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Date(s) - May 16, 2024
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Thank you for joining us for the Jewish Family Services Groundbreaking Ceremony, celebrating the launch of Woodale Crossing Supportive Housing Community, a 56-unit affordable and supportive senior housing residence located in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. In addition to safe, stable housing, 25% of the units at Woodale Crossing will be reserved for persons with disabilities who are in need of supportive services. Residents will have access to on-site supportive services that will include socialization and skill-based programming, social services, and independent living support services.

Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
4114 W Woodale Ave, Brown Deer, WI 53209

Thank you to our esteemed speakers, who joined us to break ground on this years-long effort!

Elected Officials and Key Partner Remarks:

JFS Board Chair, Adam Witkov – opening remarks and introduction
Featured speaker: Wisconsin Lt Governor, Sara Rodriguez
Statement provided by Regional Representative for US Senator Tammy Baldwin, Rebecca Buretta
U.S. Representative, Wisconsin District 4, Gwen Moore’s Office Representative Maria Ayala
Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Housing Administrator, James Mathy
Milwaukee County DHHS Director, Shakita LaGrant-McClain
Village of Brown Deer Trustee, Priscilla Hightower Thompson
JFS Community Case Management Supervisor and Program Coordinator Shelby Guendel and Sharon Jackson, Community Resource Coordinator
WHEDA, Elmer Moore
JFS President and CEO John Yopps, closing remarks


Thank you to the sponsors, whose support will help to fund the new social services to be provided at Woodale Crossing.


The agenda for the groundbreaking is as follows:
9:00am-9:40am Speaker Remarks and Live Event painting
9:40am-10:00am Hard hat and shovel opportunity with photographer, rotating groups
9:40am-10:30am Reception, opportunity to meet and greet attendees, light refreshments


About the new Woodale Crossing
Woodale Crossing seeks to address the community need for supportive services through the integration of affordable housing, social services, supportive programming, and health-related and personal care services for some of the most vulnerable residents of Milwaukee County.

Support for the Woodale Crossing Supportive Services has been generously provided by the following sponsors of the Groundbreaking Ceremony:


Groundbreaking Premiere Sponsor – Woodale Crossing: Thanks to Generous Support from a Private Partner

A Home for Us – Gold Support: Thanks to Generous Support from a Private Partner

Ripple Effect – Bronze Support
von Briesen & Roper, SC
Michael Best & Friedrich
JLA Architects
Marlene and Marvin Lauwasser

Community Connector Support
Suzy B. Ettinger
David and Abigail Nash
Richard and Susan Strait
Jacque and Howard Sosoff
Jason and Dori Steigman
Adam Witkov and Ashton Henry
PNC Bank
Generous support from a Private Partner

Helping Hand Support
ComedySportz Milwaukee
C2 Graphics Productivity Solutions
Mark Laux
David and Beth Weiss
Casey Renn and Mark Boergers

About JFS, Inc. and JFS Housing
In 2009, Jewish Family Services, Inc. (JFS) took action to address the urgent community need for safe and affordable housing options for individuals with disabilities, seniors and low-income families. This vision led to the formation of JFS Housing, Inc. (JFSHI) a subsidiary of Jewish Family Services, Inc. and the development of Deerwood Crossing Senior Residences, Bradley Crossing and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Residences at Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing Community, a model integrated residential setting located at the intersection of Sherman Boulevard and Bradley Road in the village of Brown Deer, WI.

JFS Housing develops safe, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income individuals, families, seniors and people with disabilities.

Our commitment to partnerships, innovative programming, and excellence, ensures we can make a positive impact in the lives of individuals and families across our communities.
To find out more about Jewish Family Services, click here. For information about JFS Housing, click here.

Thank you to the Project Partners who have made this possible:





Special Elements:

Custom-labeled, locally brewed, Sprecher root beer will be given to each attendee while supplies last, celebrating the unique spelling of Woodale: Wood Ale and Woo Brew (lo-cal).

Download the Groundbreaking Playlist (Spotify) or download Playlist of song titles (YouTube)

At the event, sign the wooden lazy susan guest book and be part of the commemorative groundbreaking!

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