Damiano Center Programs
Video by The Slice at WDSE featuring the Damiano Center's programs, published December 21, 2019.
On March 15, 1982, the Community Kitchen was the Damiano Center's founding program. This is currently the largest on-site meal program in Northeastern Minnesota, serving sixteen meals each week.
No questions are asked of the people who come for a meal, and everyone is welcome to eat. In addition, we make available day old bakery products and produce for people to take home.
Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9:30 am (Daily)
Lunch: 11:30 am – 1 pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun)
Dinner: 5 pm – 6 pm (Fri, Sat, Sun)
For more information, contact:
Community Kitchen Manager
If you are trying to reach the kitchen, please call: 218-726-0500
Damiano Center Turns 40!
A video about the Community Kitchen and 40th Anniversary by The Slice at WDSE, published March 23, 2022.
Kids' Kitchen works to reduce childhood hunger and malnutrition by providing:
A nurturing and fun place for kids after school and in the summer
Kids' Kitchen was started in response to a growing number of children coming to the Community Kitchen unaccompanied by an adult. We realized there was a major, unmet need in our neighborhood.
Kids' Kitchen is primarily about making sure that all children in our neighborhood have access to quality, healthy food, but it is so much more than that.
We emphasize nutrition education through the fun, hands-on experience of preparing food, and also offer organic gardening. Other activities involve art, physical activities, and other activities to honor the culture and heritage of the diverse children who come to Kids' Kitchen.
Summer Food Corps
During the summer months, we offer youth employment training to teens, teaching them skills in gardening, food service, childcare, and building their leadership and STEM skills in the process. Watch the video at right to learn more.
Please inquire with Maria if you are interested in participating.
Kids' Kitchen Program Hours
Mon - Thu
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Dinner is served at 4:30 pm to children and their families in Kids' Kitchen.
For more information about Kids' Kitchen or the Summer Food Corps, contact:
Children's Program Manager
Room 102 - 218-336-1033
Each year hundreds of thousands of articles of clothing and household goods are distributed to people in need. The Clothing Exchange opened in 1983, and was renamed the Free Store in 2018. It is primarily operated by volunteers from the community. All items are donated, and all are given away free of charge to those in need.
Mon-Wed, and Friday
9 am - 3 pm.
Donations that we accept include:
household goods of all sorts (bedding, kitchen wares, towels, etc.)
small appliances that work (toasters, coffee makers, small microwaves)
casual clothing and footwear in good and clean condition
plastic grocery bags
If you are conducting a clothing drive, or if you want to bring a large donation (more than a trunk load of items), please call ahead.
We do not accept:
dirty or broken items
beds, mattresses, or cribs
car seats for children
large appliances (refrigerators, stoves)
electronics (TVs, VCRs, computers, printers, any other computer peripherals, etc.)
Mon-Wed, and Friday.
9am - 3pm
Call 218-722-5247 with questions or if you have a large donation.
Are donations tax deductible?
Your donations of clothing or other items are tax deductible. Please ask us for a receipt. We are not able to place a value on the goods that you have donated or provide you with an itemized list of your donations.
Clothes That Work
This program provides work appropriate apparel for interviews and for people beginning a new job. Staff and volunteers guide customers to appropriate apparel for various types of positions. In addition to providing two outfits for job seekers or five outfits for those who already have a job, we also provide accessories, hygiene, and beauty products.
If you are seeking services, please bring photo ID. Once you have a job, bring proof of employment. Shoppers are eligible every six months.
Mon-Wed, and Friday 9 am - 3 pm. Closed Thursdays.
For more information or questions,
contact Donna Verhel,
Clothes That Work Coordinator
Room 207 - 218-722-5247
Health Realization is a cognitive skills-based program that helps individuals manage stress and work through barriers. It is often considered an addiction recovery program or support group, and while it is effective for people with addictions, it can assist with a wide range of life issues. This is one of the few alternatives to twelve-step recovery programs in our area.
Some of the issues that Health Realization can assist with include:
Gaining a positive perspective
Wednesday at 7pm
Women's only meeting:
Sunday at 7pm
(please arrive 15 minutes before the meeting - building doors will be locked before the meeting begins)
For more information: Call 218-336-1034 or email Lisa and Jenny at
Community Services provides information and referrals. Our trained staff specialize in helping people with emergency needs. We serve about 2,500 people annually with a wide variety of services.
We offer connections to resources that can help in situations of:
mental health issues
Direct services provided include:
mailboxes for people who are homeless
household items (with new lease)
free telephone line
gas vouchers/spend-down bus passes (please call and inquire about requirements)
For information about requirements and availability of gas vouchers and bus passes contact:
Robin Tomczak Community Services Coordinator, Room 209
Mon-Wed, and Friday 9 am - 3 pm.
For more information or questions,
contact Robin at 218-727-1834 or email email@example.com
The Hygiene Unit provides access to six shower/restroom units to any person in need. Our trained staff specializes in sanitizing used units after every use.
We offer the following resources when utilizing the shower program:
towels and washcloth
Drop-ins welcome. Come to the parking lot doors and you will be greeted by Damiano staff. For more information, contact:
Check out this video by The Slice at WDSE featuring the Hygiene Unit, published April 14, 2021.
The Hygiene Unit is currently closed for the winter but will reopen in April when the Warming Shelter closes for the season.
The Unit will be open everyday from 9 AM- 3PM from April through October, until the Warming Shelter reopens in November.