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 Idalia Nieves-Reyes, Director of Social Justice and Outreach, at 414-276-9814 or inievesreyes@ffpmke.org.

Advocacy

Work with various social justice programs and areas to ensure 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.

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.

Community Gardens

Provide assistance at two community gardens located at Kinship Urban Farm and Our Lady of Divine Providence-St. Casimir Church. The harvest goes to Kinship Community Food Center. There are various times throughout the week to volunteer.

Contact Julie Trafton, Community Garden Coordinator, at artteacher1990@gmail.com.

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!

Contact Anh Clausen, Director of Family Ministry, at aclausen@ffpmke.org 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! We also contribute clothing through collections at Mass. Click to view the Item of the Week.

Contact Idalia Nieves-Reyes, Director of Social Justice and Outreach, at 414-276-9814 or inievesreyes@ffpmke.org.

Habitat for Humanity

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity helps families in need of safe, affordable housing. Volunteers help build and repair homes in Milwaukee. No previous experience required!

Contact Idalia Nieves-Reyes, Director of Social Justice and Outreach, at 414-276-9814 or inievesreyes@ffpmke.org.

Hospitality Center at Cathedral’s Open Door Café

The Hospitality Center is a community space open on Friday mornings 9:00 – 10:00 am at the Open Door Café of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Guests meet, share a meal, offer support and have access to pantry basics and toiletries. Interested parishioners are welcome to join the rotating Meal Team, with a general commitment of bringing in meals once per month.

Contact Idalia Nieves-Reyes, Director of Social Justice and Outreach, at 414-276-9814 or inievesreyes@ffpmke.org.

JustFaith – Small Groups

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. 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!

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 Idalia Nieves-Reyes, Director of Social Justice and Outreach, at 414-276-9814 or inievesreyes@ffpmke.org.

Our Family of Four Parishes contributes food items through collections at Mass. Click to view the Item of the Week.

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 Idalia Nieves-Reyes, Director of Social Justice and Outreach, at 414-276-9814 or inievesreyes@ffpmke.org. To learn more about this program visit www.capuchincommunityservices.org.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The Cathedral of St John/Old St Mary Conference is located at the Cathedral and meets the 2nd Monday of the month within the confines of the Open Door Café.  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.

For more information contact the conference office located at the Cathedral, 831 N Van Buren Street, 414-238-2717.

Thanksgiving Baskets

Every year we partner with Kinship Community Food Center to purchase/donate, organize, and/or distribute meals for area families.