We’ve come a long way together over the past four decades, and are proud of what Guest House has accomplished. However, there is so much work still to be done, and we remain as committed as ever to working with you to fulfill our mission.
Our Rich History
Identifying and responding to a need
In 1981, The Central City Churches Outreach Ministry (the Ministry) starts campaigning for a community-based solution to assist the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in the inner city. Guest House opens its doors to begin serving the short-term needs of Milwaukee’s homeless the following year.
A period of steady expansion
During the 1990's and early 2000's, Guest House undergoes a period of intentional and critical growth, improving our facilities and our programs significantly, adding permanent, supported housing, our onsite Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA), and behavioral health counseling clinic.
Investing in a healthier community
In 2009, Guest House leads the transformation of one acre of land directly across the street into what is now known as the Cream City Gardens, providing fresh produce to Guest House, our neighbors, local food pantries, and other neighborhood resources.
Capital improvements for a greater reach
Guest House completes its $3 million building renovation and expansion in 2016, including an additional 8,000 square feet of space, enhancements to the dormitories, accessible restroom, elevator, commercial-grade kitchen, increased office capacity, and improved safety features. We also launch our long-term case management program, enabling us to provide holistic, supportive services to community members and shelter guests.
Real, measurable impact
Today, Guest House offers a full continuum of services to address issues of homelessness and housing instability. We are currently serving over 1,229+ men, women, and families, and continue to shelter 86 men a night and provide daily meals at our original location.