our history

May 2000 – Charity Children Center opens as Harambee House in a first floor suite downtown. The 30-bed facility is staffed by volunteers.


September 2002 – Harambee House takes over the entire building under the name Charity Children Center. A board of directors made up of local leaders meet to discuss the Center’s future.


Thanksgiving 2005 – Charity Children Center Soup Kitchen serves its first meal.


March 2008  - Working in partnership with the city, the Board purchases two abandoned warehouses on 58th Street and begins renovation.

Thirteen years ago when I first joined the Board, we had a 30-bed shelter. Today, we offer a safe place to sleep for 650, we serve thousands of nutritious meals each month, and we have a preschool program recognized by the governor.


Thanks for the support that’s made it all possible!


Mr. John Anderson


Learn more about current and planned programs.


Mission + Vision


Find out what drives us to do what we do.

It’s amazing what we can do when we come together.

Charity Children Center enjoys broad local support.