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

Deborah F. Moses

Deborah F. Moses

CEO/Executive Director
Lesley A. Chester

Lesley A. Chester

Chief Advancement Officer
Wesley Harris

Wesley Harris

Facility Director
Geoff Meyer

Geoff Meyer

Housing Services Director
Kayla Peterson-Steele

Kayla Peterson-Steele

Director of Human Resources
Kirk Traxler

Kirk Traxler

Food Centre Director

Board of Directors

Mark Biedenfeld, CHS, Inc.

Wendy Wehr, Fundraising Professional
Past President

John Kvinge, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, Ltd.
Vice President

Reggie Woo, US Bank

Susie Byers, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky

Joe Colihan, Colihan Consulting

Jonathan Cooper, UnitedHealth Group

Mark Engelen, Community Volunteer

Ryan Gott, Sieben Polk Law Firm

Chad Hegwood, Thrivent Financial

Ron Heinz, Carlson, Inc. (Retired)

Susan Jepson, Hennepin Health Innovations

Greg Owen, Wilder Research

Chad Rempe, Kraus-Anderson Construction

Rajin Singh Olson, Robins Kaplan, LLP.

Alyssa Troje, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Tom Valenta, MGK Company

Erinn Webb, MBA Student, University of St. Thomas

Deneen Gannon, Self-Employed
Emeritus Board Member

Mark Peterson, Traust Group, Inc.
Emeritus Board Member

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