MILWAUKEE — This Black History Month, we are celebrating ways people in our community who have and are still making a difference.
A $3 million health hub will soon open in the Lindsay Heights Neighborhood this spring.
Walnut Way Conservation Corp. Executive Director Antonio Butts showed us around as the finishing touches are being put on the building. Each room represents a need in our community. One of them is counseling.
“So many people are going to be healed through this,” said Kenyata Davis.
Davis has been seeing her counselor Marrika Rodgers for the past year, “If I’m feeling something I’ll journal, and I feel so much better, it's like a weight being lifted.”
She is looking forward to seeing her counselor move into The Wellness Commons for more people to seek help. Rodgers adds, “Normalizing mental health within our community is the biggest thing.”
Another issue they hope to tackle under the same room is human trafficking. The Benedict Center will fill much of the first floor of the building. It will serve as a respite for women to rest their heads during the day.
In order for this building to succeed, trust needs to be built. This is why Antonio Butts added the mission to get more youth interested in the healthcare field. Organizations including MSOE will provide a space for students to learn, “Helping develop a pipeline of people interested in developing a career in healthcare is a real critical part.”
The building will officially open to the public in April.