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Milwaukee church assistance programs.

There are a wide range of services available from churches in Milwaukee, and they cover the city as well as county. There are free community clinics that provide medical care as well as food pantries or soup kitchens. Other churches also help people with employment needs or they serve as intake sites for applications to government resources, such as light bill or rental assistance programs.

The locations, including St Mary's Ebenezer Church, will screen families to determine what they can or can't qualify for. If their income is in the poverty range, or if they lack health insurance, then they can generally get medical care. Food is often given to anyone in need in Milwaukee County, and working poor families often can access public benefits such as FoodShare, Medicaid, or section 8. All solutions are explored by a local church.

Food services – There are dozens of faith based agencies that feed the poor, hungry, or unemployed. They also take care of single parents that are out working hard but still can't afford to keep their child well fed. Calvary Baptist Church Of Milwaukee (2959 N Teutonia Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53206, dial (414) 372-1450) serves as a meal site. They may serve a hot lunch or breakfast to the homeless and needy. Immigrants and other news comes to the county can also be fed.

Many parishes also have food pantries on site. All Saints Catholic Church (location is 4060 N 26th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53209, cell number (414) 534-5771) is but one of them. They will generally have a free box of groceries for those in need. They are focused on immediate members of the community. Generally these churches will not have enough resources to support people in all parts of Milwaukee County.

Churches coordinate free medical and dental assistance. Columbia St Mary'se Benezer Church Of God In Christ operates both a Community Chronic Disease Management Clinic (CCDM) (3132 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53212, telephone (414) 588-9178) as well as programs for pregnant women. There are other places to try as well. If one of the locations below can’t help, then find additional free or low cost dental clinics. All of these centers are focused on people who would otherwise go without the care they need.





Each organization offers their own services for medical needs. In general, a church will screen for conditions like hypertension, colds or flu, diabetes, obesity and smoking. Then, for people that can't afford their medical bills or that lack insurance, they can get help, including with dental needs. There are also clinics for Latinos, refugees, minorities, and illegal immigrants in the region. A Milwaukee church may offer screening, free or at-cost diabetic supplies, preventative education, low cost drugs, wheels chairs or crutches and much more.

Churches in Milwaukee County operate community resource centers too. There is one at James Place 26th Street (2522 W Capitol Drive Suite #5, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53206, main phone (414) 226-5652), and the locations offer many human service type programs. Among them are as follows.

  • Professional staff offer help with job searches.
  • Computer access can be used for resume' writing, classes on learning the software, and creating cover letters.
  • Tutoring offers specialists that help clients in the areas of math, writing, and reading.

The resource centers also help with public benefits/financial aid as well. Specialists of a local church in Milwaukee will assist a client as they apply for government grants. These programs can be used for paying all sorts of bills, ranging from rent to heating, medical care, gasoline, and more. The main human services that can be accessed from a resource center are as follows.

  • Affordable Health Care Act, Medicaid (BadgerCare+), or medicare using a Health Insurance Information/Counseling program.
  • Emergency rental or deposit programs in Milwaukee.
  • Gas vouchers or free bus passes to get to a job.
  • Long term benefits including SNAP FoodShare.




MPS Division Of Recreation And Community Services Zion Rock Missionary Baptist Church (address - (10236 W Fond du Lac Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53224, phone (414) 353-9088) offers similar services. However this particular site will focus more on children and youth in the county, and the resource center can assist them. There is supervised after-school homework assistance for children of all income levels that are enrolled in Milwaukee public or parochial schools. Many immigrants also use this service to help develop English skills.

Church run clothing/household goods assistance programs from Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church (location 2506 N 25th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53206, phone (414) 366-0287) support struggling families too. There may be items for women, children, men and others that are in need in the community.

The sites may have work or school clothing, baby attire, winter jackets,  general apparel, and much more available. Generally a religious organization will provide only what is available upon donations. So the resources and items passed out vary greatly, with special seasonal goods such as winter boots or Christmas toys provided too.

There are many other services that may also be available from a Milwaukee church. For more information or referrals, text the zip code where the applicant needs help to 898-211.



By Jon McNamara

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