Hope for the Journey Home

Note From Trish Operations Coordinator

Hello. My name is Patricia (Trish) Brokman. It is my honor to join the staff at Hope for the Journey Home as the Operations Coordinator.  I come from a background of working with children and families in a variety of settings. I also am very experienced in working with Volunteer Leaders as they coordinated a variety of related ministries that served out local and global communities.

During the last two weeks my main priority has been getting to know the staff and their responsibilities, everything about how the house operates, getting to know the volunteers as they arrive for various shifts and getting to know our families.

Eventually, I will be wanting to learn more about our partnerships and relationships with others in the community. If you would like to reach out to me, please do so. I can be reached at    or 651-503-3380. I would love to hear from you. If you have time to stop by the house, please stop in and introduce yourself. 

November 15th is MN Give to the Max Day

HjH actively participates in MN Give to the Max each year.  Scroll down for more about how you can help us meet our goal of $25,000. 

Please view our weekly calendars and signup where you can. We are always appreciative of your service for meal preparation and serving and as overnight hosts.  

Support for Volunteer Coordinators or YOU as a Volunteer

If you need help identifying where we can best use your help or you need help with signing up on our Time to Signup system please contact Sarah at  Sarah is available in the office Tuesday and Wednesday 2-9.

October 21-27 Click Here 

October 28th-November 3 Click Here

November 4 - 10 Click Here

November 11 - 17 Click Here

November 18 - 25 (Thanksgiving Week)  Click Here 

November 25th - December 1 Click Here

Holiday Weeks Need Volunteers Too

The Holidays Weeks can often be a challenge for us to fill. If you are able to give us some extra time in November and December we would be very grateful. We do not assign the three weeks below to any one faith community.

Thanksgiving week, Nov 18 - 24.  Please click HERE

Christmas week, Dec 23 - 29. Please click HERE

New Year's week, Dec 30 - Jan 5.  Please click HERE

Monthly Cleaning Crew Seeks a few new Cleaners

The cleaning crew is 2 groups of individuals  who clean the common areas of Hope to Journey Home as a team every other month on a Tuesday or Wednesday for 2-3 hours. If you are interested in helping with dusting, mopping, vacuuming,  windows and sanitizing please join this group. For more information contact Trish at 651-503-3380 or   

Thank You Girl Scout Troop 56205 in Oakdale

Eight girl scouts and their leaders from Troop 56205 were present for three hours October 7th. Their interaction with our families, donations and time spent on cleaning and organizing our store room was a service experience embraced with enthusiasim which allowed them to work towards their Bronze Award.  Thank you for donating the following:

  • Homemade framed artwork
  • Water bottles and socks
  • Teenage girls makeup and toiletry kits
  • Dolls for our playroom/share with families
  • Outdoor toys for our outdoor back yard.

HJH welcomed the Following Faith Communities in October

  • Eagle Brook
  • Guardian Angels
  • Cottage Grove UCC
  • St. Peter, North St.Paul
  • Christ Episcopal
  • First Christian Church
  • St. John in the Wilderness
  • St. Rita

THANK YOU for your presence in our home and in the lives of 8 different families!

Donations Needed/Support HJH during the  Holiday's

Are you or your faith community interested in helping us out in a special way during the holidays through a special drive or as part of your giving tree? We are currently in need of the following household items:  

  • Gallon size zip-lock freezer bags, sandwich size bags
  • Air fresheners (NON-Spray)
  • Handi-wipes (not diaper wipes)
  • Clorox disinfectant wipes
  • Diapers (size 6 only) and diaper wipes
  • Swiffer wet jet liquid pads

Do you have a different idea on how you would like to support us during this special time of the year? Are you interested in taking up a special collection or supporting some of our bigger needs? If so please contact Trish at 651-503-3380 or  

Give to the Max: An Opportunity to Financially Support HjH 

HjH participates in Mn Give to the Max. Give to  he Max is Minnesota's designated day to encourage giving to nonprofit programs who choose to participate. This is HjH's most important fundraising opportunity throughout the year. You can help us by sharing the word with your friends and family and your church congregations. MN Give to the Max day is November 15th. Please give to this major fundraiser for HJH only from November 1-15 so that we can maximize our opportunities to be awarded special prizes that the Give to the  Max organization is giving in honor of MN 10th anniversary as a Give to the Max state. To Support HJH through Give to the Max Click Here 


Take a Moment to Think About It

If you were facing significant financial hardship, wouldn't you do everything you could to keep a roof over your (and your children's) heads? Would you run up all of your credit cards in a desperate attempt to stay off of the streets? Would you sell all of the non-essentials in an effort stay in your home? Would you skip meals?

Now imagine the stress all of this places on you and your family. Would your health deteriorate? Would you begin missing days at work in order to handle legal problems arising from financial crisis? Would you become depressed and anxious? Would it affect family relationships?

What would this do to your self-esteem? Your sense of worth?
Imagine, now, the difficulty, after all of this, of re-establishing "yourself." Your credit may be shot, your health is possibly poor, your relationships are strained or broken.

While not everyone responds to crisis in the same way, it is important that we really stop and "Think About It." Put yourself in the shoes of those served at Hope for the Journey Home. Close your eyes and imagine yourself facing this sort of situation. How would you respond? Who could you turn to for help?

These are our friends and neighbors. They are children who attend school with our children. They are real people, with real names and faces. They are NOT strangers.


A short video on who we are and what we do at the shelter is available HERE.

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