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.

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

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.

November 2019

Dear Parishioners,

Thank you for your continued support of the ODC through your prayers, volunteering and financial support. As you know here at the ODC, we provide a nutritious meal six days a week to men, women, and children, many of whom are homeless or marginally housed.

Every year, along with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, we provide a Christmas feast for our guests. This year that feast will be on Monday, December 9. Our role is to gather donations of socks, gloves, hats, long underwear, etc. (please see flyer). These much needed “gifts” are chosen by our guests to help them weather through some of our cold winter days and nights.

We will also accept monetary donations of any amount. Please make checks payable to the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and note “ODC Christmas Party” on the memo line.

All donations, including monetary, can be dropped off during your regular volunteer time or at any time during regular business hours at the front desk. A donation sheet will be provided. We would like to receive all of your donations by Friday, December 6.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (414) 276-9814, x110. I thank you for considering this request and look forward to serving with you in the ODC.


Shanedra Johnson
Director of Outreach Ministries
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist