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It’s about them.

Silver Spring Neighborhood Center has been helping families and individuals of Northwest Milwaukee obtain self-sufficiency since 1958.


Our four pillars of focus revolve around: Education, Employment, Youth Services, Health & Wellness

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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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


Turning Point became a full-fledged alternative middle school.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


For a more detailed history, click here. 

Our Administrative Staff


Devin Hudson
Executive Director

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Benjamin Holt
Director of Philanthropy


Derrick Shoates
Director of Programs

Our Board

David Nestingen

Board President

Heidi Furlong

Foley & Lardner LLP

Steve Basilotto

Senior Vice President, Chief Experience Office, Froedtert Health

Phil Knoebel

Knoebel & Associates

Viktor Gottlieb

Vice President, Middle Market Banking Associated Bank Treasurer

Barbara Wanzo

Executive Director
Black Arts Think Tank

Karla Kluck

Performance Coach/Consultant
US Bank

Shawn Hansbrough

Commodity Portfolio Manager
We Energies

Dr. Aggy Lun

Quad Med

Mary Jo Baisch PhD,RN.

Associate Professor Emerita
UWM College of Nursing

Fraser Engerman

Director, Global Media Relations, Corporate Communications
Johnson Controls

Diamond Hanson
Stephanie Maney

City Forward Collective

Ashley Smith
Godfrey & Kahn