OUR SPACE TIMELINE

1988 Our Space was founded by family members, clergy, mental health providers and consumers of mental health services. These Founders formed the Committee for a Milwaukee Drop-In Center. All Saints Cathedral generously donated space and on October 8, 1988, Our Space began serving 35 consumers.

1990 Member Outreach, the first prevocational program, was initiated and services were expanded to five days per week

1992 The agency was awarded NAMI's Certificate of Appreciation.

1994 Our Space began operating the Price is Right Shoppe which provides shopping opportunities, without charge, for persons in need, and work experience for persons with mental illness.

1996 Our Space initiated its second prevocational program, the Blue Dove Gift Shop, located at the Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex.

2001 Funding for the Wellness Program was received from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Faye McBeath Foundation to support future health related programming.

2002 Agency hours were expanded and board members received NAMI's Anti-Stigma and Professional Services Award.

2004 Our Space and Social Rehabilitation and Residential Resources initiated a Peer Mentor Supported Apartment Program.

2007 Our Space was instrumental in the fund development of the first Crisis Resource Center (CRC) receiving a $500,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant for the project.  

2007 Our Space began offering a 12-week Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) Group to assist members in developing comprehensive pre- and post-crisis plans.

2008 United House, a new supportive apartment facility, opened in August. United House is a collaborative effort between Our Space, the United Christian Church, and Cardinal Capital Management. United House serves 24 adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

2011 Empowerment Village-Nationaland Empowerment Village-Lincoln open. Empowerment Village-Lincoln consists of 30 one-bedroom supportive apartments with offices for Peer Support Staff and a Supportive Housing Coordinator. Other amenities will include a fitness center, library technology center, and community center with kitchen.

2015 Highland Commons consists of 50 one-bedroom supportive apartments with offices for Peer Support Staff and a Supportive Housing Coordinator. Other amenities will include a fitness center, library technology center, and community center with kitchen.