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.

Annual Reports

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

2023 Impact Report




2021 Annual Report Cover


Find us on the west side of 39th Avenue, across from the Kenosha Transit bus station

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

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Proudly Supported By:

The Catholic Community Foundation
Kenosha Community Foundation
United Way of Kenosha County
Snap-on Incorporated
Bane-Nelson Industrial and Commercial Contractor
Herzing University
Racine Kenosha Community Action: Helping People, Changing Lives