By Maureen Post Special to Published Oct 29, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Providing assistance for community residents suffering from mental illness, the Grand Avenue Club flips to the other side for one night and asks for your support.

Hosting their annual "Celebration of Work," Grand Avenue Club, 210 E. Michigan St., invites you to join them in honor of both their employees and supporting employers.

"Nationally, the unemployment rate for people with mental illness is 85%, the most of any disability. At Grand Avenue Club, we have a successful program working to ready people for work and partnering with quality employers," says Executive Director Rachel Foreman.

Program members from Derco Aerospace, Foley & Lardner and First Baptist Church of West Allis will speak at the event, giving insight into the experience of employee Club Members from Grand Avenue Club.

"In the last year, our employees earned $1 million in taxable revenue. It's a sizable contribution to our city," says Foreman.
Grand Avenue Club gives members the necessary tools to pursue work, paid employment, education, housing, as well as recreational and cultural opportunities in the community.

"Celebration of Work" takes place Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. If you'd like to attend, RSVP at (414) 276-6474 x.41 or e-mail

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.