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Junior League of Milwaukee Grant Helps Curative Care Improve the Lives of Children with Sensory Processing Issues

April 23, 2018 | MILWAUKEE, WIS – The Junior League of Milwaukee has generously awarded Curative Care Network with a $6,390 grant to fund the cost of constructing a Children’s Sensory Room.  The Sensory Room will be used by occupational therapists at Curative Care to improve the health, function and quality of life for children with a wide range of sensory processing disorders.  

Children with sensory processing challenges experience difficulties responding to information from the senses, such as sound, touch, light, smell, or taste.  The sensory room will positively impact the lives of hundreds of local children with autism, Down syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a variety of learning disabilities.  

“This award means so much to us because our visionary founder, Elizabeth Upham Davis, was also a member of the Junior League, and she was determined to support the independence of people living with disabilities,” said Curative President & CEO, Candace Hennessy, PhD, RN. “We are grateful to our partners at the Junior League for this generous award and know that it will help our therapists improve the function and quality of life for many children affected by sensory processing disorders.” 

Curative Care was founded in a one room cottage on May 12, 1919 when Elizabeth Upham Davis and the Junior League of Milwaukee started the Curative Workshop for restoration therapy of children.  In 1931, it became an incorporated, not-for-profit agency.  Today, Curative Care is a comprehensive human services organization offering programs at multiple community-based sites throughout southeast Wisconsin.

“The Junior League of Milwaukee is excited to partner with Curative Care on this grant award.  The Children’s Sensory Room Project provides a needed service in line with JLM’s mission to work together with community agencies to help improve the health of children in the Milwaukee area,” said Patricia Marik, President, Junior League of Milwaukee.

Since 1915, the Junior League of Milwaukee has made this community a healthier, more vital place to live through strategic partnerships, innovative programs and effective fundraising.  The Junior League of Milwaukee’s over 600 women volunteers reflect a wide range of backgrounds, interests and professional pursuits. Its mission includes training volunteers in leadership and organizational development, community needs assessment, strategic planning, communications, advocacy and fundraising.

ABOUT CURATIVE CARE: Curative Care is a leading community resource that provides high quality services to children, adults and senior citizens with disabilities or limiting conditions at community-based sites and natural settings in Milwaukee and surrounding counties. Founded in 1919, Curative Care offers programs and services at several community-based sites in southeast Wisconsin including Adult Day Services, Birth to Three Services, Case Management Services, Employment Services, Outpatient Therapy Services and Senior Services. Learn more at

ABOUT JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MILWAUKEE: The Junior League of Milwaukee (JLM) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. JLM focuses its community efforts in the areas of education, health, and nutrition of women and children in the greater Milwaukee area. To learn more about JLM, please visit

Junior League of Milwaukee President, Patricia Marik (left) presented the grant award to Curative President and CEO, Candace Hennessy, PhD, RN, during JLM's annual meeting on April 30, 2018. 

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