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”

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”

Staying awake to death

“I feel safe here”, perhaps the greatest compliment to any shelter provider. Where do you feel safe closing your eyes and falling asleep? After one week of operating the largest project in Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan’s Minnesota Winter Homeless Initiative, the two churches who opened their doors, Elim Church, and their next doorContinue reading “Staying awake to death”

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.”

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”

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”