Milwaukee city officials spoke at St. Ben's about their efforts to keep people out of the cold with such frigid temperatures. CCS Ministry Director, Fr. Mike Bertram, O.F.M. Cap., and St. Ben's Site Director, Kenny Howard, are doing all they can to keep our guests safe and warm.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote about our St. Ben's Warming Center and the challenges our guests navigate in Milwaukee's sub-zero temperatures.
Our Capuchin brothers in Ukraine have decided to remain to provide humanitarian and spiritual support to the people trapped in the warzone. Meanwhile our brothers across the border in Poland are assisting refugees fleeing Ukraine, now numbering in the millions. You can help by making a donation. 100% of donations will go directly to the friars in Ukraine and Poland so that they may continue their life-saving work.
People often think of the holidays as the time of year people go hungry. However, hunger is a daily problem for many of our guests and we are frequently unable to keep our Emergency Food Pantry shelves adequately stocked.
We encourage volunteers to perform a Ministry of Presence: to sit with our guests, engage them in conversation, meet them on their terms, and share your experiences. That is the greatest gift one person can give to another: to be wholly present, to listen, to be attentive, to show care.