Who We Are

Mission

A loving, Christian community that shelters, nourishes, and empowers people who are homeless and hungry.

We Value

  • The Christian teachings of love, compassion, humility, and hospitality.
  • The right of all to adequate food and shelter.
  • Honest and fair relationships.
  • Our community partnerships and supporters.
  • Quality, cost effective services through collaboration.
  • Education and advocacy.

Goals

  • Provide housing and food to those in need.
  • Educate guests at the shelter and clients at the food pantry on services they may qualify for.
  • Develop positive interactions between guests/clients, staff, and volunteers.
  • Raise awareness and encourage action for social justice in order to change unjust structures and promote peace.
  • Follow a model of continuous improvement for the organization.

“What we would like to do is change the world make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do.”

– Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day

Born in 1897, Dorothy Day grew up in Chicago. In her early years she was a journalist with Communist views. She converted to Catholicism and, with Peter Maurin, started the Catholic Worker movement, opening her first homeless shelter in New York City in 1933. She spoke out against war and human rights violations, peacefully picketing on behalf of the poor. She was arrested 75 times. The last time, she was 80 years old.
For more information about Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, please visit www.catholicworker.org.

History

Our organization has a 35 year history of serving the hungry and homeless. The basic model can be attributed to Dorothy Day, a social activist in the early 1900s. She spoke out against war and human rights violations, peacefully picketing on behalf of the poor.

Our organization continues to carry out her mission. Specifically, Doctor Kenneth Covey and Father William Merhken established the emergency shelter in 1983 after the City of Moorhead discouraged housing people who are homeless in the basement of the Newman Center.

Likewise, food baskets were being distributed from the small kitchen pantry, and a need for a separate location emerged. The current food pantry location has been in operation since 1999.

In 2009, we assumed oversight of a supplemental food pantry that Holy Cross Church was operating, providing additional access to food in the West Fargo area. Our organization continues to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of the community.

Shelter

Our organization has a 35 year history of serving the hungry and homeless. The basic model can be attributed to Dorothy Day, a social activist in the early 1900s. She spoke out against war and human rights violations, peacefully picketing on behalf of the poor.

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Food Pantry

Since the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality opened its doors in 1983, hungry people have come to the house for meals and food. Because of the residential location of the house and number of people being served, a separate operation was needed for the food pantry.

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