We would like to give a warm welcome to our community of tenants that are serving the community’s needs through employment programs, health, wellness, and education. Tenants are located at 1601 – 1617 W. North Avenue in a new build and restored buildings. Walnut Way is the owner.

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The United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee is creating opportunities and improving lives daily in every zip code of Milwaukee county.  UNCOM member agencies collectively serve over 50,000 people, employs over 900 Milwaukee area residents, and thousands more volunteer their time in support of local communities.  This significant local presence has created impactful, deep and lasting roots in Milwaukee.  UNCOM is working to nurture and enhance this presence so these neighborhood centers can continue serving Milwaukee neighborhoods and their residents for many years to come.  We are working to make Milwaukee’s neighborhoods stronger.


Milwaukee Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Phone: (414) 344-0675

The mission of Milwaukee AHEC is to increase the diversity and distribution of health professionals through strategic partnerships to improve the health outcomes in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Our vision is of a sufficient health workforce reflective of the communities that it serves.

Marrika Rodgers

Marrika Rodgers, The Holistic Practitioner


Counseling Services:
Wellness Coaching
Parenting Support Groups
Prenatal care * (2021)
Marrika Rodgers is a holistic practitioner, licensed professional counselor, national speaker, and a celebrated radio personality She offers wellness coaching, counseling for individuals, groups, families, and couples, and parental support groups. Marrika lives a life dedicated towards serving the development and overall wellness of men, women, and youth.
Bridgett Wilder

Perseverance Health and Wellness, by Bridgett Wilder

Phone: (414) 399-8031

Bridgett Wilder is a Widowed Mother of 9 children, CEO of Perseverance Health and Wellness Nutrition Consultation Services LLC., Dietitian, Author, and Motivational Speaker. As a Dietitian, she uses her knowledge to help her clients improve their overall nutritional health outcomes by teaching the concepts of nutrition and psychology. Bridgett Wilder is a graduate of Mount Mary University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Science with an emphasis on dietetics and psychology.

Bridgett facilitates wellness programs for corporate and community organizations such as Susan G. Komen, The American Cancer Society, Milwaukee Area Health Education Center (AHEC}, Victory Garden Initiative and Riverwest Food Pantry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She teaches how to improve health outcomes by way of nutrition for communities with high risk of health disparities. As a weight loss specialist, she has helped many clients lose over 100 pounds under her program. She believes if you can eat your way into poor health you can eat your way into improved health outcomes and believes FOOD IS MEDICINE.

Sisters Program

Benedict Center – Sisters Program


The Benedict Center is an interfaith nonprofit agency working with victims, offenders and the community to achieve a system of criminal justice that is fair and treats every person involved with dignity and respect. At the Benedict Center, there are many ways for every person who champions human potential, human dignity, and human rights to make a personal difference. This is a place where a passion for justice runs deep, underscoring our belief that change is always possible and transformation a reality.

Sisters ProgramA street outreach, case management and skill building program for women in prostitution and or/sex trafficking.  The program is an innovative community-police partnership and is gaining recognition as a more effective way to improve the health and safety of women and communities.


MSOE Scholars Honors Program

The Milwaukee School of Engineers (MSOE) University Scholars Honors Program combines experiential learning, real-world projects and community service. This academically rigorous program enhances the MSOE experience through honors-level courses that allow students to explore innovative ideas, build relationships with classmates and community members, and complete projects that pair engineering skills with a healthy dose of creativity.

Phase I

The Innovations and Wellness Commons opened in October 2015.  The Commons Phase I tenant partnerships focus mainly on healthy food. Phase I is a community of food retail, production, and wholesale tenants. The siting of Fondy Food Center Offices is just the start of increasing healthy options for residents. Fondy Farmers Market creates year-long healthy food options at winter and summer farmers markets. MCFI serves children daily by preparing fresh meals.

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Milwaukee Center for Independence Commercial Kitchen


MCFI is a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that offers life-changing programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, special needs, and barriers to success. The MCFI Hospitality Academy, which is leasing space for a commercial kitchen in The Commons, provides on-the-job training for individuals interested in working in the hospitality industry. MCFI uses the commercial kitchen to prepare fresh, healthy meals for its contract clients – child care centers and schools that serve mainly low-income families. The kitchen provides jobs and paid training opportunities to local residents and offer job opportunities in other MCFI facilities.


Fondy Food Center Administrative Offices

Phone: (414) 562-2282
Markets: Fondy Farmers Market – 2200 W Fond du Lac Ave (located nearby in Lindsay Heights)

The Fondy Food Center Administrative offices are located at The Innovations and Wellness Commons. Fondy connects Greater Milwaukee to local, fresh food – from farm to market to table – so that children learn better, adults live healthier, and communities celebrate cultural food traditions. From the programs like Fondy Farmers Market on Milwaukee’s Northside to the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market to the Fondy Farm – Fondy’s projects work together to improve fresh, local food access for all.


Coming Soon, Taste of Lindsay Heights

Carryout Cafe by Walnut Way

Taste of Lindsay Heights will be a carryout cafe at 1609 W. North Avenue. It’s is a place for budding food entrepreneurs to take their business to the next level. With proper resources and support for success, our model ensures makers are not stepping too far out on a limb. Lindsay Heights residents and neighboring communities will benefit from a space to create and sell food, connect and eat well.

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Bulk orders printing, ecommerce apparel sites, Walnut Way Gear

Designaway is a social enterprise printing apparel program, owned and operated by Walnut Way and staffed by Lindsay Heights community members. Designaway creates online storefronts for businesses and artists that want their own apparel shops. It also provides opportunities for companies to purchase bulk apparel orders from a local, community-owned supplier. It stimulates the neighborhood economy by providing jobs and practical business experience. It strengthens academic partnerships with UWM, Marquette University, and MSOE to develop processes and beta testing.