15 years and 750,000 meals

On October 1, 2017, the Cathedral parish community gathered with Open Door Cafe volunteers and guests to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Open Door Cafe. Those who volunteer at the Cafe were given a special blessing by Bishop Jeff Haines during the 9 AM liturgy and during the breakfast following Mass, the Open Door Cafe served its 750,000th hot meal!

As a very special part of the event, “Jesus the Homeless” by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz was unveiled and blessed.  This very moving piece of art was a gift to the Cathedral from an anonymous donor and arrived just in time for our celebration.  Please come by anytime to see this statue, which is located at the entrance of the Open Door Cafe near 831 N. Van Buren.

We are so grateful for this gift and the gifts of the countless people who have contributed to our 15 year history.  At the event, we honored those who have volunteered with the Open Door Cafe for 10 or more years.  Thirty-one groups and individuals were honored – a truly outstanding commitment from our community to combatting hunger and providing hospitality to those in need.

Those honored include: Quarles and Brady; Von Briesen and Roper; Foley & Lardner; Gutglass, Erickson, Bonville and Larson; Husch Blackwell LLP; Executive Director, Inc.; Italian Community Center Service Club; St. Mary’s Visitation; Diana Burns; Tommy DiCicco; Ruth Marquez and Bob Bemm; Carol Pelligrini; Mary Schmidt; Sr. Laverne Sommer, OSF; AT&T Pioneers; Cramer-Krasselt; Landmark Healthcare Facilities; Robert W Baird & Co.; Stupar and Schuster; UPAA-WI and Rotary Club Milwaukee Northshore; St. Alphonsus Youth Ministry; St. Dominic Parish Youth Ministry; Nimmi Arora; Sue Frautschi; Bob Giese; Nancy Kreuger; Kathy Linnen; Terri Miller; Deb Olla and family; Judy Wick; and Joan and Dick Wroblewski.

Many thanks to CBS 58 for their fine coverage of the event which you can see here!  Also, look for an article in the Catholic Herald soon. Many thanks to all who helped us reach this milestone and all who helped us celebrate it with joy and anticipation of a world where no one goes hungry.

If you missed the event here is a special look back in time over the Cafe’s 15 year history:

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