News & Events
Join Us - On the Road Again!
WCS is excited to announce the upcoming On the Road Again fundraiser for the Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability (CDLRE) program! This new and unique event aims to bring awareness of the CDLRE program to the Milwaukee community as well as raise money so the program can continue to…
Mediation & Dispute Resolution Skills Workshop
Mediation & Dispute Resolution Skills Workshop
March 7th & March 8th, 2019
WCS Administration Building
1st Floor Conference Area
3732 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208
This workshop is a “hands-on” experiential training that will give participants an opportunity to test their skills in helping others to resolve disputes and find peaceful solutions to their…
WCS is hosting a 4-Day T4C Train-the-Trainer Training in November
Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS) is hosting a 4-Day T4C Train-the-Trainer Training
on November 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th, 2018.
Register and pay online HERE!
Thinking for a Change (T4C)
TRAIN-THE-TRAINER (T4T) TRAINING
4-day, 36-hour TRAINING FOR TRAINERS
The program trains individuals to become Certified Thinking for a Change (T4C) facilitators.
T4C is focused on an integrated,…
Support Heart of Canal Street!
Share Your Heart!
Heart of Canal Street is Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s signature community program that raises funds for children’s charities – and WCS is in the running to be a beneficiary. This marks its 25th anniversary.
Heart of Canal Street has raised more than $18 million for hundreds of area children’s…
4th Annual BMAC Community Resource and Job Fair - a Great Success!
The Wisconsin Community Services (WCS) Black Male Advisory Council (BMAC) hosted its 4th Annual Community Resource and Job Fair on August 15, 2018. 136 job-seekers from throughout the Milwaukee community attended, which brings the total number of African American males served since 2015 to 412.
This year, 33 vendors provided information…
WCS On the Air with WNOV
WNOV's Jermaine Reed will be welcoming WCS to “The Rise and Shine Morning Show” on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 8am to 9am. WNOV can be found at 860 AM, W293CX, and 106.5 FM. Listeners can also stream WNOV live at http://wnov860.com/.
Joining Jermaine Reed from WCS are: Executive Director Clarence Johnson,…
3rd Annual BMAC Community Resource and Job Fair
The WCS Black Male Advisory Council (BMAC) is hosting a Community Resource & Job Fair on Wednesday, August 30th. All community members are welcome to attend to learn about job and service opportunities in the Milwaukee area! See details below!
2016 BMAC Community Resource and Job Fair
The WCS Black Male Advisory Council (BMAC) hosted a Community Resource and Job Fair on Wednesday, August 31st in the WCS Conference and Training Center and parking lot at the facility located at 3732 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Hundreds of community members attended the fair which provided information on health, education, finances,…
Clarence Johnson to Lead WCS
Clarence Johnson has been selected by WCS Board of Directors as the agency's new Executive Director, effective January 1, 2017. Current Executive Director Holly Patzer is retiring on December 31, 2016.
WCS is Key Partner in New Effort Against Chronic Homelessness
Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS) is a Key Partner in Milwaukee County's efforts to "End Chronic Homelessness." Learn more about the Thurgood Marshall Apartments here!
See the press releases from Milwaukee County below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MILWAUKEE COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW MILESTONE IN EFFORTS TO END CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS
WCS Presents Caregiver of the Year Award to Colleen Dublinski
During National Caregiver Month in November, WCS recognized longtime staff member Colleen Dublinski as the WCS Caregiver of the Year. She began her career at WCS in 1978 and has touched the lives of thousands of clients and staff over the past 37 plus years. Currently, Colleen is the Director…
Torre Johnson Recognized as Milwaukee Superhero
WCS staff member Torre Johnson has been recognized as a "Milwaukee Superhero." His image, along with the images of 17 other Harambee neighborhood community leaders, is featured on a mural from Riverworks.
Click on the news links below to learn more about the mural project and the community leaders it…
Mediation & Dispute Resolution Skills Workshop Two-day Training
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
9:00am to 5:00pm
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!
Citizens Bank of Mukwonago in Waukesha
2109 Corporate Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188
* Workshop attendees are not allowed to remain at Citizens Bank of Mukwonago
during the one hour lunch break. Please make arrangements for this time.
$256.82/person (credit card/Paypal)…
BMAC Community Resource Fair
The BMAC Community Resource Fair, which was held on September 30, 2015, provided information and education to African American men served through WCS programs, as well as to African American men in the broader community.
See photos from the BMAC Community Resource Fair below!
The WCS BMAC was established in early 2015 in…
Wine, Chocolate, & the Spirit of Giving
Thanks to everyone who supported the WCS Outpatient Mental Health Clinic by attending the
Wine, Chocolate, & the Spirit of Giving fundraiser on April 22, 2015 at RedLine Milwaukee.
THE EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
12 ways good drivers lose their licenses
In a recent article on MSN.com, WCS' Director of Policy Research Nichole Yunk Todd provides insight into Wisconsin's driver's licence revocation and recovery system. Molly Gena, a lawyer with the Legal Action of Wisconsin, was also interviewed for the article.
Retrieved April 20, 2015
Bad drivers probably shouldn't be on the road.…
WCS Creates Black Male Advisory Council (BMAC)
Milwaukee is known to be the most segregated city in the United States with the largest disparities in the incarceration of Black males. With this reality in mind, WCS recently created the Black Male Advisory Council (BMAC). The BMAC provides African American men, employed by WCS, an opportunity to convene…
HYFC Receives MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award
Mario Costantini, of the HFYC Board of Directors, accepts the MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence
in Gang Prevention and Youth Safety.
The Holton Youth + Family Center (HYFC) was one of 11 groups nationally to be honored with the 2014 MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award. The award, which is adminsiterd by…
CDLRE Wins the 2014 Greater Together Challenge!
On October 13, 2014, the Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability (CDLRE) won the 2014 Greater Together Challenge with its proposal to restore universal driver’s education in Milwaukee!
On October 15, 2014, the Common Council of Milwaukee unanimously passed a resolution supporting the proposal by CDLRE in the Greater Together…
CDLRE 2014 Biennial Community Meeting
Opportunity & Freedom
Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability (CDLRE)
2014 Biennial Community Meeting
Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) Downtown Campus
Friday, September 19, 2014
WATCH: The Impact of a Driver’s License (original video)
VIEW: Overview of the CDLRE’s direct service,
educational advocacy, driver’s education, and communuty awareness work (PowerPoint presentation)
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is a…
HYFC's End of the Summer Event
On Friday, August 22, 2014 the streets surrounding the Holton Youth + Family Center were filled with neighbors and friends celebrating one of the last days of summer. The End of the Summer Event featured a commnity cleanup, neighborhood cookout and music. Members of the Milwaukee Police Department, including Chief…
HYFC takes part in the Bridge Project
Program participants and staff from the Holton Family + Youth Center (HYFC) are taking part in Milwaukee's Bridge Project - a collaboration of more than 40 organizations dedicated to building bridges in neighborhoods. The campaign kicked off on Saturday, April 12 with a march on the Father James E. Groppi…
Looking at Wisconsin's High Black Male Incarceration Rate
WCS Site Manager Torre Johnson
WCS' Torre Johnson was a guest panelist at a recent forum hosted by WUWM and MPTV. On March 11, 2014, more than 125 people attended the forum about Wisconsin’s disproportionatley high rate of black male incarceration.
A recent UW-Milwaukee study showed that Wisconsin has the highest rate (one…
Community Building Milwaukee
An Urgent Call to Action:
COMMUNITY BUILDING MILWAUKEE ALIGNMENT EVENT
January 30 and January 31, 2014
Tripoli Shrine Center
3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th
7:00am - Continental Breakfast
8:00am - Activities Begin
12:00pm - Lunch Served
5:00pm - Day Concludes
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31st
7:00am - Continental Breakfast
8:00am - Activities Begin
12:00pm - Day Concludes
*There is free parking for…
WCS Initiative is Featured on Fox 6!
The WCS Training and Temporary Placement Partnership Initiative with the Department of Public Works (DPW) was recently featured on the Fox 6 News. Check out the clip below!
WCS is partnering with the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) to fill temporary and seasonal work positions. As DPW workers work…
In memory of Steve Swigart
Our WCS family has lost a longtime colleague and friend. Steve Swigart was employed by Wisconsin Community Services from 1973-2007, serving as Executive Director from 1997 until his retirement in 2007.
To help us celebrate Steve’s life and honor his memory, you can donate here.
A tribute to Steve was featured in…
Seventeen students graduate from MEHS!
Milwaukee Excel High School (MEHS) graduated 17 seniors on June 17, 2013! More than 100 family members and friends gathered to celebrate the educational accomplishments of these dedicated students! Congratulations graduates!
2012 CDLRE Community Meeting - June 13, 2012
RSVP today to attend the 2012 Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability 5th Anniversary Community Meeting on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., at the Downtown MATC Campus, in Rooms M612-14.
A continental breakfast will be served and parking in the Bradley Center parking structure for attendees…
May 10, 2012 is WCS Day in Wisconsin!
Whereas, Wisconsin has a tradition of strong public-private partnerships to find solutions to community problems; and
Whereas, Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS) was founded in 1912 as the “Society for the Friendless” to help people who were incarcerated and to assist the families left behind, and its present-day mission has remained…
Historical Facts and Findings
"The Society for the Friendless . . . was first organized in Topeka, Kansas in 1901. Its chief work is the care of prisoners who leave the penitentiaries and are placed in positions of self-support . . . " Kansas: a cylopedia of state history, 1912
WCS is a MANDI Award Winner!
WCS has won a 2012 MANDI Award from LISC Milwaukee! The agency was selected as the winner of the 2012 BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award.
The award honors an individual or organization that has a long-standing commitment to a neighborhood(s) and has demonstrated persistence and effectiveness over time. The two other…
WCS Receives Special Commendation from Waukesha County
WCS received commendation from Waukesha County officials for the 5 year Anniversary of the Waukesha Day Report Center and the outstanding job of WCS staff at the Center.
During the recognition on March 28, 2012, Waukesha County commended WCS' contribution to community safety and the "compassion and understanding" WCS provides to…
Check out "Celebrating 100 Years"
Check out the new WCS publication Celebrating 100 Years. The report looks back at the last century of our agency's service to the community and provides an overview of our current programming, partnerships ans supporters.
On Wednesday, April 10th, WCS employee and staff member, Michael Balda was honored by Waukesha County during an event to recognize National Crime Victim’s Rights Week . Mike was presented with the Waukesha County Exceptional Victim Advocacy Award for his outstanding dedication and service to victims of crime. Mike oversees…