The birth of a homeless shelter partnership in Northeast Minneapolis

On December 19, 2019, Governor Walz announced a special $5 million Minnesota Homeless Fund to address unsheltered homelessness.

That spurred a partnership between neighboring churches Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish, Monica Nilsson, who has led shelter and street outreach programs for over 25 years and Tasks Unlimited, a 50-year-old non-profit serving people with mental illness. They were united by core values of hospitality, compassion, respect, dignity and love for all people.

In January, 2020, Richard Shulze Foundation provides startup costs to get the shelters going. And since that time, they have been rushing to get it open. There are beds to be created, staff to be hired, plans to make and deploy.

We’re hoping to use this website to keep up with what’s going on getting the shelters up and running and then what they means to people once we’re operating. We invite you to be part of our community – by donating, volunteering or just cheering us on. Together we can make a difference!

Published by Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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