Address: 2429 E. Bradford Ave.
Transportation: Take the #30 Jackson/Downer bus going east on Wisconsin Ave. Get off on Downer. Walk to Bradford entrance. Eastcastle Place is a very large, stately building on the west side of the street.
Approximate Travel Time By Car: 13 minutes
Approximate Travel Time By Bus: 25-30 minutes
Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Service Learners are needed 9:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. There are also times on the weekends--to be scheduled individually.
Description of Agency: Eastcastle Place Inc. is a nonsectarian, nonprofit retirement facility on Milwaukee's historic East Side. For 117 years it has provided older adults with a gracious and comfortable setting in which to live. Most residents live independently, but skilled nursing care and assisted living are also available. All residents receive three meals each day, laundry services, housekeeping, all utilities, general maintenance, regular check-in service, and recreational and social activities. There are a variety of planned activities each month: shopping trips, parties, concerts, craft classes, church services, music appreciation, movies, etc.
Bradford Terrace, which is a part of Eastcastle Place, has separate apartment living, and a well-respected convalescent and rehabilitation center.
The Watertower Assisted Living facility offers residents some assistance. It also features a swimming pool, whirlpool, and fully equipped modern fitness center.
Student Role in Agency: Service may be tailored to meet the needs of both the students and the participants. Some possibilities include:
For PSYC 3120 - Developmental Psychology Adulthood and Aging: Students for this class will be assigned to a resident who they will visit six times throughout the semester. Make sure to notify your site contact that you are from this class. Students can work in the Skilled Nursing Area doing a variety of things: work one-on-one with residents; observe small group meetings between the residents, social worker, and recreational staff. Also, please ask the nursing staff any questions that arise while doing service.
In addition, the Volunteer Coordinator is very interested in having some students get to know residents and write up their life stories. These could then be shared with family members and form part of the family's history. Students partaking in this project would be part of a group of students who are doing similar projects in other facilities for the elderly.
Commitment: Orientation plus approximately 2 hours per week. A TB test, background check, and volunteer application also must be completed before service begins.