Inspired by activist Dorothy Day, Dorothy Day House – the nonprofit ministry that provides support services and temporary housing for homeless families in Memphis across three Midtown houses – is inviting Memphians to participate and raise money from the comforts of their own homes and with their families.
The Dinner With Dorothy fundraiser is set for Sept. 9-10. At homes across Memphis, all proceeds will benefit the Dorothy Day House.
“Every night in the city of Memphis, more than 130 families stay in shelters or uninhabitable places,” said Dorothy Day House Executive Director Sr. Maureen Griner. “Working with other local agencies, we provide families in need with a safe environment and the means to re-establish their independence.”
Those who purchase tickets will receive lasagna and salad from Coletta’s, bread and dessert from Lucy J’s Bakery and an exclusive video message from Dorothy Day House families and Sr. Maureen. Participants are encouraged to gather around their dinner tables with friends and family on Sept 9 or Sept. 10 to share a meal and fellowship, and to watch the video message and discuss their shared passion for the work of the Dorothy Day House and how they are involved.
Organizers say the event is in the spirit of the organization’s inspiration, Dorothy Day, who said, “Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.”
The medium meal package feeds 4-6 people and costs $90. The large meal package feeds 8-10 people and costs $150. Meal packages must be pre-ordered by Sept. 1. To learn more and purchase a meal package, visit www.dorothydaymemphis.org/dinnerwithdorothy.
Additionally, the Dorothy Day House has an online auction running Sept. 7-12 which features unique items from local artists, restaurants, museums and other businesses.
DOROTHY DAY HOUSE MISSION
Rooted in the tradition of the Gospels and inspired by the vision and passion of Dorothy Day, the Dorothy Day House provides temporary housing and support services for homeless families in Memphis, TN. Working with other local agencies, staff members, and volunteers, we provide families in need with a safe environment and the means to re-establish their independence. All guests are welcomed as Christ with no discrimination.
Feature image of Sister Maureen Griner at Loretta’s House of the Dorothy Day House, by Mark Fleischer