee products, equipment rental and vending sales to us, from equipment placed in corporate locations. All of the equipment carries the familiar Easter Seals logo, which dually recognizes us, as a disability service provider, and the participating company for supporting our mission.

But Pete didn’t stop there. In his continued efforts on our behalf, he introduced us to the Victor Allen Coffee Company. This has resulted in our new, soon to be launched, private label, LilyBrew coffee program for fundraising, corporate gifts and online coffee club. It is not only a new revenue source for programs but creates jobs in labeling, fulfillment and shipping for participants at the Workforce Training Center. Most recently, Pete has had a hand in our newsletter cover story too. He created the opportunity for LilyWorks to open our new café in the Mental Health complex. Years from when he first began volunteering, his partnership impact will benefit others for years to come.

Help us equip our Café In order to expand the menu at the Lilyworks Cafe’ we need help in bringing in additional restaurant equipment.

• 20 gifts of $40.00 for a convection oven • 24 gifts of $50.00 for a prep table

Please consider a gift which will support training and job opportunites for our participants by investing in our equipment needs for the Café Bob Glowacki CEO, Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin



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Project SEARCH Wishlist

September “Back to School “ takes on a whole new look Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin schedules 45 to 65 surgeries each day, and lots of Marcus, another student in our first class, chose behind the scenes preparation begins the day PROJECT SEARCH PROJECT SEARCH Distribution Services as the first of his 3 internship • Project SEARCH is a one-year, high school transition program providing training and before the surgery. Becca is an Easter Seals Project • Project SEARCH is a one-year, high school transition program providing training and education to students in their last year of school. education to students in their last year of orders school. for rotations. His job includes filling SEARCH intern in the Sterile Processing Department,• Project SEARCH is another option for transition planning for students with disabilities that will • Project SEARCH is another for transition planning forof students with disabilities teachoption them marketable, transferable competitive skills. equipment needed in any areaand the hospital asthat will teach them marketable, transferable and competitive skills. responsible for making sure that all of the items • The ultimate end goal of Project SEARCH is 100% employment for students with physical or well as learning how to100% break down sterilize challenges leaving High School. • The ultimate end goal of Projectcognitive SEARCH is employment forand students with physical or needed for a surgery are pulled and ready to go. cognitive challenges leaving High School. equipment likeSEARCH isolets. Mika, hisintomentor, amazedFive • The cornerstone of Project is total immersion the businessis environment. Project SEARCH is a new program partnering • The cornerstone days a week, to theishost learn employability skills in the classroom, ofstudents Project report SEARCH totalbusiness, immersion into the business environment. Five then learn hands-on job skills while participating in a variety of meaningful internships and howreport fasttohe learned not only these days a week,at students the has host business, learn employability skills inprocesses, the classroom, Easter Seals with Children’s Hospital to offer a year experiences within the host business. then learn hands-on job skills while participating in a variety of meaningful internships and butstudent other technology to his job.lasting Marcus • Each willexperiences have the opportunity to complete 3 internships 10 weekssaid each within related the host business. long classroom and work experience for young over the school year. The internships vary from medical records (preparing charts/scanning), • Each food student will have the opportunity to complete 3 internships lasting 10 weeks each that one of theor great his job isemergency meeting services (preparation cleaning) parts , surgicalabout services (sterilization), room adults beginning their senior year of high school. over the school year. The(stocking internships vary from records (preparing carts/trays) andmedical case management (clerical) charts/scanning), new people at the ,hospital. Melinda, another (preparation or cleaning) surgical services (sterilization), emergency room Easter Seals provides job coaching in rotating jobfood services • Certified(stocking Special Education Instructor and management job coaches work together with students and carts/trays) and case (clerical) business staff to problem solve and plan for program success. co-worker, is always impressed by the way Marcus internship opportunities at Children’s Hospital. The • Certified Special Education Instructor and jobcompletion coaches work together students • The ultimate student goal upon program is to utilize theirwith internship skillsand for confidently himself and interacts with business staff competitive tointroduces problememployment solve and plan program success. withinfor the community. goal is for these young adults to learn skills that can • The ultimate student goal program completion is to utilize theirSoutheast internship skills for patients and staff when making deliveries. • Project SEARCH is upon a collaborative effort between; Easter Seals Wisconsin, competitive employment within the community. transition to community-based employment. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and local high school as determined by student participation.

Project SEARCH is a collaborative effort between; Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin, • SEARCH was developed in 1996 by Nurse J. Riehle, then the Director of the The Division ofProject Vocational Rehabilitation, Children’s Hospital of Erin Wisconsin and local high school Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. As the flagship as determined by student participation. program, Cincinnati Children's Hospital provides technical assistance for replication and •

In addition to the job skills learned in the internship, Now in week 5 of the program, students Kaitlin and Joeyoverall are ready to begin theirJ.first rotations. Kaitlin to in Project ( • Project SEARCH wasleadership developed 1996SEARCH by Nurseworldwide. Erin Riehle, then the Director of the the classroom curriculum includes learning about Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. As the flagship learning medical terminology and strengthening Children'sFor Hospital technical assistance for replication and appropriate interpersonal skills with supervisors program,isCincinnati Moreprovides Information Contact overall leadership to Project SEARCH worldwide. ( Beth Andrea Lohmann her keyboarding and filing skills for clerical work and co workers, resume writing, job searching, in the Histology while Joey is gearing up for a 262-953-2208 For MoreLab, Information Contact how to apply for a job and how to understand Beth Andrea Lohmann position in the cafeteria, which prepares all of the what employers are looking for, understanding 262-953-2208 meals for the hospital. “I’ve wanted to work in an company policies and attendance, honesty office in a health care setting ever since I took some and appropriate dress codes for your job. Other internship opportunities in the program at Children’s health classes in high school, and I am really excited and proud to be part of this program,” said Kaitlin. Hospital also include the Histology Lab, Pharmacy, Thanks to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and their Distribution Services, Imaging, and Neuroscience wonderful staff for partnering with us in this exciting Clinic. new opportunity for Becca, Marcus, Kaitlin and Joey and the many students to come. Becca is now in the second week of her internship rotation and is excited about all there is to learn. Every case is different and requires learning about different instruments. The Children’s Hospital staff have been extremely welcoming and supportive. Rachal, Becca’s supervisor said, “While Becca is learning her job, we are learning from each other.”


For information on attending an open house in January, or enrolling in Project SEARCH visit, call Beth Lohmann at 262.953.2208

Project SEARCH was developed in 1996 by Nurse J. Erin Riehle, then the Director of the Emergency Department at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As the flagship program, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital provides technical assistance for replication and overall leadership to Project SEARCH worldwide. (

In it’s first exciting year, Project Search is in need of some classroom items.

Top: Becca helps the team prepare for one of the many surgeries performed daily at Children’s Hospital. Bottom: Marcus has quickly mastered disassembling and sterilizing a variety of hospital equipment.

• Oscillating table top fan • New laptop computer • Digital frame • A gift of $170 will purchase a set of classroom career skills posters and charts • A gift of $ $80.00 will purchase classroom reference text books for our library

Your donation will help defray programs costs for this first exciting year of Project SEARCH To donate, call Beth Lohmann at 262.953.2208 or mail your tax deductable contribution to:

Easter Seals Southeastern Wisconsin 3090 N. 53rd Street Milwaukee, WI, 53210


Gateway Partnership

Camp Yellow Ribbon Partnership Partners Help Healing Happen A week in August proved to be a very special one for 43 military children at the Indian Mound Scout Reservation. Not only was the camp special but so were the kids who attended. Camp Yellow Ribbon is a free, week long, overnight camp in for children who have parents who are, have been, or will be deployed, in any of our military branches. Activities included everything you expect to find at camp: canoeing, archery, swimming, fishing, and campfires. The thing that makes this camp special was brought about by an Easter Seals partnership with Mental Health America of Wisconsin, the Boy Scouts, and a variety of other veterans service organizations.

4th Annual Gateway Golf Outting Thank you to the 40 golfers who raised $1000 that will benefit our Holler Park recreation programs! It was a beautiful August afternoon at Milwaukee County Oakwood Golf Course for the Airport Gateway Business Association. Gateway To Milwaukee is a membership group supporting the business district and community surrounding General Mitchell International Airport.

Unlike children whose families live on military bases around the country, military children in Wisconsin come from many cities. They don’t have the natural support system around them of kids facing the same situations. It can be difficult for them to communicate their feelings to their teachers, family members or friends. The camp incorporates therapeutic discussion and activities conducted by mental health experts, to aid in helping children express and cope with the variety of emotions like fear or uncertainty, that come from having a parent who is deployed. The last day of camp incorporates parents, siblings and other family members with an educational, hands-on, display by the 128th Refueling Wing and the 32nd Military Police Company and a ceremony recognizing the individual accomplishments of each camper. Campers leave with new friends who become their new “natural supports” throughout the rest of the year. Thank you to our partners who help us help these kids and their families. Listen to campers personal stories at: 6

Easter Seals participants greeted golfers and hosted a putting contest for our second year in a new partnership with the Gateway organization. “We are an organization that promotes collaboration and efficiency in today’s competitive economic environment. Raising funds for Easter Seals recreation center at Holler Park, in the center of the Gateway area, shows that we can walk the talk while working to grow the vitality of the Gateway area,” said Tom Rave, Executive Director. The impact of this partnership of one event will reach beyond the neighborhood and into the lives of many.

Sweet Rewards Live United! Last year, Easter Seals received over $163,000 in funding through the United Way of Waukesha County to help support our Workforce Training Center. When giving through your office’s group campaign support Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin.

Reward yourself with a 3.25 ounce gourmet dark chocolate bar for $4 each.

All Proceeds from each candy bar sold will benefit Easter Seals Workforce Training Center programs. To Order Call Jerry at 262.953.2214


Supporting Community Employment

People with Disabilities Since 1934

HELP SCOTT FIND PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT 1016 Milwaukee Ave.  South Milwaukee, WI 53172  414.571.5566 phone  414.571.9212 tty Experience and Skill Sets:

• Electronic Document Scanning and Linking Files • Light Data Entry • Alphabetizing • Counting, Packaging, Assembly • Mail Delivery • Detail Oriented • Dependable • Friendly, Polite and Easy Going Employment Desires:

• Technology • Logistics/Organization/Administrative Support • Structured Environment • Repetitive tasks • Located in the Milwaukee or Waukesha Area • 15-30 hours a week

If you know of a businesses that would benefit from an employee like Scott, please contact

Jamie Schmitz 262.953.2234 Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin 1016 Milwaukee Avenue South Milwaukee, WI 53172

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