About Us

Our Mission

Support individuals in a growth oriented setting, in order for them to achieve the highest level of independence in the least restrictive environment.


Owners Jerry and April Riegler began their journey into the home health care scene by fostering a young man with special needs. In 1997 the Riegler’s decided to expand upon that journey by opening their own group home in West Allis, Wisconsin.

Today Next Step owns and operates 27 adult family homes and CBRF’s throughout Milwaukee, Waukesha, and Washington counties. In addition to its adult family homes Next Step also operates 2 adult day care facilities in New Berlin, Wisconsin where clients enjoy and partake in various community and in-home activities. We pride ourselves in our care for adults with developmental disabilities, persistent mental illness, physical disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries who experience challenging behaviors.

At Next Step we strive to give our residents the comforts of a true home and family environment. Each facility offers spacious living quarters, ample space for dinning and leisure, as well as plenty of outside space for recreational activities. Our dedicated, caring, and hardworking staff pride themselves on providing detailed cares to ensure our participants live rich, fulfilling, and quality lives, helping them obtain the greatest level of independence. Each staff member is thoroughly vetted and completes refresher training annually to ensure your loved ones receive the best care. In addition to 24 hour around the clock staff, an on call nurse is always available for any medical concerns a participant may endure.

We pride ourselves in having Next Step resident’s as active and productive members of their communities. Resident’s go bowling and shopping weekly in addition to other planned activities based on the resident’s interests. Our residents have also participated in several out of state trips including stops in:

  • Memphis to visit Graceland
  • Detroit for Super Bowl 40 activities
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Wisconsin Dells, WI
  • Rhinelander, WI

Participants also visit malls, Brewers games, Bucks games, local dances, restaurants, places of worship, and other local points of interest regularly.

We know that choosing long term placement for your loved one can become a lengthy and sometimes difficult process. Many health care providers exist but not many can provide high quality care. Wisconsin is home to numerous health care providers. So, what sets us apart from the others? We believe that our family approach sets us apart from the competition. We strive to go above and beyond of what is expected to give your loved one the most fulfilling life experiences possible. If you have any questions about what Next Step can offer to you and your loved ones or you would like to take a tour of our facilities please visit our contact page for additional information.