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The Thompson Center on Lourdes

The Thompson Center on Lourdes, formerly located at College Avenue, is now located in the St. Bernadette Center. No membership required to participate. We are a wheelchair accessible activity center for people
over 50. Free Wi-Fi Access.





Our Staff





Jen Anger Operations Manager (920) 939-3088 jen@thetcol.org
Mary Cooke Administrative Support (920) 939-3088 mcooke@thetcol.org
Rosemarie Dick Assistant Operations Manager (920) 939-3088 rosemarie@thetcol.org
Terry Schmeckpeper Director of Outreach (920)-221-6135 terryschmeckpeper@thetcol.org
Marilyn Peterson Civic League President (920) 731-1347


Board of Directors:

Ray Zuelke -Pres.

Greg Bell -V.P.

Mary Beth Nienhaus

Marilyn Peterson

Aoibh Green

Penny Paris

Dr. Jack Meyer

Karen Harkness

Jenny Anger





Services Located at TCoL 




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  The State of Wisconsin, Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired (OBVI)

OBVI provides programs to individuals with disabilities and their families. Serving most of Wisconsin, the programs include Camp Wawbeek, FARM Program, Wisconsin Elks/Easter Seals Respite Program and the Self-Employment Program. There is a regional office in Appleton located at the Thompson Center on Lourdes that serves individuals living in Outagamie County. Visit us at our website.

OBVI also provides rehabilitation services to people who are blind or visually impaired. The Appleton location at the Thompson Center on Lourdes services people in Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet, Manitowoc, Shawano, and Menominee counties. Jean Kenevan is the contact in Appleton at

920-831-2090






  Options for Independent Living We are a Center for Independent Living

Options for Independent Living is a non-profit organization committed to empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives in their community through advocacy, the provision of information, education, technology and related services. It is NOT an assisted living facility. Some services provided are Assistive Technology, Residential Assessments, Medical Assistance Personal Care Program and a durable medical equipment loan program. The majority of the services we provide are at no-cost to the individual. Find us online at our webpage: www.optionsil.org or our Facebook page. Stop in at the satellite office in Appleton at the Thompson Center on Lourdes for assistance. 

Contact: John Meissner 920-997-9999  -or-  Alyson Windle 920-882-9309






 Easter Seals Wisconsin

Easterseals provides programs to individuals with disabilities and their families. Serving most of Wisconsin, the programs include Camp Wawbeek, FARM Program, Wisconsin Elks/Easter Seals Respite Program and the Self-Employment Program. There is a regional office in Appleton located at the Thompson Center on Lourdes that serves individuals living in Outagamie County. See more at our   website.

This office is staffed by Jill Gretzinger and Naomi Benz. They can be reached at 920-832-0344.




Thank you to all of our generous donors for impacting the
programs and operations of The Thompson Center on Lourdes!



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MARY BETH NIENHAUS