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JFS Housing, Inc. Hires Inclusion Coordinator for Bradley Crossing

11/02/2012

Milwaukee, WI – JFS Housing, Inc. (JFSHI) hired Sister Patrice Colletti, SDS, as Inclusion Coordinator for Bradley Crossing Supportive Housing, a 60-unit apartment complex in Brown Deer. Financed in part by WHEDA Section 42 tax credits, thirty of the units will be devoted to individuals with physical or developmental disabilities or chronic and persistent mental illness.

JFSHI was awarded a two-year grant from The Helen Bader Foundation to help support an Inclusion Program at Bradley Crossing. Colletti, as Inclusion Coordinator, will work with all the residents to ensure that they are welcomed to this unique independent supportive housing apartment complex.

“As residents join Bradley Crossing, it’s vital to have a point person who can act as a guide and create connections,” said Helen Ramon, program officer at the Helen Bader Foundation. “Many adults with special needs or disabilities live with family for much of their early lives, so we are pleased this grant will help ensure a smooth transition and build a strong community.”

Colletti is a vowed member of the Sisters of the Divine Savior, a women’s religious community founded in 1888, also known as the Salvatorian Sisters. They are a branch of the international Salvatorian Family which also comprises priest and brothers, and Lay Salvatorian men and women. The Salvatorian Sisters minister in 29 countries on five continents to improve quality of life though education, health care, pastoral care and social services. In addition, Colletti has over twenty years of experience in non-profit social services. From 1996-2000, she was appointed to the Wisconsin Special Education Advisory Council by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. In 1998 and again in 2001, she was asked by the Governor of the State of Wisconsin to serve on the Wisconsin Rehabilitation Council, Department of Workforce Development. Colletti also served as Executive Director of the Parent Education Project of Wisconsin, Inc., the state’s largest independent non-profit parent training and special education advocacy organization, from 1995-2003.

Colletti holds an M.S. degree in Business Management with an additional Graduate; Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; an M.A. degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; and a B.A. degree in Education from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ.

Bradley Crossing is scheduled to open later this month. For more information, call 414-354-2700.

JFS Housing, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jewish Family Services. Since 1867, Jewish Family Services has provided comprehensive social services to the Milwaukee area Jewish and general community. Its primary objective is to enable clients to reach their maximum potential and lead fulfilling and rewarding lives.