St. Ben's Clinic




The mission of St. Ben’s Clinic is to provide respectful, patient-centered, coordinated, comprehensive primary healthcare services to adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, in particular those who are substance-dependent or have long term mental illness and have difficulty accessing or working within traditional healthcare systems. As a Catholic healthcare ministry, St. Ben’s Clinic shares the Franciscan vision of transforming the world through reverence one life at a time.


Persons receiving healthcare from St. Ben’s Clinic often reside in community shelters, move from one place to another, or live without shelter. Persons whose living situations are considered unstable due to mental illness and/or substance abuse may also qualify for services. St. Ben’s may serve as a patient’s primary care provider until the patient is able to transition into traditional healthcare services, or for however long the patient might benefit from St. Ben’s services.


The staff of St. Ben’s Clinic is dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare and social services to our patients. Our mission and philosophy of patient care is based on an understanding of every person as a unique member of the human family, having an inherent dignity of inestimable value, and deserving of respect regardless of the person’s condition in life. We seek to understand each person and their special challenges, strengths, and needs in their physical, emotional and spiritual dimensions. We strive to extend hospitality in an atmosphere of respect for all persons and we work to empower patients to set and achieve their health goals through the processes of advocacy and education.


The support of CSM Foundations helps to meet the operating expenses of the clinic through grants and personal donations.



Community Partners

  • St. Ben's Parish
  • St. Ben's Community Meal
  • Outreach Community Health Centers
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission 
  • The Cathedral Center
  • The Guest House
  • The Salvation Army 

Funding Partners

  • Matthew Keenan Endowment Fund
  • Charles D. Ortgiesen Foundation
  • Weiss Family Fair
  • Albert J. and Flora H. Ellinger Foundation
  • Constance A. Tresch Gift Foundation
  • Gustav & Gladys Kindt Foundation
  • Herbet H. Kohl Charities, Inc.
  • Patrick Amman Cudahy Fund


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Contact Us

St. Ben's Clinic
1027 N. 9th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Carolyn Laabs, Clinic Supervisor & Nurse Practitioner

T: (414) 765-0606
F: (414) 765-0226

Clinic Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm by appointment only
Friday:  9:00 am to 12pm by appointment only

Preferred during morning hours

By Appointment Only
Tuesday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm by appointment only
Friday:  9:00 am to noon by appointment only





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