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The House of Peace

A place of fellowship, health and wholeness. An oasis in the city. The House of Peace was founded in 1968 in response to unrest that rocked Milwaukee and other American cities in the late 1960s. The Capuchins and their partners in ministry seek to address basic spiritual and human needs, especially the need for food, while also seeking address underlying structural causes of social injustice.

All programs and services offered at the House of Peace are free of charge.


House of Peace Food Pantry

Canned food on the shelves of the House of Peace food pantry

The House of Peace food pantry is the largest in Milwaukee, serving more than 18,000 people per year.

House of Peace Clothing Closet

A child hugs a stuffed animal at the House of Peace Clothing Closet.

Providing free clothing for women, men and children plus household items, toys, books and more.

UWM Community Wellness Center

A UWM nurse takes a guest's blood pressure.

Nursing students provide wellness screenings, referral and other health services to guests at the House of Peace.

Marquette Volunteer Legal CLinic

A form with information on the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic.

Law students and faculty from Marquette Law School provide free counsel on non-criminal matters for guests.


Eyeglass Clinic

A young guest receives an eye exam from an optometrist at the House of Peace.

Free eye exams and eyeglass prescriptions are available for guests at the House of Peace. Eyeglasses are available for as little as $1.


A guest at the House of Peace shows off the art she created in an art therapy community workshop.

Educating and empowering the community with workshops, classes and trainings on a wide variety of topics.

Spiritual Care

CCS Ministry Director Fr. Mike Bertram smiles and laughs as he talks with a guest outside of the House of Peace.

Capuchin priests, Capuchin lay brothers and lay chaplains are available to offer prayer, spiritual care and direction.

Food Boxes

A 2022 Holiday Food Box with packing instructions taped to the outside of the box.

Special food distributions at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter give guests the opportunity to enjoy a complete holiday meal.

Where to find us

The House of Peace
1702 W. Walnut Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205

(414) 271-0135

Arriving by public transportation


You can get to the House of Peace on the 24, the 57, the 33 or the Blue Line.

  • The 24, the 57 and the Blue Line have a stop right at 17th and Walnut near our building.
  • The 33 has a bus stop at Vliet Street and 17th Street near King Park.
  • There are more MCTS routes a little further away from the House of Peace.

Check MCTS or other official sources for the most up-to-date transit information.

Other transportation

The closest Bublr Bikes stations are at Clarence & Cleopatra Johnson Park at Fond du Lac and 17th Street or at King Park at Vliet and 17th Street.

Hours of Operation

Food Pantry

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Clothing Closet

By appointment only
Monday through Friday
12:00 noon to 2:30 p.m.