Charles and Bama Grice
Lena Jensen, Bella Biwer
Charles and Bama Grice were both born in Milwaukee, and their community oriented values are reflected in their love, contributions, and dedication to the Sherman Park community. They have been living in Sherman Park for twenty-seven years, and were initially attracted by the diversity of people and cultures in this neighborhood.
When looking for a home in the area, they fell in love with the old features and spaciousness of their current home. It had everything they wanted: a two-car garage, a fireplace, a finished basement, and beautiful chandeliers and leaded glass doors. Mr. and Ms. Grice have worked very hard to maintain their home by redoing one room every year; however this can be very challenging, especially for historically significant buildings.
Both come from large families – Mr. Grice is the oldest of eight children, and Ms. Grice is one of seven children. The couple has been married for thirty-five years, and they raised their son, Sir Grice, who is now a pharmacist. Recently, they became grandparents to a granddaughter.
According to Mr. Grice, Ms. Grice is the more involved one in the community. She worked at the Boys and Girls Club as a food service teacher for five years, where she implemented a lot of real-world experience programs. Then she was employed in an alternative school as a home economics teacher. She also worked at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in a program designed to help people on food stamps learn how to shop and make meals. She ultimately ended up as a youth organizer for the Sherman Park Community Association. In this role she worked with the ten schools located in and around this neighborhood. Ms. Grice even ran for office for a position on the school board.
Mr. Grice has played a very stable and steadfast role in the community. He worked at the post office for thirty-seven years. He now drives a school bus, which he has been doing for nearly twenty years, and has a great relationship with the children in the community. When their son was growing up, Mr. Grice was also a great father and played the role of Mr. Mom. Mr. Grice cares dearly about his family and the community, although he is quiet about it.
Mr. and Ms. Grice truly embody the importance of education and the family unit. They have steadily and consistently contributed to their neighborhood.
Variety of people/cultures
Why they fell in love with their home
Ms. Grice’s Work at the Boys & Girls Club
Ms. Grice running for School Board
Mr. Grice Driving the School Bus