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Lee Stuart, CHUM's executive director, is locked down at home with COVID-19.

And yesterday, she had to send out an email saying that CHUM had had its first positive confirmed COVID-19 case in the shelter.

But when you talk with her, she's (perhaps) surprisingly upbeat.

Tom Kasper

Gardening is not only a wonderful activity that can be enjoyed along or at a social distance ... it turns out so is garden appreciation.

The Western Garden Tour is going on on Saturday, August 8 and a garden tour benefitting CHUM is slated for next Tuesday.

You can contact CHUM for more information.

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Regardless of what school looks like this fall, kids at the Steve O'Neil Apartments in Duluth will be ready for it.

And so will their parents.

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's "stay-at-home" order is is designed to slow the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and buy as much time as possible for the state's health care system to prepare it.

Minnesotans are being asked to maximize "social distance," wash their hands frequently, avoid all contact with others if they're sick, and take particular precautions to protect folks with compromised immune systems.

In other words, pretty much everything it's impossible to do when you're homeless ... or working with people who are.

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The pilot warming center on Grand Avenue in Duluth was a great success last year. About 20 people a night without housing took advantage of it over the 29 nights temperatures dipped below 0.  But this year, it won't be open.  Code violations have sidelined the building for the time being, but in this case, when one door (or warming center) closes, several other new options will open: and it won't have to be quite as cold before those doors open, either.

Chances are, you missed artist/documentarian Drew Anderson's video event, "So Much More: From Me to You," at the end of March.  For one thing, it was held outside at the end of March.  

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It's comfortable to believe that people who are homeless are somehow "other" than we are.  At best, they're people with problems we don't have.  At worst, they're just lazy and don't want to work.

CHUM is doing something a little different with an event they're holding at the beginning of May.  

KUMD is a proud sponsor of the Mental Health Awareness Concert presented by letstalkmn.com.

Deb Holman

Duluth's new warming shelter has helped keep people safe over this last, brutal stretch of deadly cold, but it's still treating a symptom, not the underlying problem.

As CHUM's street outreach worker Deb Holman told us earlier this month, some people with untreated mental health issues find the crowded, sometimes chaotic conditions in a shelter anxiety-producing and some don't like to be around other people. So even with temperatures in the teens and 20s and 30s below, some people are electing to stay outside.

Deb Holman

A man living in a tent on Duluth's west end was rescued New Year's Day after being found in a nearby ravine.

The man, who may have been trapped in the ravine for several days, was known to local homeless advocates and had refused their services in the past.

People with mental illnesses and chemical dependency problems can refuse treatment for those conditions - and refuse help or other services, too.

But at what point does society need to - or even should - override someone's right to make their own decisions?

CHUM Rhubarb Festival 6/23

May 23, 2018
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The Rhubarb Festival is a fun and tasty family event in Duluth, MN. This event is free admission and will feature games, music, auctions, stage shows and plenty of food. All proceeds benefit CHUM. 

Date: June 23

Time: 9am-4pm

Location 11th Avenue E & London Road, Duluth, MN 55811

KUMD's Go-to Gigs 3/30

Mar 30, 2018

Low Organ Concert Fundraiser
Duluth's Indie Rock band Low puts on one heck of a fundraiser for Sacred Heart Music Center, The Friends of the Felgemaker, and CHUM
Sacred Heart
Friday, March 30 | 7:30 PM | $10 | All Ages

TYTE JEFF, Catbath, and A Winter Downpour
Indie Rock and Rock bands throw down one meaty serving of heck yeah
Red Herring
Friday, March 30 | 9:30 PM | $7 | 21+

Every year at this time KUMD brings you a special series called Caring and Sharing.  We interview people from local non-profit organizations that are making a difference in the Northland -- what they give TO the community and what they need FROM us during this holiday season.  Our guest this morning on the Caring and Sharing Holiday series is Mary Schmitz, the Development Director of CHUM in Duluth.

This interview originally aired on November 28, 2017

Lisa Johnson

Living in their car because they couldn't find a place to live. Calling all 13 dental providers who claim to take medical insurance and being turned away by all of them. Struggling with public transportation as a disabled person when bus stops aren't shoveled.

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