Programs

Asset Development

Energy Conservation Demonstrations

The SDC Weatherization Department offers information and demonstrations on how to save energy costs in your home.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

Free tax help and more. Offers free tax preparation and filing of taxes as well as links to core social and financial services and an opportunity to advance asset development.

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Financial Literacy

Become money-wise. Helps adults enhance their money management skills and creates positive banking relationships

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Weatherization

SDC works with contractors to weatherize homes of eligible residents, reducing energy usage and utility bills.

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Lead Hazard Reduction Assistance Program

Making homes safe. SDC with the City of Milwaukee Health Dept. identifies and renovates housing units with young children present which have a high risk for lead poisoning.

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Weatherization Rehab & Asset Preservation (WRAP)

Housing preservation. Weatherization, Rehab, and Asset Preservation Partnership Program (WRAP) provides asset preservation services for homes in target area that increase the value of those homes.

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Neighborhood Improvement Project

Fixing up neighborhoods one house at a time. Housing rehab services for target areas in the City of Milwaukee.

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Education & Training

Basic Skills

Getting ready for a GED/HSED. Designed to prepare adults for GED and HSED testing.

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GED/HSED Testing

Earning that diploma. Certified testing is provided on-site in both English and Spanish.

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Competency Based Diploma Program

Special needs diploma. Offers an alternative way of earning a high school diploma for adults with special learning challenges.

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STRIVE: Success Through Rewarding Internships & Volunteer Experiences

Provides students with opportunities to make a great contribution to the community while earning Service Learning Hours and completing internship requirements.

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Employment

BEST: Boosting Employability & Soft Skills Training

Skills for a Job. The Program is designed to instill and incorporate basic soft skills into an individual’s work ethic, as it relates to work habits, pride of performance, and attitude, to better prepare participants for full-time employment.

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Refugee Childcare Microenterprise Development Project

This is a two-year project with a goal to train eligible refugee women in financial literacy, business and entrepreneurship, and State of WI child care practices in order to prepare them to receive a State of WI Family Child Care Center License and open home-based child care centers eligible for the WisconsinShares program.

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Family Strengthening

Community Services Options & Youth Restorative Justice

Getting It Together. Identify community service alternatives to citations, fines, detention or jail for youth between ages 10 and 18.

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Senior Companions

Helping the Homebound Maintain Independence. Volunteers provide in-home services and companionship for frail and elderly clients. Support enables the older adults to remain living independently in their own home.

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Creating Lasting Family Connections

Stronger Family Bonds. Supports parents and reinforces family unity by stimulating dialogue around communication, expressing feelings, and working through differences.

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Youth and Family Development Program

Building Successful Young People. Provides case management, ATODA counseling, recreational, employment, and educational activities to strengthen youth and families.

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Life and Career Development

Rebuilding Foundations. Providing an educational, employment training and life application skill set that prepares young adults (ages 18-24) for the “real world.”

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Support Services

Energy Assistance

Help with Your Utility Bill. Provides financial help for fuel costs, emergency furnace repairs and replacement, and utility services restoration.

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Project GAIN

Financial case management for families. This is a partnership between SDC, the Wisconsin Children's Trust Fund, the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the UW-Madison Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP).

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Prescription Advocacy & Referral Service (PARS)

Prescriptions & Your Health. PARS provides assistance in obtaining free or low-cost prescription medications from participating pharmaceutical companies to income-eligible clients. It helps clients obtain medication they would normally have trouble affording.

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SDC Food Program

Feeding Children. Children up to age 18 at tutorial programs, daycare centers and after school centers receive nutritious meals and snacks.

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For Your Information

Welcome Center - Richards Street

The Social Development Commission's Welcome Center provides clients and visitors to our waiting area with unique and innovative ways to access information, become informed and add stability to their lives.

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Client Referral

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Making a difference today, while investing in tomorrow

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