Today we celebrated the Grand Opening of Mending Minds Behavioral Health Services. This is their first physical location and a big day for Jason and Gretchen Martinez. They saw a need to help children and adults diagnosed with mental health, AODA, and learning disabilities navigate the system and put their extensive experience towards that effort.
Mending Minds Behavioral Health Services has a focus on encouraging and empowering individuals through education on wellness and recovery. They provide respite, skill development, teaching daily and independent living skills, parent mentoring, counseling, de-escalation support, and more. Their motto is, “To walk beside you on your path of recovery,” with a goal to help each person achieve individual success.
Mending Minds Behavioral Health Services
1100 55th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
The day started out with a tour of Uline Headquarters Building one. During our tour, we learned many interesting facts about the Uline family and business. The business started in the family basement with only one product and is now a multi-billion-dollar company selling any product needed to run a business. The next order of business was sitting down with the panel for a Q&A discussing business and economic development in Kenosha County, with the panel consisting of Debbie Ford, Chancellor, UW-Parkside; Brandon Lipska, VP of Supply Chain and Operations, United Conveyor Corporation; Laura Thelen, Director of Finance, Uline and Heather Wessling Grosz, VP of Economic Development, KABA. Some of the highlights of this discussion included learning that 11,000 jobs have been created in 11 years, and the state of the economy was “on fire.” Chancellor Ford gave some great advice: “Always continue your education to get where you want to be. Know your career path and always look to the future.” We found out some of the challenges that employers face is recruiting and retaining qualified talent. Affordable housing was also found to be a challenge. (more…)
The new Shalom Center of the Interfaith Network Food Pantry building celebrated being under one roof yesterday. All of their services are now located together. They worked with the Chamber’s Leadership Kenosha class to deliver the marketing concept of One Roof. One Family. One Home.
Since 1982, the Shalom Center has been building hope and building a future for those they serve. The mission of the Shalom Center is to serve the community by providing emergency food, shelter, and support in ways that meet immediate needs and respect human dignity, with a goal to help people maximize their potential for self-sufficiency.
Shalom Center Food Pantry
4314 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53144
The whole business community is invited to join the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce for open, social networking bright and early at our Business Before 9 Networking! Enjoy a light breakfast while expanding your network at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex Ice Arena from 7am until 9am. There will be tours, raffles, and door prizes! The Business Before 9 is sponsored by the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex and co-sponsored by Hope Council on Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse and Visit Pleasant Prairie!
Cost of entry is $5 for Chamber members and $10 for non-members.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
7:00am – 9:00am
Pleasant Prairie RecPlex Ice Arena
9900 Terwall Terrace, Pleasant Prairie
This month was an eye opening and humbling experience at both the Kenosha County Detention Center (KCDC) and the Kenosha Correctional Center. We began our day with Amber Engel, Karly Kattenbraker and Magan Perez explaining our book chapters “You Can’t Do It Alone” and “Trust Rules.” We had an interactive session where we wrote on puzzle piece sticky notes where what you do to motivate others and then on a second note what others do to motivate you. As we worked in groups, we realized we had similar motivations on both accounts and that we need others to inspire, motivate and trust. The summation of the presentation is that for others to trust us we need to trust others first.
Jevon Claussen, Program Manager at KCDC, spoke about the facility and programs being instituted throughout the facility and in preparation for inmate release. The facility opened in 1998 as the House of Correction by the County Board and now is governed by the Sheriff’s office as KCDC. (more…)