Dr. Steven Armus provides dermatological services as the owner of Dermatology Consultants of Wisconsin LLC in Franksville. Outside of work, Dr. Steven Armus gives back through his support of the Guest House of Milwaukee. This organization provides a range of services for individuals experiencing homelessness.
One of the most important resources that individuals have access to at the Guest House of Milwaukee is the Counseling Clinic. Through this clinic, individuals can undergo alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counseling and address other mental health concerns that could contribute to their homelessness. Ultimately, mental stability is a prerequisite for sustainable housing.
The clinic takes a client-centered and trauma-informed approach to counseling that is sensitive to the needs of different genders and gender presentations. Each counseling sessions is based on the needs of the client and helps move toward identified goals. This approach seems to be working. According to a 2013 survey, less than 10 percent of guests reported feelings of self-satisfaction before coming into the center but 50 percent said that they felt more satisfied with their life upon leaving.
The Guest House’s urban garden program provides fresh, home-grown produce to homeless individuals and families in need. Consisting of 56 raised garden beds and a half-acre of in-ground planting fields, the garden transformed a vacant lot into a healthy urban farm that grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and carrots. Harvested produce is distributed amongst The Guest House, its community neighbors, and food pantries within the Friends of Community Ministries network.
Additionally, the Cream City Gardens hosts the Urban Agriculture Training Program, which delivers job training to formerly homeless individuals. Lessons review topics relating the green industry, basic agriculture, and urban gardening with the intention of preparing graduates for work in local farmer’s markets, urban farming, and the produce departments of neighborhood grocers.
After graduating with a bachelor of arts from the University of Colorado in Boulder City, Steven Armus went on to earn his MD from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. As a UW alumnus, Steven Armus remains a fan of the Wisconsin Badgers football team.
In his second year as head coach, Paul Cryst leads the Badgers football team to another successful season in 2016-17 by finishing ranked 10th overall after its 24-16 Cotton Bowl victory over the previously undefeated Western Michigan Broncos.
The team’s 7-2 conference record was good enough to earn it first place in the Big Ten West division and a 4th appearance in the Big Ten championship game, which, unfortunately, the Badgers lost to Penn State by a score of 38-31.
The team’s stars were safety Leo Musso, deemed the season’s most valuable player, and the Houston Texans J.J. Watts’ younger brother T.J., named best defensive player; Badgers running back Corey Clement’s 1375 yards rushing was enough to earn him the honor of best offensive player.