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Fostering Hope.
Integrating Services.

For more than 80 years, the Centers for Independence has strengthened communities by fostering hope and helping people advance their total health. CFI’s unmatched breadth of disability support services and resources through its affiliates – the Milwaukee Center for Independence, Home Care, First Person Care Consultants and iLIFE -- allows others to find value in themselves and see a path forward.

Our website domain,, was chosen because of the commitment of all of our affiliates to the Science of Hope, an initiative that is evidence-based and shows that hope – the belief that the future will be better than today, and that you play a role in making that future possible – can be learned and measured.

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Behavioral Health

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Children's Services

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Employment & Food Services

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Services for Adults

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Crisis Resource Centers

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2023 ADAMM Auto Show Gala

Mark your calendar - 2023 ADAMM Auto Show Gala

The Milwaukee Center for Independence, an affiliate of CFI, is honored to be named a co-beneficiary of the 2023 ADAMM Car Dealer’s annual Auto Show Gala. The 2023 Gala theme is The British Invasion, paying homage to the cultural phenomenon of the mid-60s! Mark your calendars for Feb. 24, 2023 at the Wisconsin Center. Click on the button below for more details on tickets, sponsorships and more.

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CFI earns three-year CARF accreditation

The Centers for Independence is honored to announce that it has been accredited by CARF for a period of three years.

The accreditation means that CFI put itself through a rigorous peer-review process and demonstrated to a team of CARF surveyors in April its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable, and of the highest quality.

This accreditation represents the highest level given to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards.

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AccessiBe Spotlight Session: CFI

AccessiBe's Spotlight Sessions is a series dedicated to conversations with change-makers and people that have made an impact on the community of people with disabilities.

In this episode, Teri Zywicki, the CEO and the President of Centers for Independence, was interviewed.

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About Us

The Centers for Independence opened its doors in 1938, helping WWII immigrants find jobs — and refuge. Today, our impact is just as compelling. We help people in need, from newborns to the elderly, gain greater independence.

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When you donate to MCFI Foundation, you're giving people tools and support to live more independent and meaningful lives. Your gift can help a child achieve academically, a young adult find meaningful work to remain self-sufficient or a person living with mental illness gain strength to remain on the path to recovery, and more!

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CFI is committed to partnering and strengthening our communities and we provide meaningful opportunities toward this goal. If you are interested in employment, volunteer work or an internship at a mission-driven and innovative nonprofit organization, please contact us.

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