FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – July 13, 2010 – “I want to say how grateful we are for your faithful support of the care we provide,” Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF, President of St. Ann Center, expressed after receiving a donation from the Center for Life Transitions at the St. Ann’s Center in Bay View. She added, “This gift is a wonderful symbol of our continuing, exciting partnership with The Center for Life Transitions.”
The two programs being supported through the gift include: The Buddy Program which trains at risk youths from Milwaukee to be health care assistants at the St. Ann Center, develops job, communication and personal nurturing skills. The youths provide care and personal interaction with the seniors through games, activities and conversation. Youths in the summer program learn career, social, educational and money management skills through classroom and on-the-job experience.
The Benevolent Touch Program provides Benevolent Touch National Instructor Certification training to participants on how to give safe and comforting care to people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The program also helps seniors with special needs like sensory loss and other physical or emotional disabilities. This program provides comfort and support to people who need belonging and security while reducing anxiety and loneliness.
The St. Ann Center applied for funding from the Center for Life Transitions in January, 2010 and receive notification of the award in June. The gift will allow St. Ann’s to enhance the quality of the programs as well extend them to more individuals. The missions of the organizations are similar in that they each provide support, care and education to individuals who are in transition – be it educational, personal, health or work related.
Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF stated “The mission of the Center for Life Transitions works seamlessly with our own mission “to provide community-based health and educational services in meeting the spiritual, psychological, social and physical needs of all who participate regardless of faith, culture or ability to pay.”
About the Center for Life Transitions
The Center for Life Transitions is a counseling and resource facility started in Bridgewater, NJ by Tom Bachhuber and friend/colleague Scott Pontier, a family therapist. The Center expanded to Milwaukee when Tom accepted the Director of Career Development Center position at UWM in 2004. The Center helps people at career and personal crossroads, encouraging faith/spiritual exploration as part of the transition process.
Two series of Center workshops will be offered at St. Ann’s in Fall, 2010:
- Elder Series: Caring for the People We Love
- Job/Career Transition Series: Maintaining Spirit While Building Success
Please contact Tom Bachhuber for more information:
Dr. Thomas Bachhuber
President, Board of Directors
Center for Life Transitions
2719 South Shore Drive,
Milwaukee, WI 53207