Message From The CEO

Shalom! and hoping this latest issue of KAVOD finds you and your family well!

This past year has presented additional challenges to Ovation Communities as the pandemic lingers on.  But, it has also afforded us an opportunity to continue innovating and planning for our future, while providing outstanding care and services for our residents, today.  First, please know that the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation remains strong and capable of helping our community’s elders.  Please take a moment to review the Foundation’s brief Annual Report found by turning a few more pages.

During this past year we have attracted local students and young professionals though our newly created Teen Ovation and NextGen Ovation initiatives, engaging them to virtually visit our residents and developing future leaders for our communities.

In addition, we have innovated virtually by:

  • expanding outreach through our Adult Day Programs, and by working with area agencies and synagogues. This ensures isolated older adults needs be met
  • coordinating Israeli visits hosted by David Bitan, offering live tours of significant cultural sights accompanied by history lessons
  • continued assurance for residents and families to gather virtually through FaceTime, Skype and other resources.

We are also so grateful for your support of our employees. Monthly luncheons sponsored by Hand-In-Hand are a needed and much appreciated respite for our very hard working and dedicated staff. Your donations to our Employee Appreciation Fund ensure that each employee receives a gift this holiday season.

Thank you for your continued support of our vision to Add Life to Lives, L’dor L’dor, From Generation to Generation.

  • December 22, 2021

Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation Annual Report

Despite the challenges Ovation Communities has faced through this pandemic, it continues to follow its mission of providing a quality Jewish environment for residents with comfort, meaning, independence and dignity. Finding new and creative ways to engage with and help support residents, the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation is an important pillar of the organization.

“This past fiscal year was extraordinary for many reasons, led by the ongoing pandemic and its emotional and financial impact on all of Ovation Communities,” said JHCCF VP of Development, Tanya Mazor-Posner. “Through the kindness of residents, families, volunteers and donors, we have been able to continue make an impact and add life to the lives of residents.”

In fiscal year 2021 the Foundation provided over $4 million in grants to Ovation Communities for operating cash, capital expenditures to upgrade and improve our buildings, and targeted underwriting of resident’s care, services, and activities.

The Foundation ended its year with $195,595,865 in net assets, represented by $140 million in unrestricted funds, $62 million in Board designated funds for resident financial assistance and future capital expenditures, and $24 million in temporarily restricted funds for the following purposes.

Temporarily Restricted Funds:                               ($000 Omitted)

Resident Care, Services and Activities                      $ 13,078
Spiritual Development                                                  $ 976
Facilities Support                                                             $ 13,004
Employee Education                                                       $ 2,468
Employee Appreciation                                                 $ 270
Greatest Needs Funds                                                   $ 3,906

“Adapting our programs amid the pandemic has been an exciting challenge,” Mazor-Posner said. “We have been able to increase our use of technology to continue and enhance the relationships formed pre pandemic. We are proud that we continued to impact their lives in many ways.”

  • Residents at our three facilities: 502
  • Adult Day Program attendees: 600; Total days of service: 3,244
  • Volunteers: 90; Total hours volunteered: 1,000
  • Geriatric Career Development students: 34; Total direct hours with our residents: 340
  • Intergenerational programs: 32; with 266 students from 17 youth organizations and schools, engaging with 921 residents

We continue to remain strong in the face of this ongoing uncertainty because of your support,” Mazor-Posner said. “Thank you for your continued dedication, and for recognizing the significance and beauty of our mission to enhance our residents’ lives and provide the highest level of service and care that they deserve.”

  • December 22, 2021

Helen Bader Center Set for CBRF Renovation

In the coming months, Ovation Communities will be renovating the Jewish Home’s Helen Bader Center, relicensed as a Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) dedicated to serving those living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

“This new CBRF allows us to honor and elevate the vision that Helen Daniels Bader had thirty years ago,” said Michael Sattell, Ovation Communities President and CEO. “This renovated space will allow our loved ones to live in a nurturing environment by providing person-centered care focused on sensory stimulation through music and the arts.”

For more information and regular updates, please follow Ovation Communities at facebook.com/Ovation Communities.

  • December 22, 2021

Hand in Hand: Ovation’s Volunteer Arm Serves Critical Role

For 115 years Hand in Hand has supported Ovation Communities by providing companionship and comfort for residents and staff, and funding essential services and equipment. Over the past year and a half, this group of dedicated volunteers has been more important than ever.

“The relationship we have formed with Hand in Hand, has allowed us to continue to provide residents with the best care and services,” said Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation Vice President of Development, Tanya Mazor-Posner.” In addition to residents, Hand in Hand has also shown an appreciation for our dedicated staff.”

With Ovation’s frontline workers going the extra mile to care for residents throughout the pandemic, Hand in Hand initiated and continues to sponsor a monthly staff luncheon. These grab and go events allow employees to enjoy a catered meal during a busy workday and help boost morale and show appreciation during an especially challenging time.

In addition, a grant from Hand in Hand recently funded the purchase of a Sit to Stand Lift for the organization. The new device allows caregivers to help residents change positions safely and securely. Residents can hold onto handlebars and the lift does all the work. The Sit to Stand assists with essential activities like getting out of bed or up from a chair. Over the years Hand in Hand’s grant program, through the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation, has ensured residents have access to new technology that enhances their care.

Hand in Hand volunteers continue to focus on lifting spirits and extending friendship throughout the community. To find out more about volunteer opportunities, contact Tanya Mazor-Posner, tmazor-posner@ovation.org

“Hand in Hand is a very high impact volunteer organization that has been around at the Jewish Home in since its inception in 1906. Over time it has morphed into a group of dedicated people whose purpose is to support Ovation’s staff and residents in a variety of ways.”

 –Phil Himmelfarb, Hand in Hand chair

  • December 22, 2021

Adult Day Services Expands Reach Despite Pandemic

Renowned Programs Now Offered Virtually

 Over the years, many older adults with memory loss have benefited from Ovation Communities’ robust Adult Day Services programming. Adult Day Services offers the independence of home living combined with the connection of being part of a joyful community. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, participants and families who relied on this day-to-day support and assistance increasingly struggled due to isolation, loneliness, and the loss of important routines. Adult Day Services quickly pivoted to roll out its innovative programs virtually and provide critical resources for both caregivers and their loved ones.

“In some way, all families have been touched by the overwhelming stress of the past 18 months, which is only compounded for those dealing with memory loss,” said Ovation Communities Social Worker, Dana Rubin-Winkelman. “We want people to know they’re not alone, and we have the tools and resources to help ease some of their challenges and offer support.”

Ovation is the only organization statewide currently offering this kind of virtual programming. Participants are even joining from cities outside of Milwaukee, including Madison and Green Bay, to connect, gain a new sense of purpose, and stay engaged.

A Gift to the Community

Generously funded by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Adult Day Services is implementing a series of virtual programs and workshops to address social isolation for older adults in the Milwaukee-area Jewish community. The efforts are focused on proactive brain health, stigma reduction, and combatting the negative effects of isolation and loneliness. So far, program partners include Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Jewish Community Center and Shorewood Senior Resource Center.

“We’re excited to work with our growing list of community partners and highly respected industry professionals to reach out to more people in new and innovative ways,” said Ovation Communities Director of Adult Day Services, Dawn Adler. “These virtual services are open to everyone. We help people connect to important resources and a supportive community network.”

Studies have found that feelings of loneliness may be linked to poor cognitive performance and can increase the risk of dementia. These entertaining, interactive workshops bring people together while working on a variety of topics to improve brain health and overall wellbeing.

Virtual Services & Programs

  •  ReCharge Interactive Brain Health Class

A fun, interactive class that brings people together while working to improve memory.

  • R&R Club: Recharge and Renew Social Club

Connect socially and enjoy a variety of guest entertainers, artists and presenters.

  • SPARK!

This collaborative program with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee combines art and featured exhibits.

  • Caregiver Support Group

Dedicated to those providing care and support for a loved one with memory loss.

  • Supportive Wellness Group

Participants engage in a supportive group focusing on emotional needs and overall wellness.

  • Family Support and Consultation

Services including advice, counseling and community resources provided by a Master Level Social Worker.

  • Touch Points: A Spark of Light with Dana e-Newsletter

Provides meaningful connection and support during the uncertainty of the pandemic.

  • Community Brain Health & Wellness Workshops

A wide array of community workshops including the Brain & Body Boost and Synagogue Art & Light Collaboration.

To learn more about Adult Day Services program offerings and community outreach, contact Dawn Adler 414-277-8838 dadler@ovation.org or Dana Rubin-Winkelman 414-721-9249 DRubin-Winkelman@ovation.org. All programs are currently virtual.

 

  • December 22, 2021

Beth Draper Retiring After Years of Working with Volunteers

Beth has always worked in the Jewish community. She began her career teaching kindergarten at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School in 1986 and taught there until 2009. Thereafter, she worked as the Sunday School principal for Congregation Shir Hadash and then found her way Ovation Communities as the first formal Volunteer Coordinator. Beth turned the program established by Hand in Hand into the professional program that it is today.

“Beth has brought our volunteer department from so-so, to a very large and diverse group of people, young and old,” said Mary Anne-Selby, Hand in Hand and Ovation Jewish Home Board Member. “These volunteers have given their time to fill the lives of our residents with happiness, joy and companionship.”

When Beth began her tenure, she was told to remember one important rule: “Volunteers are golden to our organization, so be sure to treat them that way.” Many of our volunteers have been involved with our organization through generations.

Throughout her journey as the volunteer manager, Beth developed community partnerships with local universities. In 2012, Beth received the Community Partner Award from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on behalf of Ovation’s volunteer program. Under Beth’s leadership Ovation Communities has won several awards for its volunteer program.

“If you put in as much effort enjoying your retirement as you have working for Ovation Communities, it is sure to be a success,” said Arleen Peltz, Board Member and Past Board Chair, Ovation Jewish Home and the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation.

  • December 22, 2021

Residents Go On Virtual Tours of Israel

While the pandemic has presented many challenges in providing enriching activities for residents, it also presented some very unique opportunities. This summer, Israeli educator and Ovation collaborator David Bitan led numerous virtual tours of Israel for residents and community members.

David toured locations throughout Israel which showcased Jewish history, Israel’s history, military prowess, culture, and charming slices of Israeli life. These tours were featured and recorded on Zoom and have now been posted to the Foundation’s YouTube channel so that residents and other community members can enjoy them at their leisure.

“To bring Israel to the community in the midst of this pandemic is one of the most fantastic ideas that we came up with in partnership with one another,” Bitan said. “To connect Ovation’s residents to Israel, its landscapes, and historical sites, warms the heart and soul.”

 

Virtual tours

have included:

  • The Old City o f Jerusalem
  • Neveh Zedek neighborhood of Tel-Aviv
  • Tel-Faher in the Golan Heights
  • Caesaria,
  • Um El Umdan (in Modiin)
  • Old Jaffa
  • a kibbutz tour
  • Zichron Yaakov
  • The Kastel and Mini Israel.

This program was made possible through a grant by the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation.

 

  • December 21, 2021

Touch Points – A Spark of Light with Dana

Hello Friends,

I hope you and your family are well. I am thinking of you and sending my positive thoughts and prayers. We are missing everyone, and hope to bridge the distance through this electronic connection.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I am trying to approach each day with a grateful heart. Did you know that social science research outlines how giving thanks and practicing gratitude can benefit us? Gratitude can increase our sense of balance and calm, enhance optimism, help us cope with stress, and improve our physical well-being. It is incredible that simple, appreciative thoughts can make a huge impact!

Sometimes, feeling a sense of gratitude is easy, and in more challenging times, like now, we may need to search for this optimistic outlook. However, all of us have something to be thankful for.  So, let’s get inspired, and start living life with a grateful heart. This “Touch Points” focuses on the importance of cultivating gratitude, how gratitude has the ability to make us happier and healthier, and a variety of ways to incorporate this practice into our lives.  For my friends caring for a loved-one with memory loss, most of the suggestions can be easily adapted. I hope you will find ways to personalize the techniques and make them work for your family. This is not one size fits all, so read the suggestions below and see what resonates. Commit to one or two techniques, and notice how your outlooks feels lighter and brighter!

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey

     1.Ways to Cultivate the Habit of Grateful Thinking

  • Start by paying attention and being mindful of your daily blessings. Be aware of little things each day that you are grateful for. There are simple things that might come to mind, so challenge yourself to find one new appreciation each day. There is nothing too small to be grateful for. For example, I was grateful that we had oatmeal and brown sugar in the house; that is exactly what I wanted to eat!
    • Make the practice of gratitude social– Try to think about another person and why you are grateful. What has that person said or done to enrich your life or make it easier? Then, if you are able, share these warm feelings with the person.  You might talk about your appreciation during a meal, Facetime call, phone call or a letter. This moment can facilitate a beautiful, loving connection.
    • Find gratitude even during the challenging times. I think a pandemic certainly counts as a challenge! Don’t you?! So, even now, try to be aware of what you are grateful for. Daily, I am grateful for snuggles from my tiny, old dog, Maggie. What are you grateful for?
    • Keep a daily gratitude journal or list– Get in the habit of expressing your gratitude daily. In the morning when you wake up, or before you go to bed, write a list of five things you are grateful for. Try this with your loved-one. Once you have a few entries, enjoy spending moments reading them again. I guarantee you will smile.
    • Say grace after meals.- In Judaism, we say “Birkat Hamazon” to give thanks to G-d for our food and for the nourishment. Let us also give thanks to the people making our meals. We are all blessed to have a full belly. AMEN!

If your belly is full, then find a way to help people that are not as fortunate.  Show your gratitude through tzedukah or charity. Many people in Milwaukee are “food insecure” and do not have enough to eat.  The Milwaukee Jewish Pantry, is a Jewish response to hunger in our city. Click here to learn more and to donate to this worthy cause. https://www.jccmilwaukee.org/programs/community/jewish-community-pantry/

    • Take a gratitude stroll– Go for a walk and notice all the things you are grateful for. It is healthy for us to get out of the house, even for a little while. If you can, bundle up and take a walk, and if it’s too difficult, then sit outside. Use all your senses. Feel the sun on your face, feel the wind in your hair, and hear the leaves rustling. What a glorious experience; savor this moment.
    • Try a gratitude breathing exercise– Before we start, think of one or two things you are grateful for and keep them in your mind. Get comfortable in a chair with arms and close your eyes. Put your hand on your heart, and be mindful of the moment. As you breathe in through your nose, think about a moment in your life you are deeply grateful for or something you cherish. Hold it for a few seconds, breathe it in, and feel it. Then breathe out through your mouth. Try this a few times and feel the grace in this moment. (Only do the exercise two times so you don’t feel light-headed.)

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.” (-Ralph H. Blum)

     2. Try “Grateful” Brain Health Exercises-

Regular mental fitness can help your cognition. Have fun with these inspirational exercises. Complete by yourself, and then share with a loved-one. Notice how your happiness grows with a grateful perspective.

  • List people in your life you are grateful for, and why? Write what you like about them.
  • Name your favorite experience this past year, and describe why it was so memorable.
  • Describe a favorite smell that always makes you smile. What about a sound, sight, or sensation? For me, my favorite smell is chicken soup. Even though I am vegetarian, I still love the smell of chicken soup. It reminds me of my Yiddishe Grandma Mildred’s giant pot of simmering chicken soup, and family gatherings. It feels like a warm hug, unconditional love and my beautiful, large family. (Picture the movie- My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but everyone is Jewish, eating chicken soup. That’s my family. 😊)
  • Describe something weird or random that brings you joy. (This is my favorite question! I can’t wait to hear what you said!)

“Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.” -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

     3. Watch the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s “Museum Moment”-

In 1790, George Washington wrote a letter to the congregation of Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. In this letter, he indicates that Jews and all members of minority religions will be able to practice freely in the new United States. This Museum Moment explores the history of Washington’s letter and its importance to American Jews.  In thinking about gratitude at this time of Thanksgiving, consider the way in which Jewish identity and American identity are connected. Learn more – watch this 26 minute video:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XgVSf31HPk

     4. Be Safe- Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Today!-  In the Spirit of Gratitude, I am SO Grateful for the Covid-19 Vaccine!

The COVID-19 Vaccine and the COVID-19 booster shots are available. I strongly urge you to get a Covid-19 vaccine. Are you and everyone you love vaccinated?  If not, please get vaccinated today!  Do it for yourself, your family, and your community.

  • Click here to find a vaccine near you: https://www.vaccines.gov/   Many locations offer same day and walk-in appointments.
  • Who is eligible for a Covid-19 Vaccine booster shot? https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
  • In-home vaccinations are available!  Simply call (414) 286-6800 to schedule. Do you have difficulty leaving your home, live in Milwaukee County, and have trouble accessing the support needed to get the COVID-19 Vaccine? No problem! Call for an appointment.
  • Do you have questions or feel hesitant?  There are many ways to find the answers you need. Call and speak to an expert or click on the websites below. Have your questions answered and then make an appointment today.
  1. Click here for more information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/
  2. Check out The City of Milwaukee Health Department website:  https://city.milwaukee.gov/CovidVax
  3. Call the State Hotline:  1-844-684-1064

“If you concentrate on finding whatever is good in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.” -Rabbi Harold Kushner

I would love to hear what you enjoyed, and what practices you are incorporating into your life. Have you felt more optimism and light?  Gratitude is a powerful tool that allows our hearts to link to others in love and in peace. Thank you for adding beauty and meaning in my world. I am grateful for each of you.

As always, if you have a question about memory loss, our programs, community resources or caregiving- I am here for you, and happy to help. Please do not hesitate to contact me. You can find me here: DRubin-Winkelman@ovation.org

Thinking of you and sending all my positive energy and love,

Dana

  • November 16, 2021

Touch Points – A Spark of Light with Dana

 

Hello Friends,

I hope you and your family are well. I am thinking of you and sending my positive thoughts and prayers. We are missing everyone, and hope to bridge the distance through this electronic connection.

Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) are built-in markers to help us pause and reflect. This year, Yom Kippur begins at sunset on September 15 and ends at sundown on September 16.  During this time, we turn inward. We push ourselves to look back over the past year, ask for forgiveness and open ourselves up to the possibilities in the year to come. For many of us, each year there is a similarity to the approach; we are guided by our teachings. Still, we each are moved by different things. What helps you move toward goodness and peace? My “neshamah” (the Jewish notion of the soul) is sparked when I dig a little deeper to find the symbolism and meaning behind our customs, or I enhance reflection with beautiful music or other meaningful words.  This intentional combination pushes my heart and soul in the right direction as I strive “to do better and be better.”

For many of us, this year will be different. Some individuals may be comfortable attending in-person synagogue-based services (with a mask please), while others prefer a home-based holiday. Whatever you choose is perfectly okay; we can find contemplation and spiritual renewal in either location. Do not allow the physical distance to become a barrier to your introspection.   Reflect and connect with yourself, friends and loved ones, and G-d.  I hope this Touch Points will remind you of the beautiful symbolism behind our traditions, and provide additional ways to augment the holiday with musical links and inspiration.  With a little thought and intention, this time will be sacred and special.

CUSTOMS AND A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING DURING YOM KIPPUR:

  1. Teshuvah– This is one of the central aspects of the Holidays. Teshuvah literally means to return.

Honestly look back over the past year and assess your actions. Find the courage to accept your faults and transgressions, and strive to be better in the coming year.  This can be a transformative journey. Rabbi Sara Sapadin says, “Teshuvah is not about concealing our imperfections, it is about facing them.” Interestingly, there is a Teshuva “formula.” In order to change or “turn back” to your best self, follow these steps: recognize the wrong or error, take responsibility for your action/behavior, feel and express regret, apologize and ask for forgiveness (this could be to yourself, other people, or G-d), and plan on how you will improve and change the behavior in the future. Author Estelle Frankel says, “Through Teshuva we always have the power and freedom to begin anew so that our past need not determine our future.”

One way I enhance my intention when reflecting is by listening to inspiring music. The prayer Avinu Malkeinu is recited on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This is an extremely powerful prayer. Click below to hear Barbra Streisand sing this undeniably gorgeous Avinu Malkeinu (4 minutes).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YONAP39jVE&app=desktop

“Nobody’s perfect.  We make mistakes. We say wrong things. We do wrong things. We fall. We get up. We learn. We grow. We move on. We live.” -unknown

2. Forgiveness   Rabbi Leah Berkowitz discusses the blessing of a genuine apology- both given and received. What makes a good apology? Rabbi Berkowitz states, “It is important to find the right words to tell people we have hurt, that we are sorry.” Be kind to yourself and to each other- offer amends and accept forgiveness. A sincere apology is a sign of strength. I hope we can all find insight to let go of anger and resentment, and find peace. Only then, we will stand in the light.

“Forgiveness is the best form of love. It takes a strong person to say sorry and an even stronger person to forgive.” -unknown

3. Remember Those we Have Lost– The Yizkor liturgy on Yom Kippur gives us time to reflect and remember our loved ones that are departed. Thinking of their admired qualities and reflecting on their lives brings a sense of closeness and connection. It also elevates our own perspective and meaning for the High Holidays. In my family, following services, we often share the warm memories of a loved one that has passed away. Even though my eyes fill with tears, my heart fills with so much love and gratitude to have had them in my life. May their memories continue to be a blessing.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -Winnie the Pooh

4. Shofar The Shofar is a musical instrument made of a ram’s horn. Traditionally, the shofar is blown throughout the Hebrew month of Elul and during the High Holidays. Rabbi Ilana Schachter says that “Blowing the shofar can shake us from complacency, and can wake us up from a spiritual slumber. The sound of the shofar reminds us of important spiritual work we have yet to do.” I pray the sound of the shofar awakens us personally, and as a society. Let us acknowledge where we fell short, and how we will do more in the coming year to promote love, kindness and compassion. Amen!

5. Prayer- Our synagogues are doing everything possible to stay close and reach us during this atypical time. Each synagogue has its own plan for health and safety. What is your plan for Yom Kippur? If it’s your practice, you might choose a synagogue that offers services virtually. A variety of Milwaukee synagogues offer High Holiday Zoom links.

G-d hears our voices everywhere. If you aren’t able or comfortable praying in person or virtually, find your own way to speak to G-d. Share your mind and heart. Personally, there have been a few years I have been unable to attend services. Instead, I took out our prayer book and read the entire service at home by myself; I focused on pieces that had the most meaning to me. The stillness and the silence in our home added to my kavanah, or intention.  This challenging year may be an wonderful opportunity to reach a new direction of the heart.

  • Consider expanding your prayers this year. Pray for the doctors, nurses, and essential workers that provide care and services to help us all. We cannot forget or underestimate how difficult their jobs are. Pray to keep them safe, bring them comfort and send them additional strength to do their good work.
  • Let us all send heartfelt “Mi Shebeirach” prayers (healing prayers) for those that are sick with Covid or to those that have lost people from this pandemic. Covid-19 is felt all over the world, and many people need our prayers.
  • Click here for Debbie Friedman’s “Mi Shebeirach– A Prayer for Healing”-  Debbie Friedman – Mi Shebeirach (2001) – Bing video

 

“…As You maintain harmony in the heavens, give peace to us, the whole Jewish People, and to all who dwell on earth. Amen.”
Mahzor Lev Shalem

 6. Be Safe- Please Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Today!-  The FDA granted full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine. I strongly urge you to get a Covid-19 vaccine! The Covid virus has mutated, becoming stronger with the very contagious Delta Variant.  Are you and everyone you love vaccinated?  If not, please get vaccinated today!  Do it for yourself, your family, and your community. Information below:

  • Click here to find a vaccine near you: https://www.vaccines.gov/   Many locations offer same day and walk-in appointments.
  • In-home vaccinations are available!  Simply call (414) 286-6800 to schedule. Do you have difficulty leaving your home, live in Milwaukee County, and have trouble accessing the support needed to get the COVID-19 Vaccine? No problem! Appointments are usually scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 9am-2pm.  Please share this important number with those that need it.
  • Do you have questions or feel hesitant?  There are many ways to find the answers you need. Call and speak to an expert or click on the websites below. Have your questions answered and then make an appointment today.
    1. Click here for more information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/
    2. Check out The City of Milwaukee Health Department website:  https://city.milwaukee.gov/CovidVax
    3. Call the State Hotline:  1-844-684-1064.

Wishing everyone a meaningful Yom Kippur. May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a good year.

As always, if you have a question, I am here for you, and happy to help. You can find me here: DRubin-Winkelman@ovation.org

Thinking of you and sending all my positive energy and love,

Dana

  • September 13, 2021