SERVING MILWAUKEE FOR 100+ YEARS
SERVING MILWAUKEE FOR 100+ YEARS
What started in 1921 as outreach efforts based out of the Old Southside Baptist Church in Milwaukee’s Walkers Point neighborhood is now a multi faceted organization connecting people to opportunity and strengthening neighborhoods across Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Christian Center was founded by an American Baptist missionary to provide outreach to newly arrived immigrants and the poor.
Passolt MacKinney, leader of MCC, pioneered the first Head Start style program in Milwaukee for preschool youngsters 44 years before the Federal Head Start program began in 1965.
The focus of MCC shifted in 1937 from traditional church-based programming to a social service center, serving people of all faiths and backgrounds.
Skills classes such as sewing and ceramics were expanded for people of all ages.
New youth programs reaching teens are introduced, including “The Spot” youth center, which would later form the beginnings of United Community Center.
The Neighborhood Improvement Project (NIP) is established to provide home repairs for low-income residents.
NIP trained young people in building and painting skills, who then assist with the repairs.
Families receive food and referrals for services to help with long-term issues.
The Hmong Elderly Independence/Interdependence Program is initiated and grows to include more than 175 participants.
Activities include traditional meals, a community garden, sewing and English language classes.
The Youth Development Program, providing after school activities and homework assistance for children ages 6-18, moves to Kosciuszko Community Center.
Today, MCC provides numerous programs at its main site as well as numerous other sites throughout Milwaukee.
MCC’s Violence Free Zone connects 550+ high school youth with mentors to build skills and resilience to resolve conflicts peacefully, achieve academically, and positively lead their peers at MPS high schools.
MCC adds additional older adult meal program sites in collaboration with Milwaukee County, ensuring continued access to healthy meals and social connections for elders throughout Milwaukee.
MCC celebrates its Centennial, having served Milwaukee for one hundred years, while looking forward to deepening its impact.
WE TRACE OUR ROOTS BACK TO 1921 and the establishment of programming based out of the old Southside Baptist Church in Milwaukee’s Walkers Point neighborhood. The Woman’s American Baptist Church Home Mission Society appointed missionary Mamie Passolt MacKinney to develop a center to serve the needs of newly arrived immigrants and other neighbors living in Milwaukee’s south side neighborhoods. Notably , Passolt MacKinney pioneered the first Head Start style program in Milwaukee for preschool youngsters 44 years before the Federal Head Start program began in 1965. Other firsts for MCC include the first Golden Age Club and the first Elderly Nutrition Program in the county.
Almost from its beginning Milwaukee Christian Center hosted programming throughout the south side, including United Church (29 th and Scott St.) and a coffee shop and teen center called the “Spot” (814 S. 6th St.) which would form the beginnings of United Community Center. MCC would continue to play a role in the founding of new organizations throughout its history including Bayview Community Center and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center.
With the construction of the freeway MCC’s original home would be no more and the agency would eventually relocate to 2137 W. Greenfield Ave. while continuing to expand programming both there, in nearby buildings, and directly in the community itself bringing youth an d social programming to neighbors. In 1975, the Neighborhood Improvement Project was started with the purpose of repairing homes for home owners who could not afford said repairs and training young people.
Today, the Milwaukee Christian Center is a multi faceted social service and neighborhood development agency that serves families , youth and elderly regardless of ethnicity, gender, economic status, race, religion or sexual orientation. Our programs and initiatives recognize the power of both people and place, with the belief that strong neighborhoods must include strong, safe, beautiful places and abundant opportunities for people to thrive. Together with you, our team of staff, AmeriCorps members, volunteers, and neighbors across Milwaukee are building strong neighborhoods full of opportunity.
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MILWAUKEE CHRISTIAN CENTER complies with the equal opportunity policy and standards of all applicable state, federal and l ocal rules and regulations regarding nondiscrimination in employment and service delivery. Milwaukee Christian Center is committed to equality of opportunity in its employment practices without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, polit ica l affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, arrest or conviction record, the use of lawful products or military participation.
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