Our Programs and Community Partners

Our programming includes engaging educational and wellness sessions, and group discussions led by influential professional and community leaders. Topics will include technology careers, entrepreneurship, venture capital investing, mentorship, emotional well-being and more.

Above the Clouds

Above The Clouds and Moving Forward Milwaukee teamed up with the GGCDC for children and youth arts programming and senior wellness programming at the Greater Life Community Center.  

Over the last 18+ years, Above The Clouds, Inc. (ATC) has offered Milwaukee’s youth an opportunity to experience the world of art in a whole new way.

In 2017 ATC started a new program component called “Moving Forward Milwaukee, LLC” (MFM).  MFM in partnership with Above The Clouds, Inc. is geared to provide a movement/fitness program at work sites.  Their instructors are trained in getting clients motivated as well as making sure that all movements are safe as well as interesting.

Through community partnership with Froedtert & MCW, MFM coordinates programs including “Up and Moving” to increase physical activity and brain stimulation of seniors and simultaneously provide an opportunity for socialization to counteract feelings of loneliness and isolation, and support independence.

Community Care-A-Van

Froedtert Hospital Care-A-Van performs weekly health screenings by RN’s and associated physicians in collaboration with Froedtert Hospital, the Milwaukee Bucks and the GGCDC. They also provide dietary for healthy and low-cost menu planning with healthy food choices and preparation methods.

Additionally, they advance ‘Behavioral Health’ thru chronic pain management, health screenings, (anxiety, depression screenings) stress management tools, education and provide referrals to providers for
severe abnormal results.

They support ‘Heart Health’ with hypertension screening, education on blood pressure monitoring; and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screenings with a Heart & Vascular Team.

Chronic Disease Management is offerred via the Living Well Educational series and Heart Heathy Nutrition education is also provided.

COME ALIVE Milwaukee

The COMmunity Empowerment and Lifestyle Intervention for Ethnic Minorities in Milwaukee (COME ALIVE Milwaukee) led by the CAPS program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was launched at the Greater Life Community Center. 

The Medical College of Wisconsin occupies office space at the Greater Life Community Center and works with a staff of researchers and physicians to  address health disparities in the African American community.

This location is an anchor site for the Medical College of Wisconsin who has researched over the past 20 months in the areas of cancer research, mental health issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, and identifying social determinants of health in African Americans. The research also addresses mental and physical wellness, providing health literacy presentations to improve understanding of cancer, smoking cessation, diabetes, obesity and dementia. 

Feeding America

Feeding America in collaboration with the GGCDC has provided groceries and lunches for seniors. The last two years, 1700 boxes of groceries were distributed monthly to over 180 senior families.

Helen Keller International

Helen Keller International worked with the GGCDC in 2019, providing quarterly services for free eye exams and eye glasses for over 120 seniors.

Living Well

A program started by the Greater Life Community Center that focuses on learning how to manage emotions and apply coping skills as part of the healing process for trauma induced by loneliness, social isolation, emotional or physical abuse and other social challenges.

Memory Cafe

In partnership with the Alheimer’s Association, Milwaukee County and others, the Memory Cafe provides opportunities for persons wit mild to moderate-stage Alzheimer’s or related Dementia, along with their care partners, to socialize and have fun in a safe place and welcoming community.

UWM School of Nursing

UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing partners with the Greater Life Community Center to engage students in active participation in community programming. The program address topics such as available community resources, mental health, addiction awareness, memory cafés, social justice, crime prevention strategies, healthy living, health screenings and education.

Projected Program Outcomes

Outcome 1: 85% of responding participants surveyed will state they are healthier because they take part in the center’s exercise classes and / or health programming and screening.

Outcome 2: 85% of responding participants surveyed will state the center has an
atmosphere of sociability, allowing them to combat isolation and make new friends.

Outcome 3: 85% of responding participants surveyed will state they are happier and more
satisfied with their life because they come to the Senior/Community Center.

Outcome 4: 85% of responding participants will I indicate a high level of customer satisfaction with the senior center and would recommend the senior center to a friend or family member.