About Loaves & Fishes

 

Loaves and Fishes Community was founded in 1989 by Steve O'Neil and Angie Miller, who opened their family home on Jefferson Street to war refugees and people experiencing homelessness. More volunteers stepped forward and one house became three.

 

Loaves and Fishes is part of the Catholic Worker Movement and incorporates principles of community organizing and empowerment. We believe in the dignity and value of every person and our responsibility to care for one another.

 

We operate two houses of hospitality for people experiencing homelessness, a no-cost bike shop, and a community street outreach team. We also like to garden and are involved in lots of efforts for a more just community, including support for low-income tenant unions.

 

Loaves and Fishes is a 100% community-supported project. There are no paid staff, and we don't accept government money.

About Loaves & Fishes Housing Incorporated 

Loaves and Fishes Catholic Worker community has created a nonprofit organization with the narrow mission of legally owning its houses and providing for the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the structures. Loaves and Fishes Housing Inc. has been registered as a 501(c)3 entity with the federal government.

 

The new nonprofit has a board comprised of half Loaves and Fishes live-in volunteers and half members of our greater community. Board members are: Shelly Bruecken (treasurer), Jeff Corey, Polly Edmunds (Secretary), Joel Kilgour, Doris Malkmus, Anne Schepers & Brooke Tapp (co-chairs).

 

We recognize that there are a few of you who deduct donations from your federal taxes in order to reduce the amount of war taxes you must pay. If that is the case and you genuinely wish your money to go toward maintaining our properties, you may now consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Loaves and Fishes Housing Inc.

 

Early in the Catholic Worker tradition it was considered that communities should not be nonprofits. Now some are and some are not. We choose to keep the tradition of being a simple grass-roots community of people and relegating our property to a nonprofit.

Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day

Co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement

Steve O'Neil & Angie Miller

Steve O'Neil & Angie Miller

Founders of the Loaves & Fishes Community

Loaves & Fishes Community

Loaves & Fishes Community

25th Anniversary

Dinner at Dorthy Day House

Dinner at Dorthy Day House

Neighbors helping make L&F tshirts

Neighbors helping make L&F tshirts

L&F Friends

L&F Friends

Duluth in the winter

Duluth in the winter

L&F friends and community members

L&F friends and community members

Chillin on the 4th of July

Chillin on the 4th of July

Lucifer the cat is an activist too!

Lucifer the cat is an activist too!

Project Save Our Homes

Project Save Our Homes

Annual ceili dance

Annual ceili dance

Irish folk dancing on St. Patrick's Day

Bike Cave joy

Bike Cave joy

Volunteers helping in the garden

Volunteers helping in the garden

Jefferson Street harvest

Jefferson Street harvest

Annual summit to end homelessness

Annual summit to end homelessness

Annual block party

Annual block party

Christmas party feast

Christmas party feast