It’s not About Us.
It’s about them.

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center has been helping the residents of Westlawn, Wisconsin’s largest public housing development, become self-sufficient, contributing members of society since 1958.

The Facility

This impressive facility on Milwaukee's Northwest side is home to the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, our Elaine Schreiber Child Development Center, and Browning Elementary School.

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Our History

1957

Founded as a “settlement house” style neighborhood center to serve the residents of Westlawn Housing Development and the surrounding area, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center started as a 3,000 square foot building with an adjoining playground.

1964

SSNC started a licensed day care, becoming one of the oldest licensed day care programs in the city.

1971

Partnered with Milwaukee Area Technical College to offer adult education classes. This partnership remains today.

1986

The Turning Point Learning Center (now the Silver Spring Academy) opened its doors to tutor pupils who were in danger of failing in their regular school.

1987

The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Silver Spring Community Nursing Center began its pilot program. The Nursing Center focused on the whole person, particularly concerning wellness and preventative medicine.

1989

Turning Point became a full-fledged alternative middle school.

1998

Milwaukee Public Schools invited SSNC and the Housing Authority into a three-way partnership, which results in the construction of a Browning Elementary School attachment.

2003

With the completion of the Browning Elementary School attachment, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center now occupies over 11 times the space of the original building.

2004

SSNC and Browning received the prestigious MANDI (Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation) Award recognizing a non-profit/public project, which best enhances and promotes neighborhood development.

2010

By 2010 the center was running full steam with the 10 Centers of Excellence Programs that included, and Early Childhood Development Center, Afterschool, Teen, Adult Employment and Education Programs, Youth Sports, Family Nights, UW-Milwaukee/Silver Spring Community Nursing Center, Community Connections and an Emergency Services Food Pantry. Offering holistic programs under one roof.

2017

Once again, we received the prestigious MANDI Award, this time we received The BMO Harris Cornerstone Award recognizing an organization for their commitment and effectiveness over time. We were also one of three winners in the Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award, an online social media campaign that selected public picks for three winners across all award categories.

2017

This one was so big we decided it needed it's on bullet point. In 2017, we received a beautiful Multi-Sport Complex gifted to us by the Milwaukee Bucks and Johnson Controls.

 

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1967

 

Founded as a “settlement house” style neighborhood center to serve the residents of Westlawn Housing Development and the surrounding area, Silver Spring Neighborhood Center started as a 3,000 square foot building with an adjoining playground.

Our Administrative Staff

Tom Ellis
Executive Director

Devin Hudson
Development Director

Rowanda Nunn
HR Coordinator

Diana Sutton
Director of Operations

Our Board

Marvin Bynum II

Attorney
Godfrey & Kahn S.C.
President

Phil Knoebel

President
Knoebel & Associates

Heidi Furlong

Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
Secretary

Nicole Blemberg

Development Director
UW-M College of Nursing

Barbara Wanzo

Executive Director
Black Arts Think Tank

Eileen Cahill

Freelance Writer & Communications Professional

Viktor Gottlieb

Vice President, Middle Market Banking Associated Bank Treasurer

Karla Kluck

Performance Coach/Consultant
US Bank

Fraser Engerman

Director, Global Media Relations, Corporate Communications
Johnson Controls

Shawn Hansbrough

Commodity Portfolio Manager
We Energies

Delicia Morris

Westlawn Resident Council

Earl Sadowsky

Financial Representative
Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Mary Jo Baisch PhD,RN.

Associate Professor Emerita
UWM College of Nursing

Liz Koziol

Managing Director,
Customer Operations
GENCO Supply Chain Solutions

Sandra Tunis

Senior Vice President,
Government Relations Managed Health Services

Dr. Aimee Welsh, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine & Radiology
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine-Medical College of WI.