New underwear is the start to a good day even at the homeless shelter. Thank you Women’s March MN

Thank you to Women’s March Minnesota for a large order of new underwear in all sizes for men and women. And thank you to the people who played online Bingo (Or Undie-go as we called it!) to help raise funds for the underwear. It’s a private creature comfort. It’s part of a regular hygiene regimeContinue reading “New underwear is the start to a good day even at the homeless shelter. Thank you Women’s March MN”

What makes the sun come out for you these days? For shelter guests – a safe bed makes the sun come out.

Yesterday the sun came out and made the quarantine a little more bearable to me. To celebrate, Monica and I went on a walk in the woods. I got to eavesdrop on her phone calls during the walk. It’s more fun than it sounds; I got to hear what make this quarantine a little moreContinue reading “What makes the sun come out for you these days? For shelter guests – a safe bed makes the sun come out.”

Thank you for helping us with ordinary and extraordinary needs in the homeless shelters

We are all living the new normal. But after the COVID19 diagnosis last week, we are living an even more careful normal at the shelters. Luckily we have friends. Over the weekend, we got a box of protective face masks from a long time friend, Billy Reilly of Fully Promoted. Normally they provide branded productsContinue reading “Thank you for helping us with ordinary and extraordinary needs in the homeless shelters”

Shelter guests find warmth and communion in the shadow of Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish

We are pleased to share a guest post from Elim Church’s Pastor Becky Hanson. Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish graciously host the homeless shelters… For 136 years Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish have cast deep shadows upon the sidewalks and people on 13th Avenue in NE Minneapolis and continue to do so as shelters for thoseContinue reading “Shelter guests find warmth and communion in the shadow of Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish”

Buying dinner at the shelter in the time of coronavirus – a real gift!

First – thank you to the groups and individuals who have purchased, delivered, prepared and/or served dinner to us at the shelters. It nurtures our guests’ bodies and souls. Thank you! Second – coronavirus has changed how each of us does everything. We are practicing self-distancing for our health, your health and the health ofContinue reading “Buying dinner at the shelter in the time of coronavirus – a real gift!”

Shelter wish list Sunday additions – Rain ponchos, jackets and umbrellas

I just updated the “top needs” section of the shelters’ donation webpage to include: Rain ponchos/jackets Umbrellas If you are outside or look out your window or at this week’s weather forecast, you’ll know why. Many Minnesotans cozied up to shelter in place yesterday away from the threat of coronavirus and away from the coldContinue reading “Shelter wish list Sunday additions – Rain ponchos, jackets and umbrellas”

It’s a marathon, not a sprint – we’re on our way and we have miles to go!

Six weeks ago the race started; the shelters opened and we’ve been running ever since. Like a marathon, there are times we feel the exhaustion, there are times that feel like a downhill coast, there are times we wonder if we can do it. And there are times when the crowd cheers us on, someoneContinue reading “It’s a marathon, not a sprint – we’re on our way and we have miles to go!”

What’s the cost of not sheltering homeless people during a pandemic?

According the Minneapolis Star Tribune, cost for sheltering the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic could hit $1 million per week for Hennepin County. Hennepin County has about 4,000 homeless residents, of whom about 400 are considered high risk because they are 55 and older. There have been strides to separate the high risk citizens… RoganContinue reading “What’s the cost of not sheltering homeless people during a pandemic?”

EVENT 10am today (Mar 26) Press conference on role of Shelters in curbing Coronavirus: featuring Monica Nilsson

Today at 10am, Statewide Homeless Service Providers and Advocates will sound the alarm on COVID-19, specifically talking about the futility of an executive order that asks people to shelter in place yet does not protect the homeless. Leaders from organizations across Minnesota providing emergency shelter and services to people experiencing homelessness will give an update onContinue reading “EVENT 10am today (Mar 26) Press conference on role of Shelters in curbing Coronavirus: featuring Monica Nilsson”

Can Census2020 accurately count people experiencing homelessness? Not during a pandemic

Census 2020 is too important to get wrong. It determines political representation and Federal funding. By state, but by county too. Minnesota could lose a congressional seat if the count is low. Census data is a major factor in planning services like schools, hospitals and housing. Temporary shifts in homeless and student populations will impactContinue reading “Can Census2020 accurately count people experiencing homelessness? Not during a pandemic”