Thank you Bad Waitress on Central, Classic Cookie and Kris for food at the shelters

Do you know what it takes to run a shelter during a pandemic? It takes a village. Listening to Monica field phone calls from staff, volunteers, policymakers and media during her “break” today, I can tell you every act of kindness or donation means a lot. Today I want to get specific. First – thanksContinue reading “Thank you Bad Waitress on Central, Classic Cookie and Kris for food at the shelters”

Minnesota’s plan for COVID-19 protection for people experiencing homelessness

What do you do when the number one recommendation to prevent and protect from COVID-19 is stay at home and you don’t have a home? The Minneapolis Star Tribune looked at the issue of protection for people experiencing homelessness today with a recognition that they are double victims, “left stranded in daytime as public placesContinue reading “Minnesota’s plan for COVID-19 protection for people experiencing homelessness”

Updated wish list of shelter supplies and thanks for our growing list of benefactors

Mr. Rogers always said, in times of crisis, look for the helpers. We looked and we found, and we’ll be highlighting them going forward. Today we want to thank Mary for grocery bag full of homemade cookies. In deference to family in a high risk demographic, Mary keeps herself distanced at home. And she bakes.Continue reading “Updated wish list of shelter supplies and thanks for our growing list of benefactors”

Balancing challenges of coronavirus threat, homelessness, public transportation and health

Every day, we get new challenges at the homeless shelters. Yesterday we posted about our need for meal service. We want to thank the people, sports teams, nonprofits and apartment building who have stepped up to host a dinner. (And let you know that we definitely have more spots open!) You guys bring the good!Continue reading “Balancing challenges of coronavirus threat, homelessness, public transportation and health”

Want to respect social distancing and help at the shelter? We could use a few meals!

Don’t get us wrong, normally we would love to have you stop by, check us out, get a tour and talk with guests but part of our job at the shelters is to promote and facilitate public health and that means heeding Governor Walz’s call for social distancing. But we do need help with meals.Continue reading “Want to respect social distancing and help at the shelter? We could use a few meals!”

What do we need at the shelter? Cold medicine, disinfectant and masks

The weather is changing, which is the height of cold season, leading up to allergy season in Minnesota. We have experienced this year after year. I do, you probably do and our guests do too. Might be a sniffle or a cough, but as we all know, this year is different. We are hyper sensitiveContinue reading “What do we need at the shelter? Cold medicine, disinfectant and masks”

Thank you Women’s March MN for Sunday Dinner

Tonight, dinner at the shelter was served by 12 volunteers from Women’s March Minnesota. It was delicious. It was a build-your-own-taco bar, homemade bread, brownies, scotcharoos and more. My heart melted a little when one happy guest told me she actually wished for tacos today. She wasn’t the only happy face in the crowd. TheContinue reading “Thank you Women’s March MN for Sunday Dinner”

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 deliciousContinue reading “Treat a stranger to dinner – at Elim Church & Strong Tower Parish Shelters”

Pillows for everyone and at least one homemade quilt: gifts from St Paul

Tonight we got an amazing gift from Brian Wagner. He arrived at our front door with a truck full of pillows, blankets, linen, clothes and more. A friend of a Brian, former Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff, is a friend of Shelter Director Monica Nilsson. Gary shared a post about the shelters on Facebook.Continue reading “Pillows for everyone and at least one homemade quilt: gifts from St Paul”

“We made it!” came a cheer from a new guest at Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish temporary shelters.

Thanks to the kindness of two congregations and funding from the Richard Schulze Foundation, the shelters have been opened since Valentine’s Day, which means a week of successful meals, showers, new socks and nights of sleep, thanks to a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. We have 3 months of funding for a safe placeContinue reading ““We made it!” came a cheer from a new guest at Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish temporary shelters.”