January 2019
Community Advocates Connections
Happy 2019!

If your New Year's resolution was to expand your knowledge, networks, or impact, you're in luck! Community Advocates and our partners are offering a variety of learning opportunities and discussions on topics central to our efforts to empower our community members. You're sure to learn something interesting, meet someone new, and strengthen our community. As always, we're grateful for your support and hope to see you soon.

In gratitude,
Andi Elliott
Chief Executive Officer
Community Advocates
ECOM Announces 2019 Workshops
As part of Community Advocates’ commitment to supporting and empowering Milwaukee’s human services professionals, advocates, and consumers of programs and services, our Housing Department organizes monthly Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee (ECOM) workshops . Throughout 2019, ECOM will meet to discuss topics including domestic violence prevention and intervention, services for teens, programs for veterans, and much more.

Last week, ECOM welcomed Legal Action of Wisconsin attorney Pat DeLessio, who provided an overview of the status of social safety net programs in Wisconsin, such as BadgerCare, W-2, and FoodShare.

ECOM meetings are held at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee. Fee is $5 for light refreshments and materials. RSVPs are required.

ReCast MKE Training Opportunities
The City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention is sponsoring free training opportunities in partnership with Community Advocates Public Policy Institute . These free learning opportunities will give you a greater understanding of trauma, mental health, suicide, youth development and drug abuse. You will build support skills to help youth and adults at home, at work, and in your neighborhood. Each opportunity is uniquely designed to make sure you and those you love live your lives at their fullest potential .

Learning opportunities offered this winter are:

  • The Brain Architecture Game
  • Building Prevention Programs
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Gatekeeper Training
  • Mental Health First Aid for Adults
  • Mental Health First Aid for Adults Working with Youth
  • Mental Health First Aid Review Course
  • Substance Abuse and Trauma

You're Invited:
State Leaders Look Ahead:
Which Policies Will Ensure All Wisconsinites Thrive?
Join Community Advocates Public Policy Institute's panel discussion with state leaders to discover which policy changes will help Wisconsinites find and keep family-supporting jobs, live in a vibrant community, have health care coverage, and thrive in 2019 and beyond.

Confirmed speakers are state Sen. LaTonya Johnson, state Rep. Evan Goyke, and state Rep. Daniel Riemer.

This free panel discussion will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at Community Advocates, Second Floor Community Room, 728 N. James Lovell St., Milwaukee, WI 53233.

Catching Up with
Community Advocates Board Member Pam Klein
When the board of the then-independent Milwaukee Women’s Center decided to join Community Advocates more than a dozen years ago, it could have gone wrong in so many ways.

But for Pam Klein, then serving as Board President of the MWC, "it was a total miracle,” she explained. “I was so scared, quite frankly, about how this was going to go. It was a leap of faith to make sure it could happen. We were basically closing the Milwaukee Women’s Center and reopening it as a new division within Community Advocates. All of the services and funding for the new MWC division continued without a glitch."

Since the merger in 2007, Klein has served on Community Advocates’ board to ensure that the Milwaukee Women’s Center’s mission would thrive in its new home. She’s also “in awe” of the role Community Advocates plays in the greater Milwaukee community to reduce and prevent poverty in myriad ways.

"Community Advocates serves a very large role in helping people who are living on the margins move into a better place so that they can become stable and contributing members of the Milwaukee community,” she said.

Milwaukee Record’s Local Coverage 2019
Once again, local entertainment site Milwaukee Record organized Local Coverage , a benefit for Milwaukee Women’s Center’s programs and services . Last Friday, local artists performed other local artists’ songs, creating a truly unique experience at Turner Hall Ballroom. Despite the inclement weather, a healthy crowd turned out to support the center and enjoy performances from Direct Hit!, Paper Holland, Amanda Huff, Something to Do, Nickel&Rose, and LUXI. We are very grateful for Milwaukee Record’s solid support of the Milwaukee Women’s Center and all of the performers and donors who gave so much to our community’s adults and families surviving domestic violence, homelessness, and substance use disorders. Thank you!
MCSAP's One Choice
If you only had to make one choice to prevent a friend or loved one from becoming addicted, wouldn’t you make it? That’s the message in the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention (MCSAP) coalition’s "One Choice" PSA , released to mark Milwaukee County’s Light & Unite Red Week, January 22-27. The PSA depicts a young man in his grandmother's home, where he finds her medication in her bathroom. He picks up a pill and sirens blare. 

MCSAP’s "one choice" is safely disposing of unwanted medication so that it's out of reach of a friend or loved one who could take it and potentially develop an addiction or become poisoned.

Get details on how you can safely dispose of unwanted medication on MCSAP's website .

MCSAP is a diverse coalition of Milwaukee County partners who prevent and reduce substance abuse and misuse. Community Advocates Public Policy Institute helps to staff the coalition and provide resources for its work.
January 25: Light & Unite Red is shining a spotlight on the dangers of substance abuse. Wear RED today to show your support!

February 8: State Leaders Look Ahead: Which Policies Will Ensure All Wisconsinites Thrive?: Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is hosting this panel discussion featuring state Sen. LaTonya Johnson, state Rep. Evan Goyke, and state Rep. Daniel Riemer. RSVP for this free event here.

February 15: Empowerment Coalition of Milwaukee Workshop: February’s ECOM meeting, organized by Community Advocates’ Housing Department, will focus on programs and services for teens. RVSP here.

We're always adding events to our online calendar. Bookmark it here.
Community Advocates
2018 Board of Directors
President: Sheree Dallas Branch | Public Relations Consultant
Vice President: Jodi Wire | We Energies
Treasurer: Sandra Samse | Johnson Keland Management
Secretary: Bryan House | Foley & Lardner, LLP

Board Members
Marquette Baylor | Aurora Health Care
Anne DeLeo | Community Volunteer
Valerie Gabriel | Community Volunteer
Dr. Stephen Hargarten | Medical College of Wisconsin
Erin Henry | Northwestern Mutual
Betsy Hoylman | Northwestern Mutual
Gary Ingram | Igary Events
Moriah Iverson | Medical College of Wisconsin
Sharon Jordan | Direct Supply
Pamela Klein | Fresh Coast Partners, LLC
Jim Liedtke | Community Volunteer
Kate Venne | Brady Corporation
Lisa Kaiser | Community Advocates | 414-270-2999  | lkaiser@communityadvocates.net | communityadvocates.net