At FUMC, we are blessed to connect with a variety of building partners and community partnerships to further a wide variety of missions that serve the ever increasing needs of our neighbors. Each of these is special and for each connection, we are grateful. We understand how serving with others can deepen our personal connections with God and further the discipleship work of Jesus.
Currently, we share our building with:
The Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP) began in 1982 as a nonprofit disability services organization serving people who have physical and developmental disabilities who did not fit into other human service programs. Starting out with 8 member and 2 staff people, the program operated out of the lobby of the YWCA of Waukesha. After three months ACAP found its permanent home in the facilities of the First United Methodist Church of Waukesha.
ACAP uses a philosophy of inclusion and social valorization to conduct its operations. Individuals served have unique talents and abilities to share with society; therefore, efforts are made to discover, cultivate, and use those abilities within the context of community-based environments. Members of ACAP have made use of generic community resources, such as health & fitness centers, museums, leisure outlets, and cultural events to express their belonging to the community.
In addition, such places as nature centers, historical museums, food pantries, shelters for people who are homeless, graffiti abatement programs, and other nonprofit organizations have received countless hours of volunteerism from members of ACAP. By giving back to the community in tangible and meaningful ways, members of ACAP have demonstrated to themselves and to the community as a whole, that they have a valued place in society and in our local communities.
Members have won awards for their involvement in ACAP’s graffiti removal program and for advocacy work in the Waukesha County area. In 2006, ACAP members won the Volunteer Center of Waukesha County’s “Adult Volunteer Group of the Year” Award for the many hours of service to the Hebron House of Hospitality, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha County Historical Society, Waukesha County Food Pantry, Oakhill Village retirement community, Regency Senior Living Center, Waukesha Humane Society, and Waukesha County Meals on Wheels program. For more info check out their website at: www.acap-waukesha.org.
Healing Hearts of Waukesha County provides a peer-to-peer grief support program for children, teens and adults. Healing Hearts serves participants who are grieving the loss of a loved one due to death, divorce, abandonment, separation, military deployment, incarceration, deportation or other life-altering events. Meeting in confidential setting, participants are guided by trained volunteers to work through the grieving process with others experiencing similar losses. The goals of the program are to break the isolation of grief; honor the loss and the feelings associated with loss; develop coping skills with the support of peers to deal with challenges associated with loss; integrate the loss into one's life and foster a sense of hope. The program is free to all participants.
Changing Young Lives With Music
Since its founding in 2011, Greater Milwaukee El Sistema (GMES) has served over 175 elementary school students. We are committed to providing safe, quality music education and opportunities to our students.
Officially, it’s Greater Milwaukee El Sistema, but so far, it’s a small non-profit (501 C-3) operating only locally here in Waukesha. Two sites, serving more than 11 public and private schools. Its mission is to create community by growing a children’s orchestra for grades 1-5. Budget cuts over the last several years have resulted in the cessation of all instrumental music education in our public schools until grade 6. Grade 6 is too late. Thus the need.
Our mission is to create community, too.
We are a perfect partnership fit here at Waukesha FUMC.
The Children's Choir of Waukesha has touched the lives of grade school and high school students in the area for over 30 years. It is a choral program that spans grades 1 -12 in five different choirs. Students experience the magic of making music with their voices in an enjoyable yet disciplined musical setting. Activities include
refining vocal production
increasing music reading and writing skills
A variety of musical styles are performed. Opportunities to audition for honor choirs are offered.
The Singing Tree is a joyful, fun-filled program with a 30+ year history of introducing preschool children with their parents to the pleasures of music and movement. Using a research-based curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for the learning styles of young children, classroom music and movement activities encourage
rhythmic and tonal development
growth in language skills
improved auditory discrimination and memory skills
small and large motor skill development
the ability to socialize with other children and adults in the class
The program is based on family interaction and participation. It is the intent of the program that the musical activities presented in class will become part of the family experiences at home. There are classes for preschool through kindergarten-age children.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; it is self-supporting through its own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Its primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with alcoholism. This is done by
practicing the Twelve Steps
welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics
giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic
There are no dues or fees for membership. The only requirement is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend. Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause.
When We Meet
Alcoholics Anonymous meets at First United Methodist Church on the following days. These meetings are closed to the public but open to alcoholics. Signs are posted at each entry with the assigned room number for each meeting.
closed big book/12 &12 study
closed big book/12&12 study
closed women's meeting, 1st level room 108 (first door on left if entering off of Park St)
St Vincent de Paul
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Mentoring Program http://stvincentwaukeshacounty.org/coming-together-to-get-ahead/
Coming Together to Get Ahead is a mentoring program in which participants will:
Be a part a of 16 week ‘kitchen table’ informational workshop series developed by the aha! Process Inc.
Examine their own experience of poverty as well as explore community issues that impact poverty such as banking, housing, jobs and transportation.
Assess their own resources as a part of a move to greater self-sufficiency.
Gain concepts, tools and relationships to make a difference not only in their lives but in the life of the community.
Obsessive Compulsive Support Group
FUMC's OCD Support Group, which met for more than 20 years, has been assimilated into the new support group at Rogers Memorial Hospital. Rogers Memorial Hospital offers support groups for individuals living with OCD, as well as for parents and caregivers of those struggling with the disorder. These support groups provide on-going education and a safe place to share tips, ideas and challenges. In weekly or bi-weekly sessions, participants connect with others to sharpen the skills required to live with uncertainty, remain focused on goals and share achievements. The groups meet at:
Silver Lake Outpatient Center (Media Room)
1205 Corporate Center Dr
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
For more information, contact Marisol Brost, OCD/Anxiety Support Group Specialist at 262-646-6257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a way of connecting with the Hispanic community, Pro Health Care has teamed up with FUMC for the past two years to offer Zumba classes in our building. Between 30 and 60 people attend these classes at any given time, and they are also open to FUMC members.
Since 1982, NAMI Waukesha has worked to improve the understanding of mental health conditions and share the hope of recovery by offering information, support, education and advocacy services. NAMI strives to enlighten the public with the goal of erasing the stigma, guilt, shame, fear, ignorance and discrimination that negatively impacts the lives of people affected by mental health conditions.
NAMI offers support groups, educational classes, Chapter 51 court support and advocacy, homeless outreach for individuals affected by mental illness through the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness Program, one-on-one support/education, monthly educational meetings and current information on legislation pertinent to mental health.