Community Connection: JFS Housing with Dale Streitenberger
Dale Streitenberger, Senior Design Architect, has a career that spans nearly 40 years. Dale has a vast knowledge of design and maintains a keen understanding of the social, physical and emotional implications of the built environment. For the last 15 years, he has lent his knowledge and expertise of architecture to JFS Housing to help meet the housing needs of the community. We sat down with Dale to learn more about how he got involved with the organization.
In what capacity are you involved with JFS (Jewish Family Services) Housing?
I am a Board Member and serve on their Task Force—established in 2021, to explore the possibility of developing additional affordable housing. I have also helped design the pavilion at Bradley Crossing and am currently on the project team for the newest JFS Housing development, Woodale Crossing.
How did you get involved with the organization?
I’ve been involved for something like 15 years, serving on the Board since 2010 and the Task Force since its establishment in 2021. I had developer friends that were involved and introduced me to JFS, and that they were looking to have a broader reach than the Jewish community.
What impact does JFS Housing have on the greater Milwaukee community?
Jewish Family Services (JFS) is one of the longest standing nonprofit organizations in the state. It began in 1867 to serve the needs of European and Russian Jewish Immigrants. JFS has since expanded to serve the larger community, not just those of Jewish faith. JFS Housing was started in 2007 to help address the housing crisis and develop high quality housing that was affordable. Their communities provide a holistic approach to housing with their innovative and supportive services that enhance the lives of residents. The common misconception is that they only serve people who are Jewish, but they serve all people, regardless of race, age, creed, or ability.
How has your involvement impacted your work at JLA?
It has really brought to the forefront the importance of community and designing for the community. JFS does an amazing job of fostering connections and building a network of support among their residents, young and old.
Dale at a JFS community event.
ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS BLOG SERIES
Here at JLA, we believe giving back is the right thing to do so we support organizations working to make the world a better place. Through our community outreach program, JLA Gives Back, our team works hard to make a positive and tangible impact in our local Colorado & Wisconsin communities. In this blog series, we’re sharing some of the causes and industry organizations that are nearest and dearest to our team member’s hearts. Whether we are designing a library or volunteering at a food pantry, every day we are driven to create change in our communities through the practice of action in tangible ways.