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”

For body and soul: distilleries turning spirits to sanitizers for homeless shelters

With all reverence to this being Holy Thursday and yet recognizing the practical in a time of a pandemic, thank you All Hands for turning spirits into sanitizer for the body as a modern take during Easter Week on turning water into wine for the soul. Both are examples of reading the crowd and givingContinue reading “For body and soul: distilleries turning spirits to sanitizers for homeless shelters”

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!”

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”

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”