As a result of a community wide collaboration to address the lack of shelter space for women and children, CCI began as Milwaukee’s first and only women’s overflow shelter in 1996. First operating in common areas of local churches, CCI’s emergency shelter program was a partnership of the American Red Cross, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Columbia St. Mary’s-St. Ben’s Clinic, Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Catholic Charities.

In 2002 CCI became its own 501(c)(3) and all operations moved under one roof at our current location in 2003. The average length of stay that first year was 3 days, growing to 4-6 weeks in 2016. We now provide the 2nd highest number (19.25%) of shelter nights of Milwaukee Shelter & Transitional Housing Task Force members. Community needs have changed over the past 10+ years, and our services have grown from a women’s overflow shelter to a fully utilized emergency shelter for women and families. We are proud of how far we have come and yet we know that we can do more for those we serve.


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United Way invests in programs that help adults improve their education level and create a more financially secure future for themselves and their families. As a partnering agency, The Cathedral Center receives support from United Way through the Income fund, Community Impact Fund, and other requests for support. Click here to find out how you can support us through your workplace giving campaign!

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