My House of Charity Story: A Note from Deb

Deb joined House of Charity in December of 2018 as our new CEO/Executive Director. She came to us with years of experience working with the same communities we serve. In the short time she has been here, we have seen great changes and we’re looking forward to where she’ll guide our organization in the future.

When I tell people what I do for a living, I often hear, “that’s such a wonderful thing you do.” I find it necessary to point out, “you do realize I’m getting paid, right?”

Having said that, I feel blessed every day that I can make a living providing service to our community.

Coming to House of Charity was like coming home for me. My first apartment after high school was in Elliot Park at the Drexel apartments, and my first professional position was at Eden House which is also in Elliot Park.

The residents and diners at House of Charity are who I consider my community. We have all experienced stress and lows through life and those of us that make it through safe and successfully have only been able to do so because the right people were in the right place at the right time to assist us in our journey. My vision for House of Charity is that we play that role for every one that walks through our doors. People come to us with different levels of need and we must be prepared to meet them where they are while providing high quality services that allow them to be their best selves.

I’m also always cognizant that my personal story includes my white privilege and
cisgender privilege which provided me with fewer barriers and much less stress than our Communities of Color, Native American Communities and GLBTQ communities’
experience, particularly in Minnesota, which has some of the worst disparities in our country. I believe I am obligated to ensure that our agency operates in an anti-racist,
pro-GLBTQ, pro-diversity including religious, age, gender and racial diversity and
harassment free manner of any kind.

I attribute this belief in obligation to our entire community to my mother, a survivor of the German Holocaust, who taught me my entire life that if you wake up in your country knowing that anyone is being oppressed and you do nothing about it, you are, in fact, the oppressor.

I am committed to operating our program through the voices of those we serve. I am a firm believer that they are the experts in the needs of our community. We will continue to grow our ability to hear our consumers’ voices and develop programming accordingly.