Guest House of Milwaukee

Guest House of Milwaukee The Guest House mission is to provide shelter, housing, education, and services to Milwaukee's homele
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The Guest House has an interest and expertise in assisting the hardest-to-serve homeless -- those who are mentally ill, disabled, substance abusers, recently released from the criminal justice system, and/or chronically homeless. Their comprehensive continuum of programs and services includes:
-LEADS & GATES Programs (86 bed emergency shelter and transitional housing; 600 served annually)

-Permanent supportive housing for homeless men, women and families with disabilities (269 units)
-On-site treatment for substance abuse and co-occuring mental health disorders
-Employment Specialist training for resume writing, interviewing and employment placement
-Job readiness including the award-winning Resident Manager Training Program

The Guest House's primary goal is that every person they serve obtains and maintains independence, meaning permanent housing, a family-sustaining income, sobriety, and stable mental health. Ultimately, their purpose is to reduce homelessness and poverty in our community.

Speaking of the Cream City Gardens...We've received so much interest from volunteer groups wanting to contribute to our ...
05/19/2023

Speaking of the Cream City Gardens...We've received so much interest from volunteer groups wanting to contribute to our garden efforts this season that we're looking for some additional help! Check out our careers page to learn more about this part-time seasonal position: https://guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/careers

A huge thank you to our friends from  for spending the better part of three days this week getting our Cream City Garden...
05/19/2023

A huge thank you to our friends from for spending the better part of three days this week getting our Cream City Gardens in shape for planting season! 🪴 We really dig our volunteers here at Guest House!

We’ve seen the complex and interrelated relationship between homelessness, housing instability, and mental health issues...
05/05/2023

We’ve seen the complex and interrelated relationship between homelessness, housing instability, and mental health issues firsthand; which is why The Guest House Counseling Clinic is committed to delivering high-quality, trauma-informed, responsive behavioral health services to our program clients and to members of the community at large. This , we’re working to turn awareness into action to help ensure those experiencing homelessness or struggling with mental health or addiction issues have access to the full spectrum of services they need to attain stability in their lives. Visit https://guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/mental-health-campaign to learn more or lend your support!

As National Volunteer Month comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to recognize everyone who has given of your tim...
04/28/2023

As National Volunteer Month comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to recognize everyone who has given of your time, resources, expertise, and compassion so far this year, and throughout the years. You know who you are, and you're absolutely essential to sustaining our programs, services, and operations. Guest House of Milwaukee would not be the organization we are today without you. To all those interested in volunteering, the year is young and opportunities abound! Visit https://guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/volunteer to learn more.
Thank you, Milwaukee...

Ready to make a career out of making a difference? Then Guest House of Milwaukee is the place for you! We care deeply ab...
04/05/2023

Ready to make a career out of making a difference? Then Guest House of Milwaukee is the place for you! We care deeply about the health, work/life balance, and well-being of our staff, and are looking for dedicated individuals to join our team. Visit https://guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/careers to learn more.

Calling area businesses looking to hire! Mark your calendars for April 5. We're inviting local employers to our N. 13th ...
03/09/2023

Calling area businesses looking to hire! Mark your calendars for April 5. We're inviting local employers to our N. 13th Street location to meet with Guest House program clients about current and future job opportunities! If you're interested in learning more, or would like to reserve a spot, contact Kala Scruggs today (email provided in post). We look forward to seeing you...

It was such a pleasure to have our friends from  back in the Guest House kitchen recently, serving our clients with warm...
03/08/2023

It was such a pleasure to have our friends from back in the Guest House kitchen recently, serving our clients with warmth and generosity...and the food was delicious! Visit https://linktr.ee/guesthousemke if you're interested in following their lead and joining us here to provide a meal to the men in our shelter program. We're so grateful to all our supporters!

Our onsite donation center receives and distributes a wide variety of essential items to individuals in our housing and ...
02/03/2023

Our onsite donation center receives and distributes a wide variety of essential items to individuals in our housing and supportive service programs - in addition to our shelter. With limited space, we're always focused on securing items of need that will immediately benefit our clients. If you're interested in helping Guest House replenish our current supply of these (⬇️) and other items, you can visit our Amazon Wishlist Urgent Needs account. Thank you as always to those whose generosity helps keep our programs moving forward each and every day! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/183Z20DT40IHB/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex

The Guest House kitchen is really cooking to start 2023! We continue to be amazed by the turnout of volunteer groups - l...
01/27/2023

The Guest House kitchen is really cooking to start 2023! We continue to be amazed by the turnout of volunteer groups - like Jim and Diane Wittenberg and friends shown here recently - who play an indispensable role in serving our shelter clients, night in and night out. We have a number of open dates available in the months ahead if you or someone you know is interested in serving . Visit https://linktr.ee/guesthousemke to complete our Volunteer Inquiry form or to learn more about our volunteer and in-kind programs.

Carl Johnson, a member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, has been volunteering at Guest House s...
01/09/2023

Carl Johnson, a member of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, has been volunteering at Guest House since 2010. Last evening, Carl served his 150th meal for our shelter clients. TMJ4 and Fox6 News came by to capture the milestone! Check out his amazing story @ https://guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/in-the-news.

Guest House of Milwaukee has raised our pay for Direct Service Shelter Staff positions to $15/hr, effective immediately....
12/15/2022

Guest House of Milwaukee has raised our pay for Direct Service Shelter Staff positions to $15/hr, effective immediately...and we're hiring! Check out https://guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/careers to learn more about this and other opportunities to join an organization committed to making a difference in our community. Help spread the word if you know someone who might be interested in joining the Guest House team!

We're currently looking to replenish some essential items for our clients, and cereal is at the top of our list! Visit g...
12/06/2022

We're currently looking to replenish some essential items for our clients, and cereal is at the top of our list! Visit guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/in-kind-donations to learn more about our current wishlist items, and to access Guest House's Amazon Smile account - where any items of need you purchase will be shipped directly to our donation center.

This  , Guest House recognizes the generosity of those who responded to the needs of Milwaukee’s growing homeless popula...
11/29/2022

This , Guest House recognizes the generosity of those who responded to the needs of Milwaukee’s growing homeless population in 1982, opening the doors to our shelter to provide hospitality, opportunity, and possibility to our fellow community members. Through our 40 years, that generosity has persisted - continually helping to propel our growth and support our clients’ journeys to independence in more effective, innovative ways year after year. Your contributions to help advance our legacy of providing more than shelter truly represent what’s so great about our community! We thank you! Visit https://linktr.ee/guesthousemke to learn more about our history, or to make a gift in support of Guest House of Milwaukee.

In honor of Veterans Day, we're sending special recognition to all current and former clients of our Veterans Housing Pr...
11/11/2022

In honor of Veterans Day, we're sending special recognition to all current and former clients of our Veterans Housing Program. We remain committed to serving those who have so selflessly served all of us through the years.

We would also like to express our deep gratitude to all the members of our team here at Guest House of Milwaukee who have served - Thank you for all you’ve done!

FRIDAY FACT: We're dedicated to providing quality outpatient counseling services to Guest House clients AND members of t...
11/04/2022

FRIDAY FACT: We're dedicated to providing quality outpatient counseling services to Guest House clients AND members of the community struggling with mental health and/or drug and alcohol dependency issues. Check out https://guesthousofmilwaukee.org/what-we-do to learn more about our extensive programs and services.

More Than Shelter = More Than A Tagline

Just like a kitchen is the heart of the home, Guest House’s evening meal service for our shelter clients is really the h...
10/28/2022

Just like a kitchen is the heart of the home, Guest House’s evening meal service for our shelter clients is really the heart of our volunteer program - 365 nights a year, sustained entirely through the generosity of our amazing supporters!

We’re looking to fill a few more dates between now and the end of the year. Interested in learning more about how you might contribute? Visit https://linktr.ee/guesthousemke to get started!

40 years of growth, change, and expanded services - all made possible by the unwavering commitment of countless donors, ...
10/24/2022

40 years of growth, change, and expanded services - all made possible by the unwavering commitment of countless donors, volunteers, and staff to end the cycle of homelessness - have transformed Guest House into the organization it is today. More Than Shelter truly is more than a tagline.

Guest House's donation center receives and distributes clothing, hygiene supplies, and household items to make certain o...
10/22/2022

Guest House's donation center receives and distributes clothing, hygiene supplies, and household items to make certain our clients' basic needs are met all year long. With our inventory constantly evolving, we're currently in need of a few select items in the short-term. To learn more about helping us secure these and other wishlist items, visit https://linktr.ee/guesthousemke

Thank you for all you do to keep our in-kind donations program going strong Milwaukee!

Come share some laughs with local comedians and benefit Guest House! Friday, 8/26, at Patti's Power Plant - see you ther...
08/19/2022

Come share some laughs with local comedians and benefit Guest House! Friday, 8/26, at Patti's Power Plant - see you there! Thank you, !

We know food prices are high right now, so we hate to ask - but we need food for our shelter! Please consider hosting a ...
07/19/2022
Food Donation Drives.pdf

We know food prices are high right now, so we hate to ask - but we need food for our shelter! Please consider hosting a Food Donation Drive for Guest House. Email [email protected] for more information and see our flyer for food donation drive themes.
With your help, we can continue to provide meals to our 86+ shelter guests every day!

Coming through for us once again, our great friends at LOAF_mke delivered 120+ sandwiches, juice boxes, and chips! Thank...
07/09/2022

Coming through for us once again, our great friends at LOAF_mke delivered 120+ sandwiches, juice boxes, and chips! Thank you to all those who donated the ingredients and time to make this happen - we appreciate you!

We are in this together. 💖
07/09/2022

We are in this together. 💖

Special events are hard work and require tons of teamwork! Luckily, Guest House staff and volunteers were up to the chal...
07/09/2022

Special events are hard work and require tons of teamwork! Luckily, Guest House staff and volunteers were up to the challenge! Deeply, truly - THANK YOU for all your efforts to make this year's golf outing a success! We appreciate you! 🥰

Special thanks to our friends and colleagues for sponsoring our 2022 golf event! You helped make it successful and we tr...
07/08/2022

Special thanks to our friends and colleagues for sponsoring our 2022 golf event! You helped make it successful and we truly appreciate your support!

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PCS Human Capital Management
Sprinkler Fitters Local 183
Alverno College

This fantastic group from MGIC  chose to "Give Back Together" with Guest House! Thanks for making sandwiches, assembling...
07/08/2022

This fantastic group from MGIC chose to "Give Back Together" with Guest House! Thanks for making sandwiches, assembling hygiene kits, and helping us rebuild our garden's compost system! Love those shirts, ! 🤩😁

Our volunteers and supporters provide kindness in many beautiful ways. Thank you for lifting up our community with your ...
07/07/2022

Our volunteers and supporters provide kindness in many beautiful ways. Thank you for lifting up our community with your light. 💖

Our golf open was blessed with a beautiful, cloudless day - and temps in the mid-90s! For reprieve from the sun, all gol...
07/07/2022

Our golf open was blessed with a beautiful, cloudless day - and temps in the mid-90s! For reprieve from the sun, all golfers had carts courtesy of First Midwest Bank. Thanks for your support, FMB! 😎

Our amazing friends from Berean Family Worship Center are hosting a Kickball Fundraiser to benefit Guest House of Milwau...
07/07/2022

Our amazing friends from Berean Family Worship Center are hosting a Kickball Fundraiser to benefit Guest House of Milwaukee! We are SUPER excited - come join the fun!
Registration ends July 10th: https://form.jotform.com/221644861554055

We are grateful for the professional services we receive from Brookfield Badger Insurance, and we're deeply thankful for...
07/06/2022

We are grateful for the professional services we receive from Brookfield Badger Insurance, and we're deeply thankful for their support of our 2022 golf event! (How awesome is their logo?!) 😎

Thanks to Custom Wire Technologies, Inc.  for supporting our 2022 golf event! We appreciate you and enjoyed your golfers...
07/06/2022

Thanks to Custom Wire Technologies, Inc. for supporting our 2022 golf event! We appreciate you and enjoyed your golfers as well! Hope to see you all again next year! 😊😎

On the final day of  , we were honored to receive a grant from the Pride United Equity Fund to support our Marsha's Hous...
07/06/2022

On the final day of , we were honored to receive a grant from the Pride United Equity Fund to support our Marsha's House program.
Named for Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson, a Black trans woman and activist who sparked a new phase of the LGBTQ+ movement in 1969, Marsha's House is proud to offer safety, compassion, and support to those in need, and to support the LGBTQ+ movement all year round.
This generous grant will allow us to add another bedroom to Marsha's House and increase our capacity to serve by 20%. Thank you, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County! 🌈🥰🥳

Our great friends  provided an outstanding dinner to our shelter guests last month and we are truly grateful for their o...
07/05/2022

Our great friends provided an outstanding dinner to our shelter guests last month and we are truly grateful for their ongoing support! After dinner, many guests expressed hope that they'll return again because the meal was THAT good! 😁Thanks, LOAF_mke!

Our accounting partners, O'Leary & Anick, support Guest House in SO many ways. Their amazing team frees us from day-to-d...
07/05/2022

Our accounting partners, O'Leary & Anick, support Guest House in SO many ways. Their amazing team frees us from day-to-day accounting work so we can focus on serving our mission. They also provided generous support to help make our 2022 golf event a success! Thank you, O'Leary & Anick , for everything you do!

The 4th of July calls for BBQ, and our shelter guests were delighted to receive a full BBQ meal from the Saucy Swine in ...
07/05/2022

The 4th of July calls for BBQ, and our shelter guests were delighted to receive a full BBQ meal from the Saucy Swine in St. Francis! Owner/chef Matt Nuetzel generously donated 90 servings of BBQ chicken, pulled pork, potato salad, coleslaw, and all the fixings needed for a proper 7/4 celebration. Thank you, The Saucy Swine , for providing this amazing meal to our guests, and for reminding them that our community cares for each other!

As our guests work towards personal independence, we are honored to serve them with dignity and respect. Wishing all a p...
07/04/2022

As our guests work towards personal independence, we are honored to serve them with dignity and respect. Wishing all a peaceful and dignified Independence Day!

To everyone who helps and supports our mission - thank you.
06/30/2022

To everyone who helps and supports our mission - thank you.

The success of our 2022 Golf Open was made possible by presenting sponsor Jomela Properties. Locally owned and operated,...
06/30/2022

The success of our 2022 Golf Open was made possible by presenting sponsor Jomela Properties. Locally owned and operated, proudly provides affordable housing to our clients and the community. We are honored to work with them and receive their generous support!

Our new friends at GFL Environmental spent their Saturday morning volunteering in our community garden! Thanks,  - we ap...
06/30/2022

Our new friends at GFL Environmental spent their Saturday morning volunteering in our community garden! Thanks, - we appreciate your support!

We were grateful to have the support of Gardner Builders at our golf open this year.  is a hospitality company in the co...
06/29/2022

We were grateful to have the support of Gardner Builders at our golf open this year. is a hospitality company in the commercial construction business. They uplift the mission of Guest House and other local non-profits to help our community thrive. Thank you, Gardner Builders!

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Last Thursday, Badger kicked off the debut of our new program – Helping Our Community. This is a program we have internally created that will give our employees opportunities to volunteer individually or as a group, representing Badger Mutual for local selected charities.

Over the past few weeks, Badger has been collecting funds by selling “popcorn for a purpose” to our employees and neighboring building tenants; those proceeds were used purchase supplies to make a whole lot of sandwiches!
Pictured above, is the help of our incredible employees making (just short of) 400 sandwiches that we have donated to The Guest House of Milwaukee. Guest House of Milwaukee provides shelter, housing, education and services to Milwaukee’s homeless who seek to transform their lives and is within a few blocks of our home office.

This is only the beginning of our Being Badger – Helping Our Community Program initiative. Stay tuned for more stories to come!
“Promoting service through volunteerism.”

This week, we recognize the selfless volunteers who serve our communities. As part of Volunteer Recognition Week, we want give a shout out to Joseph Kaltenberg, the Chair of the City’s Employee Resource Group: Community Service & Volunteerism. He’s our .

CS&V ERG was started a couple years back as a way to leverage employees’ commitment to service by improving the community, through volunteering at local organizations. Those volunteers serve as “brand ambassadors” for the City. As Chair, Mr. Kaltenberg organizes monthly membership meetings, provides direct volunteer opportunities, and connects members with existing service events. In the last few weeks, the ERG has volunteered at Sojourner Family Peace Center, the Guest House of Milwaukee, and MKE Urban Stablesbles.

You can say his passion for service and volunteering was fostered by his two-year program in Zambia for the U.S. Peace Corps.

“My time in Africa gave me an appreciation for Ubuntu philosophy that defines humanity in terms of our connection to one another. The practice of empathy deepens these connections, and strengthens our community,” said Kaltenberg.

Aside from being Chair of the Community Service & Volunteerism ERG, Mr. Kaltenberg’s main job at the City is Program Coordinator of MKE Parks in DPW Milwaukee. Under that role, he oversees reconstruction projects, maintenance, community engagement, planning, and fundraising for 52 MKE parks. He’s been working at the City since 2015.

“I'm a parks guy, who gets to work on parks, and I'm a Milwaukeean who gets to work on Milwaukee. I strive to be as resourceful, efficient, and transparent as possible. I love being the connector/collaborator, whether it is helping people navigate a city process, connecting them with their local elected official, or introducing others working toward the same goals,” he said.

Mr. Kaltenberg graduated from UW-Lacrosse and holds a Master’s Degree from Marquette University. When he’s not working or volunteering, you can find him enjoying the outdoors or renovating his 1884 Riverwest home.

We thank Mr. Kaltenberg for his service and commitment to the City of Milwaukee!
The Barbos were out in the community on Friday putting in a shift at the Guest House of Milwaukee meal program. If you'd like to get involved, be sure to reach out!! https://www.guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/volunteer
Thanks to everyone who contributed food for tonight’s Guest House of Milwaukee dinner. This is a few of the many First Church folks who made tonight’s meal possible.
Members of our CW18 | My24 family got out of the office & into the community for the 2023 this week.

Grateful to discover more about the good being done to transform lives at Guest House of Milwaukee & assist in serving their clients.

Want to help the city's homeless this ? Learn more: https://www.guesthouseofmilwaukee.org/
We're incredibly lucky to have so many folks looking out for the needs of our community! A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Landmark Credit Union and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County for the donation of 500 sandwiches. It was great to tell you more about what we do at Friedens Food Pantries, and to be featured alongside other amazing community organizations: Guest House of Milwaukee and Pathfinders!

Is the Guest House in trouble or are they back on track? What is the Latest news?
Is this shelter up and running? I know of two individuals in the area that are presently living on the street there. I'm trying to help them find shelter. I'm in Florida.. any information would be appreciated
Yesterday, DSHA Campus Ministry held the first Collections and PB & J Ministry day of the spring semester! In the morning, DSHA students, faculty, and staff collected over 600 non-perishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Food pantry. During the lunch hour, students made over 400 sandwiches for Repairers of the Breach and Guest House of Milwaukee.

"I get here early in the morning to help with Collections because it makes me feel good to know that I'm helping the local community."
~Kate Ambrose, DSHA '25

Well done, Dashers! ❤💛

Collections and PB&J Ministry days will occur every first and third Thursday of the month through the end of the school year.
The Milwaukee Continuum of Care is looking for additional volunteers this holiday season at the St. Benedict the Moor Parish and the Guest House of Milwaukee. Volunteers are especially needed during the daytime hours of 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Those that are interested in volunteering should contact Emily Whitcomb at [email protected], or provide your name and contact information on the form below.
Throughout the semester, students collected over 4,773 non-perishable food items and made over 3,407 sandwiches.

Yesterday, DSHA Campus Ministry held the last of its Collections and PB & J ministires of the semester! In the morning, DSHA students, faculty, and staff collected over 436 non-perishable food items for St. Vincent de Paul Food pantry. During the lunch hour, students made 530 sandwiches for Repairers of the Breach and the Guest House of Milwaukee.

"It's really nice to know we're helping people and local organizations by making these sandwiches. It's also fun to help out during lunch and interact with everyone who is also participating and making a difference."
~Mia Minessale, DSHA '26

Great job, Dashers! ❤️💛
Don’t forget, this Saturday, December 17th is your LAST chance to shop the showroom before the holidays!! Bonus, if you come by and make a purchase you will receive a free gift while supplies last! 🎁

Our hours are 10am-2pm and our address is:

2625 S Greeley St
Suite 135
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Another bonus - bring non-perishable goods or new socks for 10% off of your order! The items will be donated to Guest House of Milwaukee ✨
Do you ever wonder how it is that our neighbors on the street get connected to housing? It starts with our Street Outreach teams and shelter staff at Milwaukee County Housing First Pathfinders Community Advocates Outreach Community Health Centers Guest House of Milwaukee and Hope House of Milwaukee

So far this year our system has placed over 3,329 individuals and families into housing programs. 697 of those individuals came directly from the streets. The chart below represents every single housing referral and where they came from and we want to highlight the teams who are doing this essential work; from first engagement outside all the way until lease up.

CoC Outreach teams are connecting with our neighbors on the street every day and we are incredibly proud of their work.
Do you ever wonder how it is that our neighbors on the street get connected to housing? It starts with our Street Outreach teams and shelter staff at Milwaukee County Housing First Pathfinders Community Advocates Outreach Community Health Centers Guest House of Milwaukee and Hope House of Milwaukee

So far this year our system has placed over 3,329 individuals and families into housing programs. 697 of those individuals came directly from the streets. The chart below represents every single housing referral and where they came from and we want to highlight the teams who are doing this essential work; from first engagement outside all the way until lease up.

CoC Outreach teams are connecting with our neighbors on the street every day and we are incredibly proud of their work.
Wilson Elementary/WSTEM held its 6th Annual Service Learning Day on Wednesday, November 16, and each grade level led their own service projects. We are so proud of our students for donating their time and effort to these deserving organizations:

Guest House of Milwaukee
St. Camillus
USO
DreamBikes - Milwaukee
Wisconsin Humane Society
Fisher House Wisconsin
Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Father Gene's Help Center
Wilson Elementary/WSTEM held its 6th Annual Service Learning Day on Wednesday, November 16, and each grade level led their own service projects. We are so proud of our students for donating their time and effort to these deserving organizations:

Guest House of Milwaukee
St. Camillus
USO
DreamBikes - Milwaukee
Wisconsin Humane Society
Fisher House Wisconsin
Milwaukee Rescue Mission
Father Gene's Help Center
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