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In May, 2014 Day Community Breakfast, we launched the Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Capital Campaign. At this year’s Community Breakfast on May 5th, we announced that we have reached our goal of $40 million in private resources for Dorothy Day Place!

This is all thanks to you and the nearly 500 other contributors to this historic Campaign. Thanks to your generous contribution, Higher Ground St. Paul, the first of two phases for the Dorothy Day Project, opened in January and has already made a dramatic difference in the lives of so many. For the first time in seventeen years, not a single soul spent the evening on a thin mat on the cold floor of the Dorothy Day Center.

As Dorothy Day herself stated, “… we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that.” As a donor, you created the ripples, which will now become waves, restoring dignity and hope to the men and women we are now able to serve. Each of these lives will inevitably touch so many others.

You have our deepest gratitude. We look forward to opportunities in the coming months to celebrate and honor your contribution to this campaign; it is an honor to have your support in bringing to life the vision of Dorothy Day Place.

Leadership for the Campaign

Doug Baker, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Ecolab

Campaign Co-Chair: Doug Baker, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Ecolab

“The Dorothy Day Center offers unconditional love. It’s not about judging people. They take people whatever their circumstances. It’s about seeing the inherent value in every human being; caring for them and helping them find their way to an improved situation. This is hugely valuable to Dorothy Day’s guests: it is also hugely valuable to all of us because giving strength to those who most need it also strengthens the foundation of our entire community.” Doug Baker, Jr. bio

Mary Brainerd, Chief Executive Officer and President of Health Partners

Campaign Co-Chair: Mary Brainerd, Chief Executive Officer and President of HealthPartners

“The Dorothy Day Center is a community emergency center that is falling apart, unable to meet the needs of the people who use its services and support. As in health care, we need better emergency centers and sustainable community solutions that truly meet the needs of people in our community.”  Mary Brainerd bio

Andy Cecere, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Bank

Campaign Co-Chair: Andy Cecere, President and CEO of U.S. Bank

“A community that cares doesn’t leave people to the streets. I believe we care. We will build the new vision for the Dorothy Day Center.” Andy Cecere bio


The Campaign Committee

Community Ambassadors