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Cross Lutheran Church

Programs maximizing collaboration

Strongly rooted in Milwaukee’s near northside, Cross Lutheran Church was established in 1870. Cross has played a significant role in its community through 150 years of ministry. It has birthed numerous multicultural ministries, including the Bread of Healing Ministry (BOHEM), Project RETURN, and JobsWork MKE. Cross' programs focus on serving those in need and empowering them to gain the purpose they seek for themselves, wherever they are on their journey. The Bread of Healing Empowerment Ministry serves residents of Milwaukee’s near northside at 16th and Walnut. This is an urban ministry serving several of the poorest zip codes in Milwaukee.

Primary Focus Area: Meal Program, Food Pantry, Older Adult Center, Men’s Wellness, Women’s Faith Group, Cooking classes, Youth Mentoring

Lutheran Affiliation: ELCA

Location: 1821 N. 16th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205

Funding will support: "A program of the Bread of Healing Empowerment Ministry at Cross Lutheran Church, the nutrition program includes classes for patients, congregational members, and community participants. Our goal is to improve their health and happiness via education and lifestyle changes. The participants will experience nutrition education through chef demos, healthy pantry boxes, speakers, and integrated movement from trained instructors. Our goal is to empower the participants through these integrated experiences so that they become active participants in preventative healthcare. A nutrition program for youth is designed to teach youth (grades 4-12) important life skills to promote optimal health. The curriculum addresses key concepts about nutrition, food preparation/cooking, food safety, and physical activity by using approaches and strategies that enhance learning and behavior change among youth. We aim to empower youth to adopt healthier lifestyles by teaching them the knowledge and skills needed to prepare nutritious snacks and meals at home." (Submitted by Cross Lutheran Church)

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