August grants have been awarded! Thanks to the generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to award over $52,000 in funds this month to Minnesota crisis service agencies in need!
Community Emergency Service, Inc. $8,240 | Minneapolis, MN For two high-efficiency furnace units to be able to continue providing hunger relief to 123,500 children, adults, and seniors across South Minneapolis and North Minneapolis.
Hastings Family Service $9,650 | Hastings, MN For refrigeration to be able to provide more fresh produce and dairy to families facing food insecurity in Hastings MN.
The Open Door $3,740 | Eagan, MN Towards the purchase of two new stainless steel sinks to better serve hungry people in Dakota County by having the ability to quickly and effectively keep food storage bins clean and filled with fresh and perishable produce.
The Salvation Army of Rochester $4,300 | Rochester, MN Towards the purchase of a new fridge to provide more relevant, nutritious foods to people experiencing food insecurity, homelessness or poverty in the community.
Athlos Academy of St. Cloud $3,000 | St. Cloud, MN To provide transportation to homeless students to school, pay for school uniforms and any school or household supplies needed.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud $3,000 | St. Cloud, MN To provide youth ages 14-21 in the Support and Advocacy for Independent Living access to GED services, ACT/SAT tests and study materials, school supplies and college application fees.
D.I.V.I.N.E. Institute $3,000 | St. Paul, MN To provide out of school programming, summer school meals and basic services to students in need.
Grace House of Itasca County $3,000 | Grand Rapids To support youth experiencing homelessness or in transitional housing by creating pathways for improved access and academic success.
Red Wing Youth Outreach Program, Inc. $2,500 | Red Wing, MN To ensure homeless teenagers are enrolled in and have transportation to local alternative school, as well as provide independent living skills education.
Rochester Public Schools $3,000 | Rochester, MN To provide incidentals and basic needs items to students experiencing homelessness, such as hygiene products and bus passes.
Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women $3,000 | Duluth, MN To purchase necessary clothing, backpacks, school supplies and activity fees – allowing the shelter’s homeless students to participate in important learning opportunities that will support their academic, social, emotional and behavioral health.
The Bridge for Youth $3,000 | Minneapolis, MN To provide youth residents with items necessary for them to be successful in school; as a result, 75% will attend school regularly, 80% will make progress toward their goals and 75% will exit to a safe living situation.
The Link $3,000 | Minneapolis, MN To support students experiencing homelessness through a combination of school-led excursions, field trips, sports funding, transportation assistance, and community gym memberships.
Women of Nations $3,000 | St. Paul, MN To provide school supplies, backpacks and school uniforms for students who are homeless because of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual violence.
YouthLink $3,000 | St. Paul, MN To support youth experiencing homelessness in completing high school or obtaining a GED – a crucial step in breaking the crisis cycle that leads to long-term homelessness.
April grants have been awarded! Thanks to the generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to fund over $59,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!
Al Maa’uun (Minneapolis, MN) for $7,000 to replace their main cooler needed to store perishable foods and carry out their various food programs.
CAPI USA (Brooklyn Center, MN) for $4,500 for a new refrigerator to enhance CAPI’s capacity to consistently provide fresh product throughout the week while reducing the amount of fresh produce that must be thrown away due to limited refrigeration capacity.
Churches United in Ministry (Duluth, MN) for $4,118 to create a warm space in the shelter vestibule that people experiencing homelessness can access during the sub-zero winter temperatures and inclement weather.
Feeding Our Communities Partners (Mankato, MN) for $3,796 for warehouse equipment that will increase efficiency, allowing for the expansion of program services and additional youth served.
Frogtown Neighborhood Association (St. Paul, MN) for $2,400 for additional storage equipment to improve the quality of programs and service to homeless and hungry adults, families and children in the Frogtown Community.
Great River Family Promise (Elk River, MN) for $2,000 to provide adequate resources for people to prepare food and have a comfortable place to sleep.
Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women for $3,000 to purchase school supplies, backpacks, clothing, and other necessary educational materials to allow homeless students to equally participate with their peers.
Saint Paul Public Schools for $3,000 to help purchase school supplies, hygiene products, and other essential items needed by students experiencing homelessness.
Simpson Housing Services for $3,000 to help purchase school uniforms and shoes for children who have experienced homelessness.
Sojourner Project for $2,500 to purchase school supplies and clothing to help children experiencing homelessness transition into their new schools and with their peers.
The Bridge for Youth for $3,000 to help homeless youth in the Bridge’s transitional living programs pursue educational advancement.
The Salvation Army of St. Cloud for $3,000 to support tutoring program which will help to provide trauma-informed and individualized care for homeless youth.
Tubman for $3,000 to provide support and purchase necessary items for homeless children and youth, so they are able to fully participate in school and improve their academic success.
Women of Nations for $2,300 to provide necessary school supplies and school-related items for homeless students who have experienced trauma from domestic violence, dating violence, dating violence, or sexual assault.
Youthlink MN for $3,000 to help remove the barriers towards obtaining a GED and taking steps towards educational attainment to provide homeless youth the skills and tools they need to escape poverty.
The Linkfor $10,000 to purchase street outreach program supplies that will be provided to youth experiencing homelessness during the winter months.
Loaves and Fishes for $10,000 to help purchase a dock-height box truck that will enable exponential growth of the street outreach meal program, resulting in a significant increase in the number of healthy meals served to individuals living on the streets.
Milaca Area Pantry for $6,000 to purchase 3 commercial cold storage units which will expand the existing capacity of fresh foods by 50%.
Oasis Central Minnesota for $8,400 to purchase hotel vouchers for people requiring emergency shelter in Morrison County, Minnesota, where there are currently no other services for emergency housing.