Doctor of Medical Science
Cordelia Taylor, R.N.
By transforming a city block in central Milwaukee into a faith-based care facility, Cordelia Taylor, R.N., has helped change an entire community. Mrs. Taylor is a nursing home administrator who converted the home on North 11th Street where she and her husband once raised their eight children into a 24-hour, assisted living facility offering longterm care for up to 50 senior citizens and disabled adults. Mrs. Taylor celebrates her 25th year as President of Family House this year. Family House consists of six licensed homes that provide low-income elderly in need of housing with support for addressing personal care needs and medical issues. Family House prides itself on providing a home-like setting, with opportunities for recreation, education and social interaction. Community outreach is encouraged, with Family House offering an after school program for youth, community meals and a leadership program for young men willing to serve in the community. Donated food is also distributed from various vendors to neighbors in the surrounding community. Family House remains committed to marshaling critical resources for the surrounding neighborhood and community. There currently are plans in place to build another facility across the street that provides additional housing for seniors capable of living independently in their own apartment. Family House has been featured on Oprah and Today and in Reader’s Digest. For her work, Mrs. Taylor earned the AARP Inspire Award in 2007 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Black Nurses Association.