For more information, please see the Milwaukee Center for Independence Web site.

Milwaukee Center for Independence

Address: 2020 W. Wells St.

Transportation: Within walking distance and on the LIMO route.

Orientation: TBA at Sign Up Night (MANDATORY)

Days/Hours of Operation: Students can find out specific days and times for service learning during the Service Learning Sign-Up Night. Students have traditionally done service learning between:

  1. LIFE programs: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
  2. SEDA School: Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm

Description of Agency/Activities: Milwaukee Center for Independence is a comprehensive, community-based rehabilitation facility and sheltered workshop that helps people with developmental disabilities live and work in the community. The MCFI offers over 50 programs and services to assist people of all ages. Every program is led by a certified, experienced, and professional staff. Each year, the MCFI helps nearly 10,000 individuals reach their personal goals.

Student Role in Agency: MCFI is extremely receptive to students' interests and needs and is flexible with placements. Students will work in one of the following areas depending upon the Service Learning course that student is taking.

SEDA: SEDA is a Kindergarten through 3rd grade charter school serving children with special needs as well as typically developing children. Service learners will work in a classroom setting supporting the needs of the students and teachers.

Pediatric Skilled Nursing: Pediatric Skilled Nursing is a program for children with complex medical conditions. Service Learners will hold babies, play games with toddlers, and support the staff with walks and other activities.

Wells Street Academy: Wells Street Academy is a school designed for children with complex health care needs. Service Learners will support teaching activities.

Life Services: LIFE Services is a program to support adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to improve their health and wellness. Service Learners will support daily and independent living and activities both indoors and outdoors.

Marketing and Development: Marketing and Development is a department within MCFI that plans events, fundraisers, volunteer initiatives, and writes press releases and newsletters to support the needs of the agency. Service Learners will work in an administrative capacity to support the program.






Contact Us

Marquette University Service Learning
P.O. Box 1881
1102 W. Wisconsin Ave. Room 303
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201-1881

Phone Number: (414) 288-0250
Fax Number: (414) 288-3259

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