Get Help at the Dignity Center
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 – 11:30 AM
Located in Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Drop-in for your First Visit
- Attend Orientation
- Enjoy Hospitality
- Talk with Specialists in housing, employment, healthcare and legal
Meet your advocate
- Identify needs and goals
- Create an action plan
Work Towards Action Plan Goals
- Develop your advocate relationship
- Schedule Appointment
- Report action plan progress
- Discuss and adjust goals
- Follow action plan and document progress
- Make and Keep Appointments
- Stay Clean and Sober
The Dignity Center works with people to achieve and maintain stability. Participants engage with one advocate, make and keep appointments, set goals and report actions taken to achieve those goals. We work together on stability skills such as problem solving, decision making, organization and budgeting. Progress is measured as improved housing, increased financial situation, completed education and training, and obtained employment.
Stories of Hope from the Dignity Center
Julie has been a participant in the Dignity Center program since October 2012. At that time she was experiencing homelessness, isolation, unemployment, and severe pain and physical complications from an earlier accident.
Over the past 14 months Julie has worked steadily with her advocate. Julie obtained medical insurance and General Assistance/GRH. She also received treatment from a medical doctor, underwent major surgery, and continues to benefit from therapy provided by a personal care physician, psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and chiropractor. She has maintained her sobriety. Julie is currently awaiting a Social Security Disability hearing, has her own GRH apartment, and is relating well with her daughters and grandchildren. She has meaningful involvement in the faith community at Park Ave United Methodist Church.
Her positive attitude, hard work and persistence, spirituality, discipline in organizing her life, keeping appointments and realizing goals have enabled her to make tremendous progress.
You’ve come a long way, Julie. We’re all proud of you!
Brief Legal Services
In pursuit of its mission to support each person’s stabilization, the Dignity Center is a host site for the Volunteer Laywers Network (VLN) brief legal services clinic. The on-site legal clinic allows clients to address their legal issues side-by-side with other issues creating instability in their lives. The VLN clinic is generally open on the same schedule as the Dignity Center: Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00-11:30.
It takes many volunteers to provide service to participants and to support the program. There are always volunteer positions available to fit your skills, interests, and time constraints.
Join Our Network
Caring for the poor and homeless is a formidable task. But we believe that collaboration is crucial to realistically making a difference. So the Dignity Center offers an opportunity for faith communities to become involved. Today there are fifteen faith based organizations collaborating with the Dignity Center – Congregational, Lutheran, Presbyterian, United Methodist and Unitarian. They are all concerned with the well-being of persons on the margins of society in the Twin Cities, and support the Dignity Center in a variety of ways.