City House opened its metaphoric doors in 2000. In reality, City House is not a place, but a philosophy of spiritual listening and companionship. We are a dedicated staff of experienced and educated professionals. Our collective foundation includes work and training in theology, spiritual direction, communication, and the non-profit sector.
City House is a non-profit organization with over 30 active volunteer spiritual directors. We provide our services by partnering with social service agencies; we work with the agency’s clients, providing a spiritual complement to the agency’s own mission. We offer individual one-on-one sessions, group direction, and organized retreats.
The greatest poverty is isolation. City House listeners practice spiritual listening that fosters connection, builds resilience, gives hope, affirms dignity and leads to overall well-being. Moving from isolation to community requires a focus on presence and accompaniment that affirms human dignity. We go beyond basic needs and tend to the spirit through deep listening, all over the Twin Cities Metro. The work of City House complements what is already occurring at each of our partner organizations.
Spiritual listening is compassionate, affirming, and non-judgmental. It is an important part of moving beyond the basics of food and shelter and into community. We are a a faith-motivated, ecumenical group of highly trained volunteers and staff. City House volunteers accompany vulnerable people experiencing difficult times for a little while on their journey, contributing to their sense of hope and connecting them to their inner strength and sense of dignity. Our hope for all of us is that we can move from surviving to thriving.
Board of Directors
Director and President Dave Bateson President, Bateson Consulting, LLC
Director and Secretary Anne Johnson Director of Human Resources, Union Gospel Mission
Director Cathy Edwards Former Pastoral Minister, The Basilica of Saint Mary
Director Meg Mannix Former Program Director, Ignatian Volunteer Corps
Director Bryan Kuzel Human Resources Manager, Mississippi Market Co-op
Director Rev. Dr. John Buzza Presbyterian Church, USA, Retired