Counting Our Blessings




We count our blessings at Neighborhood House in many ways.

Turkeys, of course, are popular signs of abundance and generosity in this season of thanks: we’re grateful to the UWM Nutrition Science program for bringing healthful fresh fruit “turkey” centerpieces to our tables, delighting guests at our Giving Thanks Family Fun Night. We’re thankful for the abundant roast turkey dinner that was free to all (eighty six attended), a great way to begin the season and celebrate community. At International Learning Center, 175 turkeys were delivered by Hunger Task Force, giving refugee families a chance to create their own new Thanksgiving traditions.

We also count among our blessings vital community partners who extended our reach this year, in particular:

  • Images Of Us Sports, whose summer programs at Neighborhood House inspire and empower girls through sports education. NH girls have had the privilege being part of IOU’s amazing work since its inception and this we celebrated  5 years of partnership;

  • Marquette Service Learning Program, recipient of the 2013 Ray Richardson Award at our Annual Celebration. Marquette service learners provide the International Learning Center with about 1500 hours of service every year – that equates to more than $20,000 dollars worth of support. In a time of tight funding, the contributions of the Marquette Service Learning Program are essential to the ILC continuing to fulfill its mission;

  • Discovery World for its broad and ever-evolving support of Neighborhood House  – from camp scholarships for NH youth, to the generous offering of its magnificent venue for events, to leadership in our organization;

  • Dr. Arvind Ahuja & Associates for their efforts with teens, sharing their knowledge of the brain and the wonders of  its workings;

  • Pam Miller for introducing young minds to the positive benefits of mindfulness through Monday night yoga classes for teens.

Happy Thanksgiving from Neighborhood House of Milwaukee!

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