Gina and Cary Musech have big hearts and truly care about those most in need. The couple wasn’t even asked to contribute to the Capital Campaign for Dorothy Day Place—they spoke up and asked how they could participate in the largest public private partnership in Minnesota’s social service history.
“If you’re blessed with something, it’s a huge responsibility. If you think of where you should start giving, shouldn’t you give to the most vulnerable?” Cary said while sitting at a table in the Higher Ground Saint Paul Shelter.
Higher Ground Saint Paul and phase two of Dorothy Day Place, now under construction, were made possible thanks to the Musech family and so many others in the community who pitched in and did what they could to serve those most in need.
The couple first toured Higher Ground Saint Paul last spring. While it’s not in an area of the Twin Cities they often visit, its right next to where Gina’s sister works at Church of the Assumption.
On the tour, Cary, Gina and Gina’s sister Mary were able to meet a man who had slept on the floor of Dorothy Day Center for many years, but now has a home at Higher Ground Saint Paul Residence.
Seeing firsthand what a profound difference Dorothy Day Place was and will make for our most vulnerable neighbors, resonated with the couple.
“I felt like I could see the faces of the people and imagine their stories. We were humbled by the experience,” Cary said.
Through their gift, Cary and Gina will be honoring Gina’s parents, Jim and Alice Quinn. The second floor Wellness Terrace at Dorothy Day Residence and Saint Paul Opportunity Center—a place for comfort and peace—will bear their name in recognition of the values they instilled in their children, values which coincide with Catholic Charities’ mission.
That mission, Cary and Gina agree, is not fulfilled with buildings, but in the staff who come to work each day, the meals served, the care given and opportunities provided. To that end, the couple also made a gift to the operating fund and hope others will be inspired to help how they can.
“The mission of an organization like Catholic Charities is filled through the operating expenses,” Gina said “We realize a building has to be maintained and operated.”
“The building itself is nothing until you make it come alive,” Cary smiled.
Thank you Gina and Cary, you truly are bringing the comfort of home and opportunity to life at Dorothy Day Place.