Thirteen years ago when I first joined the Board, we had a 30-bed shelter. Today, we offer a safe place to sleep for 650, we serve thousands of nutritious meals each month, and we have a preschool program recognized by the governor.


Thanks for the support that’s made it all possible!


Mr. John Anderson

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May 2000 – Charity Children Center opens as Harambee House in a first floor suite downtown. The 30-bed facility is staffed by volunteers.


September 2002 – Harambee House takes over the entire building under the name Charity Children Center. A board of directors made up of local leaders meet to discuss the Center’s future.


Thanksgiving 2005 – Charity Children Center Soup Kitchen serves its first meal.


March 2008  - Working in partnership with the city, the Board purchases two abandoned warehouses on 58th Street and begins renovation.

Charity Children Center enjoys broad local support.



It’s amazing what we can do when we come together.

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