The Community Kitchen (formerly Soup Kitchen) was the Damiano Center's founding program, beginning in March 1982. This is currently the largest on-site meal program in Northeastern Minnesota, serving thirteen meals each week.
No questions are asked of the people who come for a meal, and everyone is welcome to eat until they are satisfied. In addition we make available day old bakery products for people to take home.
Breakfast 8:30 am – 9:30 am (Everyday)
Lunch 11:30 am – 1 pm (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sun)
Dinner 5 pm – 6 pm (Fri, Sat, and Sun only)
*Updated 8/17/20 - To-go meals are handed out during serving times in the west parking lot
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 are currently serving to-go meals Mon-Thu from 3PM to 6PM at the 2nd Ave Entrance.
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 in 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.
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 Ashley if you are interested in participating.
Kids' Kitchen Program Hours
Mon - Thu 3 pm - 6 pm (programming is temp closed until further notice)
* Updated 8/17/20 - A to-go meal is being provided to children with activities from 3-6 pm at the Kids' Kitchen entrance Mon-Thurs.
Come to the east (2nd Ave W) entrance of the Damiano Center and ring the doorbell.
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.
Donations that we accept include:
household goods of all sorts (bedding, kitchen wares, towels, etc.)
small appliances that work (toasters, coffee makers, small microwaves)
We ask that you please bring items by scheduling an appointment. 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.)
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.
By appointment only.
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
For more information, contact:
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: