Founding SYFS Executive Director John “Jack” Molenaar passes away
It is with deep sadness that we have learned that John “Jack” Molenaar, founding Executive Director of Southeastern Youth & Family Services, passed away on Monday, September 15, 2014 after a year-long battle with multiple myeloma.
He retired from Southeastern in June 2010 after 37 years of dedication and leadership since Southeastern’s inception in 1973. Under John’s leadership, dedicated Southeastern staff served well over 5,500 children, at-risk youth and their families. Throughout the years he remained committed to Southeastern’s caring approach through its motto: “Children are Our Concern”. Without John’s compassion and concern the lives of many young people would be a lot different today! Click here funeral service information. Our condolences go out to his family.
John’s legacy in our community lives on through Southeastern’s merger with Pathfinders in 2012 and the continuation of our middle school, Southeastern Education Center.
Make Miracles Happen!
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Pathfinders has recently been notified that several individuals have been seen soliciting cash donations for Pathfinders at public locations. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PATHFINDERS HAS NOT AUTHORIZED THIS ACTIVITY! If you discover anyone soliciting cash donations in this manner, please contact us directly at email@example.com or 414-964-2565. To ensure your donations go to help youth in crisis served by Pathfinders, please visit our website at www.pathfindersmke.org.
Pathfinders welcomes Rosalie Manor programs & staff
Pathfinders has assumed the programming activities and administrative oversight of Rosalie Manor Community and Family Services, integrating Rosalie Manor’s long-standing programs, including its home visiting program and Healthy Girls pregnancy prevention initiative, with its current services. These integrated programming efforts are provided by the Rosalie Center for Family Engagement as a newly designated department of Pathfinders.
“Rosalie Manor is excited about the opportunity to have our committed professionals work with Pathfinders to provide a broader range of high quality programming to youth in crisis in the Milwaukee area,” said Anne Berleman Kearney Board Chair for Rosalie Manor.
Tim Baack, Pathfinders Interim President and CEO, echoes Anne’s comments, “Through this partnership, the Rosalie Center will be well positioned to continue providing effective evidence-based home visiting services and critical pregnancy prevention programming to Milwaukee’s most vulnerable youth and young adults.”
Rosalie Manor was founded by the Misericordia Sisters in 1908 as a home for unwed pregnant women and has a long history of strengthening at-risk families in Milwaukee. Former Rosalie Manor staff joined the Pathfinders team as the agency’s newest employees on January 1, 2014. Click here for more information about Rosalie Center.
Click here to read Tierra’s story about how staff from Rosalie Center and Pathfinders helped meet her needs while pregnant and homeless. Thank you to Toni Valliere with WISN Channel 12 for highlighting Pathfinders story about our recent merger with Rosalie Manor and sharing the success of Tierra.
“How do you sleep at night?”
Do you remember the lifelike images of sleeping homeless teens attached to billboards, bus shelters and storefronts several years ago? And the jarring messages?
“While you’re warm in bed, remember hundreds of teens aren’t.”
“Maybe more teens would have a safe place to sleep if the rest of us woke up.”
“Someone who is homeless and trying to survive on the street is an image that is very compelling,” says Tim Baack, Pathfinders Interim President/CEO. “Our campaign included a lot of powerful imagery, which is one of the best ways to capture people’s attention.”
Disruptive Forces In Action: Branding Causes, Not Organizations, just published by the Alliance for Children & Families, discusses how Pathfinders continues to benefit from the exposure of a 2008 marketing campaign, created by Serve Marketing, that was branded by the cause and not the organization.
Pathfinders continues to provide services to thousands of homeless teens in Milwaukee every year who require basic needs, emotional support, and tools for success. Click here to learn how you can help.