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Our 50th Anniversary

On June 4th 2023, we staarted a year-long observance of our 50th anniversary. We are commemorating this year, not in celebration, but in recognition of all the wonderful and amazing work that has been done in this community. 

Over the course of the next year, we will be having many events to go along with our anniversary, as well as many opportunities to further your support and commitment to our mission. We believe we are the solution to halt the growing numbers of people experiencing homelessness in Duluth. With your support, we can make our vision a reality. 


50th Anniversary Events

Stay Up to Date With All of Our 50th Anniversary Events.

50 Years of Compassion

June 4th, 1973

Central Hillside United Ministries Established

May 28th, 1975

Chum Church Established

April 27th, 1981

Emergency Food Shelf Opens

April 19, 1982

Chum's Drop-in Center Opens

10 congregations joined together to form Chum, an ecumenical coalition to address unemployment and declining population, truancy and school dropouts, alcoholism, inflation, and the growing number of elderly people who need assistance.

Chum Church was created as a tool to integrate adults with developmental disabilities into the mainstream worship community. Soon Chum Church became its own congregation and spiritual home for about 100 adults. Originally, Chum Church met at First United Methodist Church and then moved to Peace United Church of Christ in 1982. Chum Church ended in 2021 when the Program Coordinator retired.

Just as the economy was beginning to fall apart, Chum opened the first East location at Bethel Baptist Church and moved several times before settling at its current location. The West location at Our Savior's Lutheran Church opened in 1982 and continues today. During the economic recession of the 1980's Chum's Food Shelf served 1,000 households each month.

The first Drop-in Center location was a storefront at 208 E. First Street. The goals of the Center were to: provide a chemical-free alternative to the bar scene; offer counseling and information and referrals for food, housing, clothing, and chemical dependancy treatment; be the initial point of contact for people exiting treatment facilities and jail; provide a social environment, and to provide a downtown meeting place for Alcoholics Anonymous. The Center moved to its current location in 1998.

50th Anniversary Sponsors

The following businesses have answered the call to be difference-makers in our community. Not only have they partnered with us in our mission, but they have also decided to go above and beyond with generous donations to support our cause.

Champion Sponsors

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Advocate Sponsors

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Ally Sponsors

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50th Anniversary Honorary Co-Chairs

These amazing individuals are community leaders and have chosen to be honorary Co-Chairs for the 50th Anniversary

Let's Stay In Touch

As the largest safety net for those experiencing homelessness in the Northland, we stay pretty busy. If you want to help us accomplish our mission, and stay connected with everything happening sign up for our newsletter!

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Please Consider Supporting Us

There are many ways to support us! A gift of money can help us support all of our programs. A gift of time, through volunteering, can help us complete crucial projects. And donations of warmth, clothing, and shelter help keep folks living outside of shelter alive.

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