After many years of performing at Goodwill and at local businesses and community partners, our Day Services Choir was selected to be featured on PBS’s 10thirtysix program. The PBS crew filmed the choir during a holiday-themed performance from the Summerfield United Methodist Church in Milwaukee. The site was significant because it was the location of Milwaukee’s very first Goodwill back in 1919.
The Goodwill Day Services Inspirations Choir was formed in the late 1990s by Recreation Assistant Kimbly Gipson. Originally formed at our Senior Center North location, the group now calls home Goodwill’s James O. Wright Center for Work and Training (JOW) on 91st Street in Milwaukee. There are 20 active members who rehearse every Monday and Thursday afternoon. All members are participants in the Day Services program, which offers services to adults with disabilities. “We were thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase our choir’s talents during our 100th anniversary year,” said Nichole Uecker, Program Manager of Day Services.
Participation in the choir is an engaging way for individuals to collaborate with their peers and showcase their considerable vocal skills. They have performed for audiences at JOW, the Goodwill Center for Work and Training – Southwest Campus, Alexian Village, Allix Care, Mayfair Mall, Friendship Village, Luther Manor, Bridges, and other Goodwill Day Services sites. Future appearances include Mayfair Mall as well as performances at various Milwaukee County Parks.
We are so proud of our choir members and very thankful to PBS for offering this opportunity to showcase their talent!
For more information on our program and services for people with disabilities and disadvantages, visit GoodwillSEW.com.
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