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Cause Area

  • Community
  • Faith-Based
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Hunger


1816 PORTLAND AVEMINNEAPOLIS, MN 55404 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Peace House Community (PHC) is a weekday gathering place to belong for economically challenged and marginalized women and men in the Twin Cities. PHC achieves its mission by offering services that: Nourish the community members’ bodies; Nourish our community members’ souls; and Enrich the lives of our visitors, volunteers and students.


Peace House Community (PHC) is the result of one woman’s compassion and dedication to those in need. Opened on October 17, 1985 by Rose Tillemans, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Peace House Community (PHC) exists for community members who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness and societal dislocation. Sister Rose ran a free store on Nicollet Ave., but conversations with customers there convinced her that they needed more than the free store could provide. In founding PHC, she gave community members an opportunity to speak and be heard, give input into neighborhood activities and state-wide politics, and address the social inequality that affected their lives.

PHC gives its community members the same experience that most people feel when they hang out in a friend's living room. There is no pressure, no need to justify oneself, no invasive questions. Coming to PHC means experiencing acceptance and a respite from the chaos of life on the streets.

PHC serves over 13,000 meals a year and provides a variety of services each day including bicycle repair, hand massages, haircuts, clothes mending and more. Most importantly, we provide a space for volunteers and community members to meet, establish relationships and share a common humanity.


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