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.”

What homelessness taught the CDC about PPE (poor people’s environments)

This could have been titled Underdressed for Company-but you know that storyline-though appropriate to how those experiencing homelessness might feel living in public without being on trend to today’s proper accessory. As Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish shelters were visited this week by CDC staff from Atlanta and elsewhere, along with staff from theContinue reading “What homelessness taught the CDC about PPE (poor people’s environments)”

An intimate gesture in a time of Coronavirus: a nervous and touching moment in the homeless shelter

When I learned a Covid-positive guest had stayed with us during the week, the first known case of prolonged exposure in a homeless shelter in Minnesota, and I naively realized there was no cavalry coming to help screen and notify guests, I called Dawn Petroskas, at Healthcare for the Homeless, who had one thermometer toContinue reading “An intimate gesture in a time of Coronavirus: a nervous and touching moment in the homeless shelter”

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”

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”

The helpers we don’t see – working at the homeless shelter

The first helper pictured (below) served our country; now he serves it again in the basement of a church in the middle of the night. The third helper became a physician in his place of birth and now serves his new homeland the same as the first helper, while he studies his chosen practice ofContinue reading “The helpers we don’t see – working at the homeless shelter”

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”

Now we protect them: moving most vulnerable COVID-19 to ad hoc shelter space

“It’s better than Camp Pendleton”, Tim stated as he walked into the comfort and isolation of a suburban hotel with his friend Dan and Dan’s best friend. Homeless shelter operators in Hennepin County have spent the past few days moving our community’s elders into hotel space for isolation. They are the most vulnerable, as weContinue reading “Now we protect them: moving most vulnerable COVID-19 to ad hoc shelter space”

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”