Because of you
2020 was a year that stretched us in ways we could never have predicted, and yet Catholic Charities rose to the occasion – BECAUSE OF YOU! As our community was asked to stay home, you stepped up, you gave generously, you advocated loudly, and you continued to volunteer your time. Thank you for keeping the mission of Catholic Charities alive and well during this year of unthinkable challenge.
Catholic Charities continues to serve those most in need, providing a warm bed, dignified shelter, care in times of crisis and foundations on which to grow. Thanks to generous donors, advocates and volunteers, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis served nearly 23,000 men, women and children during their time of need in fiscal year 2020. Our community needs are ever-changing, becoming more complex all the time and we are able to continue to serve those most in need because of your partnership.
Thank you for walking beside us now and into the future!
Hayley Mueller, Vice President of Development
About Catholic Charities
- A fully independent nonprofit/tax-exempt organization: voting board members are elected by executive committee and include an ex-officio representative of the Archdiocese; nonvoting members are the President/CEO and Archbishop. Board includes 35 voting members as of January 1, 2021.
- Michael Goar (President/CEO), Laurie Ohmann (EVP/COO), Richard Johnson (VP/CFO), Wendy Underwood (VP Social Justice Advocacy & Engagement), Hayley Mueller (VP Development), Michael McRath (CHRO).
- Fundraising and Administrative expense is 14%, consistently well below the Charities Review Council standard of 30%.
- Catholic Charities is among a rare group of nonprofits nationwide (fewer than 25% of those reviewed) with the distinction of 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator in consecutive years.
- Accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA), a national organization focused on social services.
- Since March 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic has had serious impact on our day-to-day operations. Early changes to operations cost the agency more than $1 million per month to repurpose spaces and adapt program designs to promote social distancing and preventive hygiene measures.
- In partnership with public partners, we relocated hundreds of the most vulnerable in our shelters to hotels. We’ve also reduced census numbers in shelters and kept Hennepin County services open 24/7 to provide a safe place to shelter at any time. These precautions resulted in only 1% of housing, shelter and drop-in center clients contracting COVID since the pandemic began.
- Thanks to the support of the community, we’ve distributed nearly 30,000 face masks and delivered nearly 300,000 pounds of food to those residing in our housing units as of December 2020. Nearly $900,000 was raised in private funds and $5 million in public funding to support our efforts.
- Exodus 2.0, the new home for the Exodus Residence in Elliot Park will offer permanent homes to 203 people who need housing stability, many of whom are older and medically frail, including many veterans. Construction is underway and is projected to be completed in 2022.
- Continued navigation of COVID-19 response and related staffing supports.
- Ongoing efforts to combat the deepening housing and homelessness crisis and improve Catholic Charities’ long-term financial stability through fundraising, advocacy and public engagement.
Your Gifts in Action
After a hard relationship with her mother, Heaven was kicked out of her home. With nowhere else to turn, Heaven was welcomed at Hope Street. She is grateful for the simplest things, like when staff members care enough to ask her about her day. With your support, Heaven is safe, healthy and working to complete her education.
Lex lived in an abusive household with her parents before she found herself living on the streets. She had no money, no place to sleep and no hope. You made it possible for Hope Street to open our doors to Lex. She now has the skills and confidence to pursue a career in the culinary arts, dreaming of one day opening her own food truck. You gave Lex hope for her future.
As a member of our Homeless Elders program, Melody was moved from Higher Ground Saint Paul shelter to a hotel early in the COVID pandemic. Thanks to generous support from donors and cooperation with public and private partners, Melody and hundreds of other vulnerable residents and shelter guests were able to safely isolate from the pandemic in area hotels.
When the pandemic prompted a stay at home order last spring, parents struggled to figure out the best way to protect their children. Nearly half of the families at Northside Child Development Center had “essential” jobs, making it impossible to stay home with their kids. And, most couldn’t afford to pay for childcare if Northside were to close. Thanks to generous gifts and compassionate partners, the staff at Northside was able to adapt, providing a safe environment for children to learn and play, and peace of mind for families during a very uncertain time.
A year like no other
The COVID-19 pandemic stretched us beyond what we thought possible, but we didn’t do it alone. We have been overwhelmed by the support of our donors, volunteers, community partners and most of all, our front-line staff and clients. Here, they reflect on the early days of the pandemic and what it was like to step up and serve in an incredible time of need.
“I’m aware more than ever during this time of crisis how blessed I am to have a home, a loving family and a good job. And Catholic Charities has given me another great blessing—a chance to feel useful during this tough time. It’s a small thing to email friends asking for volunteers or a donation, and it’s a joyous thing to be able to serve meals. I’m glad I’ve been able to help in small ways, but it’s the front-line staff who are there every day who deserve our most profound gratitude. Like doctors and nurses, grocery store workers, delivery drivers and so many others, they are helping get our city and state through this. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Catholic Charities’ tremendous staff!”
Tom Vitt, Board of Directors/Volunteer
“A tour of Higher Ground or the Dorothy Day Place will explain why we have given for many years to Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities cares for the neediest. Catholic Charities provides that care in ways that most respect the humanity of those they serve. The pandemic has multiplied the number of the neediest and Catholic Charities can’t provide care without multiplied gifts.”
Ann & Bill Wernz, donors
“I plan to keep volunteering in the kitchen beyond the pandemic because I have fallen in love with the staff and the people we serve so quickly.””
Johni Baxter, volunteer
“For the homeless, every day is another day of looking for food and shelter and trying to meet basic needs. And in some ways, this is just a continuance for them. But it’s pretty clear that when a crisis such as we have now hits, the poor are hit hard. And the homeless are the poorest of the poor.”
Bill & Christine Griffith, donors and volunteers
By the numbers
Nights of housing and emergency shelter
Men, women and children served
Social justice advocates
Direct services areas:
- Individuals Experiencing or at risk of Homelessness
- Permanent Supportive Housing
- Older Adults and People with Disabilities
- Children and Families.
- Committed to enhancing trauma- informed practices in all areas of operation.
Board of Directors
Catholic Charities’ Board of Directors are dedicated to serving those most in need. For fiscal year ending June 30, 2020
Term January, 1 2020 – December 31, 2020
Kathleen Erickson DiGiorno, Chair
Senior Legal Director
Timothy E. Marx (non-voting)
President & CEO
EVP & Gen Mgr. Global Food & Bev
Keith W. Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President, Ebusiness
Land O’ Lakes
Vice President, Service and Operations
Director of Compliance & Risk Mgmt
Norwest Equity Partners
Dr. Duane Carter
Senior Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Regional Vice President
President and CEO
Minneapolis Downtown Council
Global Laboratory Operations Leader
3M Medical Solutions
Senior Vice President
Retired CEO of United Properties
and Community Volunteer
Chief Human Capital Officer
Piper Jaffray & Co
Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda (non-voting)
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Rev. Charles V. Lachowitzer
Moderator of the Curia
Archdiocese of St Paul & Minneapolis
Government Relations Director
Christine L. Meuers
Retired Executive Vice President
Wells Fargo & Company
Chief Operating Officer
United Healthcare Global
Retired 3M Associate Gen Counsel
and Community Volunteer
C. Steve Noble
McKinsey & Company
T. Mychael Rambo
Founder & CEO
Lion’s Share Productions
Vice Chairman & Chief Risk Officer
David A. Seidel
Vice President and Chief Actuary
Renewable Energy Partners
Ernst & Young
Dr. Julie Sullivan
University of St. Thomas
Jonathan Van Wyck
Partner and Managing Director
Boston Consulting Group
J. Thomas Vitt
Retired Exec VP
Dorsey & Whitney
Ass’t VP Tax and Europe, Middle East & Africa General Tax Counsel
Senior Program Officer
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Officers of the Corporation:
Timothy E. Marx
President & CEO