News in Amani
Dominican Center Receives Grant to Work with Legal Aid Society to Offer Housing Assistance to Amani Residents | Oct. 11, 2021 // The Dominican Center is pleased and honored to announce it has received a generous $32,500 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for Amani housing support.
New Executive Director of Milwaukee's Dominican Center Prioritizers Resident Leadership | Oct. 5, 2021 // As Maricha Harris settles into her new role at Dominican Center, she says the most critical aspect of her position is listening and learning from community members. Harris explains that the Dominican Center has a history of listening to women, and through the women's concerns, a need was found for literacy and community revitalization.
Gov. Evers Announces $75 million in Grants to Aid Small Minority-Owned Businesses at Dominican Center | Oct. 5, 2021 // Gov. Tony Evers announced $75 million in grants to aid small businesses on Tuesday. "Some businesses were especially hard hit and haven't been able to recover at the same pace. This is especially true for communities of color and diverse businesses," Evers said during a press conference outside the Dominican Center in Milwaukee.
Gov. Evers Visits Milwaukee's Dominican Center, Announces Grant Programs | Oct. 5, 2021 // Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday at Dominican Center announced two new competitive grant programs totaling $75 million to support diverse business investment in communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
How Amani's Newest Ambassador Maricha Harris Plans to Serve Community | Sept. 23, 2021 // Harris said she wanted the opportunity to work in Amani and the 53206 ZIP code. "There's so much passion, so much love, so many amazing things that are happening here and I wanted to be a part of that."
LIVING LEGENDS: How Sister Patricia Rogers Became a Quiet Force to be Reckoned with in the Amani Community | Sept. 17, 2021 // Sister Patrica Rogers, 72, believes in the power that comes from having high expectations for people. Rogers retired in June after serving 10 years as executive director of the Dominican Center.
Dominican Center Names Safe & Sound Leader as its Next Executive Director | Sept. 16, 2021 // The Dominican Center, a nonprofit organization that supports resident-led revitalization efforts in Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood, has named Maricha Harris as its next executive director.
Milwaukee Native Maricha Harris to Lead Amani's Dominican Center | Sept. 16, 2021 // The Dominican Center has announced that Maricha M. Harris, a Milwaukee native will take on the role of Executive Director of the organization. "I'm humbled, honored and grateful for this opportunity," said Harris. "I'm excited to work alongside DC staff, Amani United, community partners and other stakeholders to continue moving the important work that's happening forward."
Wisconsin Cities Look to Basic Income to Close Racial, Other Wealth Gaps | Aug. 15, 2021 // Dominican Center's Office Manager Towanda Perkins has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector in Milwaukee, helping people every day with a smile on her face. She has an amazing success story that started with the New Hope Project, a program she wishes was still supporting families today. "We need somebody to step in to say 'Hey, here we're going to give you some help to push you,'" she said.
Youth Strive to Make Change in Amani | July 23, 2021 // Youth Earn & Learn participants are working as community organizers at Dominican Center in Milwaukee's Amani Neighborhood. Through their work, the students ae improving the community, making connections and fostering civic engagement within themselves, their peers and Amani residents.
Northwestern Mutual Donates $1.9 Million to Nonprofits in Three Milwaukee Neighborhoods | July 5, 2021 // Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $1.9 million to support 33 nonprofits and community-led efforts in Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods, lifting its investment in Milwaukee communities to $28 million since 2013. "We chose these areas because they were in need of the most help and nobody was stepping up," said Eric Christophersen, president of Northwestern Mutual Foundation.
Vaccination Rates in Central City Neighborhoods Remain Low, Reflecting Disparities and Apprehension | June 30, 2021 // Denisha Tate-McAlister, Interim executive director at Dominican Center, said when the vaccine was first rolling out, people couldn't find clinics in the Amani neighborhood to receive their vaccine. Efforts to get the vaccine into the community have helped. "It gave people choice and agency," she said. "To want it and not have access to it adds to the disparity."
Milwaukee Project Focused on Underserved Neighborhoods | June 29, 2021 // Making long-lasting impacts block by block, a project in Milwaukee is focused on underserved communities. Making changes in households starts with listening to what the residents need.
Northwestern Mutual Donates Nearly $2 Million to Milwaukee Nonprofits | June 25, 2021 // Northwestern Mutual said it is donating $1.9 million to 33 Milwaukee nonprofit organizations to promote the goal of building stronger, healthier and safer communities through improved housing conditions and education youth programming.
Northwestern Mutual Contributes $1.9 Million to Amplify Neighborhood Revitalization | June 24, 2021 // Milwaukee residents are taking action to build stronger, healthier and safer communities by raising awareness of available health resources in their community, improving housing conditions and providing youth with educational programming. Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation is continuing to partner with residents to enhance community-led efforts by contributing $1.9 million in grants to 33 nonprofit organizations, including Dominican Center.
Sister Patricia Rogers has Quietly Helped Residents in the Amani Neighborhood for 10 Years. That's Only Part of Her Story | June 8, 2021 // Rogers became Sister Patricia Rogers, and her path went from Chicago to Milwaukee, where she landed at the nonprofit Dominican Center for Women, an anchor in the Amani neighborhood focused on safety, housing, literacy and economic development.
Sr. Patricia Rogers Retires after Decade of Service in 53206 Zip Code | June 2, 2021 // After decades of serving kids as an educator and leading a non-profit within the 53206 ZIP Code, Sr. Patricia Rogers, OP, is retiring. She's led the Dominican Center for the past decade. With one day to go, she spoke with TMJ4 about her career.
5 Things to Know this Week in Milwaukee | May 31, 2021 // The Dominican Center is honoring its outgoing executive director Sr. Patricia Rogers this week as part of the center's virtual fundraiser and anniversary celebration.
Dominican Center to Host Virtual Event to Celebrate 25 Years in Amani Neighborhood | May 26, 2021 // The June 3 event will also honor Sr. Patricia Roger's 10 years of service to the organization and the Amani Community
Bucks, Pick 'n Save Donate $50K to Fight Food Insecurity | April 3, 2021 // As part of Women's History and Empowerment Month, the Bucks and Pick 'n Save tipped off five months of giving by choosing the Dominican Center, a long-standing partner of the Bucks, to receive the first gift card donation for the month of March. The money will go toward providing access to healthy food for families in need that see the services of the Dominican Center in the Amani neighborhood of Milwaukee.
Northwestern Mutual Sponsors Community COVID-19 Vaccine Sites | March 26, 2021 // Northwestern Mutual Foundation is picking up the tab to get two walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics off the ground in Milwaukee's Amani and Metcalfe Park Neighborhoods.
Keeping Neighbors Fed During a Pandemic | Dec. 12, 2020 // Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin teamed up with the Dominican Center for mobile pantries during the pandemic.
MANDI AWARDS: Meet The Dominican Center | Feb. 25, 2020 // The MANDI BMO Harris Cornerstone Award Finalist works to improve Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood.
'Treating an Entire Neighborhood Like a Trash Can:' Amani Residents Fed Up with People who Illegally Dump Trash | Feb. 19, 2020 // “Illegal dumping done by landlords, construction companies and business owners — that is not a person living in Amani that is too trifling to use a trash can."
NNS Spotlight: She Started Baking Cookies to Bless Others During the Pandemic. Now She's an Entrepreneur | Dec. 10, 2020 // Dominican Center and neighborhood partners help local women start Sherry's Chicago Butter Cookies in Amani.
How the Amani Neighborhood Cut Crime | Oct. 22, 2020 // Dominican Center and non-profit partners empowered residents to improve life in the 53206 ZIP code.
2020 MANDI Award Winners Announced | Aug. 28, 2020 // Awarded for commitment and effectiveness over time, the BMO Harris Bank Cornerstone Award was presented by Paul Fehrenbach, BMO Harris, and Vice President of Community Investments. This award was given to the Dominican Center.
Post from the Community: Amani Youth Council Works for Peace, Unity | Aug. 10, 2020 // Our Council is all about bringing greater peace to our neighborhood," said Amani Youth Council President Soleil Harvey. "Not only are we about peace, but we are also uniting youth from all neighborhoods and positively changing the way elders think about a new generation."
Our Neighborhoods: Healing Through the Arts | July 28, 2020 // By Dominican Center Amani Youth Organizer Amanda Clark// As adults, we tend to overlook the fact that we were once young, wild, and carefree; like many of the youth today. The difference, I think, is that we didn't have social media and the internet like today's youth do. Today's youth are informed. They know what they want, need, and aren't afraid to speak up for what they believe.
24 Groups, Including Dominican Center, Win Health Food Grants from City | April 17, 2020 // The city of Milwaukee has approved up to $400,000 in grants for local programs that give access to fresh food. Milwaukee has identified 24 different programs that assist under-served neighborhoods in gaining access to fresh food.
Northwestern Mutual Donating $1.5M for COVID-19 Relief Efforts | March 26, 2020 // The Northwestern Mutual Foundation has pledged $1.5 million in support of nonprofits nationwide that are providing immediate relief in response to COVID-19.
Real Community Engagement Makes a Difference | March 19, 2020 // The Dominican Center, a 25-year-old community organization based in Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood, focuses on facilitating resident-led efforts to drive sustainable social change.
Amani United Statement on the Coronavirus in Milwaukee | March 12, 2020 // "As of right now we are holding all of our meetings and programs as scheduled, but we are closely monitoring this changing situation. If a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in Milwaukee, we will re-evaluate and update accordingly."
OPINION: Let's make Amani 'A Community Where All Will Want to Live' | March 3, 2020 // "If you take pride in your community and want it to continue to thrive, then you should become part of the Amani United movement happening right now in your neighborhood."
MANDI Awards Feature: The Dominican Center, BMO Harris Cornerstone Award Finalist | Feb. 19, 2020 // “The mission of the Dominican Center is to build a better future for residents of the Amani neighborhood in Milwaukee and begins with the residents themselves."
Milwaukee's Amani Neighborhood Uses Data to Target Traffic Safety and Build Trust | Jan. 10, 2020 // "People in Milwaukee’s Amani neighborhood are using data to identify safety issues and build relationships with the police. It’s a story of community-engaged research at its best."
'A teachable moment': Five takeaways from Strauss Brands' decision not to move slaughterhouse to Century City | Nov. 5, 2019 // Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service asks community leaders, including Dominican Center's Executive Director Patricia Rogers, Amani United President RiceBey and residents, their thoughts on the decision to not relocate a slaughterhouse to Century City.
NNS Update: Residents rally behind program to ensure mothers have clean drinking water for their children | Oct. 31, 2019 // "For two hours, residents shared emotional stories of their experiences with lead poisoning and their support for one potential solution: the Birthing Moms pilot program."
Archdiocese of Milwaukee celebrates 175th anniversary with 'Rock the Block' service event | Sept. 28, 2019 // "'As it gets cleaner, I think it will bring a little bit more shine to everybody,' said Stephan Bell, who lives in Milwaukee's Amani neighborhood."
Lead-free activists win pledge from local politicians to support $240,000 to provide free lead education kits to new moms | Sept. 27, 2019 // "An average of 3,000 of the 25,000 Milwaukee children tested for lead each year have elevated lead levels."
Dreams Drive Amani Neighborhood Forward | Sept. 12, 2019 // "Enter the Dominican Center...in the beginning, they focused on helping women in the community become homeowners."
Join the Discussion at On the Table MKE | Sept. 12, 2019 // "No matter the topic, the more you have a diverse group of people sharing and interacting with one another, the better chance we have of understanding each other and making Milwaukee a better place." (Color of Law)
Milwaukee firm's water purifying technology helps tackle city's lead problem | August 1, 2019 // "Milwaukee-based companies Industry Solutions and Stonehouse Water Technologies install Water POD filters at the Dominican Center. The WaterPOD will filter water to the entire building and help with the Center's Hydroponics program."
Collaborative project seeks to give entire block in Amani neighborhood a facelift | July 10, 2019 // "An entire city block in the Amani neighborhood may soon get a major facelift, and homeowners will not have to pay a dime."
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Milwaukee Native Maricha Harris to Lead Amani's Dominican Center | July 23, 2021
Youth Earn & Learn Participants Strive to Make Change in Amani | July 23, 2021
Amani Youth Council Works for Peace, Unity | Aug. 10, 2020
DC Receives $10,000 Grant from R.A. Stevens Family Foundation for COVID-19 Response in Amani | April 17, 2020
Northwestern Mutual Foundation Grants Dominican Center $15,000 for Immediate COVID-19 Relief in Amani Neighborhood | March 27, 2020
Dominican Center Nominated for MANDI Cornerstone Award | Dec. 17, 2019
Northwestern Mutual Commits to Amani Revitalization with Nearly $1.7 Million in Grants to Neighborhood Organizations | July 1, 2019