Treat a stranger to dinner – at Elim Church & Strong Tower Parish Shelters

The shelters have been open for just over two weeks and we’re getting into a groove. The night starts with setup at 6pm. Guests line up at the door at 7pm. Dinner is served until 8pm. We’ve had everything from turkey dinner to hotdogs and macaroni to ribs and collard greens. The food is delicious and nutritious and it’s a chance for guests and volunteers to sit and relax, refuel and talk.

People often ask how they can help. For many people, sponsoring a meal for a night, a table or even a person is an affordable opportunity. We serve about 100 plates per night; the cost can be as low as $100 per night thanks to a partnership with Second Harvest, a nonprofit that supplies help to shelters like Elim Church & Strong Tower Parish Shelters. They work with farmers, retailers and others to get affordable food into the hands of people who need it.

If you are looking for a way to help, we invite you to treat a stranger to dinner. Or if your wallet allows, treat a few with a donation to our fiscal agent, Tasks Unlimited. You can give online, by phone, by mail. And you can specify the shelters as beneficiary.

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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