Hospitality Ministries

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.
Matthew 25:35

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.

Located at:
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 email .



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.



Lutheran Episcopal College Ministry in Whitewater

Lutheran Episcopal College Ministry (LECM) in Whitewater is a college ministry led by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Church.

Our goal is to engage the college community in Whitewater by opening a space for spiritual conversation, growth, and development. It is a place for search and discovery; a safe and non-judgmental place for meaningful growth and transformation. We invite all member of the college community to join us in conversation and fellowship and to grow together as a community of faith.

Visit their website for more information.


Lydia's House in Richland Center

Lydia's House is a ministry of the Richland County Ministerial Association to provide emergency cold weather shelter for homeless families.

Please visit their website for more information.


Mary's Room at St. Paul's, Watertown

St. Paul's, Watertown, a small congregation of 65 families, began Mary's Room in 2011, to tend to parents in need in their community, providing diapers, clothing, car seats and other items. Watertown is a pocket of poverty between the wealthier suburban areas of Waukesha and Dane. Mary's Room now serves over 200 children below the age of three, and an average of 50 children each week.

The program works to meet the needs of the Watertown community to the greatest possible extent, reaching out to the town's Spanish-speaking population and working with a Shared Mission Group of ecumenical partners. Donations for Mary's Room are always welcome and may take the form of money or supplies such as clothing and baby furniture.

St. Paul's is located at 13 S. 2nd Street, Watertown, WI 53094
Call 920-261-1150 or visit their website.

Mary's Room Hours:
Tuesdays 1–3 pm
Wednesdays 5–7 pm
Fridays 10 am–12 pm