St. Ben's Clinic


St. Ben’s Clinic is a primary care clinic providing care to homeless people and those unable to access traditional medical care. As a Columbia St. Mary's department, St. Ben’s receives much support through the Columbia St. Mary's health system and works in partnership with Health Care for the Homeless of Milwaukee and the St. Benedict the Moor Ministries. It is located on the site of one of the city’s largest meal programs, Loaves and Fishes, sponsored by St. Benedict the Moor Ministries.

St. Ben’s has an active program of outreach to establish relationships with people living in shelters and using local meal programs and food pantries. In 2011, 1,357 outreach contacts were made. An ongoing outreach clinic cares for women and children in the Cathedral Center for Women and Children. In 2011, St. Ben’s Clinic provided 1,015 clinical encounters at the Cathedral Center site and 4,703 encounters at the main clinic at 9th and State. Clinic patients also received 3,195 social work services during the year. Services are provided through the help of volunteer physicians and receptionists as well as paid nursing and social work staff.

The staff and volunteers of St. Ben’s have taken on the challenge of becoming the “medical home” for those who are homeless. This requires taking a “Window of Opportunity” approach – that is, accomplishing as much as possible to improve health within one patient visit since follow-up visits may be difficult for the patient to keep.

Clinic Mission Statement


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
  • Health Care for the Homeless

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


Patient Stories


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Contact Us

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

Carolyn Laabs, Clinic Coordinator & 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 noon 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


The Clinic aims to serve 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 traditional health care systems.



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