District Spotlight: The Cathedral Center
The Cathedral Center is Milwaukee’s largest emergency shelter for women and families facing homelessness or a housing crisis. For 15 years, the Cathedral Center has worked to “provide a safe environment forwomen and families, while working to end homelessness one life at a time.” Each night, those who do not know where they will sleep next, who are doubled up, moving from house to house, or who have a pending eviction, are welcomed into shelter after being referred to the Cathedral Center via IMPACT 2-1-1, Milwaukee’s Coordinated Shelter Entry Hotline. Residents may stay for up to 90 days, while working one-on-one with staff to develop a strategic, personal plan toward independence that helps:
- Secure Safe Housing
- Increase Income
- Improve Personal Skills
On any given night in Milwaukee over 1,500 people are homeless. In 2016, the Cathedral Center provided nearly 19,000 nights of emergency shelter to 409 women and 61 families with 125 children who would otherwise have been forced to sleep outside or be subjected to violent and abusive situations. On the corner of Van Buren and Kilbourn, nestled just off Cathedral Square Park - the mission of the Cathedral Center is truly a community effort. Over 1,600 annual volunteers provide dinner each night of the year, offer workshops, after school support, tend the garden, keep the paint fresh, and share their skills to support the agency in a variety of ways.