Community Projects for Seniors Delivers Joy and Smiles to HACM Residents
Community Projects for Seniors (CPS) and its generous network of volunteers provide many services to the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s (HACM) senior and disabled residents throughout the year to help them meet their needs and brighten their days. This longtime partnership has benefited HACM residents in significant ways, including the delivery of over 4,000 meals to residents on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas each year. In addition, CPS distributes “comfort bags” that contain household and personal items that are collected during numerous product drives held throughout the year. Senior and disabled residents have had the opportunity to experience nature at the Blue Lotus Farm & Retreat Center in West Bend. CPS also hosts numerous on-site parties and social events at HACM’s developments.
Recently, CPS hosted site parties at two of HACM’s senior and disabled housing developments. One was a luncheon with live music at Highland Gardens and the other was an ice cream social and live music at Lapham Park. These parties are free to residents and provide a great deal of entertainment, laughter, and smiles.
“The services provided by CPS to our senior and disabled residents are invaluable. Though the scope of their services is far reaching, every service that CPS staff and volunteers provide comes with an extra dose of friendship, fun, warmth, and kindness that truly does brighten the lives of the senior and disabled residents that CPS serves,” said Tracie Patterson, a social worker with HACM.
Jeff Hansen, the Founder and Executive Director of CPS, shares how a personal tragedy lead him to create CPS. "My grandfather had a loving family and he couldn't get past his depression,” said Hansen, referring to his grandfather’s suicide. He started asking himself, “What kind of despair do those with no families or friends feel?" Since then, Hansen has made a personal commitment to help brighten the days and reduce feelings of isolation among elderly and disabled individuals who live alone.
Founded 32 years ago, CPS now provides services to over 200 low-income housing developments for elderly and disabled residents throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Today, CPS’s volunteer network is over 500 strong.
HACM is incredibly fortunate to have many committed and passionate community partners who help to improve our residents’ quality of life. A heartfelt thank you to CPS and their volunteers for all that they do to enrich the lives of so many in our community.
To learn more about Community Projects for Seniors, please visit: www.cpforseniors.org.