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

Andy Pitts, Chair

Steve Hartfield, Vice Chair

Wes Ricchio, Treasurer

Tara Wendricks , Secretary

Pam Acerbi

Crystal Callahan

John Collins

Richard Kaufmann

Wayne Koessl

Mary Kubicki

Matt Monroe

Robert Riedl

Wilson Shierk

Richard Unger

Troy VonGillern

Ken Winius

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Golf Outing
Group Photo

Our Team


Tamarra Coleman,
Executive Director

Mike Tyson,
Finance & Business Manager

Dave Gleason,
Director of Marketing & Fund Development

Shelter Programs

Wendy Cross,
Shelter Director

Karon Thomas,
Case Manager

Lorroli Henderson,
Diversion Case Manager

Anne Eiring,
Case Manager

Food Distribution

Abby Markuson,
Food Pantry Manager

TaeQeon Keys,
Waterhouse Supervisor

Meal Programs

Veronica Roman

Soup Kitchen Supervisor

Join our team

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


Annual Reports

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





2021 Annual Report Cover




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

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