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June 2022 Talking Points: Kitchen would improve food access, create jobs

By Candace Romano, Associate Director of Marketing

The Milwaukee Center for Independence, an affiliate of the Centers for Independence, plans to develop a fifth commercial production kitchen at 27th and Wells as part of the Near West Side Partner’s Concordia...

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May 2022 Talking Points: Annual reports now available

By Candace Romano, Associate Director of Marketing

CFI’s and the Office of Diversity’s annual reports are now available for viewing.There are lots of staff members and clients featured in both, and a recap of some of last year’s highlights.Other highlights...

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April 2022 Talking Points: Client tells of progress she's made

By Candace Romano, Associate Director of Marketing

The Centers for Independence has been working with WISN (Channel 12) in Milwaukee to create four videos showcasing our ground-breaking behavioral health services.In this video, Rachel Leahy Hilker, Director...

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March 2022 Talking Points: High praise for our therapist!

By Candace Romano, Associate Director of Marketing

The Centers for Independence has been working with WISN (Channel 12) in Milwaukee to create four videos showcasing our ground-breaking behavioral health services.This video featuring Ronald Mendyke is...

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February 2022 Talking Points: CFI website gets a makeover, new URL

By Candace Romano, Associate Director of Marketing

The Centers for Independence has revised its website to reflect our new branding initiative and to help our stakeholders better understand our organization's structure.CFI offers an unmatched breadth of...

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January 2022 Talking Points: Wishing you hope this New Year

By Teri Zywicki

A message from Teri Zywicki, CFI president and CEO:Happy New Year to all of you. More than anything else, CFI wishes you hope in 2022!Hope is the belief that the future will be better, and you have the...

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December 2021 Talking Points: The Dohmen Foundation supports community initiative

By Candace Romano

The Milwaukee Center for Independence, an affiliate of CFI, received a $60,000 grant from the Dohmen Company Foundation to create a food navigator position. The goal for this role is to help young people...

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November 2021 Talking Points: Art therapy helps Cammy heal!

By Candace Romano

Camille Draheim, or Cammy as she prefers to be called, has been in therapy since she was a teen. There have been many dark days for her. For a long time, she couldn’t find her way, until an art therapist...

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October 2021 Talking Points: United Heartland gift delights our students

By Candace Romano

Wells Street Academy students will have fun and use their creative juices to create art and craft projects thanks to a generous donation from United Heartland employees.The wide range of supplies included...

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September 2021 Talking Points: CFI welcomes A. Joy Rivera to Board of Directors

By Candace Romano

CFI is pleased to welcome A. Joy Rivera to our Board of Directors.Joy is the executive director of patient safety at Froedtert Hospital, and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Industrial...

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August 2021 Talking Points: CFI welcomes new board members

By Candace Romano

CFI is pleased to welcome two new, highly qualified members to our Board of Directors.Bruce J. Betters is the CEO and chief investment officer of Marshall Street Capital and responsible for its investment...

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July 2021 Talking Points: We thank our recent donors!

By Candace Romano

Volunteers from Reinhart Foodservice helped pull weeds and other tasks in the garden at our West Wells Street location.Reinhart Foodservice has been a wonderful corporate partner, volunteering many times...

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