July 3, 1946 - July 30, 2022
It is with profound grief that we share the news that Donna Howard, our dear community mate and founder of the Olive Branch, has died. We are grateful for the life she lived, attentive to innumerable friendships she cultivated in Duluth and around the world, and to her determination to build more just and peaceful society through equal measure of kindness, persistence, and defiance. Our deep love and sympathy go out to her close friends and family, and in particular her sons Jason and Ben: it has been a blessing to share in the love and wisdom that your mother carried with her to everyone she met on her life journey. For the guests, volunteers, and alumni of Loaves and Fishes, Donna was a mentor, a dear friend, an adopted mother and grandmother, and our moral compass.
A formal service will be announced at a later time. For now, friends are welcome to gather for reflection and camaraderie at Bread and Roses House (1925 Jefferson Street) at any of the following open house times:
Tuesday August 2, 5-7pm
Thursday August 4, 5-7pm
Saturday August 6, 10am-1pm
Coffee will be brewing, feel free to bring stories and photos to share.
Who we are
Loaves and Fishes is a community of people inspired by Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement to build “a new society within the shell of the old.” We believe in a world that is abundant with resources and love, and that there is enough for everyone if we share. As a community we offer family-style hospitality to people experiencing homelessness; operate a no-cost neighborhood bicycle shop to promote shared economics; organize with our neighbors to protect everyone’s right to housing; and study and practice nonviolence in our interpersonal relationships and in our politics. Loaves and Fishes is entirely volunteer-run and receives no government funding.
Current live-in members of Loaves and Fishes Community are: Drew Anderson, Shelly Bruecken, Chelsea Froemke, Donna Howard, Sarah Kilbarger-Stumpff, Joel Kilgour, Tone Lanzillo, David McComas-Bussa, Anne Schepers, and Kate Young. Many other people are part of our community as volunteers, donors, meal providers and advocates. We invite you to join us in whatever ways you can.