Franciscan Skemp Healthcare transfers Hiawatha House to Family and Children’s Center


With the new year comes new ownership for Hiawatha Hall, a group home for adults suffering from chronic mental illness. Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, which has run the home for more than 20 years, will transfer ownership of the facility to Family & Children’s Center effective January 1.

Franciscan Skemp Healthcare selected Family & Children’s Center because of the Center’s commitment to operating effective community-based services and its strong programmatic presence that already exists within the Winona, Minn., area.

Hiawatha Hall currently operates at capacity with nine residents. The home is designed to provide short-term stabilization for people working toward returning to their own homes.

“Family & Children’s Center is well equipped to operate exactly this sort of home,” said Mike Boehm, Family & Children’s Center director of programs. “We have a long history of running group homes for children and youth and providing the outpatient therapy, psychiatric treatment and community support services to assure clients’ long-term success when they return home.”

Family & Children’s Center has hired all of Hiawatha Hall’s 15 staff members.

Founded 127 years ago, Family & Children’s Center is a regional not-for-profit agency that provides a continuum of services for adults and children, which includes prevention and early intervention services, such as, child abuse/neglect prevention programs, alternative schools, community-based counseling, residential treatment options, transitional support for teens aging out of treatment services and several outreach programs.

Family & Children’s Center is nationally accredited. With headquarters in La Crosse, Wis., and Winona, Minn., the Center serves people from seven surrounding counties and has additional offices in Black River Falls, Wis., Holmen, Wis., Rochester, Minn., and Viroqua, Wis.


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