Dorothy Day House of Hospitality

Dorothy Day House of Hospitality

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 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.

The Dorothy Day House keeps homeless families together, creating a safe haven and a community for entire families. The services provided by our staff, volunteers, and supportive agencies include (but are not limited to):

  • Free food, clothing, and shelter

  • Educational resources and guidance

  • Parenting skills

  • Employment counseling

  • Prospective job contacts

  • Transportation

  • Referrals for childcare

  • Financial and budgeting advice

  • Counseling and case management services

  • Advocacy and mentoring

  • Access to sources of permanent housing

  • New personal relationships which provide a system of healthy support and encouragement for the future.

Our Values

  1. “The poor are Jesus and what you do for them you do for Jesus” - We believe that the Dorothy Day House is a ministry to the homeless, done in the spirit of the Gospel.

  2. Personalism - We believe that each person is unique in their needs, their talents, and their abilities. We are called to respect each family's strengths, weaknesses, and challenges.

  3. Hospitality - We believe it is important to create a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for ourselves, our volunteers, our donors, and those we serve.

  4. Trust in Providence – We believe that if we “plant these seeds and water them,” God will cause them to grow. The Dorothy Day House rests on faith and trust in God.

  5. It’s all about People taking care of People – We believe that growth occurs in all of us when we care for each other.

  6. Forward Progress – We believe that each individual is responsible for their own progress toward stable housing and solid employment.

  7. Personal Accountability – We believe that each person is accountable for their own actions.

  8. We are a Home – We believe that the Dorothy Day House is a real home for those to whom we minister.

House address:
Dorothy’s House -1429 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104
Loretta’s House - 1178 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104 
Joseph’s House - 1161 Peabody Avenue, Memphis , TN 38104

Phone: 901-726-6760

Website: Dorothy Day House of Hospitality

Consider contacting the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality to volunteer your time or to participate in their community life.



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“We must make the kind of society where it is easier for people to be good.”

—Peter Maurin

“God meant for things to be much easier than we have made them.”

—Dorothy day