Dorothy Day Center

Working for Peace and Social Justice

  • Contact Us

    Monday through Friday
    9 A.M.-12 P.M & 1 P.M.-4 P.M.
    Saturday by Appointment

    Br. Martin Zatsick, TOR, Director of Dorothy Day Center
    mzatsick@francis.edu
    814-472-3359

    Ms. Mary Carolyn Adams
    Dorothy Day Center Assistant
    madams@francis.edu
    814-472-2877

    DDC House  Dorothy Day Photo

    "The Gospel takes away our right, forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor." - Dorothy Day

  • Who we are

    The Dorothy Day Center, created in 1981, is a volunteer-based agency that strives to live out Franciscan values by following in the footsteps of our namesake, Dorothy Day. Through kindness and generosity of campus administration, faculty, staff, and members of several local parishes the center is given the opportunity to serve local families in need with support, programs, food, clothing and monetary assistance.

    We serve others with respect and dignity and provide hospitality and warmth to those that enter our modest home. You will be greeted with a warm smile and hello. We know that asking for assistance can be humbling, and we will not let anyone feel any less for needing help.

    Please contact us if you need assistance and if you want to visit us on the Saint Francis campus in Loretto. Our doors and hearts are open.

    Services and programs we provide

    How you can make a difference

    A donation of your time, food, clothing, appliances, or money will go a long way in helping a family in need. We continually provide assistance to families within our region. With the assistance of agencies and volunteers, the DDC has helped more than 1,500 families in need. If you are interested in volunteering your service, please fill out our Program Registration Form. If you'd like to make a donation please contact mzatsick@francis.edu or phone 814-472-3347 or fax 814-472-2870.

    We participate in programs geared toward children, the elderly, veterans, the poor, and people with special needs. Volunteers assist with our services, which include:

    • Food pantry - Volunteers help sort, organize, stock, and distribute food pantry items for Thanksgiving to area residents and also assist with the Christmas and Easter distributions.
    • Clothing/ appliance donations - Donated clothes are available to those who need and ask for them. Individuals obtain clothing for a small donation - $1.00 per bag.
    • Furniture Distribution - To donate furniture, please contact Mercedes Kochara at 814-472-2878.
    • Emergency fuel and financial assistance
      • Bi-Annual Tag Sale: The Dorothy Day Center holds an annual tag sale to benefit the Center's Emergency Financial Assistance program.
      • Annual Funfest: A fun filled day of carnival rides, game booths, food and activities. Proceeds Benefit the Emergency Financial Assistance program.
    • Adopt-a-grandparent - Students visits John Paul II manor In Cresson on a bimonthly basis. Each student is assigned a resident or couple and spends one hour talking with that particular person. Group events may be scheduled as time permits.
    • Thanksgiving dinners - Each year various members of Saint Francis University community prepare and serve a free Thanksgiving dinner for residents of the local nursing homes, senior centers and senior community members. All donations for the dinner are collected for faculty, staff, and students at the University.  If you'd like to assist or contribute to our efforts, please fill out the Thanksgiving Donation/Volunteer Form.
    • Thanksgiving Distribution - Volunteers distribute food pantry items for Thanksgiving to area residents
    • Christmas presents - During the Christmas season Angels bearing the name of a needy child in the community are placed on a tree in Scouts Hall which SFU community members, faculty, staff, and students take and purchase toys, clothes, and other items. These items are the compiled and distributed to their families out of the Dorothy Day Center in time for the holiday season.
    • Easter baskets - Each year through the generosity of the Saint Francis University community and various Churches and organizations, the D.D.C. is able to make and distributed food baskets for a number of needy families in the area.