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 had held on to that shirt hoping he would once again be able to wear it. A few months ago was that night.
The power of two purple buttons turned this man’s whole day around. I knew nothing of his struggles, but I knew that purple shirt mattered to him greatly. I did learn he had worked in the automobile industry and was a proud veteran. A table full of volunteer sewers that night saw nothing but a man who had proudly served his country and so desperately wanted to wear his favorite shirt again.
I realized early on that clothing evoked an emotional connection for people. Especially when someone is struggling with overcoming an addiction or battling mental health issues. Sometimes a favorite shirt can get you through a tough day.
We mend more than clothes at Mobile Menders. We help mend the soul. We let people know that they matter and their clothes matter. We allow them to share their stories with us and vice versa. We’re building community and sharing stories and there’s an important conversation going on.
So, if you think one person can’t make a difference, I beg you to think again. Because I witnessed it first hand that night.

After founder Michelle Ooley realized there was a dire need for clothes mending in the homeless community, she organized a group of volunteers to hold events offering their skills and time to repair clothes for those in need. Since its founding in June of 2017, the Mobile Menders have grown to more than 200 volunteers and have served countless individuals. The change they have made in such a short time is enourmous. They served 151 people in the first three months of 2018 and repaired 287 items.
We are reminded time and again of the power of one person who is willing to give generously of their times and skills and Michelle and her crew demonstrate that so clearly.
We are so grateful for the Mobile Menders and are continually amazed at the HUGE impact they have on our clients and in turn on us as we watch them give so generously to the people we serve.
Learn more about the Mobile Menders on Facebook or their website: mobilemenders.weebly.com

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 future as House of Charity. I expect to witness powerful connections emerge during National Recovery Month and beyond.
As John Muir said, “when one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
Generous acts by our community members like the work of a volunteer group, a donation, the fundraising done by a faith community, the assembling of hygiene kits by a family and many, many more, ALL find themselves attached to the
mission of feeding, housing and empowering those
experiencing homelessness to achieve independence.
I am beyond excited to meet, engage and recognize the work of this powerful
community without whom House of Charity could not exist. So I first want to start off by saying THANK YOU, to YOU, for your devotion to House of Charity. I cannot wait to connect with you.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

 

Open Volunteer Times
// Will You Become Part of the Community?

 

OCTOBER
Sunday, October 1st: 9 am – Noon
Saturday, October 14th: 9 am – Noon
Saturday, October 21st: 9 am – Noon
Sunday, October 22nd: 9 am – Noon
Monday, October 30th: 11:45 am – 1 pm

 

NOVEMBER
Thursday, November 2nd: 11:45 am – 1 pm
Sunday, November 5th: 9 am – Noon
Saturday, November 11th: 9 am – Noon
Saturday, November 18th: 9 am – Noon
Saturday, November 25th: 9 am- Noon
Monday, November 27th: 11:45 am – 1 pm

 

DECEMBER
Sunday, December 3rd: 9 am – Noon
Wednesday, December 13th: 11:45 am – 1 pm
Saturday, December 16th: 9 am – Noon
Sunday, December 17th: 9 am – Noon
Saturday, December 23rd: 9 am – Noon
Sunday, December 24th: 9 am – Noon
Saturday, December 30th: 9 am – Noon

House of Charity T-shirt, "Feed House Empower."

Buy a T-Shirt and Support our Food Centre

September is #HungerActionMonth. Help us feed those most in need in Minneapolis by purchasing a “Feed. House. Empower.” t-shirt. All proceeds support our Food Centre which serves free meals to the public 365 days a year and is the only free lunch program in Minneapolis that is open seven days a week.

On average, 11,500 meals are served each month, with daily public participation of 350 people (on average). Breakfast is served every weekday to women, children, and men with children. Lunch is served every day to anyone who walks through our doors, no questions asked.

Staff have described hearing the stories of people who are barely making it financially, and need the free meals in order to keep their housing.

Julia is one such guest. She shared her story because she wanted us to know the impact we have on her life: “I can get free food here and that allows me to save money for rent.”

Julia is a single woman. She has her own studio apartment. With two part-time jobs, she works from four to six days each week. After she pays the rent from her earnings, she has $70 left over for the month, the equivalent of $2.33 each day for food, toiletries and other personal items, etc. Julia relies on the Food Centre for her meals, eating with us six to seven times per week.

Click Here to Order Your T-Shirt Today!

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Image of the Northern lights at night

Benefit Concert with Northern Lights Chorale

Benefit pops concert with Northern Lights Chorale

Benefit Pops Concert

Northern Lights Chorale

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2016

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1900 7th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

Free admission! Donations to benefit House of Charity!

Food and Fellowship afterwards!

Come and bring a friend for an enjoyable afternoon of music!

 

View this video of House of Charity’s Mike Bennett, Director of Volunteer & Outreach Services, discussing the concert with Bruce Phelps, the Director of the Northern Lights Chorale. Mike discusses some of the basics of House of Charity’s mission to “Feed. House. Empower.” (03:06)

 

Map for HOC concert

Click the Map to open a larger version showing Christ the King Lutheran Church on Google Maps.

 

About the Director of the Northern Lights Chorale, Bruce Phelps

A 1970 graduate of Concordia College, Bruce taught at Luverne, MN for 5 years, Wayzata MN for 1 year and finished his 34 year teaching career at Anoka High School in Anoka, MN. Bruce earned his Masters Degree in 1978 from Bemidji State University. Bruce was named the Outstanding Music Educator of Minnesota by the National Federation of State High School Associations in 1995. Bruce also received the Outstanding Music Educator Award from the Minnesota Music Education Association for the school year 1999-2000 for his outstanding efforts and leadership in the classroom and beyond. In 2009, Bruce was inducted into the Minnesota Music Educators Hall of Fame.

 

 

$500,000 check for donation to House of Charity from Bremer Bank and FHLB

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 Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, for your support and advocacy for affordable housing!

At House of Charity, we are honored to be a recipient from the Strong Communities Fund.

This vital support will help us build a new five-story building that is designed from the ground up to meet the needs of people experiencing long-term homelessness, featuring:

  • 65 units of smoke-free, sober, and pet-friendly permanent supportive housing for single adults experiencing long-term homelessness. Some apartments will be reserved for homeless youth and veterans.
  • A new Food Centre with a dramatically improved kitchen and a dining room with large windows to allow more natural light. The Food Centre will continue to feed 350 – 500 people per day.
  • An expanded addiction and mental illness treatment facility with space to double the number of people receiving quality, caring outpatient chemical and mental health services. The new facility will enable us to serve up to 100 people.
  •  New program space will add private meeting rooms that will increase the quality of our case management services.

Create Your Legacy 

Support House of Charity with a gift through your will or estate.

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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 bequest through your will in which you designate either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate after other disbursements. In addition to supporting House of Charity, it serves as an example to your heirs of the values and ideals you hold dear. A bequest also can reduce the amount of your taxable estate, which may increase the actual amount available to loved ones.

If you are passionate about helping individuals most in need, consider making a planned gift to House of Charity.

Make a Difference! Your gift has a profound and immediate impact on people. 

$25 will feed 50 people. To make a credit card donation, please visit our donation page: https://www.houseofcharity.org/donate-online/

From an article in our Fall 2015 “Beats” Newsletter.

Pictureof HOC staff collecting blankets donated

“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).

 

One of our major supporters and her family created this marvelous event of making blankets and donating them to organizations working with sick children and the homeless.

For the past few years, House of Charity has received numerous blankets from the event to give to our clients. This week, House of Charity received nearly 100 blankets to dispense to clients! We are truly grateful for the support of the “For the Love of Peyton” Blanket Party and their dedication to helping provide comfort to those in need.

 

To learn more, visit http://www.peytonblanketparty.com/

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, from 10 am to 3 pm, at Calhoun Square.

For only $10, coffee aficionados receive a limited edition 25th Annual Uptown Coffee Festival mug and access to vendors—samples include a large variety of coffee and teas, breads and desserts, plus a number of other tasty surprises! Admission also gives attendees access to the day’s educational seminars as well as some fun entertainment.

A great event for gathering with family and friends, the Uptown Coffee Festival is an annual tradition with something for everyone.

http://www.kitchenwindow.com/page.cfm/Events/EV_COFFEEFEST14.html

House of Charity Heart, to give, contribute, feed, house, empower with a heart of charity

Wells Fargo Food Center Volunteer Profile

Several years ago, Kip was introduced to the House of Charity Food Centre through a volunteer opportunity with his employer, Wells Fargo. The experience volunteering at House of Charity, combined with Kip’s long-time passion for giving back to the community, led him to build a team of his colleagues to begin serving on a monthly basis.

 

Kip was drawn to the organization because, in his words, “They have their doors wide open” to the public.  Additionally, one reason Kip has continued volunteering at the Food Centre is the structure. He states, “It gives people a good meal and a safe place to eat it.” In his interactions with the people at the Food Centre, Kip explains that recipients of meals are always very polite and appreciative.

 

Kip also explained that as volunteers, “you are ambassadors to the organization.” He challenges volunteers to get to know the other volunteers with whom they serve and to develop a sense of community. Kip explains, “As volunteers, we get as much out of the experience of serving, as we put into it.”

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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!

 

Uptown Coffee Festival

For over two decades, Kitchen Window’s Uptown Coffee Festival has been an extremely popular event, drawing more than 1,000 Twin Cities residents to the Uptown area each year. House of Charity is pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, we have been named as the charity partner and will receive a portion of the event’s proceeds!

This year, the 24th Annual Uptown Coffee Festival will take place on November 23, from 10 am to 3 pm, at Calhoun Square.

For only $10, coffee aficionados receive a limited edition 24th Annual Uptown Coffee Festival mug and access to vendors—samples include a large variety of coffee and teas, breads and desserts, plus a number of other tasty surprises! Admission also gives attendees access to the day’s educational seminars as well as some fun entertainment.

NEW THIS YEAR: House of Charity will be raffling off a Nespresso Citiz with Milk Prize Package valued at $500! Raffle tickets may be purchased for $5 each.

A great event for gathering with family and friends, the Uptown Coffee Festival is an annual tradition with something for everyone. Find out more on the Calhoun Square website.

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 basic needs is to hang a sign that reads ‘closed, due to lack of customers’” Mike states.“If that sign were to be hung here, that would mean we don’t have people who need food, housing, or treatment. Sadly, we haven’t hung that sign in the ten years I have been here, nor the sixty years we have been an agency.”

When looking at ten years with one agency, the question of what keeps you coming back isn’t uncommon. “For me, it’s the tangibility.” Mike answered. “Take the Food Centre for example, you can look at the meal count and see that 422 people ate lunch today because of House of Charity. That food was made here and served here. For all we know, that was the only meal that someone will eat all day. And the same concept applies to Housing and Treatment too.”

While he has run the Food Centre in the past, Mike’s primary job function now is to be a voice in the community as to how House of Charity provides assistance to those in need. “I do a lot of presentations at businesses, civic groups, churches, and to our volunteers. I do my best to present realism to our stakeholders, and explain that the issues of homelessness, hunger, and need are as strong here in Minnesota as they are in Chicago or New York. The majority of us don’t want to acknowledge how close we are to needing assistance. But, it is hard for me to ignore reality when someone explains that they have only $80 for the month to buy food and personal items. They aren’t a composite story on the news. That person is here, in front of us as staff, and I try my best to relay that story to the groups I meet.”

At the end of his presentations, Mike uses a common closing; “I suggest, if nothing else, to say hello to people. By acknowledging someone’s humanity, simply saying hello, you may time stamp their week. For many of the people we serve, today feels a lot like last Tuesday. It may not seem like much, but the fact that a person didn’t walk past them as if they were a parking meter or a trash can might make their day, week or even longer. It’s really quite simple to do.”

Mike finishes by mentioning a meeting he was at a few months back. “We were asked what our legacy would be. As in, if we never came back to our position, what would we be remembered for? I hope mine would be that everyone matters. I give as much effort in getting to know someone in the meal line as I would to a CEO of a major corporation. I encourage everyone I meet to do the same. When a long-time volunteer asks ‘what happened to Bill, Eric, or Jane’ I know we are doing something right at HOC. One of our guests or our clients mattered enough for that volunteer to remember them, and ask about them. A connection was made. Often in our lives, we forget that we can positively impact people with our actions. It is pretty rewarding to see those positive interactions take place here every day.”

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 of Charity.  While on tour to raise funds for the Foundation, Rob gave a shout out to House of Charity during his solo concert at Grand Casino Hinckley:

We are grateful for the Foundation’s support and recognition.  Now that Rob is back in town with Matchbox Twenty, we want to share the love.

We are giving away two general admission tickets to night 2 of the Basilica Block Party to be held July 13, 2013!

All you have to do to be entered into the free drawing is to fill out the form below.

BONUS: Be entered TWICE if you submit the form AND tell us why you support House of Charity on Facebook or Twitter!

Tweet us @HouseofCharity on Twitter!

Mention us in a status update or post on our wall on Facebook!

All entries must be received by midnight on July 10th.  One name will be drawn at random from all entries.  The winner will be notified on July 11th.

Night 2 entertainment:

Sun Country Stage:  Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls, Kate Earl

Church Stage:  Rafael Saadiq, Walk the Moon, Cloud Cult

VitaMn Stage: On An On, Van Zee, Bomba De Luz

You do not want to miss this opportunity!!

Already going to be there or have other plans for the 13th?  Share this with your family/friends/colleagues and give them a chance!

 

Thank You, In-Pulse CPR!

 

In-Pulse CPR donated CPR, First Aid, and Blood Borne Pathogen training to all of our staff!  We are so grateful to be able to continue to provide a safe and respectful environment here at House of Charity for our employees, clients, and guests.

Thank you, In-Pulse CPR!

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 started out with Fairview twenty-eight years ago as clinical supervisor of an inpatient chemical dependency unit.  His current role involves community outreach, licensing and regulatory compliance, and public policy. Dustin monitors legislation to keep Fairview informed of laws that may affect how they deliver services.  He is working with other community groups to monitor the impact of health care reform on chemical dependency programs.  In addition to his commitment to House of Charity, Dustin chairs the Board of Directors of Minnesota Recovery Connection, which advocates on behalf of the recovery community and provides recovery coaching.  He also serves on the board of Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Health.

Because of his expertise, Dustin has been an invaluable resource for House of Charity’s Day by Day program.  At the beginning of his tenure, Dustin suggested we move in the direction of changing our Day by Day program from a halfway house for recovery to an outpatient chemical dependency treatment program.  In the past year, he has provided insight into the timing and anticipated results of funding changes for our expanded chemical dependency and mental health treatment program.  House of Charity’s Board of Directors and staff are grateful for Dustin’s passion for the program and his significant contributions to the growth of the agency.

Give to the Max

Give to the Max Day—11/15/2012

Support House of Charity during the Great Minnesota GIVE Together!

November 15th is Give to the Max Day!

As you know, House of Charity is making a difference every day by providing food, housing, and a way forward to struggling individuals in the Minneapolis community.  Your generous support is greatly appreciated by the increasing numbers of people we serve every day of the year.

Join us on November 15 for Minnesota’s Give to the Max Day, and help us win a $1,000 Golden Ticket.  Give to the Max Day is an initiative of GiveMN, an online giving website for Minnesota nonprofits.  Every hour on this day, one donation will be selected at random and the associated nonprofit will receive an extra $1,000!

 By making a donation on Give to the Max Day, you increase our chances of winning.

At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation from across Minnesota will be randomly selected for a $10,000 SUPERSIZED Golden Ticket!  Help us maximize our odds by making your gift on November 15th at:

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Help Us Win a 
$1,000 or $10,000
GOLDEN TICKET!

Each hour on 11/15, a donation will be selected at random for one nonprofit to receive an extra $1,000!

 By donating on Give to the Max Day, you increase our chances of winning.  At the end of the day, one donation from Minnesota will be randomly selected for a $10,000 SUPERSIZED Golden Ticket!

   
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