Empowering independence.
Empowering people.

At MCFI, people of all ages and all abilities get the support they need to reach greater independence and live fuller, more enriching lives.

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Behavioral Health

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MCFI receives SAMHSA grant

MCFI’s behavioral health division received a grant to expand its services and extend care to the growing number of people in our community who have mental health and substance abuse disorders.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, awarded the grant to Whole Health Clinical Group because of its proven record of providing evidence-based, integrated care and MCFI’s vast array of complementary programs – including personal care, employment, crisis services, benefits coordination and housing services -- that this population can then access.

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A slow and safe reopening

In March, MCFI responded to COVID-19’s threat by suspending several programs to protect our clients, our staff and our community.
We adapted, continuing to serve clients in innovative ways: We began offering telehealth services in earnest and created remote adult day, brain health and employment programming.
Our partnerships grew stronger as we reached out to continue to serve our clients and our community, lending our expertise in food service to provide healthy meals to those who might otherwise go without.
It was a deliberate, measured approach to stay connected as we stayed apart.
That same approach is driving our plans to reopen, and we look forward to safely serving our clients in person again.
To do that, we are carefully reviewing and relying on the guidance and recommendations of local, state and national health authorities, and we are taking significant steps to minimize risk to all who enter our buildings.
Face coverings will be required of staff and visitors who enter our buildings; we will provide them at the door if needed. Infection-control staff will be on standby for those with health-related concerns, and those who are sick or become sick while at work will be sent home. Enhanced deep cleaning and disinfecting will also occur daily.
Those are just a few of the steps we are taking to reopen services safely, a gradual process that we anticipate will be completed in late July. Our comprehensive plan is flexible enough to adjust to changes if health issues re-emerge.
This time apart provided an opportunity for us to discover new ways to serve our clients, and we are thankful for that. We are also thankful for your continued support of MCFI.
Be well,
Teri Zywicki
President and CEO

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About Us

The Milwaukee Center for Independence opened its doors in 1938, helping WWII immigrants find jobs — and refuge. Today, our impact is just as compelling. We help people in need, from newborns to the elderly, gain greater independence.

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MCFI is committed to partnering and strengthening our communities and we provide meaningful opportunities toward this goal. If you are Interested in employment, volunteer work or an internship at a mission-driven and innovative nonprofit organization, please contact us.

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