Human Services

Damiano of Duluth, Inc.

aka Damiano Center   |   Duluth, MN   |  www.damianocenter.org

Mission

The mission of Damiano is: with respect and compassion, we honor the dignity of all people and strengthen our community by providing essential services to individuals and families who are in need. We provide services to anyone who can access our facility, which is located in Duluth, Minnesota.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Damiano Center is an organization built by the community for the community. We could not do this important work without the support of our donors and volunteers, and we are grateful for the support that they provide.

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Mr. Seth Currier

Main address

206 West Fourth Street Office 201

Duluth, MN 55806 USA

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EIN

41-1453521

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission is: with respect and compassion, we honor the dignity of all people and strengthen our community by providing essential services to individuals and families who are in need.

We seek to provide basic necessities, such as meals and clothing, to people who are in poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Kitchen

Provide 13 meals weekly to anyone who is hungry

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Provides meals, nutrition education, gardening, homework help, and other activities to low-income children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)

Provides free clothing and household to individuals and families in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Homeless people

Provides work appropriate apparel free of charge to individuals who have job interviews or are employed.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Provides transportation assistance for those who are employed, hygiene items, and referrals to other resources.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Homeless people

This is a cognitive skill-building program that assists people with difficulty in their lives, including substance abuse.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
People who abuse drugs, alcohol, or other substances

Provides a summer employment program for youth to experience focusing on gardening, food service, nutrition, and leading activities with younger children.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
At-risk youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of emergency meals provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Community Kitchen

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Community Kitchen is the largest emergency meal provider in Northeastern Minnesota, serving more than 100,000 meals each year.

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Community Services

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We provide referrals to other services in the community. We also offer a community phone, mail services, transportation assistance, hygiene items, and other basic necessities for those in need.

Number of children who had safe after school programming and a nutritious meal

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth (0-19 years),Families,Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Kids' Kitchen

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We offer a drop in meal program with activities, games, homework help, and nutrition education to hundreds of children and families over the course of the year.

Number of clothing items donated and given away to those in need

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related Program

Free Store

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All clothing was donated and all was given away for free to people in need.

Number of interview clothing consultations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Related Program

Clothes That Work

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We provided advice on interview appropriate apparel and gave clothing, hygiene items, and makeup to those who were seeking employment

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goal is to be responsive to the needs of people who are low-income, unemployed, and working poor in our community as simply and directly as possible.

We strive to do this work by providing basic needs services to everyone who comes through our doors, at no cost and with no questions asked. This principle of respecting each person's dignity builds trust between individuals we serve and our staff. With strong connections to the people we serve, our organization is better able to provide needed resources and connections to other social service agencies in Duluth for individuals who are homeless and low-income.

We have a team of experienced and dedicated staff and are governed by a volunteer board of directors. We partner with other local social services agencies to ensure that we are best meeting the needs of the low-income and homeless population, and to ensure that we are not duplicating services.

To evaluate the success of our program, staff keep accurate data on the number and types of services provided through Community Services, and track the number of items given away and the number of meals eaten. Additionally, College of St. Scholastica students perform an annual survey with clients to gauge how these programs are meeting their needs and to ascertain where improvements and additions can be made.

The following are the most recent statistics for our six programs:<br/><br/>The Community Kitchen serves thirteen hot meals five days a week. In 2017 the Soup Kitchen served over 113,000 meals, making it the largest on-site meal program in Duluth. <br/><br/>Community Services is our emergency assistance, information and referral program. In 2017 Damiano Community Services helped nearly 2,000 individuals and families find solutions to a variety of crises.<br/><br/>The Free Store provides clothing and household goods. In 2017, the Free Store distributed more than 200,000 items.<br/><br/>Clothes That Work is a free clothing program that helps clothe people looking for work or in need of professional attire in order to maintain employment. In 2017 Clothes That Work served more than 900 customers. <br/><br/>Kids' Kitchen is a meal program specifically designed to serve children in the Central Hillside Neighborhood of Duluth. Kids' Kitchen provides lunch in the summer and dinner during the school year along with nutrition education, gardening, games, artwork, and cultural events. In 2017 Kids' Kitchen served over 5,000 meals to more than 500 different children and their families.<br/><br/>Health Realization meets each week and provides cognitive skill building and support to 80-100 people weekly.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Damiano of Duluth, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Kelly, Esq.

Hanft Fride Law Firm

Term: 2017 - 2017

Lois Eckes

Margaret Hodnik

John Kelly

Jim Doyle

Jeff Kazel

Matthew Thibodeau

Jonathan Thompson

Renee Van Nett

Nola White

Elizabeth Liebenstein

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

hunger, children, families, clothing, basic needs, emergency assistance, homelessness, childhood hunger, kids cafe, soup kitchen, housing