"...Very different"

Day by Day

A note from our Executive Director

The DDH staff frequently talks about how we personalize our service to homeless families because no two families are alike. They each come with their own traumas, strengths, weaknesses and personal goals. Even the make-up of the families we are currently serving is a reminder about how very different they are:

A father and his six year old son

A mother and her 7 month old baby girl

A mother and her nine year old son

A couple with their two teenage daughters

A pregnant mother with her twelve year old son and 2 year old daughter


A mother with her seven year old daughter and her 2 year old daughter

Each of them has their own story and came to us from a unique background. Our job is to meet them where they are and help them move forward. We are grateful that you trust us to help them with the care, concern and accountability that they need.
As you can imagine, keeping everyone on track and moving forward is quite a challenge. Please keep our families and our staff in your prayers.

Upcoming Events


"Haunted by God:The Life of Dorothy Day"


Featuring Still Point Founder/Artistic Director, Lisa Wagner-Carollo, the one-woman performance tells the story of Dorothy Day from her days as a 17 year-old Greenwich Village bohemian through her later years as a tireless champion of social justice.
Take advantage of this opportunity to see and hear the story of Dorothy Day brought to the stage.
When: Friday, November 15th at 7:00 pmWhere: University Theater at Christian Brothers University

Wreath and Garland Sales 2019
Last year, your orders, donations, and support to this fundraiser raised over $13,000!
We hope to make 2019 bigger and better than ever!

We are currently scheduling pre-sale dates for area churches, businesses, and individual sellers!

If you would like to help with our Holiday Evergreens fundraiser, click here and email Bekah for more information.

News Brief

The Kresge Foundation

We are excited to announce that the Dorothy Day House was selected by The Kresge Foundation to join the Memphis NextGen initiative! Five local organizations were chosen for their commitment to advancing the social and economic mobility of children and families living with low incomes.
Members of the cohort are awarded a $250,000 grant and will also participate in a two-year learning and collaboration program. Click here to read more about the program.

Memphis Chicken & Beer Fest Success

On August 3rd, we had 83 amazing volunteers come out to the 2nd annual Memphis Chicken and Beer Fest! From scanning tickets and pouring beer, to replenishing ice and fetching water, we could not have done it without volunteers and DDH Staff.

We are grateful to the many people who attended the event in support of the Dorothy Day House.

Thinking ahead about Christmas...

We are gearing up for our Christmas Gift Program so that you can help us make Christmas special for the Dorothy Day House families!

First, we are in need of sponsors who will purchase items for a child or adult. We will provide a wish list that will help guide your purchases. Registering to sponsor adults and children will begin in October.
Second, we need gift cards for Walmart, Target and Visa so that our house managers can take our resident parents shopping for their own children's Christmas gifts. This will make it possible for these parents to have pride and dignity on Christmas morning knowing that they selected gifts for their children! We are accepting gift cards from now until December 1st.
Keep an eye on our social media and newsletter for more information.
Will you help us to serve our families this year?

Happy 1st Birthday, Lucy J's!


On September 1st, Lucy J's Bakery will celebrate its first birthday! One year ago, the mission to provide living wages for all and serve the public with delicious baked goods came to life.

Join us for a celebration brunch on 9/1 from 10 am to 2 pm.

Quiche, cakes, pies, & a la carte menu items will be available. Most menu items are $5. Stop by after 12pm for mimosas!

Thank you for supporting us, living wages, and fresh-baked carbs.

View the full event details on Facebook!

Thanks to all!

Our thanks to all the individuals and organizations who helped provide school supplies, uniforms and backpacks for our Dorothy Day House students. It is always fun to watch the excitement that builds as we distribute school supplies to these children who have had to do with so little in the past. We were able to provide complete school supplies for 35 students! Feeling good about being ready for school is important to everyone, but especially to children who have so little.

Our special thanks to Wendy Powell (center) and the Happy Worth Day program for providing a Back to School celebration for our resident families on Friday, August 9th!

Joseph's House Update

Renovation of our third house is moving along smoothly. Framing is finished and the electricians and plumbers have begun their work. If you drive by, you'll see that they are busy tuck-pointing (brick repair) right now. It is exciting to see the house take shape before our eyes!

Current Needs List

  • Walgreen's gift cards

  • Kroger gift cars

  • Dish-washing liquid

  • Toilet paper

  • Paper towels

  • Forever stamps

Keep in mind, the Dorothy Day House depends primarily on private donors to help us keep homeless families together.

Thank you to all donors who have contributed in-kind items or donated financially to our ministry.

Click Here to Donate Online

"We've begun!" July eNews

We've begun! The renovation at 1161 Peabody (Joseph's House) officially started on Monday, July 8th.

From our vantage point at 1178 Peabody (Loretta's House), we been watching the roofers finish their work and have seen the demolition crew throw debris into the dumpster on site. Multiple workers are busy inside and others have removed the overgrown shrubs from the front of the house. Gradually, the transformation is happening.


Projects like this one are always a bit scary. We wonder about what could go wrong.....what surprises are behind the walls and under the floors. In those moments, I give thanks for Montgomery Martin Contractors, Inc. and especially their employees who are watching over this project, Will Clark and Matt Perry. These men, with Mike Watermeier, our liaison, guided us carefully and successfully through the renovation of 1178 Peabody. We know that they will do it again.

So, as you drive down Peabody, keep an eye on our newest house.....and pray for the residents who will live there in the years to come.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of our July eNewsletter.

"In shambles..." June eNews

“In shambles…”

As I walk through our new property at 1161 Peabody, I see a house in shambles. It was used by the previous owner for storage for years and maintenance was at a minimum. The floors, the walls, the woodwork, the windows, even the exterior walls need extensive repair. It will be a big job, but we can make it a third Dorothy Day House if we are willing to put in the time, the work, the money and the prayer.

We know we can make it beautiful again.

Images from Joseph’s House, opening in early 2020.

Images from Joseph’s House, opening in early 2020.

And as I think about that house, I also think about the families who are in our care. They, too, come to us in shambles. Often they have no job, no car, no support system, not enough education, only minimal resources and burdened with hopelessness and depression. Getting them on their feet is a big job...often one that seems impossible at the beginning. But we know from experience that we can make life good for them again. It always takes their determination, our work, your support and some prayer. That combination makes all things possible.

Thank you for being part of the transformations that are happening at the Dorothy Day House!

CLICK HERE to read more from our June 2019 newsletter!

“Coming Into Focus”…February 2019 ENews


“Coming Into Focus”

We recently discovered that one of our DDH children, a kindergartner, was having trouble with his vision. He was referred by his teachers to the school system for special vision testing. He failed that vision test and the tester encouraged his mom to take him to an optometrist for further testing. The optometrist told her that nothing was wrong with his eyes!

Of course we were befuddled and hardly knew what to think. After looking at the little boy's insurance, we realized that he would have to wait another six months before he could be tested again. Knowing that he needed more immediate attention, we took him to another optometrist and the Dorothy Day House paid for the examination. That examination revealed a problem and he was sent to get glasses.

Read more in our Enews here https://conta.cc/2EfinLv