Blue Skies Landscaping Wins Prestigious MANDI Award!

LISC Milwaukee (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) honored Blue Skies Landscaping on Thursday, April 11th at their annual Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) award ceremony at Potawatomi Bingo and Casino. Walnut Way’s workforce development and environmental program, Blue Skies Landscaping was given the prestigious Chase Economic Development Award that honors business and economic development…

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In the Media: Landscaping enterprise employs Lindsay Heights residents who face hiring barriers

We are grateful to see the work of Blue Skies Landscaping featured in this article by Andrea Waxman, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Blue Skies Landscaping is a finalist for the 2019 Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation in the Chase Economic Development Award category. This is one of 12 articles that highlights finalists for this..

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City of Milwaukee, Walnut Way Join Forces on Green Infrastructure Projects with New National Partner, Institute for Sustainable Communities

Walnut Way has been invited to participate in the Institute for Sustainable Communities’ Partnership for Resilient Communities (PRC). City of Milwaukee ECO Department partnered on the application to increase green infrastructure projects. This award supports community-driven resilience projects.  ISC will provide Walnut Way with customized technical assistance, access to ISC’s large and growing national network of sustainability and resilience practitioners, connections with peer organizations, and strategic funding to expand and accelerate our work on energy and water resilience.

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Tony’s Story: The Transformative Power of Work

Over the past 14 years, Tony Velez and his wife Dannielle have seen a lot from their home on N. 17th and North Avenue.  It wasn’t always peachy on 17th street. The neighbors struggled with gang activity, gun-violence, fighting on the block, and abandoned properties. But one summer they saw something new that symbolized a rebirth of Tony’s childhood neighborhood, something that reaffirmed their commitment to stay put and raise their seven children in Lindsay Heights: a group of teenagers and elders in the neighborhood planting peach trees next to the restored Walnut Way house.

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Jeff’s Story: A Springboard of Wellness

Jeff didn’t know a knock on his door in the fall of 2014 would be a “game changer” as he calls it. He was down on his luck, depressed, staying at a family member’s home that was almost condemned. Unemployed and still recovering emotionally from a recent stint in jail, life was bleak. But then two men from Walnut Way – Terron Edwards and Maanaan Sabir – knocked on his door, introduced themselves, and invited him to the next Men’s Wellness Peer Group.

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