About The Peace House

Sr. Rose Tillemans, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, opened the door of Peace House Community at 510 East Franklin Avenue on October 17, 1985. This place provided a new and unique ministry in the heart of one of the poorest and crime ridden neighborhoods in south Minneapolis.

Rose recognized that people's spirits and souls needed to be nourished and healed. This became a ministry of listening to the stories of those who had no one to listen to them. It would provide a place for the most misunderstood and least loved in our society to call “home”. It would be about what people need after they have been fed and clothed. Since the beginning Peace House Community strives to understand and love each person.


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In 1999, the owner of the building rented by Peace House Community decided to give the property to Peace House Community. A nonprofit corporation was formed and the property was conveyed to the new corporation. In time a local affordable housing developer, Aeon, became interested in acquiring the Peace House Community property as part of a large affordable housing project proposed for the northwest corner of the intersection of Franklin and Portland Avenues.

The condition and the costs to meet city and state codes made it impossible for Peace House Community to stay.

In September, 2012, Peace House Community and Aeon finalized agreements under which Peace House Community agreed to convey its property to Aeon. In return for its property Peace House Community received a brand new building at no cost at 1816 Portland Avenue South about one and a half blocks from the original home of Peace House Community.

Peace House Community moved with excitement and gratitude to their new home on July 12, 2013.

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