OUR MISSION & VISION

Walk into the Cathedral Center – in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, in the shadow of St. John’s Cathedral – and most people see a shelter for women and families. It’s really much more. It’s both a shelter and a gateway.


Since it was first conceived in 1996 and then incorporated as a nonprofit in 2002 as an emergency shelter for women, the non-sectarian center has housed and fed thousands of women and families – and set them on a path. Through intensive counseling and innovative approaches such as the Women’s Independence Program, lives are transformed.

Walk by the Cathedral Center in the heart of Milwaukee and you walk by something extraordinary – a little place where big things happen every day.

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Can you imagine the fear and anxiety of not having a safe place to sleep for yourself or your children? Every single night of the year, 50-60 women and families sleep safely at the Cathedral Center.   They are grateful for a warm meal and a safe place to sleep. They appreciate the support and guidance they receive to help get their lives back on track.

Your support makes a difference for people like Heidi, who told us recently, “Today I celebrate my one-year anniversary in my job.”  

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WHO WE SERVE

Pick any night in Milwaukee – the 4th poorest city in America.
Amid the busy downtown streets & the quiet tree-lined neighborhoods,
there are more than 1,500 homeless.
Entire families. Women, men, and children.

NEARLY
1,000

In any given year, that’s how many women and families in a housing crisis are served by the Cathedral Center. They face life on the street, or worse – a violent environment – if it were not for the emergency shelter at 845 N. Van Buren St.

WHO ARE THEY?

150
Children

80
Families

396
Single Women

5
Weeks, Average Stay

20,596
Shelter Nights

WHERE DID THEY END UP?

Last year, here’s who found safe housing through the Cathedral Center:

59%
Of Women

81%
Of Families


Additionally, here’s who saw their income go up –
lessening the chance that they’d face homelessness again:

63%
Of Families

NEWSFLASH

City takes stance against panhandling with “Keep the Change” initiative
OnMilwaukee.com article, July 31, 2016

San Francisco tries to reduce homelessness by conducting a “Media Blitz”
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, June 29, 2016 interview with Donna Rongholt-Migan

 

How You Can Help

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The Cathedral Center

845 N. Van Buren Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414.831.0394

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