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Call to Connect

Do you know someone who is elderly, isolated, mentally challenged or otherwise vulnerable and would like a weekly phone call?

COPE Services is a not for profit organization in Grafton that runs a 24 hour, confidential hotline for those seeking emotional support, crisis intervention and referrals for services in Ozaukee County.

“Call to Connect” is a new program where isolated individuals or caregivers can receive weekly care calls from our volunteers.

To register for this program, please call Jan Valentine at 262-377-1477 or email her at

Lecture on Adult Bullying Jan. 25

Ozaukee County INVEST Mental Health Coalition & Aging Disability Resource Center of Ozaukee County is hosting a FREE lecture on: “Adult Bullying” How to recognize it and deal with it effectively. “Bullying is not an experience limited to childhood.”

Dr. Michael Weber-Certified Stress Management Consultant Port Washington-Saukville School District Superintendent

When: Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Time: 11:30AM-1:00PM

Where: Ozaukee Pavilion at Cedarburg Fairgrounds A light lunch will be provided Space is limited~ First Come First Served

Hosted by: Ozaukee County INVEST Mental Health Coalition & Aging Disability Resource Center of Ozaukee County

This is a FREE Event For questions please contact: 262-284-8173

Thanks to our Rockin’ on the River Sponsors!

COPE would like to thank all the folks that made our Rockin’ on the River fundraiser on Nov. 9 a success! A special thanks to our sponsors:

BMO Harris Bank

Froedtert & The Medical College


US Bank

88.9 Radio Milwaukee

You rock!

UWM Nursing Students Collaborate with COPE

COPE was presented with a report from the “Population Health Practicum” class at UWMilwaukee’s College of Nursing on April 28. The students, led by Nursing Clinical Instructor Gina Welch, created a Community Health Assessment comparing two zip codes — one from Ozaukee County and one from Milwaukee County — an extensive list of resources and an evaluation of the barriers to mental health resources. We are so thankful for this partnership and look forward to working with these thoughtful, caring students in the future. Special thanks to Julie Upstill, public health educator with Washington Ozaukee Public Health for connecting COPE to this group!

Gina Welch, UW Milwaukee Nursing Clinical Instructor, second from right, and her students present COPE with findings on April 28, 2017.

2017 COPE Luncheon

Lunch, Levity and Laughter

A 2017 COPE Luncheon Thank you

Hard work and a belief in COPE’s mission — providing emotional support and crisis intervention to those in the Greater Milwaukee area — fueled a successful 2017 COPE Luncheon on Feb. 8 at the Milwaukee Country Club.We raised approximately $22,000 at the event, and I’m grateful to everyone who was part of it. “A little judicious levity” was the theme for the event, and Comedian Chris Barnes brought more than a little levity home! He gave us permission to laugh out loud.

That permission to laugh is especially important for those suffering from mental illness. Isolation, financial struggles, challenging relationships and stigma can tear people down, but sharing a laugh can buoy one’s spirits — even in very difficult times. COPE staff and volunteers speak to people on the COPE Hotline everyday who are struggling emotionally. What a welcome relief it is for our callers to find something to laugh about. So we appreciate the reminder!

Now that the Luncheon is behind us, I need to recognize the people and organizations that made it happen. COPE Outreach Specialist Kristin Kobylinski did a fantastic job of organizing this event, working with our Luncheon Committee to gather 42 silent auction packages, four outstanding raffle prizes and working with our staff to put on this event. Even with those last-minute changes that can cause stress at an event like this, she maintained her calm and professional manner. Kudos to her!

Robert Dittmer, our Hotline Manager, presented a message at the podium that brought everyone back to the mission of COPE. Then he offered a big reveal — letting our guests know that we broke the 30,000 call barrier! We took more than 30,000 calls in 2016. And he added his own bit of levity to the event.

Moriah White, Miriam Stern and Jake Shanahan deftly handled check-in, raffle and drink ticket sales, as well as the behind-the-scenes workings of the silent auction, quickly matching guests with their treasures at the end of the Luncheon. Bravo!

My sincere thanks to this year’s sponsors. We raised the financial commitment of our sponsorships this year, and our community partners still came through! Here they are:

2017 COPE Luncheon Sponsors

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Ascension/Columbia St. Mary’s
  • BMO Harris
  • Eernisse Funeral Homes
  • Exodus House
  • Gordie Boucher Village Ford of Thiensville
  • Katie Podmokly/Baird
  • Matt Shilling
  • Rogers Memorial Hospital
  • US Bank


Our Board of Directors

Finally, thanks to COPE’s dedicated board of directors who support COPE, especially our Board Chairman Mark Baumgartner.

  • Mark Baumgartner, Chairman
  • Steve Carlton, Vice Chairman
  • Dick Dieffenbach, Treasurer
  • Katie Podmokly, Secretary
  • Adam Liebl
  • Joy Mead-Meucci
  • Jane E. Miller
  • Pastor Jim O’Reilly Christensen
  • Matt Shilling
  • Jan Spero


Thanks once again to everyone who helped make this event a success! Here’s to a mentally healthy community.


All the best,

Cecile Duhnke

Executive Director

COPE Services

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