CORE El Centro

2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Madeline Gianforte

Nonprofit of the Year – Small Winner

Madeline Gianforte

CORE El Centro

130 W. Bruce St., Milwaukee

Since 2002, CORE El Centro has provided a community that has few primary care providers with holistic health services for all ages, including stress management, acupuncture, reiki training, and yoga and meditation classes. Nearly 6,000 clients of all income levels are served annually, 79 percent of them Latinx.

To help children and adults whose lives have been affected by trauma, CORE partners with many area organizations, including Sojourner Family Peace Center and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s Angel of Hope Clinic.

Being environmentally-friendly is a CORE priority. In 2009, the organization and two partners, the Healing Center and Aurora Walker’s Point Clinic, moved to 130 W. Bruce St. (the Clock Shadow Building.) The building’s rooftop garden allows clients to learn about nutrition and gardening through hands-on experience.

CORE depends on its many volunteers to foster positive community relationships and enhance the organization’s mission. The services offered by volunteers save CORE about $400,000 a year.

“CORE El Centro is a natural healing center whose mission is threefold: To create access to another form of health care; to build community knowing that regardless of income, race, religion, we are all on the same healing journey; and to inspire individuals to live whole lives.”

– Madeline Gianforte, executive director, CORE El Centro

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