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  • Ways to Give | Chum

    Ways To Give One of the easiest ways to get involved at Chum is to become a monthly donor. It's as easy as using the form on this page and choosing the amount that is right for you. ​ Even just $25 a month can provide a 5-day emergency food supply for a family of two. ​ We also have other options to give online via PayPal. This is a great way to set up monthly payments, which helps us as an organization greatly! Donate On PayPal In-Kind Donations We are not taking in-kind donations for the month of February. ​ Contributions of clothing, food, etc., can be delivered to the Chum Admin Office at 102 W 2nd St. Duluth, MN Household supplies or other items can be brought here, knock on the door for assistance. If you are unable to use the times suggested, please call for an appointment or an alternative drop-off site. Don't know what to bring? Check out our wishlist. ​ Donations can be taken Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cash Donations Cash is the simplest gift to make. It provides both the donor and Chum immediate benefits. Your gift is made outright and can be either unrestricted or designated to a particular Chum program. To set up an automatic EFT Withdrawal from your bank account, fill out and bring this form to our office at 102 W 2nd St. Duluth, MN. Please Consider Supporting Chum 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. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Who We Are | Chum

    About Chum people of faith working together to provide basic necessities, foster stable lives, and organize for a just and compassionate community. Chum is a 501(c)(3) organization whose programs serve more than 8,000 low-income, homeless, hungry, isolated, or otherwise marginalized community members in Duluth, MN each year. Chum was founded in 1973 when 10 churches in Duluth’s Central Hillside neighborhood pooled their resources to meet the needs of the neighborhood’s many low-income residents. ​ We are now the largest service safety net in Duluth, MN for those experiencing homelessness. We provide the basic needs that everyone has and help our guests move forward to begin to prosper. Chum Is Made Up Of 4 Big Parts Helping those in Crisis transition Stabilization Services Chum's stabilization services have many parts. The drop-in center/shelter is a place where anyone can stay. It also has a clinic where anyone can get the medical attention they need. ​ ​ Learn More The backbone of our organization Congregational Outreach, Advocacy, and Organizing The congregations that support Chum are core to who we are. These 44 congregations reach out, advocate, and organize for justice for those who have no one to stand up for them. ​ Learn More Making sure everyone in Duluth stays fed Food Distribution Services Includes two emergency food shelf locations in Duluth, MN. In 2022 we delivered over 500,000 pounds of food to those in need. ​ This program also delivers food to those who cannot get to our locations. ​ Learn More Responding to the housing shortage in Duluth Housing Services We offer home-making services to those escaping trauma and crisis by providing a roof over their heads and a place of their own. ​ ​ We help families at the Steve O'Neil Apartments break cycles of homelessness and provide support to prosper in life! ​ At the St. Francis Apartments, we provide a safe place for seniors to create a home and accomplish their goals. ​ Learn More Stabilization Services Chum's stabilization services include the emergency shelter program for families and individuals, homeless street outreach, the Chum Drop-In Center, the Chum Clinic, family and individual case management, employment services, and benefits advocacy. ​ All of these programs are our way of responding to the growing numbers of people experiencing homelessness in Duluth, MN. Each program meets people right where they are and gives them the tools, opportunities, and support to find housing and thrive in life. Learn More Distributive Services Chum's distributive services include two emergency food shelves (providing 572,000 pounds of food to 6000 households in 2022), and household start-up assistance for individuals and families moving from shelter to permanent housing. ​ We also have the program we call, Chum 2 GO, which provides food to those who do not have easy access to transportation. Now folks all over Duluth have access to good quality and healthy food. Learn More Congregational Outreach, Advocacy and Organizing This service focuses on faith-based organizing and advocacy at the state and local level, and volunteer outreach and coordination for all of Chum’s programs. ​ Chum’s member congregations and service population participate in Chum’s Outreach and Advocacy efforts to encourage policymakers to respond better to the needs of low- and no-income people, particularly those who are experiencing homelessness or hunger, or who experience racial inequity. ​ Learn More Housing Services We have two buildings that are devoted to longer-term housing for individuals transitioning from homelessness. ​ The Steve O'Neil Apartments and the St. Francis Apartments are devoted to giving folks the comforts of being in their own space and working toward finding permanent housing. In these spaces, they have access to our huge support line to get them back to where they want to be. ​​ Learn More Please Consider Supporting Chum 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. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum's Wishlist

  • What We Do | Chum

    Chum Is Made Up Of 4 Big Parts Helping those in Crisis transition Stabilization Services Chum's stabilization services have many parts. The drop-in center/shelter is a place where anyone can stay. It also has a clinic where anyone can get the medical attention they need. ​ ​ Learn More The backbone of our organization Congregational Outreach, Advocacy, and Organizing The congregations that support Chum are core to who we are. These 40 congregations reach out, advocate, and organize for justice for those who have no one to stand up for them. ​ Learn More Making sure everyone in Duluth stays fed Food Distribution Services Includes two emergency food shelf locations in Duluth, MN. In 2022 we delivered over 500,000 pounds of food to those in need. ​ This program also delivers food to those who cannot get to our locations. ​ Learn More Responding to the housing shortage in Duluth Housing Services We offer home-making services to those escaping trauma and crisis by providing a roof over their heads and a place of their own. ​ ​ We help families at the Steve O'Neil Apartments break cycles of homelessness and provide support to prosper in life! ​ At the St. Francis Apartments, we provide a safe place for seniors to create a home and accomplish their goals. ​ Learn More Stabilization Services Chum's stabilization services include the emergency shelter program for families and individuals, homeless street outreach, the Chum Drop-In Center, the Chum Clinic, family and individual case management, employment services, and benefits advocacy. ​ All of these programs are our way of responding to the growing numbers of people experiencing homelessness in Duluth, MN. Each program meets people right where they are and gives them the tools, opportunities, and support to find housing and thrive in life. Learn More Distributive Services Chum's distributive services include two emergency food shelves (providing 572,000 pounds of food to 6000 households in 2022), and household start-up assistance for individuals and families moving from shelter to permanent housing. ​ We also have the program we call, Chum 2 GO, which provides food to those who do not have easy access to transportation. Now folks all over Duluth have access to good quality and healthy food. Learn More Congregational Outreach, Advocacy and Organizing This service focuses on faith-based organizing and advocacy at the state and local level, and volunteer outreach and coordination for all of Chum’s programs. ​ Chum’s member congregations and service population participate in Chum’s Outreach and Advocacy efforts to encourage policymakers to respond better to the needs of low- and no-income people, particularly those who are experiencing homelessness or hunger, or who experience racial inequity. ​ Learn More Housing Services We have two buildings that are devoted to longer-term housing for individuals transitioning from homelessness. ​ The Steve O'Neil Apartments and the St. Francis Apartments are devoted to giving folks the comforts of being in their own space and working toward finding permanent housing. In these spaces, they have access to our huge support line to get them back to where they want to be. ​​ Learn More Please Consider Supporting Chum 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. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum's Wishlist

  • Giving | Chum

    Ways To Give One of the easiest ways to get involved at Chum is to become a monthly donor. It's as easy as using the form on this page and choosing the amount that is right for you. ​ Even just $25 a month can provide a 5-day emergency food supply for a family of two. ​ We also have other options to give online via PayPal. This is a great way to set up monthly payments, which helps us as an organization greatly! Donate On PayPal What's new at Chum? 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! First Name Email Submit Thanks for Joining The Team! In-Kind Donations Contributions of clothing, food, etc. can be delivered to the Chum Admin Office at 102 W 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55812. Household supplies or other items can be brought here, please knock on the door for assistance. If you are unable to use the times suggested, please call for an appointment or an alternative drop-off site. Don't know what to bring? Check out our wishlist. ​ Donations can be taken Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Cash Donations Cash is the simplest gift to make. It provides both the donor and Chum immediate benefits. Your gift is made outright and can be either unrestricted or designated to a particular Chum program. ​ To set up an automatic EFT Withdrawal from your bank account, fill out and bring this form to our office at 102 W 2nd St. Duluth, MN. Please Consider Supporting Chum 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. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Monthly Newsletter | Chum

    Please Consider Supporting Chum 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. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Chum Member Congregations | Chum

    Member Congregations Asbury United Methodist Church ​ Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery ​ Kenw ood Lutheran Church ​ Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary ​ College of St. Scholastica Campus Ministry ​ Concordia Lutheran Church ​ Our Savior's Lutheran Church Peace United Church of Christ Duluth-Superior Friends Meeting ​ Eastridge Community Church Elim Lutheran Church Family of God Lutheran Church First Covenant Church First Lutheran Church St. Michael's Catholic Church First United Methodist Church French River Lutheran Church Glen Avon Presbyterian Church Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Grace Lutheran Church Hillside United Methodist Church Holy Cross Lutheran Church Holy Family Catholic Church Hope United Methodist Church Lake Superior Interfaith Community Church Lakeside Presbyterian Church Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ St. Andrew's by the Lake Episcopal Church St. Benedict's Catholic Church St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church St. Paul's Episcopal Church Salem Lutheran Church Temple Israel Trinity Episcopal Church Trinity Lutheran Church ​ Twelve Holy Apostles Orthodox Church Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth ​ ​

  • Congregational Outreach and Advocacy | Chum

    Congregational Outreach, Organizing, and Advocacy Many years ago Chum was formed in response to the economic problems our community faced. Congregations came together to serve folks in our community and meet their needs. Now we are made up of 40-member congregations serving the citizens of Duluth! Community Organizing In Duluth, over 5,000 residents attend one of Chum's forty-member congregations. They are a powerful force in advocating for public policies that are responsive to the needs and interests of the lowest-income members of our community, a population often dependent upon Chum programs to meet their basic needs. ​ Our policy priorities at the State level are focused on changing the response to homelessness in Duluth. As one of the nine organizations collaborating in Stepping On Up , Chum aims to move people from being unsheltered to living in Shelter-Next facilities, providing access to stabilization services, and allowing barriers to be addressed; and then into ultra-affordable housing where they can building community that can make stability, employment, and self-sufficiency possible. Working with our statewide partners (Homes for All , Joint Religious Legislative Coalition , Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless ), we advocate for policies and funding that provide for sufficient emergency shelter, the construction and preservation of affordable housing, increased resources for supported housing, and services for people experiencing homelessness. Chum’s policy priorities include speaking to and dismantling structures of domination and racism in Duluth. To view our current policy priorities and learn how you can get involved, please visit our Advocacy Page . ​ We are contracted with Arrowhead Regional Corrections and the St. Louis County Jail to provide chaplaincy services at the jail, Northeast Regional Corrections Center, and Arrowhead Juvenile Center. Culturally appropriate spiritual support, study, worship, one-to-one counsel, and restorative justice circles offer hope and provide life skills to residents seeking a brighter future. Through Chum’s partnership with Stepping On Up, we seek to offer housing within a supportive community upon re-entry for those without the opportunity to return to a stable home. ​ John Cole publicly introduced Stepping On Up: A Call to Chum at our Fall 2021 Assembly. This is our 5-year plan to make a person’s stay at the shelter what it should be – short, temporary, and non-reoccurring. It can only become that if we have transitional housing with support services, and permanently affordable housing units available for all. We will be engaged in advocacy at the state and local level as needed as we work to implement Stepping On Up. Congregational Outreach Our member congregations are core to who we are as an organization. Congregations in Duluth are what began Chum, and now we are made up of 40 fantastic congregations! ​ We Give Opportunities For Them To: Give expression to their faith through activities that respond to the needs of the poor and disenfranchised. Strengthen the community by building strong relationships. Bring about systemic changes that benefit the marginalized and dispossessed. ​ ​ Please Consider Supporting Chum 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. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Job Opportunities | Chum

    Join Our Team Give back to your community and find fullfilment in your career by working for Chum Volunteer and Events Coordinator We are seeking a skilled professional to lead and coordinate our Volunteer Program and to provide organizing support to Chum events, programs, and services. The Volunteer and Event Coordinator reports to the Director of Mission Advancement and works collaboratively with members of the Mission Advancement Team and departments to implement volunteer activities that support our programs, services, and events. Apply Now Housing Navigator The Housing Navigator plays a crucial role in our mission by actively seeking available housing opportunities and assisting selected residents in securing permanent housing. This position requires strong communication and negotiation skills, as well as empathy and compassion when working with individuals facing housing challenges. Additionally, the Housing Navigator will provide case management support to residents who require extra assistance in the housing placement process. Starting at $18-$20/hour. Apply Now Family Coach We are looking for a Family Coach at the Steve O'Neil Apartments. You will be working directly with residents, advocating and supporting those impacted by homelessness. This is an incredibly rewarding role, and you would have the opportunity to make a big difference in our community. Starting at $18/hour. Apply Now Support Staff - Shelter We are URGENTLY looking for Shelter Support Staff at Chum. In this role, you will be responsible for Emergency Shelter/Drop-In Center services and other activities, as needed, by performing the following duties personally or through other employees and/or volunteers. This is an incredibly rewarding role, and you would have the opportunity to make a big difference in our community. Starting at $16.26/hour. Apply Now Support Staff - St. Francis We are looking for St. Francis Support Staff at Chum. In this role, you will be responsible for St. Francis services and other activities, as needed, by performing the following duties personally or through other employees and/or volunteers. This is an incredibly rewarding role, and you would have the opportunity to make a big difference in our community. Starting at $16.26/hour. Apply Now Project Developer - Stepping on Up We are looking for a Project Developer for Stepping On Up. In this role, you will facilitate the development of shelter and housing sites as part of a community-wide strategic initiative to address homelessness in Duluth. They will take projects from the vision stage to handover to the operating organization(s) by overseeing the design, construction, budget, and closeout of physical properties and buildings for use as temporary shelter and permanent housing. This position is full-time and starts at $21/hour. Apply Now Outreach Worker - Stepping on Up The need for more folks in this position has been steadily increasing. We are barely able to keep up with and provide support to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. In this role, you would be directly working with people experiencing homelessness and helping them get access to resources. Full-time starting at $20/hour. Apply Now Summer Internship - Street Homelessness Response ​ This is an exciting opportunity to be involved on the ground level in implementing a five-year plan to address unsheltered homelessness in the Duluth area. The internship will include a variety of experiences, including on-the-ground work with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness and policy research and advocacy. Apply Now Year-Long Internship - Street Homelessness Response ​ This is an exciting opportunity to be involved on the ground level in implementing a five-year plan to address unsheltered homelessness in the Duluth area. The internship will include a variety of experiences, including on-the-ground work with people experiencing unsheltered homelessness and policy research and advocacy. Apply Now

  • Volunteering | Chum a Nonprofit in Duluth, MN

    Second Saturdays In February, we will be doing advocacy training at Pilgrim Congregational Church on the 24th from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM. If you would like to join us, hit the button below! Sign Up Here Monthly Volunteer Opportunities If you would like to be involved in a consistent, month-to-month volunteering opportunity, check out Second Saturdays. At various locations each month, we get together to serve the needs of our community! ​ Through member congregations and other volunteers, we have been able to meet many needs so far. For these events, we respond to the highest need we see in our community and organize accordingly. ​ If you or a group would like to get together to serve on one of our Second Saturday events, please fill out our form to sign up! ​ Sign up and join us next month! What We Have Done So Far In the past few months we have done the following events. They have all made such a big difference for the people Chum serves. Christmas Cookies for Warming Center guests. Casserole Crock Pot Servings for St. Francis Residents. Advocacy training to make a difference in local legislation. Please Consider Supporting Chum 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. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Street Outreach | Chum

    Street Outreach We should treat all strangers well who seek our help. Under a ragged coat they may hide their wings! Fulton Oursler Street Outreach Our Street Outreach program in Duluth, MN is our way to serve those who cannot or will not stay in shelter. ​ Chum’s Street Outreach Staff work with people who are living on the street, in the woods, or in other places unfit for human habitation. Chum's Street Outreach works with about 150-200 people a year. Most are experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness (defined by HUD as homeless with a disability). Chum staff help them meet their basic needs, stabilize their housing, and reduce their contact with the police. We advocate for and with them when they are involved with law enforcement, corrections, health care and other public systems. Please Consider Supporting Chum 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. Give Now Volunteer Form Chum Wishlist

  • Stepping On Up | Chum

    Stepping On UP Duluth’s shortage of housing causes long-term and chronic homelessness. Waitlists stretch from months (in rare cases) to more than 2 years for subsidized housing. In addition, people experiencing long-term homelessness and especially chronic homelessness are rarely able to transition smoothly from the streets or shelter into permanent, independent housing. What is needed are low-cost units that are private, dignified, small scale to encourage community, culturally specific, harm reduction based, and providing services including basic life skills like cleaning and cooking. Learn More

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