Valerie dedicates considerable time to the following organizations:
Founded in 1963, Meta House offers substance abuse treatment services to help women reclaim their lives from the effects of drugs or alcohol. The agency is noted as one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women. In 1988, Meta House became one of the first substance abuse treatment centers to include children in the residential setting. Mothers and children live together in our residential facility receiving services simultaneously. Meta House programs provide a continuum of care that includes: inpatient, residential treatment; a tiered outpatient program; and Meta Housing, a transitional living community. At all levels of care, Meta House provides an array of services that help participants address all of the issues they face as women and mothers. In addition to substance abuse treatment, Meta House provides: parenting education and hands-on coaching; prevention and intervention services for the children. Valerie is a member of the board of directors for Meta House.
For 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As part of the nation's largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network, they make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6-18, in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Valerie volunteered as “big sister” from 2007-2016. She and her “little sister” were recognized as the 2011 “Match of the Year” for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.
Centro Legal provides affordable legal services to low-income individuals in Milwaukee County. Centro Legal serves a diverse group of clients in family law and criminal misdemeanor defense cases. Centro Legal helps clients navigate the legal system, so that they can focus on their families, employment, education, and safety. Valerie served on the board of directors for Centro Legal from 2011-2017 and continues to volunteer her time to assist the organization with its fundraising efforts.