Tuesday, March 3, 2015

St Patrick's Day Ceili March 17th

2014 Ceili at St Paul's Church

Ceili is a Gaelic word that means "party." It's a popular form of community folk dancing in Ireland, with live music and fun for people of all ages and abilities. Join us to celebrate all things Irish on the Feast of St Patrick with a heel-kicking Ceili of our own! Kids are welcome and no partner is necessary. Dances are taught and called. All proceeds benefit Loaves and Fishes Community.

St Patrick's Day Ceili
With the Zenith City Ceili Band, featuring Tim Jenkins
Tuesday, March 17th
St Paul's Episcopal Church
(1710 E Superior St, Duluth - use lower entrance on Greysolon Rd)
7:00 pm dance instruction; 7:30 pm dance 
Suggested donation: $10 ($5 low-income); or $25 for the whole family

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Loaves & Fishes Community - 2015


 Standing are Will Hunter (aka Lil' Willie aka Willonious Monk), Kate Mensing, Joel Kopcial, Donna Howard, and Kelly Wallin; seated are Chelsea Froemke, Joel Kilgour, and Drew Anderson
... and more folks are joining us soon! We are grateful to live in such a supportive, vibrant and growing community. If you could imagine yourself sharing your life with a group like this and working together for social change, we'd love to talk!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Jamuary 2014 Wish List

The Olive Branch provides a warm haven
to women and families experiencing
homelessness this winter.

Loaves and Fishes Community is you! We depend entirely on voluntary contributions of food, time, talent and money to provide safe housing, food, advocacy, bicycle maintenance and street outreach to hundreds of people every year. As the winter sets in, the need in our community grows. Please help! 

Donations are accepted every day 8am-9pm at 1712 Jefferson St, Duluth. Questions? Call 218-724-2054. Thank you!

Food: Coffee; sugar; vegetable oil; eggs; peanut butter; cheese; salad dressing; healthy breakfast cereal; canned tomatoes (whole or diced, large cans preferred); green split peas; gift cards to Whole Foods Co-op and SuperOne.

Household: Napkins; dish soap; borax.

Personal: Ibuprofen; new men's underwear (medium and large) and socks; long underwear (women's and men's); tampons and pads; nail clippers; throat lozenges; vitamin C; household slippers (men's sizes 10-13).

Street outreach: Tarps (camo preferred); sleeping bags; thermal socks; gas cards; men's and women's winter coats, hats and mittens.

Bike Cave: Bike locks and chains.

Special requests (call first): Electric mixer (large capacity); food processor (large capacity).

Cash donations: This is our biggest need, especially now that the winter heating season is here. Checks to Loaves and Fishes, 1614 Jefferson St, Duluth MN 55812; or donate online at gofundme.com/39c4wk. Loaves and Fishes is a people-powered movement for change, WE ARE NOT a tax-deductible charity.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

25 years of sharing!

Steve, Brendan, Angie and Bri at the Loaves and Fishes House in 1989
It started as a dream - implausible by some reckoning - that a group of dedicated people, without government or foundation funds, without, as we were recently scolded, having "any business doing what they are doing," could create a space for people experiencing homelessness in Duluth to find shelter and a measure of dignity and community. In 1989, Angie Miller and the late Steve O'Neil moved their family into a house on Jefferson Street and opened the doors wide to people in need, from war refugees to economic refugees to victims of domestic violence. People stepped forward by the hundreds to volunteer, help pay the bills, and serve food. Two more houses, a free bike shop, and 25 years later it is still going on.
This is a story that all of you are part of, in one way or another. We would be thrilled if you would join us to celebrate our anniversary and the beautiful community of support that makes it all possible!
Loaves and Fishes 25th Anniversary
 Block Party
Saturday, August 23rd
1600 Block of Jefferson Street
potluck dinner * live music * screen-printing * kids games * henna * face painting * slowest bicycle race * maypole dance * bake sale * open house * and more!

What to bring:
  • a dish to share for the potluck, if you are able
  • a plain shirt to screen print your very own anniversary tee
  • some cash or a checkbook, because the guys at DD House are holding a bake sale to benefit Loaves and Fishes!
  • stories from Loaves and Fishes past
The block party is fun for all ages!
Blessing of the Houses
Sunday, August 24th

1712 Jefferson Street
Share blessings for continued good work and well-being of all who reside in the Loaves and Fishes houses, with Sr Loise Eckes and Sara Thomsen

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Another Ceili?!

Enjoy a night of traditional Irish music and dance and support the work of the Greysolon Plaza Resident Council and the tenant organizing efforts of Loaves N Fishes Community.

Martin McHugh is a master accordion player and a mainstay in Minnesota's Irish music scene. Don't miss the chance to listen to Martin and his band! And if you feel like dancing, Duluth's own Terrence Smith will be there to call dances that anyone can join!

$10 donation at the door (or what you can afford - no-one turned away). Proceeds will benefit local efforts to support the rights of renters to safe and affordable housing.

  • When? Saturday, May 24th 7PM-10PM

  • Where? St Paul's Episcopal Church, 1710 East Superior Street (Greysolon Entrance)

Monday, May 12, 2014

May Wish List

Overflow bed in the Dorothy Day House office. Help us feed our peeps!
$25 for 25!: Believe it or not, this is our 25th anniversary! Help us celebrate and put a new roof on Hannah House by donating a little extra this year. If all of our friends sent an extra $25 we could raise more than $50,000 toward our work! Or if you can afford it, how about $250 or $2500? Checks to Loaves and Fishes, 1614 Jefferson St, Duluth, MN 55812. Donate online: http://www.gofundme.com/39c4wk (gofundme takes a small cut, so checks are better!). Please remember that Loaves & Fishes is a people-powered movement for change, WE ARE NOT a tax-deductible charity.

Food: Coffee; herbal tea; sugar; butter; salad dressing; cheese; healthy breakfast cereal; canned tomatoes and tomato sauce (large cans preferred); milk; gift cards to Whole Foods Co-op and SuperOne.

Household: Laundry detergent; napkins; dish soap; toilet paper; kleenex; borax.

Personal: Razors; ibuprofen; vitamin C; toothpaste; new men's underwear (medium and large); alcohol-free mouthwash; new men's socks.

Street outreach: Tarps; rain gear; gas cards; DTA fare cards; nail clippers.

Bike Cave: NEW kid-sized bike helmets; bike locks and chains.

Special requests: Men's walking/hiking shoes (size 11 and 12); men's steel-toe work boots (size 12); 60-gallon screw-top plastic barrels.

Donations are accepted every day from 9am to 9pm at Dorothy Day House: 1712 Jefferson Street.

Questions? Call 218-724-2054.

Monday, April 28, 2014

An open letter to Mayor Ness and the Duluth City Council

The letter below was signed by nearly 300 people who took part in "A Place to Call Home" concert to honor the memory and legacy of Steve O'Neil. 

April 27, 2014
TO:                Duluth Mayor Don Ness
Duluth City Council
FROM:          Concerned people of Duluth

home sweet home? photo: Deb Holman
At its first meeting of the year, the Duluth City Council, with the support of Mayor Ness, unanimously passed a resolution supporting a Homeless Bill of Rights and committing the City to take bold action to end homelessness.
Three months later, the city has not appointed a single person to the Human Rights Commission, the body tasked with implementing the resolution. In recent days, Mayor Ness has been quoted by the Duluth News-Tribune calling housing projects for the chronically homeless a “distraction,” and urging Duluth to “stay focused on market-rate housing.”
Homelessness remains a life-and-death struggle for hundreds of Duluthians, and a looming threat to thousands more. In March, the Minnesota Housing Partnership issued a report that identified Duluth as the least affordable rental housing market in the state, with an astounding 59% of Duluth renters paying more than they can afford for housing.
Duluth’s housing shortage is felt most acutely by low-income Duluthians. They will not be saved by imagined trickle-down benefits of investment in higher-end “market rate” housing. Please do not let the Homeless Bill of Rights be mere empty words. We urge you to take action today, hand in hand with housing advocates, landlords, the faith community and people experiencing poverty, to build a Duluth in which everyone has a safe place to call home. We can start by creating opportunities for poor Duluthians to have a voice in city policy and funding decisions; improving rental rules to reduce barriers to fair housing; and investing in housing for people who are least able to afford it.
As the late Steve O’Neil said, “homelessness is as wrong and unjust today as it has always been.” Homelessness is an economic, social and moral crisis that cannot be tolerated in a just and democratic society. Duluth can do better.