Welcome to Elena's House

Mission of CommonGround Ministry, Inc.

The mission of CommonGround Ministry, Inc. is to provide physical, spiritual and emotional support to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS regardless of religious beliefs, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic status. Elena’s House, CommonGround Ministry’s faith-based home for people living with HIV/AIDS, provides a unique opportunity for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.  Elena’s House offers a safe, supportive, transitional living environment where God’s love and presence are shared.  CommonGround Ministry, through Elena’s House, offers wholistic care based on the values of individual responsibility to self and community and the celebration of God’s presence in the midst of life and death.

Elena's House

Elena’s House is a five-bedroom, three bath home in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. We offer transitional and end of life care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Residents are referred through their doctors, case managers, hospital social workers or discharge planners. Residents stay an average of 6 – 12 months, depending on their needs.

Our goal is to enable residents to restore their physical and spiritual health through safe, peaceful housing, nutritious meals, assistance with drug regimens, one-on-one counseling, and emotional support. Elena’s House offers comfortable, home-like surroundings with 24-hour staff support, counseling on accessing medical and financial assistance, and transportation to appointments. In addition, Elena's House contracts with an outside hospice provider to offer around the clock medical care for residents at the end of life.

Elena’s House is a smoke-free, drug-free, and alcohol-free environment. Within Elena’s House we are dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. We take special pride in forming an extended family.

CommonGround Ministry, Inc. Goals

- To help each resident struggling with HIV/AIDS understand a new sense of purpose and meaning in their life and to find peace and serenity within themselves.

- To assure the integration of, and accessibility to, a spiritual component of care.

- To help each resident achieve success by defining and working towards individual goals in order that they might regroup and reshape their lives and move towards independence.

- To provide wholistic care, which considers the total needs of each individual physical, social/familial and spiritual - while treating each individual with non-judgmental dignity and respect.


- To offer love and support to family and friends affected by HIV/AIDS.

- To reach out to others living with this disease not currently in need of a supportive living environment.

- To collaborate with existing agencies in order for individuals to receive the best care possible, without duplicating services.