Posted by Steve Lettau on May 12, 2017

Sr. Patricia Rogers, Executive Director of the Dominican Center for Women was our guest speaker at this morning’s meeting.

The Dominican Center works with Amani residents and partners to build a better future.

The Dominican Center for Women (DCW) was founded in 1995 by Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sister Ann Halloran, OP and Sister Anne-Marie Doyle, OP as an urban ministry program.Their vision was to develop a holistic approach to education and women's programs in the Amani neighborhood.

Sinsinawa Dominicans believe that the heart of ministry is relationships. DCW realizes this by involving residents in decision-making and acting upon their concerns and preferences. DCW programs have expanded beyond basic skills, to include GED preparation, financial literacy, home repairs, health and safety.

In 2012, the Dominican Center was designated the lead community anchor for the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP). BNCP is part of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative to 1) address poverty and the underlying critical and interlocking issues of education, employment, housing, health and safety in distressed neighborhoods; and 2) design and implement a resident led revitalization plan.

Today, the Dominican Center serves as a community anchor organization and provides a platform for the development of a community organization comprised of Amani residents who work together to solve problems affecting neighborhood well-being.

The Dominican Center has a long history of collaborating with COA-Goldin Center, Hephatha Lutheran Church, Safe and Sound and District 5 of the Milwaukee Police Department.