Why get involved with Peace House Community?
Homelessness and economic poverty make many normal social activities impossible. Most of us think nothing of inviting friends over for dinner or meeting for coffee, but for Peace House Community’s members these simply aren’t options. By joining PHC, you will invite the community members to share an experience similar to visiting a friend’s living room.
“It breaks my heart that I can’t bring my friends over [to my own home]. That’s part of being on a program.” – Anonymous
By financially supporting PHC, you provide a safe space for a community to form around our common struggles, concerns and achievements. Your support allows PHC to meet social, emotional and physical needs year-round.
You have several options for financially supporting PHC including:
- Monetary donations help support the work of PHC
- Donations of stocks and bonds – transfer investments to PHC
- Naming PHC in your estate plan or will – ensure that the values you hold now live on. Contact PHC for information on how to do this.
“I got a $2 cost of living increase on my monthly social security payments, and because of that $2 my food stamps went from $180 a month to $47 a month. After that I could go to the store and look at the food I used to buy.” – Community member
Peace House Community thanks the following organizations for their generous support:
- St. Elizabeth Orthodox Church
- Volunteers of America – Minnesota (RSVP Volunteer Program)
- Loaves and Fishes
- Pax Christi Parish
- The Alley
- Media Mike Hazard
- Quality Bicycle Products
- Otto Bremer Trust
- Kopp Family Foundation
- St. Joan of Arc Parish
- Church of Gichitwaa Kateri
- Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
- St. Catherine’s University
- Wedge Co-0p
- Bryn Mawr Market
- Gilligan Foundation
- Ciranda, Inc.
- Church of the Sacred Heart (Sauk Rapids)
- St. Joseph’s Sleeping Bag Ministry (Crosby)
- Saint Bonaventure Catholic Church (Bloomington)
- Northpoint Health
- Affinity Plus Foundation
- Richard M. Schulze Foundation
One source of PHC’s success is found in volunteers like you! All are welcome to contribute. Daily volunteers support community members in discussion, lead group discussions on the topic of the day, and support a variety of PHC events. Peace House Community is a very special place to visit. So, why wait? By volunteering you become a friend to the community members and a host to those visiting PHC. An open heart and a desire to connect with others are the only requirements. We can also use volunteers to help with behind-the-scenes activities like fundraising, event planning and so on.
Become an Ambassador
If you belong to a faith community, social group, fraternity/sorority or another similar group, consider inviting PHC to speak at one of your functions. We can discuss topics related to homelessness, housing, poverty to increase understanding and provide input on ways to help the homeless.
“A lot of people think the homeless are homeless because they’re “crazy”. They don’t realize that homelessness causes mental illness. Between the stress, sleeplessness, harassment, boredom and loneliness the homeless face every day, staying sane is an achievement.” – PHC staff