Hope for the Journey Home
The Minneapolis Star/Tribune recently featured a piece on St. Andrew's Family Shelter that will be opening in late June. One of the families who recently stayed with us is quoted in the article, and it also describes a few of the issues contributing to housing instability in Washington County.
Click HERE to read more.
July numbers are in the books. Here is how YOU have made a difference:
- Families Served: 28
- People Served: 97 (62 children, 35 adults)
- Meals Served: 3,504
- Snacks Served: 1,513
- Volunteer Hours Served: 5,474
- Volunteers Serving at least 1 shift: 351
We are in SERIOUS need of volunteer support during the following weeks, as many of our regular volunteers are traveling. Please take some time to look over the following calendars to see if you can help. We are especially in need of overnight help!
Please click HERE to view our needs for the week of Aug 5 - 11. (Dinners: Fri  & Sat . Overnights: Thurs [1 female]). Please note, our NEW shift schedule begins this week).
Please click HERE to view our needs for the week of Aug 12 - 18. (Dinners: Sun  & Sat . Overnights: Wed , Thurs , Fri  & Sat ).
Please click HERE to view our needs for Labor Day week, Sept 2 - 8. (ALL shifts currently open).
We are currently in need of Gallon size ziplock freezer bags, Air fresheners (NON-Spray), and 7" paper plates.
Give a Gift
Hope for the Journey Home relies on the continued support of the community. You may make a tax deductible contribution at any time by clicking HERE and selecting "Quick Give" on the left hand side of the page.
Please be sure to select "Hope for the Journey Home" from the dropdown menu.
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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