50th Anniversary: Proclamation of Chum Week in Duluth

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For the past fifty years, Chum has been a source of hope for many vulnerable people in the Northland. In recognition of their invaluable contribution, a new proclamation was made on Monday 16th of October 2023.

Just after noon in front of St. Francis Apartments, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson proclaimed the week of Monday October 16th through Sunday 22nd 2023 as Chum Week in the city of Duluth. The mayor was joined by Chum representatives, community leaders, and supporters, as she shared her thoughts on the significance of Chum’s mission and the vital role the organization plays in making Duluth a more equitable and compassionate city.

In an interview with WDIO, Chum executive director John Cole said he is grateful for this recognition as he pledges the organization will continue to serve the community better as the years progress.

We spoke to Roja, he is one of the many people whose lives have been touched by Chum.” If it wasn’t for Chum, I would still be on the streets. I wouldn’t have a job; I wouldn’t have a home. Because of what Chum had done for me, I have all of that. I’m back in touch with my children and my parents. This place has been 100% positive in my life.”

Chum director of housing services, Diana Brooks-Hoff said, “The work we do gives us the opportunity to bring back dignity and humanity to our community. To me, it’s just authentic. It’s what we do because we know that at the end of the day, someone’s life has changed for the better.”