Simpson Housing Services Logo2740 1st Ave S, Minneapolis, MN  55408
(612) 874-0306

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • St. Mary’s prepares and serves dinners 3 – 4 times per year from 6 – 8 PM, usually during the following months:
    • May
    • June
    • October
  • Make sandwiches for guests to bring with them for lunch during the day:
    • Call 612.455.0872 to ensure they have room in their freezer for the sandwiches
  • Additional volunteer opportunities available on their website

Contact Hope Kennedy or stop by the Welcome & Information table after Sunday Liturgy for more information on volunteering.


I loved everyone I worked with at Simpson.  I’m so thankful to the Family Housing program for helping us get to where we are at.


Volunteers from St. Mary’s preparing to serve a meal at Simpson

Simpson Housing Services (Simpson House or Simpson for short) helps thousands of people experiencing homelessness find the housing, support, and shelter they need in a time of personal crisis.  They are a non-profit started in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church with a mission to “house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness”.

Simpson has an emergency shelter with the capacity for 22 women and 44 men every night.  They provide guests with access to showers, laundry, mail, hot meals, and more.  In addition to the emergency shelter, Simpson also provides long term stable housing for both individuals and families alike.

St. Mary’s offers two main volunteer opportunities with Simpson House.  The first is preparing and serving a hot dinner for around 110 shelter guests.  A small hard working group cooks a hot meal at St. Mary’s and then drives it over to Simpson, where volunteers from our church setup the hall for dinner, serve the meal and dessert, and cleanup afterwards.  The second opportunity is making sandwiches, which at St. Mary’s has been traditionally done by GOYA, but could be done by any ministry.  These sandwiches are given to the overnight guests when they leave the facility so that they have a lunch before returning for the evening meal and shelter.  When St. Mary’s makes sandwiches for them, we usually try and make 100.  If you are interested in making sandwiches, this can be done at any time after calling to ensure they have room in their freezer.