Proud to be named finalist

By Tarajee Rucker

Vice President of Human Resources

CFI was so proud on Friday to be among the nonprofits selected as finalists in the Biztimes Nonprofit Organization of the Year.

This award is given to a nonprofit organization in recognition of creativity and innovation in building sustainable organizational excellence in teamwork, outstanding dedication to the organization’s mission in the community, and organizational excellence in management and operations.

Other finalists were Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc. and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. Seeds of Health, Inc., was the winner in this category. Congratulations to all.

In our nomination, we mentioned three key initiatives we have been involved in this year. They are:

Partnering in Concordia 27: MCFI, an affiliate of CFI, is developing a fifth commercial production kitchen at 27th and Wells as part of the Near West Side Partner's Concordia 27 initiative. This transformative and vibrant community initiative addresses the neighborhood inequities of housing insecurity, health disparities, unemployment, transportation access, trauma, and food insecurity.

Expanding crisis mental health care services: MCFI’s Behavioral Health Services operates three Crisis Resource Centers in Milwaukee County, providing care to those in psychiatric crisis as the need for 24/7 stabilization services continues to grow in the community. However, the demand is ever-growing. As a result, CRC has expanded services to meet this need and partnered with the Waukesha County Department of Health and Human Services, local hospitals, and police departments to connect people in a mental health crisis to life-saving resources.

Summer Meals: Every year, MCFI’s Food Services program participates in the Summer Food Service Program in partnership with the Department of Public Instruction and Hunger Task Force. It is essential that our community has access to fresh and healthy meals throughout the year, even when schools are out for summer break. Families in the greater Milwaukee area have always faced food access challenges, which have only increased since the pandemic. Our program stepped up to meet those challenges, serving more than 200,000 meals at parks and other community sites this summer.

Expansion of mental health services to children: In 2022, MCFI’s Behavioral Health Services expanded its services to provide treatment for children ages 17 and younger who are experiencing mental health issues. The clinic is supported by two child psychotherapists. The clinic is supported by Children’s Wisconsin and Milwaukee County’s Birth to Three provider agencies, and it has quickly become a vital resource as the number of children diagnosed with mental health conditions continues to increase..

We are proud of these initiatives, and our history of meeting the needs of our community. If you are interested in working for an agency that is innovative and community minded, please review our job openings here.


Our in-person staff is now all located at our Wells Street location, and we scheduled an ice cream social for all to get together.

With many staff working remotely, it was a great way to have employees get acquainted or re-acquainted with their co-workers!


CFI is holding walk-in interviews at 2020 W. Wells St. the second Tuesday of every month from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All positions. Meet with a hiring manager and bring a resume if applicable. 

MU Trinity fellow helps with diversity grant

This summer, MCFI received a grant to partner with other organizations and recommend employment solutions to communities hard hit by the pandemic.

The state grant, Mobilizing Communities for a Just Response, awarded in summer, had us identify marginalized communities where workers and low-wage earners experienced disproportionate unemployment.

Our charge with this grant is to collaborate with other agencies and make recommendations to ameliorate this discrepancy. 

Helping us with this work is Nicole Gorelik, who is in Marquette Trinity Fellowship two-year work study master's program. She chose to work on MCFI's project because she's passionate about diversity.

" As a Jewish person, I’m constantly teaching others about the dangers of anti-Semitism and white supremacist ideals and how to create safe spaces for marginalized peoples.," she said.

We welcome her!


CFI is looking for:

  • an HR coordinator to help with all key HR functions and programs

  • a case manager to work with adults living with a mental illness



  • highly competitive pay
  • a comprehensive benefits package
  • tuition reimbursement
  • access to an award-winning wellness program that includes discounts to a variety of fitness centers
  • access to award-winning diversity programming
  • access to on-the-job training and career-advancement opportunities
  • generous paid-time off and more!



CFI, which celebrates its 85th anniversary in 2023, provides care for people of all ages and abilities. By integrating health care and social services, we provide a foundation and support so people achieve their individual goals. An equal opportunity employer, CFI is committed to diversity, inclusion and social justice..

Learn more here!

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