For more than 100 years, Lad Lake has dedicated its services to helping at-risk youth and families in southeastern Wisconsin. Now, in an effort to expand its reach to help an even larger demographic, Lad Lake has joined forces with St. Rose Youth & Family Center, Wisconsin’s oldest social service agency – one that has helped troubled girls, young women, and their families in Milwaukee for more than 150 years.
The two organizations – under the shared leadership of Gary Erdmann, executive director of Lad Lake – will act as a single alliance, drawing from 270 years of collective experience to best serve area youth. Together, they will remain committed to encouraging personal development in each of their clients, ultimately fostering success.
“Sometimes, there is strength in numbers,” says Erdmann, “and we believe that the establishment of a more efficient, single agency will allow for a more fully developed continuum of care that will include residential, education, outreach, and independent living services.” The integration of Lad Lake with St. Rose is especially ideal given their shared nature of programming. Likewise, both agencies are clearly aligned in mission and culture, making the alliance a natural “next step” in the evolution of support and services available to youth and families in need throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Joining forces and combining resources, expertise, and passion for helping at-risk youth and families will allow both agencies to collectively focus on what they do best – delivering on the promise of their joint mission, Guiding Growth.
We are excited by the possibilities this partnership creates. Being able to expand our services and compound our expertise with that of St. Rose will strengthen our comprehensive continuum of care and inspire positive change in all those we help. And that’s what really matters most.
– Gary Erdmann, Executive Director, Lad Lake