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Madison's Catholic Multicultural Center secures long term lease

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Catholic Multicultural Center of Madison (CMC) announced on Wednesday that it will be staying in its current location, thanks to a new eight year lease with the Madison Catholic Diocese. The CMC has been in the same location since 1952.

"The lease not only helps secure the future of the Center but also shows that the Diocese supports the work of the Center and wants it to continue," said CMC Director Andrew Russell.  "The lease will also allow us to enter into secure long term partnerships with other groups."

The Madison Catholic Diocese is also responsible for $150,000 in donations since the CMC reopened. The new lease agreement charges just one dollar in rent each year, which allows funding to be focused on programs that serve people in need.

Currently, the Center is under the leadership of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish. In May, it was closed because of Diocesan-wide budget concerns. It reopened in August after a groundswell of community support. Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish offered to oversee the Center in August.

The CMC opened in 1946 and still helps meet people's basic needs, provide educational opportunities, and fill spiritual needs for those interested. A free meal program, food pantry,  health program, numerous educational classes, as well as shower and laundry facilities are some of the services available at the CMC>

To volunteer with or donate to the Catholic Multicultural Center programs, like the expanded meal program, call Andy Russell at 556-2344 or email  him at

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