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)
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: 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.

Loaves & Fishes Wish List - January 2014

Donations are accepted every day from 8am to 9pm at 1712 Jefferson St. 

Questions? Call 218-724-2054. Thank you! 

Cash donations: Our budget is really tight, and cash is almost always our biggest need. It helps us pay the bills on our three houses and also respond to emergency needs of our guests. Checks can be made out the Loaves and Fishes and mailed to 1712 Jefferson St, Duluth, MN 55812. Donations can also be made online here:

Food: Coffee; herbal tea; sugar; butter; salad dressing; cheese; breakfast cereal; canned tomatoes (large cans preferred) pasta.

Household: Laundry detergent; paper napkins; dish soap; postage stamps (letter and postcard); single-ply toilet paper.

Personal: Toothpaste; razors; ibuprofen; nail clippers; vitamin C; house slippers (men's sizes 8-13).

Street outreach: 1- and 2-person tents; tarps; flashlights; winter boots (men's sizes 8-13)

Bike Cave: NEW kid-sized bike helmets; socket and ratchet set. PLEASE NOTE: we are NOT accepting bicycle donations until spring.

Special requests: Floor lamps; sturdy bunk bed frame; laptop computer (for one of our guys who is starting school!); carpet/upholstery cleaner; brooms and dustpans; large food processor; volunteer plumbers and carpenters.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Project Homeless Connect - October 24

Loaves and Fishes is organizing this year's Project Homeless Connect - an important resource fair for people experiencing homelessness and poverty.

PHC offers:
  • Help with housing and food stamp apps, health insurance, voter registration and IDs
  • Haircuts, foot care and blood pressure screening
  • Bicycle repair
  • Safer sex resources and same-day HepC and HIV testing
  • Job search help
  • Veteran, LGBTQ, youth and family services
  • Winter survival tips
  • Homeless Against Homelessness on how to protect your rights
  • Listening sessions with elected officials
  • Information about Duluth's new syringe exchange and drug/alcohol treatment options
  • Free BBQ lunch!
Contact us if you can help: 
  • Donate clean, new socks - both cotton and wool
  • Volunteer as a greeter or to plate/serve food

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    Support Loaves & Fishes while enjoying some incredible local music. What could be better!?

    When? Thursday, October 3rd.
    Where? Carmody Irish Pub & Brewery

    $5.00 suggested donation

    8 PM Black River Revue
    9 PM Rachael Kilgour
    10 PM Gaelynn & Ariane (of Snobarn)
    11 PM Charlie Parr
    12 PM Prince Paul & The Conscious Party