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. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!!

Our 25th Anniversary newsletter is here!


Check it out online here.

To be placed on the paper version mailing list, please email us at: duluthcatholicworker(at)gmail.com
or call 218-724-2054.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Wish List

Luke and Matthias, intrepid volunteers at work!
Loaves and Fishes is an all-volunteer community dedicated to serving the needs of people experiencing homelessness and advocating for social change. We have no paid staff and we do not receive government or foundation money. We survive by the kindness of many individuals who contribute time, money and gifts.  

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

Cash donations: This is almost always our biggest need. It helps pay the bills and respond to the emergency needs of our guests. Checks can be made out the Loaves and Fishes and mailed to 1614 Jefferson St, Duluth, MN 55812. Donations can also be made online: http://www.gofundme.com/39c4wk. Please remember that Loaves and Fishes is a people-powered movement for change, WE ARE NOT a tax-deductible charity.

Food: Coffee; herbal tea; sugar; butter and margarine; salad dressing; cheese; healthy breakfast cereal; canned tomatoes (large cans preferred); pasta; gift certificates to Super One and Whole Foods Co-op.

Household: Laundry detergent; napkins; dish soap; toilet paper; white vinegar; borax.
Personal: Razors; ibuprofen; tampons and pads; vitamin C; house slippers (men's sizes 8-13); men's underwear (medium and large).

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

Bike Cave: NEW kid-sized bike helmets; WD-40; chain breaker. 

Special requests: Small safe (for Olive Branch to store meds and valuables); sturdy patio chairs and table; 60-gallon screw-top plastic barrels (for compost system); sturdy snow shovels.

Volunteer wish list: Roofers (Hannah House needs a new one!); land surveyor; Bike Cave volunteers (different skill levels welcome).

Friday, February 14, 2014

Join us for our annual Ceili Dance!  

When: March 17th from 7pm to 10pm.
Where:  Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (1710 East Superior Street)

This is a family friendly event and all are welcome!  There will be dance instruction during the first half hour for beginners.


The Ceili is a fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes.  Tickets will be sold at the door ($10.00 for individuals and $20.00 for families)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Deep freeze = Danger for Homeless

With another round of dangerously cold temperatures predicted for the region, the Duluth Street Outreach Team is asking the community to help ensure the safety of people experiencing homelessness.

If you are homeless or have tips on locations of people living outside, in vehicles or in unheated buildings, PLEASE contact the street outreach hotline. Outreach workers will assist people in finding warm places to sleep.
Street Outreach 24-hour hotline: 218-461-8505
Winter home for six people near downtown. Photo: Deb Holman
In recent weeks, several homeless Duluthians have suffered serious frostbite that may require amputation. The Outreach Team stresses that overnight temperatures are extremely dangerous and recommends that no-one attempt to sleep outside in these conditions.
The Street Outreach Team is also in need of warm winter boots (all adult sizes); hand and foot warmers; solar or crank flashlights; bus passes and gas cards. Donations can be left at CHUM (102 W 2nd Street) from 9-4:30pm Monday-Friday, or Loaves & Fishes (1712 Jefferson Street) from 9am-9pm every day. For questions about donations, contact Joel Kilgour (Loaves & Fishes) at 218-340-4356 or Deb Holman (CHUM/HDC) at 218-260-7573.