2018 Annual Report
In 2018, SaintA reached new audiences, strengthened our current connections, and deepened our focus on the community.
SaintA has always focused on the work and not the attention, but in 2018, we were given a national platform when Oprah Winfrey and CBS 60 Minutes traveled to Milwaukee to report on childhood trauma and resilience.
A Year of National Recognition
Inspired by trauma informed care (TIC) and related research, Winfrey identified one question as being life-changing, and that’s asking, “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?”
The segment highlighted the work of SaintA, including the scientific research behind TIC practices, and the use of our Seven Essential Ingredients, especially the healing potential of relationships and reason to be.
Healing the Community
In September, SaintA hosted the Healing Trauma, Healthy Communities conference, which sold-out with more than 1,300 attendees. Over two days, the nation’s renowned leaders on trauma and brain science tackled questions about the effects of trauma and how to create and maintain healthy communities.
The 50 breakout sessions explored trauma from virtually every angle, including resiliency, cultural sensitivity, and the importance of creating trauma-sensitive environments. Hosting the conference allowed us to elevate our work and bring it to a widescale audience. Our sponsor, Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee, is a partner who continues to help us expand our initiatives.
More to Come
Our 170-year anniversary is next year, in 2020. We are proud of our long history of meeting the needs of children in our community and look forward to celebrating our move from a responsive model to one of early intervention and prevention.
We have had some of our greatest accomplishments in 2018. And as we continue, your involvement is crucial to us. Thank you for your support of our mission and we look forward to working with you for many years to come.
Ann Leinfelder Grove Mary McCormick
President and CEO Board Chair