From Our House to Yours

June 2019
"In shambles..."

Day by Day
 A note from our Executive Director
As I walk through our new property at 1161 Peabody, I see a house in shambles. It was used by the previous owner for storage for years and maintenance was at a minimum. The floors, the walls, the woodwork, the windows, even the exterior walls need extensive repair. It will be a big job, but we can make it a third Dorothy Day House if we are willing to put in the time, the work, the money and the prayer. 

We know we can make it beautiful again.

And as I think about that house, I also think about the families who are in our care. They, too, come to us in shambles. Often they have no job, no car, no support system,  not enough education, only minimal resources and burdened with hopelessness and depression. Getting them on their feet is a big job...often one that seems impossible at the beginning. But we know from experience that we can make life good for them again. It always takes their determination, our work, your support and some prayer. That combination makes all things possible.
Thank you for being part of the transformations that are happening at the Dorothy Day House!
News Brief
Welcome, Bekah McDuffie

Please join us in welcoming Bekah McDuffie as our new Development and Communications Coordinator. A graduate of the University of Memphis, Bekah will be working with Tracy Burgess to help tell the Dorothy Day House story to more and more individuals, civic organizations, and corporations. She will also be coordinating fundraising events and helping us to develop more events sponsored by the Dorothy Day House. 

We're happy to have you on our team, Bekah!

Cirque Familial: Fundraiser benefits Lucy J's Bakery
Family fun will include games for all ages, chalk art, face painting, balloon animals, and other entertainment. Purchase lunch from the New Wing Order food truck, and top it off by tasting a variety of Lucy J's favorite sweets!
Thank you to all of our amazing DDH Volunteers!

Did You Know?

321 S. Bellevue
The next step of our expansion will be the addition of a house manager for Joseph's House (1161 Peabody) and the acquisition and renovation of a house located at 321 S. Bellevue. That house, which is right around the corner from our houses on Peabody, will serve as our central office and donation center. No definite timeline has been established but we hope we'll be able to accomplish those goals sometime early in 2020.
Upcoming Events

The Memphis Chicken and Beer Festival returns for its second year. Join iHeart Media and Dorothy Day House on August 3rd, 2019 from 6-10 pm on the field of the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Patrons must be 21 years old or older to attend/participate in this event.  Buy your tickets today at 

Continue to check the event Facebook page for more information and updates.

We look forward to seeing you on the field!

Lucy J's Bakery
Lucy J's Bakery caters meetings, events, and other special occasions. We can provide a variety of options such as croissants, danishes, and muffins for a morning meeting to custom designed cakes for birthdays, weddings, and other special events.

Lucy J's is located in the Crosstown Concourse (1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 151).
Open from 7am - 7pm (Monday-Friday) and 8am - 7pm (Saturday).

From Dorothy Day

Ways to Stay Involved
Current Needs List


  • Gift Cards (Kroger + Target)
  • Bath soap (white Dial, preferred)
  • Pine-Sol
  • Dish-washing liquid
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Queen sized comforters


We're thankful for all donors who donate in-kind items or contribute financially to our ministry. Keep in mind, the Dorothy Day House depends primarily on private donors to help us keep homeless families together. 
Our Mission

Rooted in the tradition of the Gospels and inspired by the vision and passion of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality provides temporary housing and support services for homeless families in Memphis, TN. Working with other local agencies, staff members and volunteers provide families in need with a safe environment and the means to re-establish their independence. All guests are welcomed as Christ with no discrimination.
Our Board
Lauren Ready
Chair of the Board
  • Denzel Briggs
  • John Cannon 
  • Steve Hieatt

  • Larry McBride

  • Mike McCormick
  • Jacqueline Oselen
  • Brandy Parker
  • Laura Paylor
  • Robin Riggins
  • Jerry Schwartz
  • Dick Wager
  • Julie White
Our Ministry Team
S. Maureen Griner
Executive Director

  • Young Anderson
  • Josh Burgess
  • Tracy Burgess
  • Michael Kauffman
  • Angela Pieroni
  • S. Margaret A. Zinselmeyer

Our Staff

Tracy Burgess -  Director of Development and Communications

Bekah McDuffie - Development and Communications Coordinator

Young Anderson -  House Manager at 1429 Poplar Ave.

Angela Pieroni -  House Manager at 1178 Peabody Ave.

Sidney Dennis -  Volunteer Coordinator

Gisele Peay - Business Manager

S. Margaret Ann Zinselmeyer -  Bookkeeper

PO Box 40269 | Memphis, TN  38174 | 901-726-6760 |