Viewing the snow fall from the cars where they sleep

Below is a literary dialog between Charles Cudd, luxury custom home builder and Monica Nilsson, homeless advocate. (With a special thanks to luxury home builder Charles Cudd Sr, President of Cudd Homes, a 2019 Reggie Award winner for best of the fall Parade of Homes, for sharing your company’s story related to homelessness.) Charles: MyContinue reading “Viewing the snow fall from the cars where they sleep”

We open the shelter doors and in walks a friend

Tonight we opened the doors at Elim Strong Tower Shelters. The first person through the door was Michael. We met Michael last month at the Mall of America transit station while we were doing the annual Point in Time count of people experiencing homelessness with Governor Walz. (The picture at right is from that night.)Continue reading “We open the shelter doors and in walks a friend”

48 hours to shelter opening: a moment of hope, planning and asking

We are a mere 48 hours from opening. So much has happened in the last week. Staff has been hired. Mats have been acquired. Volunteers have signed up. But there’s more to do. It feels like the day before Christmas Eve. We’re tired but we can’t stop; we can’t sleep until we know we’re readyContinue reading “48 hours to shelter opening: a moment of hope, planning and asking”

Job Opportunities: NE Minneapolis Shelters looking for Advocates

Update Feb 10 – no current openings We are currently seeking a few Advocates. Help spread the word! Position Overview The Advocate at Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish shelters works within a team to manage the nightly operations at the site. Homeless individuals without safe overnight accommodation will stay in 2 churches that areContinue reading “Job Opportunities: NE Minneapolis Shelters looking for Advocates”

A blank slate and open hearts create shelters

Some people walk into a fixer-upper and know immediately how to make it shine. Monica Nilsson and the pastors from from Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish have that unique vision – multiplied. Today we did a walk through of the spaces to assess what’s there and what needs to happen to best meet theContinue reading “A blank slate and open hearts create shelters”

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 mentalContinue reading “The birth of a homeless shelter partnership in Northeast Minneapolis”