Who's Dorothy Day? Dorothy Day, was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert. In the 1930's, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker Movement, a pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf. She served as editor of the Catholic Worker newspaper from 1933 until her death in 1980. Dorothy Day believed in the works of mercy (feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and the incarcerated) as the most direct form of Christian action.
Dorothy Day's legacy continues in the donors and volunteers of the House...
The Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Rochester, MN began in 1984. This year, we celebrate 32 years of being blessed to have helped thousands of Guests who had found themselves in crisis and in need of the basic essentials of food, clothing, and shelter.
A Special Thank You to our 2017 Board of Directors Ray Ostfeld - President Beth Kaping - Vice President Tom Lunney - Treasurer Ceil Wright - Secretary Jon Allen Marcy Jensen Tim Haskamp Bob St. Martin Ken Syring Marlene Towey Dan White
We, the donors and volunteers of the Dorothy Day Hospitality House, embrace the principles of dignity, self-respect, and a positive appreciation of life. Like Dorothy Day herself, we value humans, both individually and collectively. We endeavor to meet each Guest's need for survival and personal development, while always respecting the Guest's right to privacy. We believe we are responsible for one another and come together as a hopeful people out of various faiths, ministries, and occupations to provide a sense of community and caring. It is of utmost importance for our Guests and our volunteers to create and share a nurturing, pleasant environment. Our funding, also as in keeping with the philosophy of Dorothy Day, is entirely made up of private donations. Our volunteers receive no payment other than the priceless gift of being able to help out during a Guest's time of need.
Please take a look at the House...
Guests may stay from 4 PM - 9 AM. Visitors are welcome from 7 PM - 9 PM and from 7 AM - 9 AM.