Community Outreach

Community Emergency Service

1900 11th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404  |  612.870.1125
CES is a non-profit crisis relief and empowerment ministry located in the Phillips Neighborhood. It provides prayer support, direct aid relief, advocacy, referral and counseling to low-income people in the neighborhood. Its projects include: rental and mortgage assistance, Kids Care Program and Meals on Wheels to mention a few. Volunteers are needed to interview clients, make deliveries and pick-ups, help in the office, maintenance, fund raising, provide a meal and more. St. Mary’s currently assists CES on an as needed basis.

Families Moving Forward

1808 Emerson Avenue North, Minneapolis, 55411  |  612.529.2185 x13
Volunteers from about 80 congregations throughout the Twin Cities metro area create shelter space at congregation sites. In addition to a safe place to sleep and a warm meal, volunteers share kindness and compassion with families experiencing homelessness. Completing the circle of support, our professional staff work closely with each family to address their unique barriers to stability so they may leave our shelter program for permanent housing.

The hub is the Families Moving Forward Program Center in North Minneapolis. There, families in the program engage with our family, housing and children’s advocates to pursue employment and permanent housing: take financial literacy classes, and maintain their children’s stable education and enrichment activities.

Scheduling and routine are important: In the evenings, families are offered transportation to the congregation sites, returning to the Program Center each morning after breakfast, where school age children are picked up and dropped off by school buses. The program center also offers storage for personal belongings, laundry machines, computer access and a quiet room.

FOCUS Minnesota
FOCUS Minnesota is an acronym for Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve. FOCUS Minnesota is a local chapter of FOCUS North America. FOCUS North America is the only national Pan-Orthodox Christian agency working operationally on pervasive and persistent issues of poverty in our communities in conjunction with the Orthodox Church in North America. FOCUS Minnesota is an outreach of the Orthodox Christian churches in the greater Twin Cities area. FOCUS Minnesota’s mission is to the under-served poor, the homeless, and the working poor, providing them with Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding and Shelter.

Joyce Food Shelf

3041 Fremont Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408  |  612.825.4431
Joyce Uptown Food Shelf has been serving residents of southwest Minneapolis for over 40 years. Their mission has been to distribute

food to those in need with respect and dignity as an expression of the love of God.

Joyce Uptown provides clients with a 3-day supply of food once a month. Joyce Uptown helps approximately 1,400 people each month, many of them families and elderly neighbors. Joyce Food Shelf uses donated money to purchase food at less than 20 cents per pound.

Simpson House Shelter / Meals

Overnight Shelter: 2740 – 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408  |  612.874.0306

Simpson House provides a full continuum of supportive housing services to those experiencing homelessness, which is unique in the Twin Cities metro.

Every night in their overnight shelter, Simpson offers a bed, a warm meal, a hot shower, laundry services, advocacy and the dignity of being addressed by name to 125 people experiencing homelessness. Other programs provided by Simpson incl

ude Family Housing and Single Adult Housing serving over 350 different people. St. Mary’s assists by cooking and serving meals four times a year at the shelter for homeless men and women.

St. Stephens Shelter

2309 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404  |  612.874.0311
St. Stephens’ Shelter helps thousands of people secure housing and other support each year and provides emergency assistance, housing, employment, and human rights advocacy focused on systems change to people experiencing homelessness and poverty. St. Stephens Shelter serves single adults, families, and children. Services offered through St. Stephens include: Community Engagement Services, Emergency Services, Employment Services and Housing Services.