Renee Lard never wanted to have children of her own. She was always the one caring for family members, from a sister who was born with a form of cancer to members of her extended family.
“I just always had a spirit of helping,” she said.
That spirit was just what was needed when her 14-year-old cousin, ... Continue→
Among the many goals of experiential therapy are to offer young people a chance to overcome perceived limitations, experience success, explore activities and find new reasons to be, in order to reach certain areas of the brain that may not be affected optimally with talk therapy.
For Abbi Myers, who just took over this position in ... Continue→
Brenda Lytle was not supposed to be working on Jan. 4, 2014. She had switched shifts with someone so she could take her daughter to the airport for a return trip to her home in Alaska.
But because she was on duty as an emergency room nurse at Children’s Hospital that night, the world changed – ... Continue→
Traci Singleton was in foster care since she was 4, in so many different homes she can’t remember how many. At various times, she stayed with relatives, ran away a lot, then lived in group homes and in transitional living.
But education was always important to her.
“I looked at education as a way out from an ... Continue→
Martha and Loren Manske are now the proud parents of two very cute and very active young boys, Harley, who is 4 ½ years old, and Dylan, who is 6. The couple married later in life, at ages 39 and 42 respectively, and when they could not have children on their own, they decided ... Continue→
As with many schools that have students living in poverty and who have a high number of adverse childhood experiences, Franklin Middle School in Green Bay has some who need assistance with attendance or behaviors.
Then they received a grant to form what was called the Responder Project. As part of the project, SaintA’s Clinical Services ... Continue→
On the recent concluding evening of Terrific Tuesdays, the eight children ages 6-12 from SaintA foster homes got involved in pure fun. They played musical chairs and danced joyfully and vigorously to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
But there was a very serious element to the evening when the children were given certificates for completing the 10-week program. ... Continue→
Stephanie and Jermaine Allen have four biological children and guardianship of a nephew who has autism. But when SaintA contacted them about three young children who had been severely abused and left at a library by their biological mother, they willingly opened their home.
The Allens became foster parents when their nephew Corey, who now is ... Continue→
Kathryn (Kat) Dinkelacker, an Ongoing Case Manager at SaintA, spent two and a half years in a Romanian orphanage. The horrible conditions and deprivation she suffered as a very young child became the basis for her life’s goal: to help other children who have experienced trauma.
“I don’t think people take into consideration the effects of ... Continue→
Nakeita Patterson became a foster parent because, she said, she had interacted with a lot of them who exemplified the good, the bad and the ugly. With a background in criminal justice, social work and employment in a group home, she saw what happened to kids who had not lived in solid, nurturing foster homes. ... Continue→
Family Engagement Specialist James Burrows sees his interactions with parents whose children have been removed from the home as almost like a chess match.
“Every step I take is calculated, and there are so many variables in play, with the Bureau (of Milwaukee Child Welfare,) the courts, the system; but we just continue to work with ... Continue→
Ongoing Case Manager Sarah Benitez had an “aha” moment about compassion fatigue when a foster mother with whom she had been working for a long time had to go to court and testify regarding the termination of parental rights for her foster children.
“Going to court to me is like going to the office, but, with ... Continue→
Sister Rose Martin Weldgen, the most recent member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi to sit on the SaintA board, has left her post for health reasons. She leaves behind legacy of caring, commitment, and – as she will readily admit – a bit of lunacy.
Sister relishes her sense of humor, what she ... Continue→
When SaintA therapist Lindsay Price started working with a family, the 14-year-old boy had stolen a car, was getting into fights at school, threatening his 8-year-old sister, and being disrespectful to his mother and grandmother.
By the end of five months working with Functional Family Therapy (FFT), things had dramatically improved. But getting there required a ... Continue→
A youth in SaintA’s Independent Living Services program who attended a recent Community Building event came in on the Saturday of the two-day program looking like she was carrying the burden of the world.
By the end of the day Sunday, she had a big, broad smile and she looked like she was floating on air.
“I ... Continue→