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Each week, clients from the Milwaukee Center for Independence volunteer at the Friedens Community Ministries' food pantry.
The partnership has been in place for about three years. Each week, the clients make sandwiches for the homeless.
"We absolutely love working the Milwaukee Center for Independence," said Sophia Torrijos, executive director for Friedens Community Ministries. "They really brighten up our Wednesday morning when they come through the door."
Katy Kroll, group lead and a recreational therapist, said the first day the group did the sandwich making, 55 sandwiches were made. The most they've done in a single day? More than 400.Watch
MCFI's Kristina Garcia had been working with Jessica Schluter for several years. Schluter suffered a brain injury after a car crash nearly killed her. Because of the injury, simple daily tasks such as washing dishes or getting dressed were difficult. That led to frustration and battles with anger management.
But, when Garcia discovered something about Schluter's personality and applied it to her care, things changed remarkably.
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