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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.

 

 

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.

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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, mattress and underbed storage unit.

 

How can I support House of Charity on Give to the Max Day?

To support House of Charity on Give to the Max Day, simply visit
our “Give to the Max” donate page and make a contribution.

 

Special Leaderboard Prizes for 10 Non-profits:

The 10 nonprofits that raise the most money in each category during Give to the Max Day will receive an additional prize grant. Help House of Charity get onto the leaderboard!

  • First place: $10,000
  • Second place: $7,500
  • Third place: $5,000
  • Fourth place: $2,500
  • Fifth place: $1,000

Golden Tickets

Every hour, a nonprofit will be awarded a $1,000 prize grant through a random drawing of al donations made during the previous hour.

Additionally, two “Super-Sized” Golden Tickets of $10,000 will be awarded. The first will be drawn from all donations scheduled between November 1 and November 11, 2015. The second will be drawn from all donations made on November 12, 2015, Give to the Max Day.

About GiveMN

GiveMN is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organizatino dedicated to transforming philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online. More information on GiveMN is available at www.givemn.org.

 

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.

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 people so far this year than we did in 2014. Thirty-nine percent of the 6,769 individuals served so far in 2015 said the lunch provided by House of Charity’s Food Centre was their only meal of the day.

Through a continuing partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, a Minneapolis-based food bank, just 50¢ provides a hot nutritious meal for an individual through our Food Centre.

Tanks to your support, we make sure everyone who comes to the Food Centre receives the nourishment they need.

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Article from our Fall “Beats” Newsletter

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 Food Centre is her only meal that day. “I’m comfortable with the amount of food and am very thankful.”

Daisy Rose was a nurse for 19 years, but her MS symptoms worsened and she could no longer work. Living on a fixed income, she is a regular at the Food Centre as she often doesn’t have enough to buy food after bills are paid.

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So, lucky for you (and our diners!), Mosaic will now match your donation!

When surveyed in February 2015, 39% of our Food Centre diners stated that the meal they received is likely the only food they will consume that day.  Just like Daisy Rose, that means 136 or more diners, out of our average 350 diners, would have gone without food for the day.

Our Free Public Meal at the Food Centre is funded entirely from donations from people like you! The food expense to feed one person is $0.50. So, for example, $25.00 will feed 50 people.

The Mosaic Company has renewed their challenge match. So every new and increased donation will be matched.

Now, a donation of $25.00 will feed 100 people thanks to you and Mosaic!

Double your impact with our matching gift opportunity,
provided by:

 

 

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Mosaic’s Generous “Double Your Gift!”

Mosaic has renewed their generous challenge match!

Special thanks to The Mosaic Company for renewing 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!

Dine to Donate!

House of Charity has a fun dine-out for a cause

at Granite City in St. Louis Park on May 28.

 

Click the image (below) to print your own copy of the flyer to take to get your donation:

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“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/

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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 a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

From the website, www.Nationalservice.gov

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

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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!

 

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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