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Shalom Center

Our Story

Legacy of Service

Shalom Center was founded as “The Interfaith Human Concerns Network” in 1982 by a group of individuals concerned about issues facing neighbors across the Kenosha community. They addressed their concerns by serving a hot meal. In 1985, the Shalom Center (newly renamed) purchased the Deming School to serve as its headquarters. Just a year later, the 2nd floor of its building was converted into family shelter space. In 1991, Shalom Center launched the Interfaith Network Shelter Program in which local churches opened their basements to allow respite sleeping areas for individuals experiencing homelessness. In 2009, Shalom Center opened its food pantry on Sheridan Road.

Commitment to Serving

In 2017, Shalom Center moved into a new location at 4314 39th Avenue allowing for a 24/7 space for its homeless programs (including individual & family shelters) and its soup kitchen. A year later, Shalom Center burned the mortgage on this building. In 2020, Shalom Center added an addition to the building relocating its food pantry and warehouse to its main location. After nearly 39 years, all of Shalom Center’s programs are under one roof.

Our Mission

Our mission is to serve the community by providing emergency food, shelter, and support in ways that meet immediate needs and respect human dignity. Through food, shelter, and guidance, we will help people maximize their potential for self-sufficiency.

Our Board of Directors

Ken Winius, Chair
Andy Pitts, Vice Chair
Wes Ricchio, Treasurer
Erin Ginn, Secretary
Pam Acerbi
Tim Barthe
Crystal Callahan
John Collins

Steve Hartfield
Richard Kaufmann
Wayne Koessl
Mark Kubicki
Robert Riedl
Dick Selsburg
Wilson Shierk

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Our Team

Administration

Tamarra Coleman,
Executive Director

Mike Tyson,
Finance & Business Manager

Lisa Sanders,
Director of Programs & Operations

Dustin Beth,
Director of Development & Community Engagement

Shelter Programs

Wendy Cross,
Shelter Director

Karon Thomas,
Case Manager

Lorroli Henderson,
Diversion Case Manager

Anne Eiring,
Case Manager

Food Distribution

Abby Marksuon,
Food Pantry Manager

Dustin Ean,
Waterhouse Manager

Meal Programs

Cristabel Gomez,
Soup Kitchen Manager

Join our team

Thinking about joining a nonprofit that impacts our community? Check our job posting board for information on available positions.

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Annual Reports

We invite you to review our annual reports and see a variety of stories, pictures, and accomplishments through the years!

2019

2019

2020

2020

2021 Annual Report Cover

2021

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LOCATION

4314 39th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53144
(262) 658-1713

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