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House of Charity Names Deborah F. Moses CEO/Executive Director

The House of Charity Board of Directors has named experienced nonprofit leader Deborah F. Moses, DPA, MPH, as the new Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the agency whose mission is to feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence. Moses will assume the leadership post effective December […]

Overcoming Obstacles: Angelo’s Story

“Is that my grandpa?” Every time his grandson sees a man that looks a little like Angelo, he asks his mom if it’s him. It’s been several years since Angelo and his grandson have seen each other. Those years have been tough. Since struggling with addiction, losing his home and being incarcerated, Angelo has seen […]

How to Help Someone in Recovery

Community is a vital part of recovery. Support, encouragement and accountability can make the difference for someone working on recovery. Here are a few ways you can support someone in recovery from substance abuse or mental illness:Community is a vital part of recovery. Support, encouragement and accountability can make the difference for someone working on […]

Join Us At the Walk to End Hunger!

Every single day of the year, we serve a hot, filling meal to every single person who walks through our Food Centre doors. We are working hard to end hunger and we found a group of people with the same goal! On Thanksgiving morning, we will be joining 13 other organizations and hundreds of walkers […]

How Do We Help End Homelessness?

written by Greg Owen, HoC Board Member I remember one of my first interviews with a homeless man in Minneapolis. He had been on the streets for a long time and his face told the story of the hard life he had lived. He did not smile much, gave one or two word answers to […]

Our Community Garden

It’s amazing how healing a few minutes in the dirt can be. Studies have proven that gardening is good for your health beyond the obvious exercise benefits; it’s good for your brain. Exercise itself can help your mental health, but so can exercising your green thumb. Many mental illness and addiction treatment centers have started […]

Leadership Transition, 7/9/18

Bert Winkel, House of Charity executive director, will be leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities. “As Bert leaves us, we thank him for his many efforts during his tenure. He has helped House of Charity make great strides in fulfilling our mission of feeding those in need, housing those experiencing homelessness and empowering individuals […]

The Power of a Button

The power of a purple button. You’re thinking to yourself, how does a purple button have any power? I witnessed first-hand how two purple buttons brought a grown man named Tony, to tears. Tears of joy because his favorite shirt that he’d had for years and was missing two purple buttons, was finally repaired. He […]

A Note from Todd

Todd joined House of Charity as our Chief Program Officer in February. Before that, he worked at Pride Institute for 11 years, the last five of which he served as the Director of Clinical Services. I’ve been asked by many people “Why do you want to work at House of Charity?” The answer is deeply […]

Advocacy: Homeless Day on the Hill 2018

On March 6, a team of 18 people from House of Charity joined over 1000 other individuals at the state Capitol to advocate for affordable housing. Staff, clients (a first for us), and board members met with their legislators to talk about the importance of supporting Minnesota’s housing continuum by emphasizing the importance of funds […]

Community as Part of Recovery

written by Kyle Lipinski, Women’s Counselor and MICD Intern   As fall approaches, I find myself reflecting on the kindness I can expect from strangers as cold season looms nearer. When I have a cold, I can expect offers of cough drops, tissues, and advice. I will receive condolences and well-wishes. My coworkers will encourage […]

A Note from Nicole

Hello House of Charity Community! My name is Nicole. I’m excited to be your Community Engagement Coordinator. In my first few weeks, I’ve been struck by the love and devotion of everyone involved in making House of Charity successful. It is inspiring to work with volunteers and build connections with organizations that envision the same […]

Climbing Out of Darkness: Jacqueline’s Story

Jacqueline is a woman who exudes joy, strength and determination. When you speak with her, her words are covered in kindness and her face is always filled with a smile. But it hasn’t always been that way. Almost ten years ago, Jacqueline’s mother died and her world crumbled. Jacqueline had given up her home and career […]

An Ultimate Goal: Independence

Addicted to drugs and with his life falling apart,  Steve travelled from Chicago to Minneapolis to find a treatment program. A friend suggested and generously gifted Steve with a bus ticket, which began a decade of upward momentum toward independence. Steve recalls that the first thing he saw after getting to Minneapolis was the Metrodome. He climbed out of […]

Pulled Up By the Bootstraps

Work Harder. Try Harder. Do Better. These clichéd stigmas follow those in poverty in American culture. The thought is that poor people just need to pull themselves out of poverty—by their bootstraps, or the loops sewn atop boots to help pull them on. But is pulling yourself up and out of poverty all by yourself […]

Our 2017 Legislative Agenda

The 2017 Legislative Session is well underway. House of Charity supports the legislative agenda for “Homes for All,” “Prosperity for All,” and “Restore the Vote.” Homes for All The “Homes for All” initiative is pushing for two major initiatives: 2017 “Homes for All” Legislative Request “Homes for All” requests an additional $30 million in the […]

What the Food Stamps Program Looks Like Now

,HOC’s free meals at the Food Centre help meet the challenges faced by working families. The above statistics show why people struggle to feed their families on limited incomes, even when the head of household is working hard. For a family of four in Minnesota, the average cost of groceries per month is $900. For families […]

Rebuilding Life with Humor and Wit

Terry’s was a life marked with unthinkable trauma, sadness, and loss. By the time he’d reached his current 84 years, he’d experienced more than most could fathom. From serving his country in the army, to surviving 30 Minnesota winters on the streets, Terry had encountered devastating life experiences, one after another. Each cut like a knife, slicing off […]

A Partner in Transformational Action

Melvin’s story tells of his partnership with House of Charity in his life transformation: “There comes a time when you realize whatever cycle you have been in needs to stop. Stay clean. Go to school. Do whatever you need to do. Find programs like House of Charity.” For over 20 years, Melvin worked as a professional […]

Give-to-the-Max Day — Pre-Schedule your gift!

    Give to the Max Day is November 17th! We are inviting you to pre-schedule a gift now, and “avoid the lines” at the GiveMN website. Every dollar donated to House of Charity allows us to Feed, House and Empower our clients/guests. From purchasing food, to delivering case management, to providing a new pillow, our […]

Mental Illness and Homelessness

  Did you know that mental health disorders can reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years? That is as much as or even more than smoking over 20 cigarettes a day? The mortality risk for women with postpartum depression was more than seven times higher than that of a heavy smoker. People with substance […]

Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Services

A great number of people who suffer from long-term homelessness also suffer from mental illness and addiction. In fact, according to the 2015 Wilder Research Study on Homelessness specifically for Hennepin County in Minnesota: 54.6% of people experiencing homelessness have a mental illness, 18.3% have a substance abuse problem, and 15.8% have a dual mental […]

Providing Public Showers

We all know that a regular shower is important for maintaining good hygiene. People experiencing homelessness need regular hygiene, because they are consistently exposed to the elements. Those experiencing homelessness spend much of their time in public places, such as subways, parks, and buses. In these places, they encounter every kind of virus and germ. […]

Featured in PollenMidwest.org

House of Charity is highlighted on the www.pollenmidwest.org website. Pollen “helps people break down barriers to build better connected communities.”  See story and more about Pollen at:  https://www.pollenmidwest.org/opportunities/house-of-charity/ Expanding Hope for the Homeless Sep 6, 2016 Words by Meher Khan   “How would your life change if you got sick? If medical couldn’t cover your bills? […]

RehabReviews.com reviews House of Charity

The Chemical and Mental Health Treatment program at House of Charity is an excellent gender-specific outpatient treatment option for men and women struggling with substance abuse or a dual diagnosis. Through evidence-based practices facilitated thorough system of phases and sliding scale payment options, treatment at House of Charity is comprehensive, affordable and definitely worth pursuing. Read […]

Rodney’s Story

NEWS FROM THE HEART OF THE CITY Rodney’s Story: Transforming Assumptions Growing up in the small town of Middleton, in rural Ohio, Rodney struggled with addiction for most of his life. “Everywhere I went to try to run away from my drug issues, they just followed me.” Staying clean was an ongoing challenge. During the […]

A Heart for Helping the Homeless

  Having a heart for helping the homeless who are recovering from chemical dependency issues, HOC recognizes the need for and value of teaming up our donors’ compassion, with insightful planning, and the will to make a difference through our outpatient day by day program. It is important to know that with the right programs, people […]

Homelessness Advocacy: A Day on the Hill

Save the date and sign up today! Join House of Charity and participate in Homeless Day on the Hill to raise your political voice in homelessness advocacy. Talk with your legislators about the vital importance that stable affordable housing has on a person’s independence. ‪#‎Homes4All‬   Who: Hundreds of Minnesotans from across the state and YOU What: […]

Announcing a Generous Donation to HOC’s expansion!

Thank you Federal Home Loan Bank and Bremer Bank for your generous donation to HOC! Thank you Bremer Bank and Federal Home Loan Bank for awarding a $500,000 donation to HOC and the Community Housing Development Corporation that will go towards our new expansion project in Downtown Minneapolis. Also, we send our many thanks to Keith […]

Holiday meals a success! Thanks!

  House of Charity hosts  holiday meals!     Thanks to our many volunteers who have donated their time, hearts, and funds to make the season a special time and to make our holiday meals possible! Thanks also to Holy Family Maronite Church for giving gifts for kids! At House of Charity, we couldn’t do it […]

2015 Annual Uptown Coffee Festival

On Saturday, November 21st, 2015, the 26th Annual Uptown Coffee Festival will be held at Calhoun Square from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  The Uptown Coffee Festival is hosted by Kitchen Window.  More than 3,000 people come to sample coffee, tea, cocoa, and gourmet food at more than 40 tasting stations. For the past 5 years, Kitchen Window has […]

Give to the Max Day!

Give to the Max Day is the great Minnesota give-together: a day when thousands of Minnesotans raise millions of dollars for local nonprofits.   We have a goal of $10,000 to purchase 10 new bed units for our Transitional Housing Program. The cost for a complete unit is $1,058 and includes a steel bed frame, […]

Create Your Legacy 

Support House of Charity with a gift through your will or estate. House of Charity recently received two bequests from donors who had supported House of Charity with modest annual gifts during their lifetime, but wanted to leave a lasting legacy to House of Charity through their wills. One of the simplest planned gifts is a […]

A Look at Hunger in Our Neighborhood

As one of our generous supporters, you affect the lives of the more than 350 people who visit our Food Centre every day. We depend upon you to serve the hungry in the Minneapolis area. Despite the improved economy, hunger and the need for meals every day has increased. We have served almost 2000 more […]

Hunger Action month: Double your impact!

We have served 2,000 more meals so far this year compared to 2014! Despite the improvements in our economy, House of Charity has witnessed an increased need for our free public meal program at our Food Centre. Sounds like love.” Daisy Rose says about the atmosphere at the Food Centre. Sometimes the meal at the […]

House of Charity is Expanding!

With more permanent supportive housing with case management services to address each person’s barriers to maintaining housing, the more people will be independent and no longer homeless,” said Bert Winkel. When a person is placed into permanent supportive housing it opens up a bed in transitional housing, which opens up a bed at a homeless […]

THANK YOU Volunteers!!

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, House of Charity is grateful to the wonderful service provided by our amazing volunteers. Thanks to our 2,914 volunteers contributing 5,701 hours of service, we provided 135,383 meals at our Food Centre. Thank you, to our faithful volunteers!!   THANK YOU to our Civic Group Volunteers!! House of Charity […]

Legislative Agenda

Homes for All An investment of $39 million would serve communities across the state: • Reduce chronic homelessness, hence reducing the cost of jails, emergency rooms, shelter, and detox facilities. • Every public dollar invested in supportive housing returns $1.44. • Prevent and end homelessness for an additional 4,836 households and develop or rehabilitate over […]

By the Numbers

House of Charity’s Housing First program is a permanent supportive housing program where our clients move into their own permanent apartments. In 2014 Housing First housed 117 people, and the program has met and surpassed our goals. Goal from our Spring 2014 Newsletter: Our goal is to continue to develop partnerships and register several buildings […]

Edmund’s Story: Life and Lessons

“I got to see and learn a lot during my travels.” From Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and finally to Minnesota; Edmund has been many places and seen many things. Still his vivaciousness for life is infectious. Edmund’s story starts in 1988. My mom passed away when I was 17 years old, and I guess that’s really […]

“For the Love of Peyton” Blanket Party Donations

Hundreds of lovingly hand-tied blankets were made on Saturday, February 7, 2015, during the 10th Annual “For the Love of Peyton” Blanket Party.   House of Charity board members and staff participated in the blanket making event (pictured are Bert Winkel, Executive Director, Lesley Chester, Fund Development and Communications Director, and Linda Brooks (Lesley’s mom).   […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

What is the MLK Day of Service? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is […]

Uptown Coffee Festival is Supporting House of Charity!

Join us for the Uptown Coffee Festival Saturday November 22nd 10:00 AM! At: Kitchen Window and Calhoun Square   Kitchen Window, Nespresso, and Calhoun Square join forces with us, at House of Charity, to help raise enough money to feed over 10,000 people. This popular event, the 25th Annual Uptown Coffee Festival, will take place on November 22, […]

Double Your Gift!

The House of Charity has received a generous challenge match! Special thanks to The Mosaic Company for offering a 1:1 challenge match on all new and increased donations up to $20,000.   Double your gift today! Click here to donate to House of Charity and match your gift!  

At the Capitol—Spring 2014

In addition to our internal efforts to provide more permanent supportive housing, House of Charity is actively involved in legislative advocacy to address solutions for homelessness. The year 2014 marks the second session of Homes for All, an alliance that works to advance policy initiatives that lead to housing stability in Minnesota. This year, the Prosperity for All alliance was created out […]

Moving Forward with Determination and Gratitude: Jennifer’s Story

I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for House of Charity.  My family would have buried me two years ago—I would have frozen to death in my car.” Jennifer had been living in her car for two years before finally asking for help from her primary care physician who referred her to House of Charity. About eight years ago, Jennifer suffered a […]

Two Minutes With…Michael Bennett, Director of Volunteer & Outreach Services

  Mike has worked at House of Charity for over 10 years. His current title is Outreach and Volunteer Director, but he started as the Food Service Manager. Over the course of a decade, faces and programs have changed, but the need for assistance, sadly, is stronger than ever. “Ultimately, the goal of any agency which provides […]

Cities 97 Basilica Block Party—Enter to Win 2 Tickets for Saturday Night!

Win two tickets to Saturday Night at The Basilica Block Party, compliments of House of Charity. What do the Basilica Block Party and House of Charity have in common? Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty! In 2010, Rob Thomas and his wife Marisol, through their Sidewalk Angels Foundation, made a gift to support the work of House […]

Helping Others Navigate out of Homelessness: Denise’s Story

Denise found herself homeless in 2006 when she was evicted for not paying the rent—she had used her money for drugs and alcohol, instead.  Over the course of the next six years, Denise struggled.  She lived in friends’ homes, emergency shelters, treatment centers, and sober housing. Unfortunately, she did not maintain her sobriety and was taken to detox […]

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Second Chances: Bethany’s Story

Don’t be afraid to ask for second chances. You may be afraid, but you may be surprised at what you can accomplish.” On September 6th, House of Charity participated in Operation Recovery 2012: Erasing Stigmas, an event held on the campus of Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) and sponsored by their student-led Addiction Counseling […]

Two Minutes With…Board Member, Dustin Chapman

Board Member Dustin Chapman   This November, at their annual meeting, the Board of Directors recognized outgoing Board member Dustin Chapman’s six years of service to House of Charity.  Dustin, who is currently Behavioral Services Liaison with Fairview, was recruited to the Board because of his knowledge and experience in chemical dependency treatment programs.  Dustin […]

Recovery Leads to Reunion: Lon’s Story

  No one has ever helped me like this before.  No one has ever helped me like the people at House of Charity.” House of Charity’s mission statement is: Feed those in need, house those experiencing homelessness, and empower individuals to achieve independence. Staff, volunteers, and donors play an important role in helping us carry […]

Area homeless shelters swamped and worry about what’s ahead

More homeless people — particularly families — are knocking on the doors of emergency shelters in Minneapolis and elsewhere this fall than last. A continuing shortage of affordable housing tied to mortgage foreclosures and the North Minneapolis tornado is squeezing low-income persons onto the streets and into shelters, advocates for the homeless say. The Minneapolis […]