Serve in Our Community

Serve in Our Community

Advent Giving Tree

During Advent, Giving Trees are set up in all churches with gift tags for several area nonprofit organizations. To participate, take a gift tag from the tree, purchase a $5-$20 gift from the wish list, and return it unwrapped by the date given. You can also participate by helping organize and distribute the Christmas presents to those organizations.

Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or


Work with various social justice programs and areas to insure that we, as parishes, provide not only direct services to those in need but also strive to identify and improve the larger, deep-seeded issues affecting those in need.

Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or

All Saints Meal Program

All Saints Parish is a Catholic parish in the central city of Milwaukee. The All Saints Meal Program serves nearly 150 of our brothers and sisters from the surrounding community in the inner city of Milwaukee every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. All Saints parish members, parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and businesses sponsor the meals and/or serve God’s children. Our family of four parishes purchases, prepares and/or serves meals on the 2nd Thursday of the month to guests.

Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or

Community Gardens

Provide assistance from spring to fall at neighborhood community gardens. The harvest goes to families in need and the Riverwest Food Pantry.

Contact Julie Trafon at

Family Justice Brigade

We are excited to launch a new ministry, Family Justice Brigade (FJB)! By putting families’ faith into action, the FJB will provide families opportunities to serve others in our community, to learn about social justice, and to work towards a more peaceful and just city. We are open to families of all faith backgrounds. Our families can all work together to bring about more peace and justice in our community! Please visit to register to attend or to get more information on upcoming events. You may also contact Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry, at or 414-962-2443.

Father Gene’s Help Center

Father Gene’s Help Center strives to provide dignity through clothing to people in need in the Milwaukee area. Our family of four parishes volunteers at Father Gene’s every first Friday of the month from 9:30-11:30 am. No need to RSVP, please just show up at 5919 W National Avenue at 9:30 am!

Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or

Guest House (shelter and other assistance for men)

Our family of four parishes purchases, prepares and/or serves meals on the 1st Monday of the month to guests.  Since 1982, The Guest House has been creating solutions to homelessness in Milwaukee.  What began as an emergency response to homelessness has grown into a multifaceted effort to help people recover from the trauma of homelessness and regain independence.  Having established a reputation of high quality service and sound management, the Guest House is considered one of Milwaukee’s leading homeless service providers.  Their mission is to provide shelter, housing, education, and services for Milwaukee’s homeless men who seek to transform their lives with dignity and purpose.  The Guest House’s primary goal is that every person they serve obtains and maintains independence, meaning permanent housing, a family-sustaining income, sobriety, and stable mental health.  Ultimately, their purpose is to reduce homelessness and poverty in our community.

Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or

Habitat for Humanity

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity helps families in need of safe, affordable housing. Volunteers help build and repair homes in Milwaukee.

Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or

Hospitality Center at St. Hedwig

The Hospitality Center is a community space open on Friday mornings 8:15 – 10:30 am at Three Holy Women-St. Hedwig Church. Guests meet, share a meal, offer support and have access to a small food pantry and clothing closet. Interested parishioners are welcome to join the rotating Meal Team, with a general commitment of bringing in meals once per month.

Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or

Kinship Community Food Center (Formerly Riverwest Food Pantry)

After 40 years, our mission has evolved and it’s time for our name to reflect that. The name Kinship better reflects how we gather around food to share our lives and build trusting relationships. Kinship Community Food Center engages volunteers and neighborhood residents to end hunger, isolation, and poverty. Our innovative programs nourish food security and wellness, foster belonging and community engagement, and empower stability and economic prosperity in our city. Food Distribution is at St. Casimir Church (924 E Clarke St) on Saturdays from 8:30 am – 10:30 am and Tuesdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or

Our family of four parishes contributes food items through collections at Mass or a virtual food drive.  Click to learn more about Kinship Community Food Center (formerly Riverwest Food Pantry).

Social Justice Faith Formation

When was the last time you had an experience that touched your soul? If you are looking to encounter your faith in a way that challenges you, changes you, and charges you to live as a Christian in today’s world, JustFaith may be for you. JustFaith has several programs such as JustFaith, Engaging Spirituality, and Just Matters – Faith & Equity. They invite participants to encounter the Spirit of Jesus in our midst, especially in the lives of people who are poor and vulnerable. It is an opportunity to honor the call of discipleship within God’s vision of justice and reconciliation. Everyone is welcome!

Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or

St. Ben’s Meal Program

St. Ben’s Community Meal site serves a hot, home-made dinner six nights a week, Sunday to Friday, 5:15 – 6:30 pm. Over 100,000 meals are served each year. All are welcome and are considered family in a community that shares a warm, safe environment. Our parish’s turn to prepare, deliver, and serve a meal is the 4th Thursday of the month. If you would like to share in the preparation or serving of the meal, contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or To learn more about this program visit

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The Cathedral of St John/Old St Mary Conference is located at the Cathedral and meets every Monday within the confines of the Open Door Cafe.  Members volunteer from 5:00 – 6:15 pm. It is a multi-disciplinary approach: vouchers are given for food; on the 2nd Monday nursing staff is available for blood pressure checks, medication questions and nutrition advice.  Vouchers for the SVDP General Store are available as well as bus tickets. Home visits are also made.

For more information contact the conference office located at the Cathedral, 831 N Van Buren Street, 414-276-9814.

Thanksgiving Baskets

Purchase, organize and/or distribute meals for area families.

Contact Chad Griesel, Pastoral Associate, at 414-271-6577 or