“The Dorothy Day Center offers unconditional love. It is not about judging people. It’s about seeing the inherent value in every human being; caring for them and helping them find their way to an improved situation. By giving strength those who most need it, we also strengthen the foundation of our entire community.”—Doug Baker, Chairman and CEO of Ecolab
In 1981, the Saint Paul business community rallied with faith and civic leaders to create the Dorothy Day Center – a place for a few dozen people to get a hot cup of coffee and a few hours of refuge from the cold. Thirty-four years later, an historic public-private partnership is underway to advance a bold new vision for the Dorothy Day Center, and once again, the region’s business community is taking a leadership role.
Business leaders step up to lead the private capital campaign for the Dorothy Day Center
At this morning’s packed to capacity Dorothy Day Center Community Breakfast, Doug Baker, Chairman and CEO of Ecolab announced that he will be joined by Mary Brainerd, CEO of HealthPartners and Andy Cecere, COO of US Bank as co-chairs leading a $40 million private capital campaign to fund the new vision for the Dorothy Day Center.
“The Dorothy Day Center is a community emergency center that is falling apart, unable to meet the needs of the people who use its services and support. As in health care, we need better emergency centers and sustainable community solutions that truly meet the needs of people in our communities,” said Mary Brainerd.
“A community that cares doesn’t leave people to the streets. I believe we care. We will build the new vision for the Dorothy Day Center,” said Andy Cecere.
You can help us make this vision a reality!
Please visit www.dorothydaycampaign.org to find out how you can donate, advocate, volunteer and help us spread the word and build support for this important community effort.
We have before us an historic opportunity to fight the causes of homelessness and hopelessness—permanently. It will take all of us, together—individuals, business, public and philanthropic leaders—to make the new vision for the Dorothy Day Center a reality.