Hope for the Journey Home
Hope for the Journey Home is a ministry for families who are experiencing homelessness for the first time. HJH is a ministry of Guardian Angels Catholic Church along with St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi and more than 30 churches in Washington and suburban Ramsey counties
An Update for Our Volunteers and Supporters
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change service delivery in unprecedented ways. Given this situation, staff and leadership of Hope for the Journey Home have carefully considered our options. We have weighed our responsibilities to our guests, our volunteers and our staff. Providing a safe environment for all is our primary goal. Given the space available to us and the communal, family style of living that is a hallmark of HJH, we have made the decision that we cannot ensure safety for all.
Hope for the Journey Home has suspended operations at our Oakdale site and moving families currently staying with us to a local hotel. (Families from the St. Andrew’s Family Shelter in Hugo will also be moving to the same hotel.)
Families will have access to existing case management assistance as well as support with daily needs. HJH staff will keep in touch both with the families and with our case management partners at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Please know that we are committed to the families in our care.
Our hope is that we will be able to resume operations later this spring and will be evaluating that decision on a weekly basis. Please pray with us that this day comes soon.
If you need to contact us during this time of transition, please call Trish Brokman at 651-503-3380.
News & Notes from Trish, Hope for the Journey Home Coordinator
Hope for the Journey Home is part of a new video from a Second Harvest food rescue program called Meal Connect. General Mills produced the video to be used with school lunch programs who will join the Meal Connect program this fall. Helping to pilot this new program has reduced our food budget by bringing food to HJH from restaurants who value organic food and packaging, impacting healthy food choices for those serving people who struggle with food insecurity. This opportunity has also exposed our guests to foods we would not normally have access to, such as hummus, guacamole, papaya, and bottled beverages. If you would like to view the video, click this link.
Stocking Our Supply Shelves
We are currently in need of the following household supplies. Thank you for thinking of us the next time you are running errands.
- Paper towels and toilet paper
- Clorox and disinfectant wipes
- Laundry detergent
- Quart-size ziplock bags (freezer bags preferred)
- Peanut Butter
- Women's shampoo & conditioner