Update from Jeff Martinka at NH

A Summertime Hello!

Neighborhood House is opened again to our families after a painful 11-week COVID-19 closure. Never in our 75-year history did we need to close for the good of our community. While I expect there will be hiccups, I am so pleased to welcome Moms and Dads and their children back to Neighborhood House. As always, we will persevere and ultimately succeed, together.

In our previous fiscal year, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee served more than 4,200 children, youth, and adults with a diverse range of top quality educational and support services. We were only able to accomplish that because of good people like you, friends who support our work.

Despite the major, recent changes to all our lives, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee continues serving our community in new ways. During the nationwide shut down, Neighborhood House supported those we serve by getting food and infant supplies to our Early Head Start families and offering food distributions to our participants and area neighbors. We also reached out with through online and social media programming to participants and the community at large.

Further, we committed to opening a brand new program during the COVID-closure! We will open a Neighborhood House Food Pantry this summer in response to the abrupt closure of a nearby, decades-old food program.  We are proud to say the community generously provided funding for that effort!  We also took advantage of the closed time to make some dramatic improvements in our main facility and to our NH Nature Center, relying on donated labor and materials to do it.

We know that our return to on-site services will include new challenges, challenges we will

overcome together. Yet, we are determined to continue our mission to inspire and connect by strengthening families and our community. Please know the accomplishments we make and the people whose lives we are able to touch is made possible only through the generosity of supporters like you. We cannot do it without you!

Jeff Martinka

cell 414-477-1156 or  jmartinka@nh-milw.org

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