Outreach Ministry is part of the mission of the Central City Churches, Inc. (CCC), an ecumenical organization of eight congregations in Milwaukee’s western downtown.
• To provide a welcoming place for our neighbors seeking direct service, referral, and advocacy of their basic needs.
• To receive our neighbors just as they are with compassion, a listening heart, spiritual healing, and hope.
• To share senses of community, respect, socialization, and acceptance.
• To provide our member churches a place to provide support, mission, and opportunities for ministry.
For more than 25 years the CCC has provided food and transportation for those in need. Located at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, the CCC Food Pantry is one of the longest established and most used community service pantries in the area. It has now evolved as a helping ministry focused on hospitality and service. Refreshments and lunch are offered Monday - Thursday October through April. A weekly Prayer Lunch is held at noon on Wednesdays. Telephone, FAX and a computer are provided for use in job search, making medical appointments, and connecting with family.
The Food Pantry has been operating for more than thirty years, serving individuals and families with emergency food once a month, as the need arises. The contents of the pantry bag are determined by the number of people in the household. Typically a pantry bag provides 2-3 days of meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. The current shortage of donated food and the increase in the price of purchased food challenges this pantry as well as others around Milwaukee in attempting to serve a growing need. Hunger Task Force reports 7000 more people used food pantries in Milwaukee in March, 2008 than in February, 2008. You can help by donating food, financial and volunteer support. All non-perishable food items are welcome. There is an ongoing need for canned fruits, vegetables and soups and a desire for low-salt, no-sugar and low-fat versions of those items. We cannot accept perishable or outdated items, damaged or open containers, or home-canned food.
St. James Episcopal 833 W Wisconsin Avenue 53233 414-271-1340
Calvary Presbyterian 628 N 10 Street 53233 414-271-8782
Gesu Catholic Parish 1210 W Michigan Avenue 53201 414-288-7101
Redeemer Lutheran ELCA 631 N 19 Street 53233 414-933-7004
Central United Methodist 639 N 25 Street 53233 414-344-1600
St Paul's Lutheran ELCA 2812 W Wisconsin Avenue 53208 414-933-7825
Our Savior's Lutheran ELCA 3022 W Wisconsin Avenue 53208 414-342-5252
St. Rose of Lima Catholic Parish 528 N 31 Street 53208 414-342-1778
Annually the Central City Churches celebrate together...
January - Pulpit Exchange during Prayer for Christian Unity Week
August - Central City Churches Picnic