Rosemarie Reger-Rumsey, Executive Director: “My life is blessed with family and friends who care about me and feeling loved helps lift any burden. Listening House guests benefit by telling their story, sharing good news, asking advice or simply being heard.”
Julie Borgerding, Program Director: “I have served people who are homeless for over 20 years, and each experience taught me relationship is the greatest instigator for healing and change. In Listening House, we all can grow and change.”
Alice Lee, Staff Associate: “To be able to connect with our guests in a casual, comfortable environment, and establish relationships with them is what it’s all about – and that is so gratifying.”
Andrea Hinderaker, Staff Associate: “Listening House is a ministry; an opportunity to serve others. Each day reminds me that I am blessed, not because of what I have, but for what I can live without.”
Sue Huebl, Staff Associate: "Service to others has always been part of my career path. Listening House gives me an opportunity to continue down that path in a caring, compassionate and comfortable atmosphere."
Kate Bitney, Evening Staff: “Listening House is a “home base” where guests can socialize, get a cup of coffee, or relax in a chair as they contemplate their next step. It’s also a place where relationships form and encouragement begins.”
Aaron DeMars, Evening Staff: “We’re more than a drop-in center; we’re home for people while they make the transition from homelessness. It is humbling to be able to help in the transition, and to be part of the Listening House community.”
Nate Jones, Evening Staff: “I first came to Listening House as a student, and came back because I wanted to be part of this community. Now, it’s a part of me.”
Lizzie Stelter, Administrative Assistant: "I consider it an honor to support the work of Listening House that has a deep and tangible effect on our guests. Listening House is a family and everyone who walks through our doors is treated with respect and equality. I am blessed to be a part of this community."
Meet Our Board of Directors
Dave Burns (Board Chair, Attorney) “There is strength in simplicity. Listening is a simple gift. I am encouraged by the approach Listening House takes to remind the most vulnerable of our community that they are human; to listen to them. I am pleased to join this talented group of directors to ensure the long term survival of this simple gift and to build awareness of what possibilities listening can bring.”
Jack Sargent (Board Vice-Chair, McGough, VP Business Development) “When I attended Listening House funding events, I witnessed the political, law enforcement, corporate and faith community support for this mission and thought I should support Listening House in a more meaningful way. I would like to help the Board continue to fulfill the mission in any way I can.”
Mike Jorgensen (Board Treasurer, Retired CEO of Claims & Benefits, Inc) “I was attracted to Listening House because of their great mission and how much they accomplish on a limited budget. I plan to focus on the financial stability of the organization.”
Lindsay Becker (Board Secretary, Program Director/Catholic Charities) “I came to Listening House as a student, served as an intern and later as staff. As a board member, I can offer perspective and understanding of both the joys and the challenges of the program.”
Patrick McCann (Johnson McCann Benefits, Sr. VP) “I want to continue the great work of Listening House and hope that my life experiences in business and personally can be of value to the organization. Mostly, I want to preserve what the people who came before me at Listening House have established.”
Tom Hubler (Hubler Family Business Consultants, President) “I hope to collaborate with other members of the board to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the board of directors, so as to more clearly benefit the guests of Listening House and homeless people in general.”
Kent Wheelock (U.S. Bank, VP) “Giving back can be something as simple as shaking someone's hand, welcoming them inside, chatting with them about their day or pouring them a cup of coffee. By becoming a board member, I'd like to think that my contributions will ensure that Listening House will continue to operate effectively and be available for years to come for all walks, especially for those not blessed with family or loved ones to offer assistance or warmth.”
Tom Zander (Ecolab, VP F&B Latin America) "I work downtown St. Paul and really like what Listening House offers the community. I can either stay on the 'sidelines,' walk past homeless people and do nothing, or become involved and try to help. I would like to do more with the blessings I've been given, and think Listening House offers me that chance."
Corey Tansom (CEO, Imaging Path) “Listening House challenges people to stop and think about those less fortunate; I am hopeful for the endless possibilities of bringing people with unique gifts together to share the work of Listening House. I believe when that happens, miracles are possible.”
Damon Laliberte (US Bank, Branch Manager) “I work downtown St. Paul, and I see how much difference Listening House plays in the lives of people every day. I wanted to be a bigger part of that.”
Gavin Jones (Hewlett Packard, Commercial Account Mgr) “I hope to provide assistance to Listening House in order that it can continue its ministry and mission. I believe in respecting life in all phases and stages, and Listening House provides a path for me to contribute and serve others in some small way.”
Mark Laliberte (HealthEast, Measurement Team Lead) "The command to love and serve the poor can sometimes seem daunting. We struggle with both what we have to offer and where to find the best outlet for our efforts and resources. Being involved with Listening House though, makes the yoke of this burden easier. I am amazed that such a lean organization can produce tangible benefits for Downtown St. Paul, real spiritual growth for volunteers and benefactors and, most importantly, strength for its guests to face difficult days. Listening house has helped me grow in love and service and I hope I can return the favor."