Richardson Manor celebrates 50 years of affordable housing

Several businesses, elected officials, and community leaders participated in the 50th Anniversary celebration for Richardson Manor. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was one of the speakers along with Common Council president Willie Hines pictured with some of the staff. (Photo by Robert A. Bell)

The residents of Richardson Manor celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), its sponsoring organization on Aug. 15. Several businesses, elected officials, and community leaders were invited to participate in our celebration. Milwaukee’s Mayor Tom Barrett was one of our speakers along with Alderman Willie Hines.

Richardson Manor is a 40 unit facility for low-income, mobility impaired individuals in Milwaukee. Our residents enjoy a friendly, comfortable environment, where they can have time for themselves in complete privacy inside their apartments or involve themselves with social gatherings in our community room.

Richardson Manor residents participate in Project H.A.N.D.S. ® (Helping Angels National Donated Support); Project H.A.N.D.S. is an organized effort by residents in more than 70 Retirement Housing Foundation communities to partner with organizations in their own communities who provide services to the homeless or those in need. H.A.N.D.S. ® volunteers sew, knit and crochet needed items such as mittens, hats, scarves, blankets and stuffed animals for families in need.

To express their gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful service provided by Milwaukee Fire Department, the residents of Richardson Manor hosts an annual chili cook-off where the Milwaukee Fire Department firefighters sample several chili recipes prepared by the residents and are the judges of the declared winner. A win/ win event, our residents get an opportunity to give back to civil service workers in their community and the firefighters get to sample a variety of great chili recipes.

The Retirement Housing Foundation was started by two clergymen from the United Church of Christ and a layperson who, with $7,000, started a dream that has grown to include Richardson Manor and the 166 other communities throughout the United States, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, serving more than 18,000 older adults, persons with disabilities, and low income families.

Richardson Manor is the result of a collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF).