Grand opening event shows value of Autumn West

In December, Community Advocates celebrated hope, home, and health with the residents of the new Autumn West Safe Haven building.  Autumn West provides housing and supportive services to individuals who are homeless and facing mental illness.

The transition from an outdated nursing home to this brand new building on 34th and Lisbon was a journey of not months but years, finally culminating in December 13th’s grand opening celebration. 

Residents gave tours of the new building to attendees, proudly showing off new apartment units brightly decorated and equipped with modern kitchens and bathrooms.  No more having to share bathrooms, and no more outdated facilities!

Before a standing-room-only crowd in the building’s gathering room, Community Advocates CEO Joe Volk expressed his appreciation for everyone who made this project possible, including public officials, funders, and volunteers. 

The program featured speakers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Wisconsin Department of Administration, and remarks from Common Council President Willie Hines, County Executive Chris Abele, and Mayor Tom Barrett.

A special certificate was awarded to Nick Rizzo, who for his Eagle Scout project rallied numerous volunteers and donations for Autumn West. The manpower Nick assembled was an enormous help on move-in day, placing at least a semi-truck worth of furniture into the four-story building.

As residents settle in at this new home, staff is confident that the home environment created here will promote recovery and stability for our clients. For more information on Autumn West Safe Haven, please contact Doug Kay, Operations Manager, at 414-671-6337.

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