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Special Needs Ministry

The mission of Holy Apostles’ Special Needs Ministry is to organize community building events with the purpose of providing positive social experiences for adults with special needs (16 years and older) and make them available free of charge. Over the years our ministry has expanded sponsoring dances, craft day, bingo, bowling, carnival ,picnic, field day and a Christmas luncheon. These events have the atmosphere of gatherings with good friends. We have volunteer opportunities ranging from pre-event set up/decorating, meeting/greeting/visiting with guests, serving food/prizes, and breakdown/cleaning up post event.


If you have any interest in this ministry, do not hesitate to contact us, Ed Rivard at, Beth Enea at, or Stephanie Arcuri at

Hope Center

Hope Center is a non-profit organization that has been serving the basic needs of financial assistance, food, and clothing in Waukesha County for more than thirty years. 

Hope Center reaches out in a caring manner, always trying to help people help themselves; hopefully empowering them to have the best possible quality of life given their limitations. We recognize the dignity of each individual no matter what his or her personal circumstance may be, and we always strive to bring HOPE to those living in despair.

Hope Center runs on donations, grants, and through the volunteer efforts of caring people in our community. For more information see our website.

MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary

MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary

We create a daytime sanctuary and multi-resource center for homeless and at-risk individuals with core values of healing, spirituality, recovery, peer empowerment, dignity, nonviolence, advocacy, voice, sustainability and mutual transformation. This sanctuary is a place to be, belong and become within a transformational solidarity community--interfaith, nonpartisan, intercultural, and noncanonical--a racially and economically diverse family of hope. We seek to strengthen Milwaukee’s overwhelmed safety net.


Doorway Ministry
Operating hours for Doorway Ministry services and donations:
Tuesdays from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm, at 2461 West Center Street

Doorway Ministry is a walk-in, first come-first served service. Anyone in need is welcome at Doorway Ministry. We serve households and individuals in the Greater Milwaukee area who are facing scarcity. We address basic human needs and are helping to reverse poverty and homelessness by providing food and other essentials. While we are primarily a walk-in service, MBHS also receives referrals from the Crisis line, and police send people in need from other parts of Milwaukee.

Providing guests with a week's worth of food is our primary goal. We also distribute hygiene products, clothing, coats, blankets, household products, bikes, and more. Volunteer nurses are available to meet with guests at DM.
Currently masks are required.


Hot Meals
12:00 to 2:00 pm at Hephatha Lutheran Church, 1720 West Locust Street

Hot Meals are part of our Fantastic Fridays at Hephatha Lutheran Church. Guests can eat a hot meal on site. We also have hot meals to go. Because meals are provided by friends and partners of MBHS, food varies week to week.

To contact us, please follow this link:

New Berlin Food Pantry

The New Berlin Food Pantry is a non-profit service organization staffed entirely by volunteers. It was started by the original New Berlin Women’s Club in the 1980’s. It moved into its current location at the Community Center (14750 West Cleveland Avenue) in 2007. The pantry receives all its funding from the community including food and cash. We have strong support from area churches, businesses, service clubs, police and fire, scouts and individuals. The pantry serves clients living in New Berlin, Brookfield and Elm Grove.


We are open every Wednesday to receive donations from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm & serve clients from 12:00 to 5:15 pm. We can always use extra volunteers for food drives - feel free to stop in to inquire or call (262) 789-8040.

House of Peace

Our Mission:  Inspired by the gospel of Jesus and the example of Francis of Assisi, the Capuchin friars of the Province of Saint Joseph, together with our partners in ministry, prayerfully build sister-brotherhood in the world.  We attend simply and directly to spiritual and other basic human needs, especially those of people experiencing poverty and disenfranchisement, promoting justice for all. Our guests come from all walks of life. Each one of our guests has a story.  Those who frequent the House of Peace are often employed, but unable to make ends meet, or are experiencing chronic poverty. When our guests arrive at the House of Peace they find a place where someone cares and where they can get the little extra help they need.

Capuchin Community Services is a site-specific, volunteer-driven ministry carrying out the works of mercy. Our two sites, the House of Peace and Saint Ben’s Community Meal, have unique yet connected missions: to help families stay together, and to help people struggling with poverty and homelessness. Driving these ministries are our volunteers, people of good will who donate their time on a weekly or monthly basis. If you have a gift, an area of expertise you feel called to share, or want to respond to the most pressing needs, you are welcome. It happens just as often that people who come to serve discover gifts they didn’t know they had.

We are committed to hosting guests and volunteers in a supportive, joyful, and safe environment. Your volunteer service might bring you in direct contact with our guests, or place behind the scenes supporting the operations, or something in between. Let us discern this together! Sometimes the work is challenging, but you will never be left on your own – that’s our faith-based commitment to everyone who comes to our sites.


Siena House Meal Program

Siena House is the emergency shelter located at 1519 Summit Avenue in Waukesha (operated by Hebron House Services) that serves single men. Their mission is to provide warm, safe shelter for those in crisis and bring hope and dignity back to those in need in the community. 

Since 2019, Holy Apostles has committed to provide meals eight times a month on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Siena House, one of 3 homeless shelters supported by the Hebron House Ministry in Waukesha County.

The Siena House is equipped to serve up to 18 men at any given time, offering a safe and warm  place to sleep, shower, and be fed daily.  


The meals provided by our volunteers need to feed 16 to 18 adult men. Volunteers prepare a meal at home and deliver the meal before 6:00 pm. A staff member is always on site, and along with the men at the house, will graciously receive your meal! It is not necessary to serve the meal or eat with the men. It is recommended to prepare and deliver the meal in disposable foil pans. Please avoid recipes with nut products due to food allergies. An example of a meal would include:  a main dish to feed up to 18 men, a side dish, three gallons of milk or fruit juice, enough fruit (apples, oranges or bananas) for each man to have one, a couple of boxes of granola bars or cookies or dessert if you desire.


This helps with keeping food from spoiling. To sign up for meal donation, please click here


In addition to meals, these shelters also welcome donations of NEW socks and underwear, toiletries, towels, laundry and cleaning supplies (needs may vary month to month). Thank you for volunteering and serving the needs of our homeless brothers. Please contact Kelli Owen at or Heather Borchardt at if you have any questions. God bless.

Franciscan Peacemakers

Franciscan Peacemakers connects women survivors of sexual exploitation to safe housing, meaningful work and a healing network of support. We work for an end to human sex trafficking through service and advocacy because we believe that everyone is created to enjoy peace and all good.  We provide a pathway to sustainable, healthy, safe, and productive lives for women engaging in prostitution due to trauma, human sex trafficking or drug addiction.

To learn more about how to donate or volunteer, follow this link

St. Joseph's Tool Chest

St. Joseph's Tool Chest was founded by Ron Kroll after he went on a mission to the Working Boys Center, Quito, Ecuador in February 2008.  Ron, the owner of a tool and die company, quickly realized the need for modern tools at the Center.  He started St. Joseph's Tool Chest in Sussex, WI with the aim of getting individuals to donate unwanted tools that could be refurbished. 


In 2015, the Divestment Club of New Berlin was considering a second monetary donation to SJTC. During an interview, Ron said he was dealing with some health issues and wondered if the Divestment Club would be interested in taking over SJTC.  Bill Jonas, now President of SJTC, and Gene Kaczkowski, Secretary, agreed to take over but the operation had to be moved to New Berlin.


Operations in New Berlin began in a barn and adjacent workshop space on Observatory Road donated by HA parishioners Jen and Peter Macakanja.  As St. Joseph’s Tool Chest grew, more space was required and was obtained in January 2021 at a second location in the Moorland Industrial Center, 2704 South 163rd Street (163rd and West Cleveland Avenue)


Volunteer Opportunities at St. Joseph’s Tool Chest


The mission of SJTC is to gather unwanted tools of all kinds, refurbish them to near new condition and redistribute them, free of charge, to people and organizations that can make use of them.  The tools we most often gather are the kind you find at Menards and Home Depot.  In 2021 SJTC shipped out 5,949 tools!


Volunteer duties are based on your talents or interests and may include: participation in an annual tool drive, April Tools Day; going to the donor’s location to pick up tools; testing  donated tools for usability; cleaning tools of rust and dirt most often by using powered wire wheels, sanding wheels, or a sandblaster; replacing broken parts; refinishing surfaces; boxing up tools for shipment; and delivering refurbished tools. Currently the workshop is regularly open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, but other times can be made available.  The times for tool pickup and delivery are made to suit our clients.


Contact Information


For all matters: Bill Jonas, President

(262) 439-9131,">

Or Gene Kaczkowski, Secretary

(414) 801-0511,">




Support for St. Joseph’s Tool Chest


SJTC is certified by the IRS as a charitable organization under section 501 (3) (c) and operates as a not-for-profit.  There are currently 26 volunteers involved with SJTC. No one is paid.  All tools are given away, free of charge.  But we have all the expenses of a going business: rent, utilities, shop supplies, tool parts, office supplies, etc.  We would sincerely appreciate any monetary donations.

St. Vincent de Paul

The St. Vincent de Paul Society mission is to help the needy in countless ways, primarily through one-on- one contact of volunteers with families and the homeless. We respond to calls for help by making a home visit to provide tangible assistance on a person-to-person basis. The assistance can include emergency rent, utilities, food, clothing, household goods and referral services. We work to get people" back on their feet." While the services we provide are important, what stands out is our outreach of friendship through our person-to-person contacts. During a crisis, many simply need to know that someone cares. 

In order to volunteer, you must become a member of our Holy Apostles/Elizabeth Seton conference which meets monthly to discuss the needs presented. If this is something you would be interested in, please contact Bob Nolan at (414) 425-9061 or If you wish to make monetary contributions, there are poor boxes located at entrances to the church and in the Welcome Center. We are part of the Waukesha County Council. Check out their website here.

Meal Programs

Serving meals at St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program (Southside Milwaukee)

SVdP Cross Roads Kitchen

931 West Madison St

For over 39 years, the SVdP Meal Program has provided hot nutritious meals to children and adults in Milwaukee County.  Due to the evolving Covid-19 crisis, the SVdP Meal Program has modified its services to ensure the safety of guests, volunteers, and staff.  All recommended CDC guidelines and social distancing are strictly followed to ensure the safety and health of all involved.

SVdP serves “to-go” dinner 6 nights per week (Sunday – Friday), 5:00 – 6:00 pm. The dining room is currently not open. Volunteers are welcome between 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Masks & proper PPE is required.

St. Bakhita Catholic Worker House

The St. Bakhita Catholic Worker House has two goals.  First, we follow the example of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement, teaching and living every day the Beatitudes proclaimed by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount.  Second, in partnership with the Franciscan Peacemakers Clare Community, we help to provide supportive community housing for women who are survivors of sexual exploitation.  Women making that transition benefit from the spiritual nourishment and community-building that are part of the Catholic Worker tradition.  

We are open and deeply appreciative to welcome volunteers to help with special projects or on a regular part-time basis.  Women who may be interested in a full-time volunteer commitment are encouraged to contact us.  Any financial support to the nonprofit mission would also be profoundly appreciated. 

The executive director is Anne Haines, a former student at Holy Apostles, who has been passionate about the Catholic Worker movement for years.  They are located in the former Capuchin Franciscan friary located at 3138 N. 2nd Street in Milwaukee.  Please check out the website to see how you can get involved to serve.

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