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Cathedral Center Volunteers

The nonprofit Cathedral Center (845 N. Van Buren St.), incorporated in 2002, provides emergency shelter and case management services for women and families who are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis. Families include single mothers or fathers, as well as married couples with children. Last year, beds were filled more than 17,000 times, with the shelter averaging about 50 people on any given night. In addition to providing emergency shelter, Cathedral Center offers individual case management services to help guests move to transitional or permanent housing.

Volunteers are the “lifeblood” of the Cathedral Center. As the center’s website states, volunteer interaction with clients from all walks of life helps to break down barriers between rich and poor, eliminating stereotypical ideas of what it means to be “homeless.” Cathedral Center volunteers assist as tutors, life-skills mentors and shelter aides, among many other duties.

Readers interested in donating to the Cathedral Center or volunteering their time and talents are encouraged to call 414-831-0394 or visit