COA was recently highlighted in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the changing landscape of the Amani neighborhood. From the article:
“Amani — bordered by N. 27th St., W. Keefe Ave., N. 20th St. and W. Center St. — historically has been one of Milwaukee’s most challenged neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and crime.
But in the last several years, people say something has shifted. More residents are getting involved, while nonprofit and government agencies are collaborating. Homicides continue to be a concern, but data from the Milwaukee Police Department show overall crime dropping by double-digits over the last two years — even as much as 36% in one of the census tracts.
COA’s Goldin Center and the Dominican Center for Women are ground zero for much of that change.
‘This is a neighborhood that is controlling its own destiny,’ COA Executive Director Tom Schneider said.
In the last several years, COA opened a family resource center that offers parenting classes at Goldin; expanded after-school, weekend and summer youth programs; and worked with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Marquette University’s College of Nursing to open a pediatric and family clinic inside Goldin. A new accredited early childhood education center is expected to open at Goldin in July.”
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