- Shower chairs
- Toilet raisers
- Adult disposable underwear
- Arm braces
- Bed rails
- Gait belts
- We’ve provided equipment to clients who only needed these items while recuperating from surgery, and it’s been such a blessing for them to avoid investing in something needed so short-term. Other clients need the items long-term and receive peace of mind knowing it’s one less thing to purchase.
Joan Sinclair – Connecting Clients to Volunteers
For most volunteers and clients, Joan is a familiar name. Joan has been volunteering countless hours for Eastside Senior Services since 2012. She initially started as a client, seeing our ad in the Riverwest Currents paper. She appreciated our ride service so much, and she was so personable that she was offered a volunteer office position. Joan helps now from her own home, linking clients who have ride requests to volunteers who are able to help.
Joan’s personal touch and warm demeanor are appreciated by all the clients and volunteers she talks with. Her years of employment in social work, crisis intervention, and behavioral health have helped her become a perfect fit for the volunteer work she does. When asked what Joan appreciates most about volunteering at ESS, she says it’s
providing support to others and being a listening ear. For Joan, this experience has provided more purpose and fulfillment in her life.
- 363 flower baskets were purchased in May, primarily from congregation supporters
- Over $1200 received in Boswell’s holiday book gift wrapping tips
- Over 140 gifts were donated to provide to area older adults
- 134 cards were made courtesy of Catholic East Elementary students
Eastside Senior Services wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the incredible support of our partnering supporters. Because we are 100% donation based, every dollar counts. Aside from monetary donations, these partners champion us, help us find volunteers, allow us to represent ESS in ministry events, provide space in church communications, and more. Our office space at St. Mark’s Episcopal is generously donated through the church as well. We are so abundantly blessed by community organizations that believe in our mission, and for that we cannot say thank you enough. The following are our primary supporters:
Cathedral of St John the Evangelist
Immanuel Presbyterian Church Lake Park Lutheran Church Old St. Mary Catholic Church Our Lady of Divine Providence Catholic Parish
Plymouth United Church of Christ Saint John’s on the Lake St Mark’s Episcopal Church SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Suminski Family Funeral Homes Three Holy Women Catholic Parish
● Shorewood Senior Resource Center provides a variety of activities throughout the week to assist with your health/wellness and recreational goals. They even have a weekly tech hour to assist you will all your burning computer/iPad/phone questions! These activities are available even for those who live outside of the Shorewood area.
● Riverwest Elders meets throughout the month. The second Tuesday of every month at noon they meet for a potluck, socialize, and have a special guest speaker. Eastside Senior Services would like to invite clients to these monthly gatherings and will assist with finding a ride for anyone who would like to attend.
- Lake Park Lutheran Seniors have a monthly luncheon, speakers, and outings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
- SPARC offers a gathering at St John Cathedral the third Wednesday of every month with a luncheon and special guest speaker.
- OWL (Older, Wiser, Local) meets several times a week at the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts in Riverwest. Various topics, artists, and events are provided to enrich, enlighten and entertain!If you would like more information about these groups, please feel free to contact us on how to connect with them!
- North to Capitol Drive (between Holton St. and the Milwaukee River) and Edgewood (east of the river)
- South to Wisconsin Avenue
- East to Lake Michigan
- West to Holton Street and the Milwaukee RiverIf you know someone in need beyond these borders – never fear! ERAS is now the new service provider for the remainder of Milwaukee County outside of our boundaries. Call 414-488-6500. For those of you who may be familiar with Interfaith, ERAS is the agency that has taken over some of Interfaith’s programs.Of course – we will take volunteers residing anywhere!! Facebook and Other Technical Advances
Like us on Facebook! We need friends. There, we provide the latest on agency and area interests for older adults. Also – if you shop on Amazon, consider linking us to Amazon Smile – for every purchase you make, a small donation will be made to ESS!
Thanks to our partnership with UW-Milwaukee and their student group called Nonprof-IT, our website has improved dramatically and will continue to do so throughout 2020. Things to come soon include online volunteer reporting and other fun updates!
Lastly, a Final Request…
If Eastside Senior Services has resonated with you in some way and you would like to be considered a partner with us, please consider offering a donation. No offering is too small. We appreciate all your support!
2020 Upcoming Events
March/April (Date TBD): Volunteer Training
Saturday, April 18: Make a Difference Day yard cleanup, organized by UW-Milwaukee
April 2020: Annual Flower Basket Sale