For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
Since the founding of St. John's House in 1868, the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee has been no stranger to establishing ministries of hospitality—programs that answer Christ's call to care for those in our communities who need food, shelter, clothing, and the simple attention and care of their fellow human beings. Diocesan initiatives over the decades have grown into independent charities, including Neighborhood House, Sojourner Truth House (now Sojourner Family Peace Center,) The Gathering, Jubilee House (no longer extant), and Our Next Generation.
In addition to the food drives, clothing drives, and other charitable projects individual congregations undertake every year, the Diocese of Milwaukee and its parishes continue to run new and growing programs to extend Christ's hospitality throughout southern Wisconsin.
Hospitality Center in Racine
The Hospitality Center provides Racine's largest meal program and offers hospitality without agenda. The Hospitality Center began in May 2011 and provides a safe place for all who are lonely, alone, homeless, near homeless or mentally ill to "drop-in" to rest, refresh and relate.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
614 Main Street
Racine, WI 53403
Open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 8 am–2 pm, the first Saturday of the month from 8 am–noon, and for emergency overnight shelter during winter months.
For more information, visit their website, or e-mail .
Lazarus House in Janesville
The Lazarus Foundation provides long-term assessment, transitional housing for up to 24-months, long term case management, essential services and life skills training for homeless adult men with alcohol/chemical addictions and professionally ‘dual-diagnosed’ with non-violent mental health conditions. The Foundation’s facility, the Lazarus House, is a ‘Single Room Occupancy’ (SRO) living facility for up to five individuals with shared kitchen, laundry and restroom/shower facilities. Safe from the dangers, difficulties, and stresses of living on the street, they can work on making the ‘course corrections’ needed to remain sober, get and keep a job and ultimately live on their own without the fear and self-loathing that accompanies addiction and homelessness.
Visit their website for more information.