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.
Instagram @uncomfamily Facebook United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee
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, The Holistic Practitioner
Marrika Rodgers is a mother of a beautiful daughter, Milwaukee native, licensed professional counselor, national speaker, and a celebrated radio personality. Her life’s work has been coined her as a holistic practitioner, wealth pioneer, and business innovator. She has been serving communities for over 20yrs through various capacities, a true pioneer and innovator of her generation. As a mental health clinician/business consultant, she is known for empowering others by providing effective tools with tangible results. Marrika is ever evolving and her life represents continuous forward movement. She lives a life dedicated towards serving others.
As a proud Public Ally Alumni (class of 2010), she believes it is a part of her responsibility to assist in equipping others with the appropriate tools to overcome obstacles. Marrika is a natural leader and a serial entrepreneur who focuses on the development and overall wellness of men, women, and youth.
Marrika has a genuine heart to see healthy communities across the globe, therefore, she established Living Well Enterprises which is a wellness brand that represents all things holistic. As a lifelong learner, Marrika holds a Bachelor of Business Administration & General Management, Master of Science – Professional Counseling and currently in pursuit of her Doctorate in Business Leadership. Winter 2020, Marrika Rodgers University will be launching. On this journey called life, she will continue to Create, Innovate and Pioneer, by creating new opportunities, developing new innovative ideas, and pioneering the way for others.
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.
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 Program: A 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.
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.
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.
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.