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 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
Finance & Business Manager
Director of Programs & Operations
Director of Development & Community Engagement
Diversion Case Manager
Food Pantry Manager
Soup Kitchen Manager
Join our team
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Shalom Center is a 501(C)3 in Kenosha County serving as the only homeless shelter, largest food pantry, and longest running nightly meal program. Shalom Center is a community resource that provides housing, food, guidance, and support to individuals and families in need across our community. Our mission is simple: serve the community through food, shelter and supportive ways. We believe that this mission will help realize a greater vision: self-sufficiency by maximizing the potential of people we serve.