Announcing Merger with House of Charity, Inc.


The House of Charity, Inc. and St. Stephen’s Human Services, Inc. Boards of Directors are excited to announce the merger of our two organizations, effective January 1, 2021. 

House of Charity and St. Stephen’s Human Services are both longtime, respected non-profit organizations. Both have long histories in Minneapolis, with House of Charity forming in 1953, and St. Stephen’s serving the community since 1972. 

The merger of St. Stephen’s Human Services and House of Charity represents an opportunity to more fully integrate our services in support of people experiencing homelessness, hunger, mental health issues, and substance use disorders. The merger aligns with the core missions of both organizations and will create a comprehensive continuum of care for those we serve, as well as a stronger voice as we advocate for equity and social justice issues at the local, state, and national level.  

House of Charity feeds hundreds of individuals and families every day and provides permanent supportive housing to about 270 people along with outpatient treatment for Substance Use Disorders and mental illness. St. Stephen’s Human Services works to end homelessness through Street Outreach, shelter, and housing programs that collectively benefit more than 4,600 individuals per year.

Together, we will reach almost 8,000 individuals and families each year with program offerings that include Street Outreach, emergency shelter, housing programs, various food supports, and treatment for addiction and related health issues. The people we serve will benefit from the combined expertise and experience of both organizations. 

All current programming will remain in place and no staff layoffs are planned. Dr. Deborah F. Moses, the current CEO/Executive Director of House of Charity, will be the Executive Director of the combined organization.

A new organization name and logo will be chosen through an inclusive rebranding process in early 2021.

Together, we can achieve our shared goals and have a greater impact on the individuals we serve and the community as a whole. We will be stronger together.

If you would like to learn more about House of Charity, please visit their website at

Learn More About Deb Moses


Dr. Deb Moses (she/her/hers), DPA, MPH, is the current Executive Director/CEO of House of Charity.

Deb's experience has included a variety of social service initiatives addressing the needs of our community members experiencing significant barriers. Deb has managed large programs and shaped public policy as a state and county manager as well as from the grassroots level. She has overseen budgets up to $110 million, has actively raised program and capital revenue, has improved service delivery, and has managed multiple programs and facilities within complex regulatory environments.  

“I am so excited for the merger of these two organizations who have served our un-housed community for years. This union of two high performing, high quality, and passionate service providers will improve the continuum of care for those we serve. I also believe our strength in numbers will bolster our voice on public policy proposals written to address the needs of those we serve.” 

Deb has committed herself to many social justice initiatives ranging from raising the minimum wage to $15 to fighting to keep the private prison from re-opening. She teaches as an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health at St Mary’s University and at Metro State in the graduate programs in human services and public administration. She has served in several volunteer leadership roles as chair of Mount Zion’s Tzedek (social justice) committee, as well as a board member, co-chair of National Council of Jewish Women’s racial justice committee and an active volunteer for Jewish Community Action. Deb also serves on the Community board for Hennepin Health, the Hennepin County CoC Operations board and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health alumni board.  

Deb holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University and a Master’s in Public Health with a major in Health Services Administration from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has a chemical dependency counseling certificate and advanced credentials in health service administration.  

A lifelong resident of the Twin Cities area and currently living in South Minneapolis, Deb is passionately committed to serving our community in a culturally competent, anti-racist environment under the philosophy of servant leadership. 

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