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A Day for Meta House 2014 – THANK YOU!

We’d like to extend a wholehearted thank you to all those who attended this year’s A Day for Meta House. With your support, we were able to smash our goal and raise over $150,000 to support Milwaukee families.

As we are talking about this amazing achievement, it’s important to realize that every dollar raised is an investment made in the futures of our women and their families. When kids are healthy and living in a stable environment, they are able to absorb the skills our counselors and staff instill in them every day. Because of this, we are able to make huge strides towards our goal of breaking the cycle of addiction and helping women become self-sufficient members of our community.

So, thank you, once again, to each and every person who supported this event and helped us achieve this remarkable accomplishment. Thank you also to our amazing sponsors who underwrote this year’s events – Harley-Davidson, The Jay Schmidt Group in partnership with Keller Williams, CliftonLarsonAllen,  BMO Harris Bank, Godfrey & Kahn, MGIC, Brookfield Badger Insurance in partnership with West Bend Insurance, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, Culvers VIP Foundation and Extendicare.

If you still want to invest in the lives of local women and children, please visit the donate tab on our website. No matter the amount of your contribution, you are helping women reclaim their lives and rebuild their families; thank you for choosing to be part of this transformational work!

Meta House Board Member Tonit Calaway Named 2014 Woman of Influence

From The Milwaukee Business Journal:

By: Stacy Vogel Davis

Tonit Calaway, Susan Lloyd among third group of Women of Influence winners

It’s been a fun week announcing our Women of Influence winners and seeing the response.

The fun will continue June 20 when we hold our awards luncheon and publish a special section in honor of these women. The luncheon is our largest event of the year, drawing more than 800 people last year. It’s heartwarming to see all the families, friends and colleagues turn out to celebrate the winners’ accomplishments.

Today, we announce our last group of winners in the categories of community supporter, entrepreneur and inspiration. Check out blogs from Tuesday and Wednesday announcing the rest of the winners, or pick up a copy of the May 2 weekly edition to see the complete list.

Stay tuned to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s website and print edition in the coming weeks to learn more about the winners. Here are the final names:

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Announcing the Jan Rhodes Scholarship

The Jan Rhodes Scholarship is an opportunity for Meta House to recognize one client or graduate each calendar year who has made significant progress toward achieving economic self-sufficiency. Both academic achievements and/or recent employment would make a woman eligible for the Jan Rhodes Scholarship.

Who is eligible to apply? Current clients and women who have graduated within the past two years are eligible to apply. Applicants must currently be enrolled in school, be actively participating in classes to obtain a GED or have accepted a job offer / started a new job within the past three months.

One Jan Rhodes Scholar will be chosen each year. The winner will receive $250 toward qualifying educational expenses (like tuition or books) or in the form of a gift certificate to purchase work attire.

This application is due to Linda Catterson by Friday, March 28, 2014.

The scholarship was created in honor of Jan Rhodes, who dedicated 20 years of her life to volunteering and Board Service on behalf of the women and children served at Meta House.


Please click this link to download the fillable application form:  Jan Rhodes Scholarship Application_fillable.

If you have questions or would like to submit electronically, please contact Sarah Pollack at (414) 977-5803 or email 

Honoring the Dedication of Meta House Volunteer, Bobbi Timberlake

Congratulations to Bobbi Timberlake on being honored as the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee’s Volunteer of the Month!

Bobbi has been involved in community issues throughout her professional career, and has continued to dedicate her time and energy to causes that she is most passionate about in her retirement.

She first became involved with Meta House four years ago as a table captain for “A Day for Meta House,” an annual fundraising event for the organization.  Bobbi has continued in this role each subsequent year, and has since become more involved with programming. She notes, “my main and ongoing role at Meta House has been bringing my therapy dog, a Golden Retriever named “Chobe,” there several times a month. Chobe and I attend both process and educational groups. He “works the crowd,” going to anyone who would like some time petting him. There is evidence that stroking an animal lowers a person’s blood pressure and stress level (also the dog’s, by the way).”

Bobbi attributes that, due to her involvement with Meta House, she’s, “learned so much about the nature of addictions and efforts at recovery. But mostly [she’s] learned to respect and appreciate the struggles, fortitude, and great wisdom of so many of the women who come to Meta House. It’s awe-inspiring.”

Thank you, Bobbi, for your time and dedication to improving the quality of life for Meta House families!

Read the full article here.

Celebrating a Tobacco-Free Meta House!


Thank you to the Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project (WiNTiP) for supporting Meta House’s Tobacco Cessation Program!

Did you know that since Meta House’s Residential Program became smoke-free in July 2012, not one infant has been diagnosed with asthma? We’ve also had a dramatic reduction in the number of emergency room and urgent care visits for bronchitis, upper respiratory, and ear infections in both women and children.

We’re so proud of the Meta House clients and graduates who have quit smoking!

Thank you, WiNTiP, for helping improve the health  of our families!

Watch a video about the program here.

2012 Annual Report

Every day at Meta House, we are inspired by stories of courageous women who seek treatment for their addiction and make tremendous changes in their lives.

Read the 2012 Annual Report to learn about Meta House’s noteworthy outcomes, read inspiring stories of recovery, and see the happy, hopeful faces of Meta House.

Thank you to all of our generous donors and supporters who make our work possible!

If you would like to request a copy of the 2012 Annual Report, please contact Carla at (414) 977-5826 or