Early in 1980, Jaye Joseph began volunteering at the Jewish Home and Care Center every Tuesday with her mother, Lee Singer. These two ladies made Tuesday’s special with their visits and smiles, and their warm hearts were reflected in the faces of every person they visited. They helped with the monthly birthday party and other special events, and visited residents in their rooms.
It wasn’t long before the Women’s Service Auxiliary discovered Jaye’s talents. She agreed to serve as Volunteer Vice President in the early 1980s and has served continuously since then, including not one, but two terms of office as President! Jaye has done everything from coordinate the annual volunteer luncheon, to stuff envelopes for this organization. Jaye also quickly recruited husband Mike to join her as a direct service volunteer.
Jaye has shared her talent with countless Home special events, sharing her creativity and energy as a member of many planning committees throughout the years. She not only regularly attends meetings, but also is always one of the first to volunteer to help with the myriad of tasks needed for a successful event. During the event, she works at the registration table, greets people, and is the consummate hostess on behalf of the Home. Jaye also volunteers in the Village of Fox Point’s Stormonth School, where she is a weekly reading tutor.
Mike Joseph is the other half of the “dynamic duo.” He began at the Home calling Bingo and flipping pancakes, but soon was recruited for the Home’s Board of Directors. Mike has served on their Legal Committee, spent four years as Chairman of the Board, and recently completed four years of service as Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation. No task is ever too small for Mike, and he gives the same single-minded focus to listening to a resident as he does to making long-term plans for the Home. There are almost no limits to his availability as a board member, and his wisdom and commitment have been demonstrated time after time. Mike also has served on countless Home committees, including planning committees for annual dinners and other special events. He was a crucial member of the Jewish Home and Care Center team planning the recently completed Sarah Chudnow Campus in Mequon, and continues to be of help whenever asked to further the mission of the Home.
Mike has served on the Board of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and has served the Diabetes Foundation both in a leadership role and as a direct service volunteer.