Please Help us Serve those in Need

In response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, it has been decided to temporarily suspend our regular hot lunch service in the Open Door Café so we can comply with social distancing guidelines.

In its place, during this time, we will be serving only bag lunches during the regular lunch times of 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM. These bag lunches will be prepared here at the Cathedral.

We are asking for your help with donating the items necessary for the bag lunches. If you can, please donate some of the following items:

  • Bottled Water
  • Sliced White Bread
  • Single Serve Bags of Chips
  • Granola Bars or Little Debbie or Hostess Snack Cakes
  • Jelly
  • Brown Paper Lunch Bags

If you are able to donate any of the following items, please call to arrange for a drop-off time by contacting:

Shanedra Johnson 414/276-9814, x110 or

Jim Trzebiatowski 414/276-9814, x308 or

We will also gladly accept monetary donations as well online or via check - checks should be made out to the Cathedral of St. John and in the memo line ODC.

Open Door Café

It is said that when God closes a door, God always opens a window. But at the Open Door Café, we don't believe that God is a door closer.

We believe in a God of goodness without limits. A God who loves without condition or end. A God who pours out love. A God who opens countless windows and doors, all the time.

Nevertheless, doors close. Eviction notices are posted. Pink slips are given. Divorce papers are signed. Diagnoses are handed over. Loved ones die. All of these are closed doors that lead to people experiencing poverty, homelessness and hunger.

The Open Door Café witnesses God's boundless love, opening doors each day:

  • in the hundreds of individual volunteers who nurture a warm environment for our hot lunch, bag lunch and hygiene kit distribution
  • by our donors who give generously to keep us cooking
  • through the dedication of our mission-focused Core Volunteers and staff
  • for the support of hunger fighters like Hunger Task Force, who provide FREE food and funding and Feeding America who provide affordable shopping options to keep our menus interesting and nutritious
  • in the courage of our guests to enter the Open Door Café after doors have been closed on them

We invite you to join us - to share a meal, to serve, to donate, to be God's love in our world today!

To volunteer at the Café, please call Shanedra at 414/276-9814, ext. 110.

The Open Door Cafe is the heart of the Cathedral's commitment to outreach, providing a free hot lunch to approximately 150 people a day, six days per week. In addition, the Open Door Cafe provides hygiene kits, transportation assistance and medical, veteran and housing-related outreach to our guests. If you would like to make a contribution to support the Open Door Cafe, please click on the "Donate" button.

Open Door Café hours:

Hot lunch served
Sunday - Friday, 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Bag lunches served
Monday - Friday 12:30 - 1:00 PM or during M-F hot lunch service

If you would like to make a donation in support of the Open Door Café,
please click on the "Donate" button on this page.

Natalie's Everyday Heroes: Chef Al of the Open Door Café

Our Partners in Ministry

Open Door Café is generously funded by the following foundations:

Bader Philanthropies – Helen Daniels Bader Fund
Park Bank Foundation
Hunger Task Force
A.W. Asmuth Family Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
AT&T Foundation
Catholic Community Foundation