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, 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.
Centers for Independence has been working with WISN (Channel 12) in Milwaukee to create videos about our behavioral health services. CFI reflects the diversity of the community and serves people of all abilities, ages, and socioeconomic standings. CFI is about serving people and understanding their needs so they can provide solutions and services.What is CFI?
The Milwaukee Center for Independence, an affiliate of CFI, plans to develop a fifth commercial production kitchen at 27th and Wells as part of the Near West Side Partner's Concordia 27 initiative. This transformative and vibrant community initiative addresses the neighborhood inequities of housing insecurity, health disparities, unemployment, transportation access, trauma, and food insecurity.
As a crucial component of Concordia 27, this kitchen will increase access to fresh, healthy meals for youth in economically disinvested neighborhoods and will be essential to serve additional lower-income early education centers and K-12 schools. This project will also create new jobs, increase culinary training, serve as an incubator kitchen to help launch neighborhood food entrepreneurs, and provide space as a demonstration kitchen to support health and wellness classes.
The project is part of a $16 million, $5 million pledged by the state, community center development.Read more about the overall project
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.About Us
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!Donate Now
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.View Opportunities