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Executive Director

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Desilynn G. Smith

Desilynn holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor's in Special Education, and a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Substance Abuse Counseling. With over 20 years dedicated to serving her community, she has focused on addressing the injustices within the justice system, advocating for individuals with mental health issues, and tackling community trauma.


Committed to being the advocate she once needed, Desilynn actively participates in shaping her community's future. She is a member of the Mental Health Community Stakeholder Advisory Council in Milwaukee County, contributes to the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Community Advisory, and is a member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (NAADAC) and The Association for Addiction Professionals.

  • 20 years of experience in Management and Leadership within Human Services and the Milwaukee Public Schools;

  • 20 Years of clinical expertise in Psychotherapy, Substance Abuse, and Dual Diagnosis Treatment

  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

  • Professional Counselor License

  • Substance Abuse Counselor License

  • Intermediate Clinical Supervisor License

  • Human Service Board Certified Practitioner License

  • Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional Certificate

  • Community Healthcare Worker Certificate



Uniting Garden Homes INC. is a neighborhood, non-profit, organization committed to helping individuals and their families, see beyond their current situation by providing support, mental health, substance misuse and violence prevention education, resources, and advocacy, to empower and promote healing in our community.


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We are committed to empowering residents and stakeholders in the creation of a vibrant productive neighborhood, in order to promote healing and economic growth so the community can have a better quality of life.


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Together, we create a voice and life-changing opportunities for individuals that otherwise may feel voiceless.

Testimonials, Reflections & News

Remembering Hamid Abd-Al-Jabbar and his impact on Milwaukee- May 23, 2021

My Block: The women dedicating their lives to the Garden Homes neighborhood- Dec 7, 2023

Hopes of Narcan boxes installed in businesses across Milwaukee - Sep 28, 2022

Milwaukee's effort to fight 'overdose pandemic' during coronavirus pandemic - Apr 9, 2021

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