James Place

About Us

Building Relationships (James 2:1-13)

At James Place, we have the privilege of meeting people from all walks of life, the honor of creating an atmosphere of dignity and trust, and the privilege of walking with people along their journey of faith.

Responding To Needs (James 2:14-26)

At James Place, we respond to people’s needs in the context of relationships that have been formed.  We respond to needs, but we may not always be able to meet them. We can listen, pray, refer and often find a solution they would not have found on their own. We promote dignity by not doing for others what they are capable of doing for themselves.

Offering Hope In The Name Of Jesus (Colossians 3:17, Acts 3:1-10)

Jesus was a source of hope to people in desperate situations.  As followers of Jesus, we do not have all the answers, but we have a hope that is an anchor for our souls.  Sometimes one word of hope is all someone needs in their hour of crisis.

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  • Community Resources

    Between our Waukesha location and our newly launched Northside location, we have had 3180 client interactions helping connect individuals to various vital community resources.

  • School Partnerships

    Between our two school partnerships, we’ve served approximately 900 staff and students in the schools, including the surrounding communities.

  • Immigration Services

    Immigration has served approximately 620 individuals/ family units in 2022 with their unique immigration issues. We’ve walked alongside many people from around the globe.

  • Behavioral Health Services

    Through our behavioral health ministry, we’ve served many clients by providing 1850 hours of mental health services.

Our History

  • Early 2007

    James Place Founded

    When a member of the Elmbrook Church congregation approached Pastor Mike Murphy with a question about a building he owned on 129 Broadway: “What would you do with it?”

    Doors opened in Waukesha offering free blood pressure screening.

  • Late 2007

    Services Expand

    Community resource connections, employment services, prayer, budget coaching, Bible studies and Special Events like Fall Feast and Christmas event. Formed many partnerships with local churches and service organizations.

    Late 2007

  • 2008

    Counseling Ministry

    Added Counseling services through graduate student interns.

    Added more health services through a Community Outreach Nurse.

  • 2009

    Elmbrook En Espanol

    Paco Cojon started working at James Place to get to know and reach out to the Latino population of Waukesha. (From this humble beginning, we started to explore offering Immigration services and eventually established Elmbrook En Espanol).


  • 2011

    James Place Washington Highschool

    James Place was invited to be in Washinton Highschool, starting our partnership with MPS.

  • 2012

    James Place Milwaukee

    James Place opens its first community center in Milwaukee on 30th st.


  • 2013

    Immigration Services

    James Place had its first Department of Justice accredited representatives and began offering immigration services in Waukesha.

  • 2014

    James Place Southside

    James Place Southside opens inside of the International Community Center and begins offering immigration services


  • 2016

    James Place Obama School

    The Principal at The Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education opened the door to James Place.

  • 2019

    James Place Southside Moves

    James Place Southside moved to the Milwaukee Christian Center.


  • 2020

    James Place Northside

    James Place Milwaukee moves to the Community Warehouse and becomes James Place Northside.

  • 2023

    James Place Southside Community Services

    James Place Southside adds community services.


The two hallmarks of what we do (are)… how can we meet unmet needs & how can we do that through relationships

-Karen Cumblad, Former Director


Jacob Leigh


Jamie Brown-Boyd


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