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.

As of January 1, 2021, St. Stephen’s Human Services and House of Charity have merged. Together, we will be able to serve more people and provide a more comprehensive continuum of services – from outreach, to shelter, food, treatment and mental health services, and ultimately, housing. We are still using both names for now, but will have a new look and new organization name later this year. 

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

Cheryl Jensen (she/her/hers)

Cheryl Jensen (she/her/hers)

Interim Executive Director
Anindita Bhattacharya (she/her/hers)

Anindita Bhattacharya (she/her/hers)

Accounting Manager
Timi Bliss (she/her/hers)

Timi Bliss (she/her/hers)

Director of Annual Fund
Deran Cadotte (he/him/his)

Deran Cadotte (he/him/his)

Single Adult Supportive Housing Manager
Anna Cisewski (she/her/hers)

Anna Cisewski (she/her/hers)

Communications Manager
Nora Cronin (she/her/hers)

Nora Cronin (she/her/hers)

Shelter Manager
Monique Eggleston (she/her/hers)

Monique Eggleston (she/her/hers)

Family Supportive Housing Program Manager
Brittany Granger (she/her/hers)

Brittany Granger (she/her/hers)

Kitchen Manager
Wesley Harris (he/him/his)

Wesley Harris (he/him/his)

Facility Director
Carol Hood (she/her/hers)

Carol Hood (she/her/hers)

Director of Finance and Administration
Vaselinda Jackson (she/her/hers)

Vaselinda Jackson (she/her/hers)

Shelter Manager
Daryl Lewis (he/him/his)

Daryl Lewis (he/him/his)

Food Centre Director
Stephanie Martin (she/her/hers)

Stephanie Martin (she/her/hers)

Early Intervention Program Manager
Mona McGarthwaite (she/her/hers)

Mona McGarthwaite (she/her/hers)

Accounts Payable and Payroll Manager
Geoff Meyer (he/him/his)

Geoff Meyer (he/him/his)

Director of Compliance and Quality Control
Charlotte Moris (she/her/hers)

Charlotte Moris (she/her/hers)

Associate Director of Housing Programs
David Pérez (he/him/his)

David Pérez (he/him/his)

Treatment Director
Michelle Perrin (she/her/hers)

Michelle Perrin (she/her/hers)

Associate Director of Shelter
Kayla Peterson (she/her/hers)

Kayla Peterson (she/her/hers)

Director of HR & Administration
Anquennette Reed (she/her/hers)

Anquennette Reed (she/her/hers)

Resident Assistant Supervisor
Sam Rowbottom (she/her/hers)

Sam Rowbottom (she/her/hers)

Rental Assistance Manager
Brandon Sanford (he/him/his)

Brandon Sanford (he/him/his)

Single Adult Supportive Housing Manager
Paul Verrette (he/him/his)

Paul Verrette (he/him/his)

Director of Advancement & Community Engagement
Sara Wenzel (she/her/hers)

Sara Wenzel (she/her/hers)

Family Rapid Rehousing Manager

Board of Directors

Susan Ellingstad
Co-chair

Greg Owen
Co-chair

Rajin Singh Olson
Vice Chair

Kaade Wallace
Secretary

Karen Klein
Treasurer

Susie Byers
Mark Engelen
Mary Grahek
Chad Hegwood
Fiyyaz Karim
Jane Lawrenz
Allyson Petersen Francis
Alyssa Troje
Manoj Vyas
Ben Waltz
Chuck Webber

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