2019 June Grants have been Awarded!

June Grants have been awarded! Thanks to the generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to award over $92,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!

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Hunger and Homeless Grants

Ascension Place, Inc.
$1,958 | Minneapolis, MN
For an energy efficient freezer to accept an increased amount of food donations and provide healthier food options.

Face to Face Health and Counseling, Inc.
$7,000 | St. Paul, MN
Towards the purchase of furniture for SafeZone, a homeless youth drop-in center located which serves 1,700 homeless youth annually.

Loaves and Fishes
$6,500 | Minneapolis, MN
Towards the purchase of a walkie pallet truck with scale for ease of maneuverability and greater control in the warehouse.

Open Hands Midway, Inc.
$6,000 | St. Paul, MN
To upgrade current food preparation and serving equipment.

People Reaching Out to People
$1,200 | Eden Prairie, MN
For a one-compartment sink for washing donated produce and allowing a quicker turnaround for clients in need.

REACH Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters
$1,594 | Hawley, MN
Towards the purchase of a glass front refrigerator that will ensure food pantry clients have a variety of fresh produce and dairy products.

Ruth’s House of Hope, Inc.
$3,366 | Faribault, MN
Towards the purchase of two new commercial freezers.

Sojourner Project
$6,025 | Hopkins, MN
For new furniture and refurbished flooring to ensure shelter guests have a welcoming and comfortable environment.

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing
$10,009 | Anoka, MN
To provide a clean, safe, and healthy environment for residents coming out of crisis.

The MN Coalition for the Homeless
$5,000 | St. Paul, MN
To support the MN Coalition for the Homeless 2019 Statewide Annual Conference.

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.

Education Grants

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.

Evergreen Youth & Family Services, Inc.
$3,000 | Bemidji MN
For supplies and tools for students experiencing homelessness to feel connected to school.

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. 

2019 April Grants have been Awarded!

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.

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center (St. Paul, MN) for $3,100 for refrigeration to increase capacity improvements for perishables, produce and nutritious foods.

Joyce Uptown Food Shelf (Minneapolis, MN) for $2,475 for refrigeration to extend the shelf life and quality of produce and bakery items selected by food shelf clients.

Launch Ministry (Chaska, MN) for $5,000 for amenities to provide clients with additional services and better meals throughout the week.

Red Lake Homeless Shelter (Red Lake, MN) for $9,200 for refrigeration to store more food and provide clients with better balanced meals.

Servants of Shelter (International Falls, MN) for $5,500 to provide safe, warm and dry shelter to guests.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN) for $2,200 for a commercial freezer to accept frozen meat donations as they become available.

United Community Action Partnership (Marshall, MN) for $4,000 for a commercial freezer to accept frozen meat donations as they become available at their Tracy Food Shelf.

Walker Area Food Shelf (Walker, MN) for $4,078 for refrigeration to allow bulk food purchases and help preserve fresh fruit and vegetables when in season.

2018 December Grants have been Awarded!

Thanks to the generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to award over $47,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!

Advocates Against Domestic Abuse (Aitkin, MN) for $2,092 to update and improve their security system with a key-less entry for residents.

New Creation Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN) for $3,865 to purchase a new commercial freezer.

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul (St. Paul, MN) for $6,690 to purchase a new produce crisper.

Loaves and Fishes (Minneapolis, MN) for $5,500 to purchase four doors for expanded, energy-efficient refrigeration space at their warehouse.

Oasis Central Minnesota (Little Falls, MN) for $10,000 to purchase motel vouchers for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Morrison County this winter.

CROSS Services (Rogers, MN) for $8,925 to purchase three new coolers.

The Link (Minneapolis, MN) for $10,000 to purchase street outreach supplies for youth experiencing homeless during the winter months.

 

2018 October Grants have been Awarded!

Thanks to the generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to award almost $40,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!

 

Avenues for Homeless Youth (Minneapolis, MN) for $6,516 to purchase under bed storage chests and new metal bed frames.

People Incorporated Street Outreach Supplies

Casa de Esperanza (St. Paul, MN) for $4,100 to purchase new bed frames, mattresses, and an oven.

HOPE Coalition (Red Wing, MN) for $3,910 to purchase new appliances and replace other outdated household items for their domestic violence shelter.

Hospitality House of Owatonna (Owatonna, MN) for $3,859 to purchase a new commercial refrigerator.

People Incorporated (St. Paul, MN) for $9,992 to purchase outreach supplies for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Red Lake Homeless Shelter (Red Lake, MN) for $9,500 to purchase a new commercial oven and griddle.

2018 August Grants have been Awarded!

Thanks to the generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to award almost $60,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!

360 Communities​ (Burnsville, MN) for $4,330 to purchase two new refrigerators.

A Place for You​ (Pine City, MN) for $3,716 to replace old pipes in the shelter’s basement and purchase a new water heater.

Ain Dah Yung Center​ (Our Home) Center (St. Paul, MN) for $7,500 to assist in the funding of the restoration of the exterior staircase.

Anna Marie’s Alliance​ (St. Cloud, MN) for $2,500 to purchase 5 new tablets for on-site advocates to use with clients.

Small Sums Bus Passes

Bethlehem Inn of Waseca​ (Waseca, MN) for $3,000 to purchase a security system for the shelter and to help build a play area for children who are guests at the shelter.

Churches United for The Homeless​ (Moorhead, MN) for $3,700 to purchase a new emergency exit door.

Our Saviour’s Emergency Housing (Minneapolis, MN) for $8,625 to purchase a new refrigerator and freezer.

Small Sums​ (St. Paul, MN) for $8,910 to purchase 198 rush hour monthly bus passes.

The Open Door​ (Eagan, MN) for $7,136 to purchase one refrigerator and one freezer for their Mobile Distribution Center.

Vineyard Community Services​ (Burnsville, MN) for $8,000 to purchase fixtures and equipment for their new food shelf in St. Paul.

Wright County Community Action​ (Maple Lake, MN) for $2,145 to purchase concrete work to level the food shelf’s floor and a new floor food scale.

2018 June Grants have been Awarded!

Thanks to the generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to award almost $105,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!

Hunger and Homeless Grants:

Bridgepointe Community Food Pantry for $2,850 to purchase a new stove, coffee maker, and freezer.

Community Emergency Assistance Programs, Inc. (CEAP) for $6,200 to assist in the purchase of a lift grate for CEAP’s food rescue truck.

Life House, Inc. for $1,647 to purchase a new oven for Life House’s drop in center kitchen.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church -Mission Outpost for $5,000 to purchase a cooler.

People Reaching Out to People (PROP) for $3,500 to purchase a new refrigerator.

Ruth’s House of Hope, Inc. for $3,465 to replace main floor 42″ door and the 3rd floor fire escape door.

Sabathani Community Center for $7,000 to repair cracks in flooring.

Servants of Shelter for $3,500 to purchase a new water heater, supplies, and hotel stays for guests.

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church – St. Andrew’s Community Resource Center for $6,340 to purchase appliances and furniture for their new housing shelter in Hugo, MN.

Stepping Stone Emergency Housing for $9,398 to purchase a new oven.

The Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless for $5,000 to support MCH’s 2018 Statewide Annual Conference.

The Salvation Army of Fergus Falls for $4,720 to purchase a kitchen steam table.

 

Education Grants:

Haven Housing – Ascension Place for $2,500 to help provide necessary items for 130 students to help ensure that school success in not interrupted or impeded due to homelessness.

Evergreen Youth & Family Services, Inc. for $3,000 to help provide essential school supplies, gym shoes, clothing, activity costs, and transportation funds.

Grace House of Itasca County for $3,000 to support the youth in area schools experiencing homelessness or in transitional housing by creating pathways for improved success and academic success.

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul for $3,000 to help provide shoes, school supplies, and transportation for students.

Minneapolis Public Schools for $3,000 to purchase backpacks and to help respond to unexpected educational barriers for students experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis Public Schools.

Perspectives, Inc. for $3,000 to help send at-risk students to summer camp, which will help narrow the life experience gap of homeless and increase their academic, social, and nutritional skills.

Project for Pride in Living Inc. (PPL) for $3,000 to help provide resources for children who are exiting homelessness and living in PPL housing.

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.

2018 April Grants have been Awarded!

Thanks to generous donors and OYH board members we were able to award almost $40,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!

Advocates for Family Peace

Advocates for Family Peace for $7,047 to update flooring for domestic violence survivors.

Akeley/Nevis Community Food Shelf for $3,653 to insulate their building.

Alexandra House, Inc for $3,353 to purchase shelving, high chairs, stackable chairs and dining room tables.

CHUM (Churches United in Ministry) for $5,260 to upgrade equipment, repair a walk-in cooler, and purchase a commercial freezer and digital floor scale.

Community Food Response for $4,000 to purchase for a commercial freezer for Community Food Response’s new location.

Garrison Area Care Givers for $7,530 to replace commercial refrigeration units and related electrical.

Mora Food Pantry for $4,750 to purchase a commercial refrigeration unit, an electrical upgrade, and shelving.

New Oil Christian Center for $4,031 to purchase new beds, a refrigerator, a freezer, blankets and sleeping bags.

2017 December Grants have been awarded!

Thanks to generous donors and OYH board members we were able to award over $55,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!

Simpson Housing Homeless Memorial March

Akeley Food Shelf for $5,064to purchase a new back door to offer a warmer, energy efficient, safe, and more inviting environment.

Anoka County Brotherhood Council for $3,000 to purchase an 8-12 cubic foot customer freezer in the food shelf store to expand offerings.

Brunswick United Methodist Church for $3,500 to purchase new convection ovens for the onsite kitchen that is used to prepare free community meals as part of the church’s hunger ministry.

Face to Face Health & Counseling Service, Inc. for $3,986 to purchase a new freezer at SafeZone to increase the quality and quantity of food available for hungry youth.

The Link for $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.

Partners for Affordable Housing for $5,336 to purchase food storage and security equipment for shelter houses.

Simpson Housing for $800 to sponsor the annual Homeless Memorial March that honors those who have died over the last year while homeless or formerly homeless in Minnesota.

2017 October Grants Have Been Awarded!

Thanks to generous donors and OYH board members we were able to award over $40,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!

Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (CCEFS) for $3,239 to purchase shelving to expand storage and display for improved choice and customer service.

Damiano Center for $2,500 to replace the doors on the freezer and cooler.

Evergreen Youth & Family Services for $8,220 to purchase commercial grade kitchen storage (Freezer & Refrigerator) and industrial sized laundry equipment for the Evergreen Youth Crisis Shelter.

Lymon ‘DeDe’ Losh Homeless Shelter, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, for $6,809 to purchase two commercial washers, commercial dryers, a stove, and a vent.

Neighbors, Inc. for $325 to purchase a refrigerator for the Neighbors, Inc. lobby area.

People Incorporated for $9,931 to purchase supplies for Street Outreach.

Sojourner Project Inc. for $2,000 to purchase a new commercial dishwasher for the shelter kitchen that serves women and children that are homeless due to domestic violence.

The Open Door for $3,800 to purchase freezers for our Apple Valley Mobile Distribution site and for our Eagan pantry location.

Women’s Advocates for $6,230 to purchase a linoleum replacement for residential floors and the lobby at Women’s Advocates’ shelter.

2017 August grants have been awarded!

Thanks to generous donors and OYH board members we were able to award over $60,000 in funds this month to Minnesota agencies in need!

Anna Marie’s Alliance for $1,786 to purchase a washer and dryer for Anna Marie’s Shelter.

Church of the Incarnation (Food Shelf) for $4,500 to purchase equipment necessary to keep the food shelf up to code with the City of Minneapolis.

HOPE 4 Youth for $2,000 to purchase new kitchen tables and chairs and a tabletop griddle for the drop-in center and supplies for outreach.

Red Lake Homeless Shelter for $ 10,271 to purchase two new stacked washer/dryers and a new under cover dishwasher.

Servants of Shelter of Koochiching County for $5,760 to purchase guest supplies such as laundry detergent, bedding, bus tokens etc.

Small Sums – At Home Group for $7,650 to purchase 180 rush hour monthly bus passes for our Twin Cities homeless clients who have just found jobs.

The Bridge for Youth for $7,195 to purchase replacement furniture and mattresses for homeless youth emergency shelter.

The Salvation Army for $6,890 to purchase 10 sturdy bunk beds and 20 durable mattresses to be used at the Harbor Light Center.

The Sheridan Story for $7,000 to purchase racking for the warehouse to help decrease costs.

Wright County Community Action for $6,990 to purchase HVAC and concrete work for the WCCA Food Shelf.