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Jimmy gets a job

Jimmy gets a job

Jimmy has been working hard at staying clean and maintaining good status at his residence. He dropped in to see us at the Salvation Army one morning last week and said, “If I could get a bus card, I know I could go to a temp service and start working again.” So for $30 we loaded up a card to give Jimmy the opportunity to come through on his commitment. He stopped in on Friday and said that he started work that week, is still clean and just wanted to thank us for the $30 Go To card (bus pass) because that was the boost he needed to make it happen.

Sometimes it is the small things we do to encourage others, like trusting Jimmy with a $30 bus pass, that help others with the motivation to move forward in life.

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And the story continues…

20170907_184428.jpgWe first met John while he was living in a homeless shelter with an uncompleted college education. He was the feature of an earlier story when we stepped in to help him get re-enrolled in college. He graduated this past spring with a bachelor’s degree in computer science…but ran into some issues with his citizenship so was unemployable.

We referred him to the Dignity Center to connect with an attorney. John is now days away from receiving the paperwork needed to apply for jobs…and the Dignity Center is covering rent for a couple of months to get John out of shelter and into some stable housing.

We stepped back in to help him get a few of the things he needs for his new place. One of our most reliable team members was on the case to gather donations but found the response wasn’t up the need (perhaps the reason was first week of school starting?). She told her kids what she was working on and the children decided to pool some of their own money to help with the cause. Unbelievable!

It is truly remarkable when need intersects generosity. We’re SO blessed to have faithful volunteers that are willing to “take the yoke” of another and provide them with needed rest from the anxiety and struggle that the world sometimes provides.

We’re excited to continue to follow John into his next chapter….stay tuned!

BBQ at High Ground Minneapolis

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We’ve had the opportunity for the past several years to host a barbecue at the High Ground Shelter in Minneapolis. We served BBQ’d hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, water AND smoothies to around 200 people! Our guests were very gracious in their thanks for the meal.

A big “thank you” to Brothers Meat and Seafood of Maple Grove for it’s generosity. And thanks to John, Dave, Steve and Rich for “manning” the operation!

We hope our presence there provided encouragement and fellowship with the shelter guests.

 

Grandpa and Grandson’s housing now secure

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Stephen cares for his grandson, is on disability and needed temporary help as he was now left alone to care for himself and his grandson. He saw a spot we did on television at Thanksgiving and called to connect with us.

Threshold to New Life provided a one-time grant to assist with his housing situation. A few months later, Stephen replied to our follow up with the below message:

“I am happy to report that my life is truly blessed and I am living well Hallelujah, and that is a large part due to the charity that you and your wife showed me in my time of need …. I truly thank you both.”

We at T2NL are truly grateful and blessed to have the resources (time, talent and finances) to connect with such people as Stephen and his grandson to fulfill such a simple request, and receive the additional blessing of shared gratitude.

Disabled man is now scooting!

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Jaime is homeless and is a shelter resident. He is on disability and is unable to walk due to complications following surgery. He was unable to get around in his manual wheel chair and his powered scooter had a bad battery. We were approached and asked if we would provide funds for a new battery and charger for his scooter. When we put the word out to our little network, a generous donor stepped up to donate a powered scooter previously owned by her father that she was just in the process of selling.

We love it when God’s timing is perfect. Sure, things don’t always work out the way we want. But He is always faithful, and in this case, he matched a donor and a donee in perfect harmony.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

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We had the privilege to serve dinner under a bridge, which happened to be Valentine’s Day, with our team. We made a great goulash, apple sauce, chips, and of course pink sugar cookies! We completed the evening with a bible study at Cafe Royale on Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis.

The windy was brisk. Even though the actual air temperature wasn’t THAT cold, it sure felt cold.

As I was shivering, my heart ached known that the people enjoying our meal are primarily folks that stay outside 365 days per year. Whether by choice or having been put out of shelter, these people camp outside and do their best to stay out of the elements. Unbelievable.

We really love what the Project 6:8 team does. They organize this dinner EVERY Tuesday nite, 52 weeks per year. The founders, Adam and Kristi Betker call this their “family”. So much so that when they married a couple of years ago, they invited and were blessed by the attendance of many of the same people who enjoy their meals each week.

Being the hands and feet of Jesus…and experiencing the heart of Jesus. I think that it’s the kind of love that is easily overlooked, even on a day that celebrates the feeling. Certainly the most memorable Valentine’s Day dinner of my life.

 

Hats, hats, hats!

 

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We had someone come forward to make a connection between us and his father, whose desire is to remain anonymous. His dad is 94 years old and knits hats to “keep busy” producing nearly one, new stocking hat per day…wow! We stopped in today, had a nice visit and he gave us about 40 stocking hats to distribute to the homeless that we encounter in our ministry. These are the thickest, nicest hats I think I’ve even seen.

We continue to live in amazement at how God brings people forward to support the cause that tugs at our hearts…loving those who are loved so much by Jesus yet are often cast out of society.

Donation from Tartan Marketing

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We LOVE the work that Tartan Marketing does, a local B2B marketing firm located in Maple Grove, MN. Simple – Smart – Scrappy.

Each year Margie and Jim select an organization to support, then send a gift to every client and make a financial donation on their behalf.

This year we were blessed to be their choice. The gift sent to each client were the socks pictured above – in honor of the 20,000+ pairs of socks we’ve given out.

Thank you to the folks at Tartan for their generosity!

 

Thank you for a great 2016!

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Thank you for your support of our work. Many of you provide funding for this ministry and most of you think about us and even pray for our efforts. That’s no small thing…and we’re grateful for all of this.

Your year end donations are tax deductible and we have a donor willing to match the first $3,000 given. Click on this link for our donation page. Thank you for being part of loving those in our community who, for a variety of reasons, are struggling right now. Your support may not seem like much to you but it can mean the world to them.

Support from Jr. & Sr. Highers

grace-jr-and-sr-high-giving-tree-2016-12 We love, love, love to get students engaged in serving and giving. It’s a great habit to be in and one that bolsters our faith.

The youth pastors at Grace Fellowship, Josh Olson and Jacob Hedden, decided to put on a competition between their groups of students for funds raised for T2NL. Examples of common needs that we have along with the monetary amount to fulfill each were printed on cards and placed on Christmas trees for students to select to fill.

We’re not sure which group will win the contest but we know the real winners will be those living on little margin and the homeless in the Twin Cities that our ministry aims to support.

Thanks, Josh and Jake, for the creative way to engage your students and your support of our work!

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