Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Saint Paul Opportunity Center and Dorthy Day Residence
Project Type: Housing
Client: Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
As a gateway to downtown St. Paul, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Saint Paul Opportunity Center and Dorothy Day Residence are the second phase of a combined $100 million Dorothy Day Place campus for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Together with Higher Ground Saint Paul, the two-building campus provides services each day to an estimated 1,000 people who have nowhere else to turn, including dignified shelter for 356 single adults, permanent supportive housing units for 360 men and women, and wraparound day services that can prevent homelessness and lead to stability and opportunity.
“All of the internal things of design are really, really important to treat our customers as neighbors and then they live up to that standard of dignity. That is allowing them to have perspective on their own lives, they’re treating each other better, they’re treating our staff better and they are becoming people who are looking at their own lives and what they can do for a future plan for themselves.
The design of where you live and how it relates to your natural environment and the rest of the built environment is so critical to having a place we are really comfortable and proud of. That affects your behavior, your world view, how you relate to one another so all of those little things that affect all of us in our own homes really are more important for those who are vulnerable.”
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis