Love Thy Neighbor Foundation started over two years ago. It was founded by Al Emmons, a long time Greendaleite (Al’s wife Ginny was an original Greendale baby born here in 1938).
Being a senior himself, Al was very aware of the concerns seniors have for staying independent and living out their last years where and how they want.
Al started the foundation with his own funds and soon hired three other Greendalites (Eileen, CJ and Colleen – called Al’s Angels) to join him in the mission. Their ultimate goal is to educate seniors, caregivers, social workers and healthcare coordinators on all the services available to help seniors stay independent, in the home of their choice and get the help they need.
Love Thy Neighbor proudly offers almost three hundred services available to seniors in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wauwatosa and Racine counties.
Realizing that many seniors are not on the internet, they started hosting workshops in Greendale. In essence, the web or information is brought to them. Love Thy Neighbor quickly outgrew their location at the Hose Tower and their workshops are attended now by over 120 seniors and family members each month. Love Thy Neighbor also goes out of its way to educate caregivers and healthcare coordinators of the many services available so that seniors are not forced or convinced they have to leave their home.
Free referral services via phone or email or also offered by them. They can call Love Thy Neighbor at any time and they will help them find whatever help they need.
Love Thy Neighbor Foundation offers tours of Greendale in order to raise funds – because Al and his “angels” love Greendale and want to help Greendale and Greendale businesses. They offer guided bus tours as well as walking tours of the Village. These fun historical tours also highlight the folk art decorative chimneys in the Village. Last year the Love Thy Neighbor Foundation serviced over 500 visitors who also shopped and dined in the Village Center. All proceeds from the tours goes back into the foundation to help seniors. This is a huge win/win for all.