About Us

Feed. House. Empower. Image of the House of Charity building.

About Our History

Right from the start, in the early 1950s, House of Charity has been about transforming lives…one person at a time. Our founder, Brother de Paul, responded to the need he saw around him by providing food and shelter to the poor in Minneapolis. Since its beginnings on Nicollet Island, House of Charity has been located at several sites in downtown Minneapolis, and moved to its current location at 510 South 8th Street in 1976. Once a hotel, the building now houses 116 men and women who have experienced homelessness.

The Food Centre, at 714 Park Avenue, feeds more than 350 people each day. After 60 years, the work begun by Brother De Paul continues. Because of his legacy, the hungry are fed and the homeless find shelter.

One of our primary goals is to help struggling individuals meet their basic human needs of food and shelter while reducing barriers to their long-term self-sufficiency.

We do this by providing:

Mission, Vision, & Values

Our Mission

Feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence.

Our Vision

Transforming lives…one person at a time.

Our Values

  • Teamwork
    We strive to build strong and effective relationships.
  • Respect
    We value the rights and views of others.
  • Integrity
    We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism, trust, and accountability.
  • Excellence
    We aspire to deliver services of exceptional quality.

Leadership Team

Bert Winkel

Bert Winkel

Executive Director
Tanya Batalska

Tanya Batalska

COO/CFO
Lesley A. Chester

Lesley A. Chester

Chief Advancement Officer
Ken Galloway

Ken Galloway

Facilities Manager

Tamarah Gehlen

Tamarah Gehlen

Chief Program Officer
Geoff Meyer

Geoff Meyer

Housing Services Director
Kayla Peterson-Steele

Kayla Peterson-Steele

Human Resource Manager
Sam Vitiello

Sam Vitiello

Treatment Director

Board of Directors

Wendy Wehr, Fundraising Professional
President

Joel Costa, Optum Health
Past President

Ron Heinz, Carlson, Inc. (Retired)
Vice President

John Kvinge, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.
Secretary

Tim Anderstrom, KPMG, LLP
Treasurer

Mark Biedenfeld, CHS, Inc.

Susie Byers, Carlson, Inc.

Chad Hegwood, Thrivent Financial

Chad Rempe, Kraus-Anderson Construction

Gita Sitaramiah, Greater MSP

Pete Tonsager, MGK

Alyssa Troje, Lapp, Libra, Thomson, Stoebner & Pusch, Chtd

Katie Uphus, Stone Arch Creative

Erinn Webb, Amerprise Financial

Reggie Woo, US Bank

Deneen Gannon, Ameriprise Financial
Emeritus Board Member

Mark Peterson, Traust Group, Inc.
Emeritus Board Member