Safe Babies Healthy Families Inc., a Waukesha-based nonprofit focused on ensuring children are born into safe and healthy environments, will merge with Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin in order to grow programming and expand its footprint.
Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin, a West Allis-based nonprofit that belongs to a national network, supports people with disabilities in living independently.
As the organizations align themselves on Jan. 1, they will fold Safe Babies Healthy Families’ programming into Easter Seals, according to Bob Glowacki, Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin president and chief executive officer.
Safe Babies Healthy Families will exist as a signature program within Easter Seals, which will handle the program’s back office needs.
Cost savings from the merger will have a critical impact on Safe Babies Healthy Families’ delivery of services, which have fallen short of community needs, according to Nancy Major, president and CEO of the nonprofit.
As Major helps transition Safe Babies Healthy Families, she will evolve into vice president of community engagement for Easter Seals.
Neither organization anticipates cutting staff. Safe Babies currently operates with about 10 staff members, and Easter Seals has about 250.
While Major will be based out of Easter Seals’ West Allis office, the Safe Babies program staff will remain at the organization’s Waukesha location.