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In partnership with civic and business leaders, neighbors and nonprofit partners, Catholic Charities is advancing this bold new vision for the Dorothy Day Center. An approximately $100 million project, the new Dorothy Day Place requires both public and private funding to provide help, hope and opportunity for those most in need in our community.

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


Advancing the Capital Campaign

A $5 million lead grant by The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation—the most significant private investment to support Catholic Charities in recent history—is intended to challenge the community to raise millions more. Already during the leadership phase of the campaign, Catholic Charities has raised significant funds from private sources.

The Campaign Committee

Community Ambassadors