DoTopia’s Non-Profit of the Week: House of Charity
DoTopia is eager to introduce our non-profit of the week, House of Charity! House of Charity is a Minneapolis based non-profit that provides residency, food, and other vital resources to those experiencing homelessness. We spoke with Anna Cisewski, House of Charity’s Fund Development and Communications Assistant to learn more about this cause.
House of Charity was founded in the 1950s and focuses on helping people experiencing homelessness one person at a time. Everyone is different, and so everyone’s process will be different. House of Charity specializes in four resources: housing, public meals, recovery, and public showers.
Housing and Residency
According to Minnesota Homeless Study, “older adults are one of the fastest growing groups of people experiencing homelessness”. There was an 8% increase between 2012 and 2015 in homeless adults over the age of 55. Although House of Charity provides resources for all ages, their housing and residency focuses on single adults.
House of Charity isn’t like every homeless shelter. In order to receive housing at House of Charity you must be referred by a case manager and prioritizes those with physical or mental illness. They have two types of housing, on-site permanent housing and scattered-site housing. On-site housing provides beds, meals, case management services and more for adult men and women at their site. Scattered-site housing supplies apartments for single adults throughout Hennepin County. This also includes frequent visits from Client Advocates, and helps with budgeting and adjusting to this new independence.
Secondly, House of Charity provides free public meals. Food insecurity is an ongoing issue for low-income and homeless families and individuals. Every week day is open to the public for lunch, while week day breakfasts are provided for women and children only. This allows women and children and safe space and nourishing meal before starting their day. House of Charity feeds around 300 meals a day to folks around the Twin Cities area. This simple act helps thousands of people a year have a resource to at least one balanced meal daily.
The third program is their chemical and mental health recovery. They have several programs such as therapy, chemical health assessments, and personalized recovery plans. The correlation between homelessness and substance abuse is incredibly high, as is homelessness and mental health issues. Not only does House of Charity allow these people to have a place to stay, but they help with treatment as well. Giving people residency isn’t always enough, and having these resources are incredibly helpful to those struggling with mental health or addiction.
Finally, their newest resource is public showers. This might not seem like a big deal, but many struggling with homelessness don’t have access to something as simple as a shower. House of Charity provides free showers with a towel and soap to the public Monday through Friday.
Want to help?
All of these programs and more are what make House of Charity so amazing. Every program helps and encourages individuals to achieve independence. Whether it’s by attending counseling sessions, having a hot meal, or living in a safe space to get you back on your feet. House of Charity is here to help.
Want to help this organization by donating or volunteering? There are several ways to contribute to this cause. You can also contact them directly by calling 612-594-2000, or emailing at email@example.com.