Support Our Mission

Without your help, St. Ann Center cannot provide quality compassionate care to the children, frail elders, and adults with disabilities in our community. About 80% of our adult clients live below the poverty level. The state provides about $50 per day for a person’s care, but it doesn’t stretch to cover the superior level of care we offer.

It’s because of our generous donors and volunteers that we can provide exceptional care that helps each person feel valued and engaged in life. With your support, we can serve more people in need right here in our community.

Ways You Can Help Make A Difference

Fulfilling items on our wish lists helps with a variety of needs, and Items are tax-deductible. Here are items our various departments want, with campus specified — please follow the general guidelines below when donating. Thank you!

General Guidelines
  1. We ask that all material donations, especially large ones, be prearranged by calling (414) 977-5062. There are many items we cannot accept, for lack of storage and because of the nature of our facility. Re-homing items we can’t use takes staff time away from our mission. (Vintage jewelry may be left without prearranging, though if you have a large amount, we can arrange to pick it up.)
  2. 2. Vintage jewelry, or items that have been cleared by staff for donation, may be brought to either campus ONLY between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday,because that is when staff are available to process them. Leaving them after-hours, whether outside or in the vestibule, risks loss or damage.
  3. Please, no freebie marketing “swag” items: stickers, plastic bags, outdated calendars, etc.
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Stein Campus

Bucyrus Campus

Adult Day Care

Bingo prizes (fun/practical items like small stuffed animals, ceramics, card games, socks, coin purses, hand lotion); large bingo cards with open/shut windows; markers; crayons; coloring books for adults; M and XL jogging pants; travel, music or story CDs/DVDs; puzzles.  [both campuses]

  • Retail. Costume/vintage jewelry for our Vintage Jewelry Mission (see below); gently used clothes; knickknacks; CDs & DVDs; ceramics; miscellaneous gently used items. [Stein Campus]
  • Dental Program. Adult and child toothbrushes and toothpaste; large bottles ACT mouthwash-bubblegum flavor. [both campuses]
  • Art Rooms. Clay; paint;  pastels; paper;  watercolor pencils;  mosaic tiles; gel pens;  beads; tissue paper. [Stein Campus]
  • Gardens/Intergenerational Playgarden. Birdbaths (intact, uncracked bowls and bases); bird feeders. [Bucyrus Campus]

Handmade Designer Jewelry

St. Ann Center’s president, Sr. Edna Lonergan, , designs and handcrafts breathtaking one-of-a-kind jewelry, with all proceeds supporting the children, frail elders and adults with disabilities who come here for care. With every $20 purchase, we’re able to provide a bath to an adult client in need.

Shop in Person…

Shop in person Monday through Friday (normal business hours) at either campus for unique necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. Store open Monday-Friday during normal business hours at both campuses. New items and special sales posted on her Facebook Page.

…Or Host a Jewelry Party!

As host, you’ll enjoy special gifts and discounts on Sr. Edna’s handcrafted pieces. We’ll help you plan a benefit jewelry party in your own home, church or business—or, for a group of six or more, right at St. Ann Center.

Sr. Edna will be your personal jewelry consultant, helping you choose from nearly 100 of her beautiful creations.

To plan a jewelry party, call (414) 977-5040.

Perhaps you have vintage heirloom or trendy costume jewelry to donate. Or maybe you’re looking to put a love of fashion to work for a good cause.

Our vintage jewelry team is always looking for donations of jewelry and volunteers willing to help this collection keep shining bright.

For information on donating or volunteering, call (414) 977-5040. To shop the collection, watch our Facebook Page or check our Calendar.

This program began in the center’s early years when Sr. Edna Lonergan saw how well jewelry sold at the fundraising rummage sales. She began collecting donated jewelry, and volunteer Florence Nevins, recognizing how many of the donations were valuable, began researching and organizing them. The collection became an important part of our fundraising.

Today, volunteers painstakingly sort, clean, repair and price donated jewelry (at surprisingly low prices!) to prepare them for regular jewelry sales at the center, community pop-up sales, or sales to local boutiques. Nothing is wasted; single earrings and irreparable pieces get sold in bulk to local artists and crafters.

Volunteers are key to our success, and because we’re so multi-faceted, that means you can tailor your experience to suit your schedule and interests.

You can volunteer for a day at one of our community events or fundraisers, serve a few hours helping to feed adults and children, or set aside a half-day weekly to assist with clerical work or to cashier at our cafe. Help adults do puzzles, read a story to a child or engage a group with your musical talent, dance skills, or a magic show.

[Overnight respite volunteers accepted for Saturday/Sundays]

Volunteers at either campus must be at least 13 years old, complete an application form and pass a tuberculosis test. Those 18 and older must successfully pass a background check; those ages 13 to 17 must submit a copy of immunization records.

To get started, please complete this general contact form, and a volunteer coordinator will connect with you to complete the full application and schedule your volunteer opportunity.


About the Cameroon Goat & Chicken Fund

Since 2003, Sr. Edna Lonergan, St. Ann Center president has championed the Cameroon Goat & Chicken Fund, The fund provides goats, chickens and piglets to the poorest residents of this western African nation, livestock vital to their survival. This sustainable food source and additional income can help families for decades, bringing hope for generations.

The Tertiary Franciscan Sisters of Italy arrived here decades ago to work in two small villages, where most residents live on the edge of poverty. Some families survive on less than $100 a year; many lack adequate food, clothing, shelter, education or medical care.

The Sisters provide medical care and established a vocational school. But spread of the HIV has taken the lives of many young adults, leaving grandparents and great-grandparents to care for sometimes very young children. And political upheaval has wreaked havoc in the region.

How you can help

Donate to help Cameroon families: $12 for a chicken, $35 for a male goat, $50 for a female goat, $85 for a pair of goats or $50 for a piglet. Donations are tax-deductible.


Write a check payable to St. Ann Center/Cameroon Goat & Chicken Fund and mail to:

St. Ann Center/Cameroon Goat & Chicken Fund
2801 E. Morgan Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Want to volunteer here at home to help the Cameroon Goat & Chicken Fund? Call (414) 977-5063.

Other Ways to Donate

Donate By Check

If you prefer, mail your gift in the form of a check made out to St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care to:

St. Ann Center
2801 E. Morgan Ave.,
Milwaukee, WI 53207.

Give Us A Call

Donations can also be made over the phone at (414) 977-5062.

For more information about donating and how you make it possible for St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care to continue its mission, contact Chris Fabbri: (414) 977-5062 or

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