MILWAUKEE — May 10, 2017 — The Boards of Directors of Interfaith Older Adult Programs and SET Ministry voted to merge the two non-profits and create a completely new organization. This will bring together broader volunteer, family and older adult services and resources to create stronger neighborhoods and communities in Milwaukee County.
Discussions for a merger were started almost a year ago according to David Pifer, Vice President of the Interfaith Board of Directors. The new name and operational structure were not announced. The merger is expected to be completed by mid-summer. The two organizations will continue to operate separately and there will be no disruption of support, resources and/or services to clients or volunteers.
“Together, Interfaith and SET will be able to have a more meaningful, lasting impact on the social aspects of health across the county, because good health starts where we live, learn, work and play,” said Laurene Gramling Lambach, the President and CEO of SET Ministry.
Lambach will also be the President and CEO of the new organization.
For more than six months, the Former Director of the Milwaukee County Department on Aging Stephanie Sue Stein has served as the Interim Director for Interfaith. Stein will will serve as a member of the board of directors of the new organization. “I’m passionate about this new organization and the future.”
“By joining with SET Ministry we are adding value to our capacity to reach more older adults, volunteers, and families in our communities that need support,” said Stein. “From its start more than 40 years ago, Interfaith has been helping older adults in many neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee County.”
“The consolidation will be good for the community. These organizations share an approach of serving people where they live and learn through delivery of services in homes, schools and neighborhoods,” said Robert De Vita, Board Chair of SET. “The organizations also share a mission of fostering intergenerational connections to increase the self-sufficiency and well-being of children, families and older adults in our community.”
“The diverse efforts of both organizations are compatible because they build on each other to create strong neighborhoods and communities” said Pifer, Interfaith’s Vice President of the Board of Directors.
Timothy Klare, Interfaith’s Board President, added, “By combining resources, professional expertise, and experience, Interfaith/SET will be a stronger organization and better equipped to address the intergenerational needs of Milwaukee families.”
New Organization Outreach
The new organization will serve more than 18,000 members of our community. Including the operation of five senior centers, 18 senior dining meal sites, and a community garden. In addition, services and outreach to hundreds of students in 59 Milwaukee Public Schools along with help for individuals and families residing in 13 public housing developments and 10 neighborhood outreach offices with the support from more than 190 congregations and community organizations, 265 staff and 3,000 plus committed volunteers.
Since 1975, Interfaith has been engaged in the physical and social challenges of aging by providing innovative programs, successful solutions, and the often much needed extra helping hand.
Lambach is very optimistic about the intergenerational impact of combining Interfaith’s expertise in volunteer programming with SET’s trauma-informed approach to healing. She is envisioning a new organization that will be able to bring new hope to many more central-city families, as SET has been doing since 1985.
For more information, contact Felice Green, Interfaith’s Marketing and Public Relations Director, via email or by calling 414 291-7500.