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History and Mission

House of Manna

man•na 1. (Bible) Old Testament the miraculous food which sustained the Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 16:14–36)

2. any spiritual or divine nourishment

3. a windfall; an unexpected gift 


Founded in 1989 by Jean Stull, House of Manna was started with a simple belief statement, a verse from the Bible; "In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brothers, you have done it unto me". Matthew 25:40.


The purpose of the House of Manna is to help people in emergency situations, such as fire, breakup of a home, loss of employment, and other situations.

We have grown from one person’s response to a single need and has steadily increased to serve thousands of families over the years.

Jean’s perspective was, “We shouldn’t make judgments…if the President walked into House of Manna, I would help him the same as anyone else. It is not for us to judge”.

    Although Jean moved from Dickinson in 2002, her vision of helping others has continued, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, Staff and Board of Directors.

The House of Manna is operated by 20+ volunteers and in 2007, the Board of Directors hired the first paid manager.

The budget consists of funds received from United Way, various grants, private donations from individuals and organizations, as well as donations received from free will offering boxes in the facility.

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