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 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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Martin Luther King Jr

MLK Day reinforces messages of Hope

MLK Day is January 17, a day established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Day, which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American, on Monday, Jan. 20, 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, and marking the third Monday in January every year as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - a Day On, Not a Day Off.

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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 CFI, 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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