Charity & Grassroots in Upper East Side

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We are an environmental education nonprofit with two community centers adjacent to Milwaukee County parks (or, as we like to call them “outdoor classrooms”).

1500 E Park Pl
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive residential treatment facility, supports women and their children through the process of recovery from substance abuse.

As one of the only treatment centers in Wisconsin that allows children to reside with their mothers as they undergo treatment, Meta House aims to support children, rebuild families, and end the cycle of intergenerational substance abuse. While mothers undergo treatment—including parenting courses and health education—children up to 10 years old learn interpersonal skills and receive interventional services if necessary in a facility next door. When not in class, women are responsible for preparing meals for their children, giving baths, and delegating chores, to ensure they are able to establish the basis of a healthy family routine.

2625 N Weil St
Milwaukee,
WI
US

According to its mission statement, Milwaukee Urban Gardens protects plots around the city from development and shares them with locals "to enhance the quality of life." And it's not just the savory oxygen generated by the plants that bolsters the quality of life; it's the opportunities these gardens provide for neighbors of diverse backgrounds to work side-by-side nurturing their favorite herbs, flowers, and vegetables—as well as the beauty they lend to the area. This nonprofit land trust looks after a total of 45 parcels of land located in Riverwest, Bay View, northern Harambee, and the Northwest side.

1845 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee,
WI
US

Reservations/Appointments: Not offered

Established: 2008

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Pro Tip: If you call in advance, we can get a docent for your tour.

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Exhibits on Golda Meir and Jews Who Rock

Q&A with Ellie Gettinger, Education Director

What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?

Jewish Museum Milwaukee has beautiful engaging displays, including the only Marc Chagall tapestry in Milwaukee. This is an epic piece?it's 14'x19') and provides perspective on Jewish history. In addition, our changing exhibits enliven the understanding of the Jewish experience. Every three months, JMM has a totally new display to explore.

Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?

I love touring the Museum. There are so many interesting and unique stories that show the development of the city of Milwaukee. There is a lot of information, but the museum's size makes it easy to get through in an hour or two.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Right now our changing exhibit is Stitching History from the Holocaust (through February 28)? the museum's largest exhibit to date. The exhibit details the experience of Paul and Hedy Strnad, a woman who sent eight designs to Milwaukee in the hopes of immigrating.

1360 N Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee,
WI
US