Every child has a right to grow up in a safe and secure environment.
- Irma J. Walker, Founder
My Home, Your Home Inc. is an accredited nonprofit social service agency in Milwaukee’s inner city. We serve more than 1,200 children, youth and adults annually.
We have about 50 employees and operate at four locations. We were incorporated in 1989.
Irma Walker and her husband, Aubrey, founded My Home, Your Home as a way of improving the foster-care system. The Walkers had experienced the system first-hand when they opened their home to children needing immediate help. The organization’s first program, to keep siblings together while in foster care, was launched in 1993. The Walkers retired at the end of 2007. Mrs. Walker passed away in November of 2008.
Constance (Connie) Palmer, Chief Executive Officer — Ms. Palmer started as My Home Your Home’s agency program/activity director, and since held the positions of associate director as well as the human resource manager. She has also served on the My Home, Your Home board.
She has also held positions as program director at the Lapham Park COA in Milwaukee, the Children and Family Resource Center in Racine, and the Institute for Child and Family Development in Milwaukee. She has a bachelor’s degree in human services, with a concentration in criminal justice, from Springfield College.
Connie’s mission, like that of her parents and the agency they started, is to bring families hope, one individual at a time. In 2009, Ms. Palmer received the Black Excellence Award for Social Service presented by the Milwaukee Urban League, Johnson Controls, WISN-TV and The Milwaukee Times. In June 2011, Connie received the Doug Jansson Emerging Leadership Award presented by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. was appointed to the Department of Children and Families Secretary’s Council on Child Welfare. Additionally, she serves as a board member of the Wisconsin Association of Families & Children’s Agencies (WAFCA), board secretary for the African American Alliance for Children and Families of Wisconsin, and has served on the board of Capitol West Academy, a Milwaukee charter school.
Brenda J. Hoskins, Associate Director — Ms. Hoskins holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This is her second tour of duty with My Home, Your Home Inc. Earlier, she had been the agency’s Chief Social Services Officer.
In 2009, the Southeastern Wisconsin branch of the National Association of Social Workers named her Social Worker of the Year for Child Welfare Administration.
Ms. Hoskins has extensive experience in social service in the Milwaukee area. For seven years, she was a case manager/licensing-and-adoption worker in the Youth Services Division of the Milwaukee County Department of Human Services. She also has been a supervisor at Innovative Family Partnerships of Milwaukee, and medical social worker at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Outside of Wisconsin, she has been social worker/coordinator at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and assessment worker supervisor at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging in Philadelphia.