Box City Event
Blaine High School has hosted a one night homeless “simulation” with dozens of students every year. They raise money for Hope4Youth while having a life altering and bonding experience with fellow students.
Our Co-Founder, Richard Bahr, presented during the evening, along with a representative from Hope4Youth.
This was held on Thursday, October 13th, and if you remember last week, it was our first measurable snow that evening. A real chilling event for the students.
2022 Friend and Fund Raiser a Success!
We are grateful for an amazing Friend and Fundraising Breakfast, hosted at Rush Creek Golf Club, on Friday, October 7, 2022.
The total number of people planned and the target for our fundraising we both exceeded. We praise God for the generous people connected to our work.
With these funds, we intend to continue our pace to help 500 families again in 2023.
Jake Breaks the Cycle of Homelessness for his Daughter
Jake was not new to being homeless, which started as a child. His life as a young adult was hard, living on the streets, loneliness and addiction. He knew there had to be a better life and started the recovery process. After getting treatment, Jake had additional responsibilities, which included being a single dad to a newborn. He needed a place to stay and had no network around the Twin Cities.
Through his church, he connected with Threshold to New Life. They were able to help with rent for transitional housing while Jake worked on a long-term solution for himself and his baby.
Threshold was able to remove the immediate stress so he could focus on their eventual home. They provided an opportunity to get him back on his feet. Jake thanks God for laying the groundwork to get him connected to Threshold to New Life.
Jake’s future for himself and his daughter looks bright!
Family Death Creates Setback
Personal Care Kits from Imagine Church
Imagine Church (https://imaginechurchmn.com/) serving the St. Michael, Albertville and Otsego areas has a heart for outreach. It is likely borne out of the love for community and those in need from its Lead Pastor, Josh Christenson. Josh serve in a homeless ministry with a previous church prior to starting Imagine Church. The experience has changed him.
His team organized and assembled about 100 personal care kits for distribution among those in need, primarily folks in the Twin City homeless community. We began distribution this morning to several folks with smiling faces!
Thank you to Imagine Church for thinking of and caring for “the least of these”
Caring for Extended Family
Great FIRST event!
Our organization has not really attempted to raise funds in the past. Our funding has been through “attraction rather than promotion”, mostly people that know us and want to support and join in with what we do.
Our board felt led to urge us out of our comfort zone to create an event to attract those not yet known to us, to test our message and attempt to gain further support – to add both “friends” and “funds” to our organization.
The outcome was overwhelming.
We had about 80 people in the room, of about 60 were people that had no direct connection to us. We presented what we do and how we’re different. We had two great testimonies by people and partners we’ve helped. It was so affirming and uplifting to those of us that work in the organization as well as for our board members in attendance.
We shattered our goal for friend and fundraising. Now, we get to the necessary task of putting these gifts to work in our community through the families we serve.
We are grateful to a generous God and his role in bringing others to us in loving support.
A Refuge from a Troubled Past
The COVID pandemic has changed many things for most of us. For our organization, we’ve had less demand to assist with the traditional housing as there has been (thankfully) a wave of government support for those in great need. So even though our donations will be down from last year, we have some excess funds that we intend to put to work in the community.
At our board of directors meeting in September, we discussed the idea of stepping up the amount of collaboration we do with sober houses. We have been involved with them to a degree, but we haven’t been super intentional about it. The board agreed. So, we have some work to do.
Frequently, as a patient exits chemical dependency treatment, he/she is urged to enter a sober living situation, to put a bit more distance between themselves and their past. This offers a safe and supportive environment to help one get off to a good start in the transition back to “normal” life.
The challenge is while having been in treatment for many weeks (or longer) most have little or no means to pay even a modest deposit for rent. That’s where we step in. We typically will provide a no strings attached grant to the client, while he/she must raise some of the funds themselves and we put our money in last, to complete the agreement.
The picture above is one of a handful of clients expressing gratitude for our good work. Our good work is a reflection of the good God that we serve, give all the credit and all the glory for what we have been provided to share.
More Hygiene Kits!
Yes, we’re “PACK” again!
Our small group as part of our series entitled, “What’s a Galatian?” got socially distanced, but physically together, to assembly 150+ hygiene kits that are being distributed among our homeless friends in Minneapolis.
Each kit included:
- Nail Clipper
- Wash Cloth
- (Pads and Tampons for the ladies)
Such a blessing to have friends that share our heart for loving on others. We’ll distribute these from now through the holidays until they’re gone.
If you have an interest in a project like this, just reach out to us and we’ll help guide you through what needs to be done and we can help with distribution if needed.