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Fostering Hope.
Integrating Services.

For 85 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, cfihope.org, 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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CFI clients working at Grebe's Bakery

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

Tickets On Sale: ADAMM Auto Show Gala To Benefit MCFI

The Milwaukee Center for Independence, an affiliate of CFI, is honored to be a co-beneficiary of the 2023 ADAMM Auto Show Gala on Feb. 24 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee.

The 2023 Gala theme is the British Invasion, paying homage to the cultural phenomenon of the mid-60s!

Tickets are now available. Click on the button below to purchase tickets and to learn more about the evening and activities. Make plans to come together and let it be!

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MCFI named a local food grant recipient

MCFI’s Food Service team is the proud recipient of a $500,000 award from the Wisconsin Local Food for Schools Program.

This award supports MCFI’s efforts to provide the most healthy and nutritious meals for children enrolled in the nearly 120 school partners that MCFI serves. The award, specifically, provides the opportunity for MCFI to expand our supply chain to include local, unprocessed, and minimally processed food from small businesses or socially disadvantaged farmers or producers.

We’re very excited to be part of the movement to incorporate locally sourced food into healthy meals for Wisconsin’s school breakfast and lunch meal program.

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CFI staff member named Notable Hero in Health Care by BizTimes

Rachel Leahy-Hilker, director of clinical operations and case management for the Milwaukee Center for Independence, is a team builder and has created a culture of diversity and inclusion that is leading to employee retention, according to John Chianelli, vice president at MCFI.

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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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