Celebrating Mary F. Frey: A lifetime of service

The Mary F. Frey Minneapolis Opportunity Center

We are excited to share that the Minneapolis Opportunity Center, where clients connect to critical services, has officially been renamed the Mary F. Frey Minneapolis Opportunity Center. The new name recognizes nearly 40 years of service and commitment to Catholic Charities. Clients, staff and guests will now see interior and exterior signage to officially honor the tremendous compassion and commitment of Mary F. Frey and the entire Frey family.

A family tradition

Plaque honoring the Frey family at Opportunity CenterAs a family, the Freys have impacted thousands of lives over the years, with Mary F. Frey leading the way. They Freys built a family tradition of support for our most vulnerable neighbors. Starting in the late 1960s, Mary brought her children to volunteer with her at the Branch III location (now the Minneapolis Opportunity Center). Together, the family made sandwiches and other food for men and women in need. Mary and her husband Gene were instrumental in the original purchase and renovation of the Minneapolis Opportunity Center and the original Dorothy Day Center in Saint Paul. Mary also served on the Catholic Charities board, including service as board chair.

The next generation of service

Mary F. Frey familyWe are honored to include the Frey family as part of our Catholic Charities family!  Their generosity touches not only our work, but the broader community every day. In 2014, the Frey Family received the Life of Distinction award at the Saint Nicholas Dinner for their long-standing commitment to those most in need in the Twin Cities. The video we shared that evening provides a wonderful background on the family’s commitment to Catholic Charities and highlights Mary’s four decades of compassion and care for Catholic Charities clients.

The critical services provided by our colleagues at the Mary F. Frey Opportunity Center will remain the same and business will continue as usual. The men and women who seek services and support will continue to be met with the high-quality care and compassion they currently receive every day. View pictures of the naming ceremony on our flickr page.

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