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  • Expanding Horizons | Chum

    Expanding Horizons If you would like to learn more about what Chum does in Duluth, MN, and how we, and other partnering organizations, serve our neighbors, Expanding Horizons is an awesome opportunity to do so. This is intended to be an immersive experience to learn more about what people experiencing homelessness day to day in Duluth face. Expanding Horizons - a poverty immersion experience Expanding Horizons is a 5 hour immersion experience that gives community members the opportunity to learn about poverty, hunger, and homelessness in Duluth by visiting organizations that work with people experiencing these realities every day. Groups learn about the impacts of poverty, hunger, and homelessness on Duluthians and see first-hand some of the available resources. Group sizes range from 8 to 15 people; smaller groups can join with another group. ​ Schedule your Expanding Horizons Tour participants with this link: https://www.tfaforms.com/5048435 Please contact Rev. Patricia Benson (218-438-5501) for more information or to schedule your Expanding Horizons experience. How to Prepare During the event, we will gather in the parking lot at the Damiano Center (206 West 4th Street) by 7:40 AM. To ensure parking at Damiano for clients, staff and volunteers, please park on the street. You are welcome to park in the upper lots behind St. Francis Apts (on 2nd Avenue West below 3rd Street North). Allow yourself plenty of time to find the location and parking. Bring only what you can carry for the day. Leave anything that you don’t need behind. There will be no place to leave belongings. Wear comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing as we will be doing a lot of walking outside. The day will end at approximately 1:00 pm. Expanding Horizons happens rain or shine! (We cancel if the Duluth Transit Authority stops operations.) There is a $50 cost per person but this price can vary depending on the ability to pay. The money is distributed among the partnering agencies to cover staff time. Day of Schedule 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM ​ 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM ​ 9:20 AM - 9:25 AM 9:25 AM - 9:50 AM 9:50 AM 9:55 AM 10:25 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM 11:50 AM 12:20 PM 12:35 PM Check-in and introductions @ Damiano Center Conference Room Damiano Center programs and partnering organizations Break Human Development Center Safe Bay Steve O'Neil Apartments San Marco Apartments Chum Food Shelf Chum Shelter AICHO Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial at AICHO Reflection - Option to visit AICHO gift shop or visit memorial site What to Expect You will be on a hurry-up-and-wait schedule. This is the reality for many people living on the margins (buses, waiting in lines for food housing, etc.). You may be tired and hungry - again reality for those who live on the margins. Be aware, and challenge assumptions. We do what we can in our time together; it’s not a comprehensive tour (you can ask for a follow-up at another time). Think about these places we visit as resources for your families, friends at school, your neighbors, and yourselves. Sit with feelings of being uncomfortable- challenge yourself to ask “why am I uncomfortable?" Schedule your Expanding Horizons Tour participants with this link: https://www.tfaforms.com/5048435 Please contact Rev. Patricia Benson (218-438-5501) for more information or to schedule your Expanding Horizons experience. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • What's New? | 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

  • Advocacy Toolkit | Chum

    Advocacy Lobbying is an important part of advocating for issues that impact our community. When you lobby a government official, you are attempting to influence decisions they make that affect you, your neighbors, our community, our state, or our country. Affordable Housing Conversations We are engaging in a community conversation about how we can address Duluth's housing crisis. It is clear that many issues surrounding this topic have yet to be resolved. ​ Join us on May 23, 5:00 PM at Peace Church (1111 N 11th Ave E. Duluth, MN. We will be digging into these topics, and hearing from people who are directly impacted by this crisis and their struggle to find housing. ​ There is an opportunity for $3.9 million in pandemic relief funds to be used to solve some of these issues. Join us in conversation, make your voice heard, and let's make Duluth a more just and compassionate community. Sign Up Here Local Discussion: Affordable Housing and Economic Development Duluth is facing many challenges, including housing vacancy and affordability which has a disproportionate impact on low- and moderate-income households. More than half of Duluthians who rent are paying more than they can afford for housing, which impacts the capacity of businesses to attract employees to the community. Housing availability and affordability are directly related to economic development. A Neilsberg Research analysis of US Census data compared Duluth to MN cities with populations exceeding 50,000 residents. Duluth ranks 18th out of 19 for median household income, falling almost to the bottom in household income range among all large MN cities. ​ It’s no surprise then that a recent study by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies indicates nearly 1 in 3 Duluth renters are severely cost-burdened, spending more than 50% of their income on housing costs. Using data compiled by the Census and the American Community Survey, 32.2% of Duluthians are spending 50% of their income on housing, and 50.5% of renters are cost-burdened by spending 30-50% of their income on housing. “According to the study, average rent sat at $950 a month, while the average renter household’s income was just above $27,800. Sumair Sheikh, executive director of LISC pointed to an example of someone who said a 250-square-foot studio which they had rented for $425 in 2017 is now going for $950 in 2024.” John Cole points to the analysis of affordable housing in 2019 by Maxfield Research, which identified a need of 3,500 additional units in affordable multi-family housing. (To see the full study, visit https://duluthmn.gov/media/9677/city-of-duluth_update-of-aff_workforce-hsg-need-final.pdf ). Housing units being constructed are primarily at market rate prices and therefore cater mostly to professionals who have found above median income employment in our city. Even so, our health care employers, St. Luke's and Essentia Health, continue to discuss the need for affordable and workforce housing to support their expanding employment bases. The need for housing to serve low- and moderate-income households remains strong, particularly for those taking lower wage jobs in sectors with growing employment opportunities. At Chum, 41% of those on the wait list for subsidized housing have been there for more than two years. There are simply not enough housing units available, and the number of people living unhoused continues to rise. St. Louis County reports a 41% rise in overall homelessness and 157% rise in chronic homelessness in the ten years from 2013 – 2023. Duluth community leaders are struggling with funding allocation decisions that involve economic development and affordable housing. The City Council has previously allocated funds to the HRA of Duluth, and our City Administration has asked them to reallocate some of the same funds to economic development. Councilors are split on this issue, which will come up for a vote again at their May meeting. Please visit https://www.chumduluth.org/advocacy and click on the “Advocate for Better Housing Today” button for more information and how you can influence housing in Duluth. If you would like to see more like this, please join Chum’s Advocacy Team to receive updates and action alerts! Sign up here: https://www.tfaforms.com/5119818 2024 Advocacy Priorities At the local level we will promote education and advocacy for the needs of Chum - our priorities this year are: • Shelter Expansion funding, • funding for the development of a triage housing project, and • support for people experiencing mental health and substance use challenges. We always partner with MCH (Minnesota Coalitions for the Homelessness) and JRLC (Joint Religious Legislative Coalition) on advocacy efforts. These organizations generally align with Chum and can help us expand our reach at the State level. ​ MCH priorities for 2024 are: • Capital funding for shelters • Capital funding for transitional housing • MCH is also endorsing the constitutional amendment for housing. The purpose of the amendment is to ensure the state is making the ongoing investments required to truly address our current housing crisis. The constitutional amendment for housing will create a: • Homeownership Opportunity Fund • Rental Opportunity Fund (including a minimum investment of $100 million annually in universal rental assistance/Bring it Home, MN) • Household & Community Stability Fund. The funds are broad and flexible, able to accommodate innovative new concepts as well as existing programs, funds, and financing. A council of up to 24 people will be appointed for each fund to make budget and policy recommendations to the Governor and Legislature, with seats reserved for those with lived experience and frontline and grassroots organizations, among others. DRAFT ballot language: A constitutional amendment for housing: Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to remove barriers to homeownership, to make our rental housing safe and affordable, and to protect our vulnerable households and communities from displacement and homelessness by increasing the sales and use tax rate beginning July 1, 2025, by three-eighths of one percent on taxable sales until the year 2050? JRLC - in discussions with JRLC, they have adapted their draft priorities for 2024 to address issues important to Chum, particularly concerning mental health services, by partnering with NAMI. JRLC priorities include: • Funding for Additional In-Patient Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Beds– JRLC in Coalition with the NAMI, Chum • Funding Early Intervention Treatment Facilities For People with Schizophrenia- JRLC in Coalition with NAMI Early intervention is especially important in slowing the progression of schizophrenia and helping people manage their illness. The average time it takes someone to get treatment is 74 wks after their first psychotic episode. At this point, the illness has often progressed to the point where the individual cannot maintain a stable living situation/attend school/manage a job. Dedicated, Long-term Housing for People with Severe Mental Illness– JRLC in Coalition with NAMI • Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing– JRLC in Coalition with the MN Coalition for the Homeless, Chum. Policies We Advocated For How To Lobby Elected Officials You can write a letter, schedule a visit, make a phone call, or send an email! ​ What to say and how to say it effectively: ​ Set your goals- one or two issues are a better way to go so your issues stand out and your intent is clear. What do you want to get out of your visit, email, or phone call? Are you asking them to support legislation, commit to a vote on your issue, or educate them on a specific topic? Listen to learn- listening is one of the most important things to do while lobbying. It’s your opportunity to learn more about the elected official’s thoughts on your issue, where they stand, and opportunities to provide more information on your topic. Be prepared, but not an expert- Read up on your issue and be well prepared, but don’t feel like you need to be an expert in the field in order to talk to your elected official. It’s okay if you don’t know an answer to their question because this is a great opportunity to learn more and follow up with them once you know more. Keep it short- try to keep your message short and concise. Elected officials want to hear from their constituents, but they also run on a tight schedule. Whether you like what you hear, or are disappointed in their response it’s okay to let them know, but be respectful. Always thank them for their time and leave room for further discussion if needed. Build Rapport - express your appreciation to elected officials when they support your issues, but there may be a time when they don’t support an issue that you think they should. Even if they don’t support your position, your visit or communication on the issue could be enough to prevent them from being active opponents. Share a personal story- Sharing a personal story about how your issue personally affects you can be powerful. Explaining why the issue is important to you through a story is a great way to make your issue real and relatable for your elected official. ​ Link to finding your legislator: https://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/districts/ Map of districts, legislators or city councilors, and their contact info Where is your congregation? List of congregations under each district Chum’s local-level priorities include an increase in shelter capacity, construction and preservation of affordable housing, healthcare, and educational equity, and identifying actions to dismantle structural racism in Duluth. We need Shelter Capital to expand shelter and staffing capacity ​ In Duluth, there are 155 shelter beds (with all shelters usually at or above capacity). In addition, there are about 600 people utilizing the Warming Center or living in places unfit for human habitation. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ We need funding for Stepping On Up ​ Stepping On Up will change the response to homelessness in Duluth and move people from being unsheltered to living in our Shelter-Next facilities ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ We need funding for Affordable Housing ​ The shelter will always be necessary as an emergency response to a crisis resulting in homelessness, but it should be a short-term, one-time stay that leads to stable and affordable housing. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 2023 Policy Outcomes ​ We made some big waves this last legislative session. Minnesota lawmakers moved forward and spent more than we ever have on housing. Read more about all the things we accomplished and where we are heading! ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Read More Read More Read More Read More Policies We Advocated For in 2023 Chum’s local-level priorities include an increase in shelter capacity, construction and preservation of affordable housing, healthcare and educational equity, and identifying actions to dismantle structural racism in Duluth. Shelter Capital to expand shelter and staffing capacity In Duluth, there are 155 shelter beds (with all shelters usually at or above capacity). In addition, there are about 600 people utilizing the Warming Center or living in places unfit for human habitation. ​ Chum provides a low-barrier shelter for persons who encounter access issues with other shelter models. A low-barrier shelter does not require individuals to be sober during their stay. Likewise, there are people who encounter issues with the low-barrier model. We need more shelter beds to provide access for those currently unable to utilize the low-barrier shelter. Ask our legislators to support the Pathway Home Act (HF444 & SF388) which provides: $150 million for Shelter Capital in one-time funding $40 million in 2024/25 and $70 million in 2026/27 for Emergency Services Program grants If passed, we can use these funds to expand short-term shelter capacity, and acquire or construct innovative transitional and long-term housing for unsheltered people working to build more stable lives. Funding for Stepping On Up Stepping On Up will change the response to homelessness in Duluth and move people from being unsheltered to living in our Shelter-Next facilities (four of them, each sheltering 25 persons, providing access to needed stabilization services, and allowing barriers to be addressed); and then into ultra-affordable housing (200 of them) where they can build a community that can make stability, employment, and self-sufficiency possible. Ask our legislators to support the Pathway Home Act (HF444 & SF388) which provides: $150 million for Shelter Capital in one-time funding (Phase II) $40 million in 2024/25 and $70 million in 2026/27 for Emergency Services Program grants (Phases I – III) $25 million in 2024/25 and $40 million in 2026/27 for Homeless Youth Act grants $9 million for Transitional Housing Programs (Phase III) If passed, we can use these funds to: Create Shelter-Next housing for people following their release from treatment, corrections, or chronic homelessness. (Phase II) Provide training opportunities for people experiencing barriers so they can have stability and independence, and attain employment and self-sufficiency. (Phase III) ​F unding for Affordable Housing The shelter will always be necessary as an emergency response to a crisis resulting in homelessness, but it should be a short-term, one-time stay that leads to stable and affordable housing. There is a big need for affordable units where those working at minimum wage can rent using no more than 30% of their monthly income. People working in the community should be able to live near their place of employment. Duluth needs 3800 affordable housing units by 2029 (2020 Mayor’s Housing Task Force Report) Ask our legislators to support the Pathway Home Act (HF444 & SF388) which provides $750 million one-time investment in homes to address the full continuum of housing needs and ensure homes for all. 2023 Policy Outcomes ​ In 2023 Minnesotans invested $2.1 billion toward housing and homelessness. Issues addressed include Chum's priorities: the expansion and preservation of shelter spaces, funding that supports shelter operations, outreach, and other key resources and services to support families, individuals, and seniors experiencing homelessness. Chum has applied for funding from the Minnesota one-time investment of $100M in shelter capital. The Emergency Services Program had a base funding availability of $1.68M statewide, and Chum received a portion of funding for staff from this fund. The 2023 Legislature made the following changes, which, if our application is funded, will enable us to hire staff to go with the shelter expansion. 2024/25 ESP base funding available is $43.68M 2026/27 ESP base funding available is $68.68M 2028/29 ESP base funding available is $73.68M Thanks to the advocates in the Chum group of congregations who partnered with us on these efforts. We work in coalition with many other organizations and congregations throughout the state through both the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless and the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition. Together, we successfully advocated for policies that will have a significant impact on making Duluth a more just and compassionate community, and Minnesotans all over the state will benefit from our labors. 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

  • Triennial Report | Chum a Nonprofit in Duluth, MN

    Triennial Report In recent years, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Duluth has been increasing. We must not only continue to provide our current services, but expand them to meet the rising needs of people in Duluth. ​ Chum must grow for greater service. Triennial Report: Growing for Greater Service In recent years, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Duluth has been increasing. We must not only continue to provide our current services, but expand them to meet the rising needs of people in Duluth. Chum must grow for greater service. Want To See The Whole Report? Click the button below to download your copy of our annual report . Download Here 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 50 Days of Giving | Chum

    50 Days Of Giving Raising Crucial Money For Our Neighbors At The St. Francis Apartments How Can I Help? Presented by Tamala Francis, Founder & CEO at Francis & Co. Introduce the webinar hosts by highlighting their career background or professional history. Just click “Edit Text” or double click the Text Box to add your own content. Save My Spot In this webinar we will cover Digital Marketing Funnel You can easily add your own content to this paragraph. Click on “Edit Text” or double click the Text Box to make it your own. Your Social Media Presence You can easily add your own content to this paragraph. Click on “Edit Text” or double click the Text Box to make it your own. Practical Branding Strategies You can easily add your own content to this paragraph. Click on “Edit Text” or double click the Text Box to make it your own. I want to join the webinar, Sign me up! First Name Last Name Email Message Submit Thanks for submitting!

  • Contact Us | Chum

    Contact 102 W 2nd St Duluth, MN 55802 218-720-6521 chum@chumduluth.org First Name Last Name Email Phone Message I would like to volunteer I would like to receive monthly updates from Chum Send Thanks for submitting! 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 Golden Gala | Chum

    Chum's Golden Gala This fall, on October 17th, we are hosting our Golden Gala commemorating our 50th Anniversary. We are hosting the Gala to bring Chum’s mission and our stories to more people than ever before. There will be a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, inspiring stories, and awards. Join us to help stop the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in Duluth. Tickets are no longer available, but there are still many ways to get involved! ​ ​ Online Fundraiser Volunteer Form Silent Auction Volunteers Needed It takes all of our community to make this event happen. We need a little over 50 volunteers for the event. So, now is your time to help! Click the button below to sign up to volunteer at the Gala. Volunteer Form Schedule: 5:30 PM: Doors Open 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Social Hour 6:30 PM: Dinner Served 7:00 PM: Program Starts 8:15 PM: Event Ends ​ Online Fundraiser We are raising this money so that we can better serve our community. Our shelter has been at or beyond capacity for a number of years. When first built, it was meant to give 30 people a roof over their heads and a bed to sleep in. Now we have 80 beds and over 100 people staying at the shelter most nights. We are planning to expand our shelter, and have received a big grant from the Federal Government, but more funding is needed to start and complete this project. We have also engaged in the $33 million project to revamp downtown Duluth (Stepping On Up). Needless to say, without more support from our community, we could never tackle the issues surrounding homelessness in our city. ​ What happens with the money donated at the dinner? All the funds we raise at the event are going to be used as general operating funds. What do we do with the money? General operating funds keep our programs running, rent and utilities paid, staff salaries, and other expenses we have to take on as a nonprofit. If you would like a further breakdown of our finances you can access them here. ​ We truly believe that we are the solution to lowering the number of people experiencing homelessness. But, our community holds change in its hands. You can make a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in our city. Chum's Golden Gala is a great way to do this. By attending this dinner you will not only be able to directly support people experiencing homelessness, but you will also learn more about the impact Chum has had on our region and be able to spread that knowledge with your friends, family, and community. ​ Chum's Golden Gala is an event that we hope will be a turning point for our city. Let's do this together and put an end to the rising numbers of homelessness in our city. Online Fundraiser The Night's Menu Option 1: Pork Tenderloin Pork Tenderloin and Black Jack Apples, served with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes Garden Salad Chef's Choice Fresh Vegetables Rolls with Butter Assorted Bars Option 2: Pan-Fried Walleye Pan-Fried Walleye served with Sautéed Kale, Lemon and Tomato with Tartar Sauce and served with Herb Roasted Red Potatoes Garden Salad Chef's Choice Fresh Vegetables Rolls with Butter Assorted Bars Option 3: Butternut Squash Ravioli Ravioli stuffed with Butternut Squash topped with Pomodoro Sauce and Shaved Parmesan Cheese Garden Salad Chef's Choice Fresh Vegetables Rolls with Butter Assorted Bars Champion Sponsors Advocate Sponsors Ally Sponsors Dougherty Funeral Home Interested In Becoming a Corporate Sponsor? Click Here To Learn More Table Host Resources Click the button below to find resources for those who are signed up as Table Hosts! Table Host Resources

  • 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

  • Chum Inclusion | Chum

    Inclusion Policies CHUM directly serves two communities within the greater community of Duluth: members of our religious congregations (predominantly white, with relatively greater access to resources) and those who come to us for assistance (people who are experiencing homelessness or hunger, with the least access to resources in Duluth, of whom almost 50% are from Communities of Color). Our by-laws require 15 out of 18 board members to be from CHUM Congregations; this makes it difficult to build board diversity. We will be reviewing our by-laws in 2021 with an eye toward facilitating a more diverse board. Consistent with our mission statement to “create a more just and compassionate community,” CHUM recognizes that diversity in all its forms is a positive social good, and celebrates the collective talents, points of view, creativity and skills inherent in a diverse community. In November 2015, the CHUM Board committed to affirmative recruitment and hiring to increase the diversity of our staff whenever there were openings. CHUM’s 2017-2019 Strategic Plan included a focus on building our capacity and competence to address racial equity. Striving For Greatness Where we stand as of 2021: % White % African Heritage %Native American %Asian %Multiracial City of Duluth 89.7 2.3 1.8 1.6 4.1 CHUM Board 100 0 0 0 0 CHUM Staff (8.21.18) 76 15 9 0 0 CHUM Staff (3.15.21) 60 28 12 0 0 CHUM Shelter Staff (8.21.18) 58 25 17 0 0 CHUM Shelter Staff (3.15.21) 21 36 43 0 0 CHUM Shelter Guests (2020) 52 21 18 18 7 ​ CHUM provides equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, and economic position or social class (including status in regard to public assistance) in regard to any position for which the employee or applicant for employment is qualified. CHUM takes affirmative steps to employ, advance in employment, upgrade, train and recruit women, persons with disabilities and members of Communities of Color. This policy extends to all terms and conditions of employment, including hiring, placement, promotion, terminations, and leaves of absence, compensation, and training. In addition, CHUM will not use the services of any placement agency known to discriminate in its referrals on the basis of any of the characteristics mentioned above. CHUM provides equal access to all of our programs, services, and buildings, including the main office, Emergency Shelter, the Drop-in Center, Street Outreach, Food Shelf, Stabilization Services, Steve O’Neil Apartments and any other program we operate or will operate, to all people who are eligible for such services without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, and economic position or social class (including status in regard to public assistance). CHUM complies with all Federal, State and Local laws with respect to non-discrimination in employment and provision of services. We regularly update our policies to reflect changes that promote inclusion, most recently in September 2016 in response to HUD’s final rule toward to ensure equal access to housing and services in shelters regardless of gender identity. People are welcome to stay in the shelter consistent with their gender identity. We rejected the counter-guidance under HUD Secretary Ben Carson. CHUM has received support from the American Baptist Foundation and the Duluth Superior Community Foundation to promote cultural competence (and cultural humility) in our member congregations and on our staff. To that end, most of our staff and over 150 of our congregational members have attended workshops on white privilege. We have sponsored three 3-day “Fostering the Roots of Cross Cultural Competency” workshops with Cultural Fluency, Inc., each attended by 24 people. Several years ago, with the Native American Community we co-sponsored a community-wide process and discussion on the film “The Doctrine of Discovery”. Eight of our congregations have featured “The New Jim Crow” and/or “Waking up White” in their book clubs. While we know that awareness is important, we also know that it is insufficient without action. CHUM serves as the fiscal sponsor for any organization or project originating from or preferentially benefitting Communities of Color who do not yet have the capacity for independent 501(c)3 standing. Currently we are serving as fiscal sponsor for Natives against Heroin (Duluth), the Bob Tavani Respite House, the Indigenous Commission (especially for Gichi-Ode’ Akiing), and Local Solutions to Poverty. In recent years, we were the fiscal sponsor for Alabama 35 #2, a youth bus trip to important historical sites in the Civil Rights movement, culminating in the National Museum of Peace and Justice (aka National Lynching Memorial). We are honored to be a financial sponsor for events that relate to reducing racial disparities, such as the NAACP and Clayton-Jackson McGhie dinners, Social Justice Socials, Arthur Foy Memorial Scholarships, an ELCA Blanket Exercise training for trainers, and Martin Luther King Day celebrations. A special note regarding the CHUM Food Shelf: CHUM’s non-discrimination policies are broader than those of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The official USDA non-discrimination statement is: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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