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.”

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”