Copy
View this email in your browser
Donate
St. Stephen's: Ending Homelessness. News, in italics.
News
How You Can Help
Talk to Us
Spotlight
Appreciation Corner
About Us
Three images: parents reading to small child, outreach workers talking to person on street, and an empty shelter bed.

NEWS

Innovative Food Delivery Service Extended

Community Engagement Coordinator Noah takes a selfie with a trunk full of to-go meals, and two other people involved in the project.

In 2020, House of Charity and Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc. (EPNI) launched an effort to meet growing needs for food in the Elliot Park neighborhood through focused food delivery to three affordable housing buildings. 

A generous COVID-19 Recovery Grant from the Campbell Soup Foundation is extending this innovative, COVID-safe food delivery program.

New Opportunities for Emergency Rental Assistance

Hennepin County is offering emergency rent assistance. Households with unpaid rent and low incomes may qualify. The deadline to apply is noon Friday, March 19. Apply now

Per the City of Minneapolis, this is an initial short-term program for urgent needs. More funds will be available in late March through a state COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  

We're Hiring!

Teams that are currently hiring include Family Supportive Housing, Single Adult Supportive Housing, Shelter, Finance, and AdministrationLearn more about working with us, and see the full list of current openings here

Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON A DAY IN THE LIFE

A Day in the Life Program Adapts to Maximize Community Education and Activation 

In response to the pandemic, St. Stephen’s A Day in the Life Program has developed and refined a virtual format that achieves its core goals of education, community, and advocacy. 

"This new format is super convenient,” says Arthur White, Senior Community Educator in the A Day in the Life Program. “Because people are able to tune in from the comfort of their own homes, it allows more people to attend than ever before -- we are spreading our message to far more participants than was possible in-person.” 

Learn more about that process, how it’s working so far, and how your group can participate.  

Read More

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Volunteer at the Food Centre 

Three masked volunteers in red "House of Charity" volunteer aprons pose while preparing sandwiches at the Food Centre.

 These vital roles help provide meals for those in need, 365 days a year. Position descriptions, COVID-19 precautions, and more are listed on the House of Charity website. Here’s a note that Brenda Knutson left on our Facebook page when we shared a post asking for volunteers earlier this month: 

“Great kitchen staff at House of Charity. Thanks for teaching me the ropes. Looking forward to many more shifts.” 
 - Brenda Knutson 


Questions about volunteering in the Food Centre can be directed to the House of Charity Community Engagement Coordinator, Noah Chan, at n.chan@houseofcharity.org or 612-436-2050. 

View Volunteer Opportunities

Via Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless - Show Support for Shelter & Housing Support!

During Virtual Day(s) on the Hill last week, the Minnesota Coalition for the homeless encouraged attendees to send pre-written messages showing support for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless agenda. It isn’t too late to participate! Send your email today to your State Senator, State Representative, and Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan to show support for shelter operations, shelter capital, and housing supports.  

Advocate

Donate 66-Qt Clear Tubs to Organize Donations

Three clear bins sit on the Donation Center shelves, with paper labels for shampoo, soap, and deodorant.

We are looking for 66-quart clear tubs with lids to help make it easy for our case managers, clients, and volunteers find the donations they need. Find a set of six on our Amazon wishlist, or there’s a single 66-qt clear tub option at Target that you could pick up and then drop-off with us. We'll accept used tubs if you have them and they meet our criteria, but it is important to us that the tubs are 66-qt, clear, and have lids. Thanks for your help! 

Donate Other Needed Items

This month, our top needs for clients include 1-2 person tents, sleeping bags, adult backpacks (traditional or drawstring), and new underwear for all bodies. 

Shop these items on our Amazon Wishlist or view our full list of accepted items and schedule a drop-off appointment. 

Shop Our Amazon Wish List
View Our Current List of Needed Items

Learn

APPRECIATION CORNER

A Gravie representative stands in front of a car trunk filled with paper towels and cleaning supplies.

Earlier this month our friends from Gravie stopped by with items that are always needed and tough to come by: cleaning supplies! Thank you for ensuring that people have access to these supplies. 

Five Cretin-Derham Hall students stand at the back entrance to the St. Stephen's office, surrounded by paper grocery bags full of supplies.

This winter, the Cretin-Derham Hall Student Council organized a donation drive to collect winter gear and hygiene items for people we serve. We appreciate these students for putting awareness into action. Go Raiders!  

LOOKING FOR MORE?

News sure moves fast these days! Several supporters have used the “one question survey” below to suggest that we provide more context to our work, and share how the work around homelessness and housing is changing. Here are a few relevant articles from the last month:  

Drive for low-cost housing finds bipartisan buy-in (MPR News, Feb. 16) 

Vaccinating homeless patients against COVID-19: ‘All bets are off’ (National Public Radio, Feb. 17) 

Indoor tiny house village for homeless people set to open next month in Minneapolis (Minnesota Reformer, Feb. 18) 

For Ramsey County homeless, hotel rooms offer safe haven and hope amid the pandemic (MPR News, Feb. 18) 

Limited COVID-19 cases counted among Twin Cities’ homeless population (The Minnesota Daily, Feb. 18) 

It would cost $1.1 billion to provide rental assistance to every Minnesotan who needs it (Minnesota Reformer, Feb. 25) 

COVID worse than cold for MN homeless this winter (The Circle, March 3) 

American Rescue Plan Act (National Low Income Housing Coalition, March 10) 

Hennepin County eyes taxes, borrowing to pay for services for homeless people (Star Tribune, March 11) 

Minnesota legislators debate eviction ban ‘off-ramp’ as tenants fear homelessness (Star Tribune, March 13) 

‘We saved lives’: How isolating Minnesota’s homeless kept them safe from COVID-19 (Star Tribune, March 13) 

TALK TO US

We would love your help in shaping our future communications. Please take our one-question survey to share what you would like to hear more about.
 
Take Our One-Question Survey
About Us
 
The mission of St. Stephen's Human Services is ending homelessness. We progress toward this goal through Street Outreach, shelter, and housing programs for individuals and families. We envision a community in which housing instability is rare, brief, and non-recurring, ending homelessness as we know it. Learn more at ststephensmpls.org.

In January of 2021, St. Stephen's Human Services and House of Charity merged, creating a comprehensive continuum of care for those we serve. Our integration work is ongoing. 
You are receiving this e-newsletter because you have connected with St. Stephen’s Human Services. You can expect to receive this in your inbox around the 15th of each month. For more frequent updates and ways to get involved, please follow along on FacebookInstagram, and/or Twitter. We’re glad you’re here! 
VOLUNTEER
CAREERS
DONATE
 
Facebook
Website
Twitter
Instagram
Guidestar gold seal of transparency and Charities Review Council "Meets Standards" seal
Copyright © 2021 St. Stephen's Human Services, All rights reserved.


Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can unsubscribe from this list.