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About Neighborhood House

When families and individuals in St. Paul want to make a change in their lives, Neighborhood House is here to help. We are a multi-service agency, providing wrap-around services for people when they need it most. Neighborhood House helps people with basic needs, education, multiple youth programs, and health and well-being. All of our programs are offered for free to participants.

2016 Neighborhood House Annual Report            2016 990 Report

Our Mission

To help people gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in diverse communities.


Our Vision

Hope, Opportunity and Dignity for All


Our Values

Equity and Inclusion
Learning and Reflection
Diversity and Culture
Community and Engagement
Integrity and Accountablity

Our History

Neighborhood House is one of the most important institutions in the history of St. Paul’s West Side. Neighborhood House has been a welcoming presence for thousands of refugees and immigrants since its founding in 1897 by the women of Mount Zion Temple, who worked to help Eastern European Jewish families settle in the St. Paul area.

For more than a century, Neighborhood House has supported families in times of transition or need from more than 50 cultural and ethnic populations, drawing people from diverse communities in St. Paul and beyond. The demographic makeup of Neighborhood House’s service population has changed with each successive wave of newcomers  — Mexican immigrants after World War II, Hmong refugees in the 1970s and 80s, and Somali and Karen most recently.  What has not changed is our unbending commitment to help families move from “survive” to “thrive.”

Today, Neighborhood House serves more than 15,000 people at our six locations throughout the City of St. Paul.

Senior Leadership

Nancy Brady
Nancy Brady


Sarah Berger
Sarah Berger

Director of Resource Development and Communications

Holly Calvillo
Holly Calvillo

Director of Finance

Shad Klukas
Shad Klukas

Director of Community Center Operations and Events

Joan McDonough-Schlecht
Joan McDonough-Schlecht

Director of Basic Needs

Kara Schommer
Kara Schommer

Director of Programs

Gao Yang
Gao Yang

Director of Human Resources

Board of Directors - Officers

Char Mason, Chair

Mason Creative

Leo Lopez, Vice Chair

Bremer Bank

Michael Mader, Secretary

SPS Commerce

Mike Clark, Treasurer

Andersen Corporation

Board of Directors

Amira Adawe

MN Department of Health

Ben Aeilts

Wells Fargo

Lee Bunge

Wells Fargo

Michael Campbell

Radiate Presentation Design

Shawn Curti

Three Bridge Solutions

Rassoul Dastmozd

Saint Paul College

Jennifer Heddle

Trutina Consulting

Mary Jane (MJ) Horner

Xcel Energy

Mary Janisch

US Bank Private Client Group

Julie Maidment

St. Paul Police Department

Chris Mezera

Travelers Insurance

Vayong Moua

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN

Smarajit Mitra

Mitra Chemical Consulting

Joanne Mullen


Dan O'Connor


Pati Jo Pofahl

Community Volunteer

Robert Richman

Grassroots Solutions

Sarah Sanfilippo

Securian Trust Company

Pastor Bradley Schmeling

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Neal Thao

Metropolitan State University

Jerry Towne


Rose Tuiyott-Lewis

Education Minnesota

Pastor David Van Dyke

The House of Hope Presbyterian Church

Stephanie Wolkin

Education Minnesota, Retired

Honorary Board of Directors

Dick Bancroft
Debbie Bancroft
Elizabeth Driscoll
Becky Garthofner
Heidi Gesell
R. James Gesell
John Hernandez
Tim Johnson
Judy Katz
Jean King
Darlene Lewis
Eric Levinson
Maureen McDonough
Eileen McMahon
Becky Montgomery
Marvin Pertzik
John Scanlan
Lee Schafer
Terri Thao
Carol Weisberg
Jean West
* Deceased