Central City Churches Outreach Ministry was founded by eight congregations from five denominations, all located along Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee’s downtown.  In the 1970s, in an effort to promote ecumenical efforts in ministry and service to the surrounding neighborhoods, Calvary Presbyterian, Central United Methodist, Gesu Parish, Our Savior’s Lutheran ELCA, Redeemer Lutheran ELCA, St. James Episcopal, St. Paul’s Lutheran ELCA, and St. Rose of Lima Parish and others established the organization. 

In the early 1990s, Central City Churches Emergency Needs Ministry began providing limited assistance to address transportation and other needs.  By 2001, it expanded to become Central City Churches Outreach Ministry, and hired Alicia Ellis as its Director.  In the following year, the organization was expanded further to take responsibility for the food pantry several Central City Churches congregations had operated for 30 years.  By 2003, the Outreach Ministry hired Bob Foley as its Food Pantry Coordinator. 

While Wisconsin Avenue and the neighborhoods west of Milwaukee’s downtown have changed dramatically since the 1970s, Central City Churches Outreach Ministry and its founding congregations remain committed to offering hope and help together in the name of Christ. 

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