At the May 2014 Dorothy Day Community Breakfast, the Catholic Charities’ Dorothy Day Capital Campaign was launched. At the Community Breakfast on May 5th, 2017, it was announced that the goal of $40 million in private resources for Dorothy Day Place had been reached!
This is all thanks to over 500 contributors to this historic Campaign. Thanks to these generous donors, Higher Ground St. Paul, the first of two phases for the Dorothy Day Project, opened in January 2017, and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Saint Paul Opportunity Center and Dorothy Day Residence opened in October 2019.
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.
Our donors have our deepest gratitude. It has been an honor to have had their support in bringing to life the vision of Dorothy Day Place.
Leadership for the Campaign
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
Campaign Co-Chair: Mary Brainerd, former 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.”
Campaign Co-Chair: Andy Cecere, President and CEO of U.S. Bancorp
“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