2020 June Grants have been Awarded!

June Hunger and Homeless grants and 2020 Education grants have been awarded! Thanks to the generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to award over $106,000 in funds this past month to Minnesota crisis service agencies in need!

Hunger and Homeless Grant Recipients

Al-Maa’uun
$8,830 | Minneapolis, MN
For a commercial freezer to be able to safely store perishable food items and continue their home meal and food box delivery program to youth, seniors, and people with disabilities in north Minneapolis.

Breakthrough Ministries
$6,200 | Burnsville, MN
For a combination refrigerator/freezer trailer to help provide hot cooked meals to unsheltered homeless individuals.

Valley Outreach Volunteer

Christians Reaching Out in Social Service (CROSS)
10,000 | Rogers, MN
For an outdoor walk-in freezer to help manage the collection and distribution of donated food.

Loaves & Fishes
$6,652 | Minneapolis, MN
To purchase a glass door freezer to help create a better capacity solution for organized storage and distribution of food rescue items via their street outreach program.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
$3,000 | St. Paul, MN
To help provide one-time or short-term direct financial assistance to Veterans experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless
$5,000 | St. Paul, MN
To support MCH’s Statewide Annual Conference on Homelessness by providing scholarships & travel support for individuals experiencing housing instability.

Passing the Bread Food Distribution
$4,966 | Princeton, MN
For a new commercial cooler and freezer to help store and distribute more refrigerated/frozen items to those in need.

Ruth’s House of Hope, Inc.
$3,474 | Faribault, MN
To purchase 28 new twin-sized mattresses to help provide comfort and dignity to families in crisis.

Safe Avenues
$4,000 | Willmar, MN
To purchase a new commercial refrigerator and freezer to help provide storage for client food and beverages.

Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)
$8,310 | Columbia Heights, MN
To purchase of a new freezer for their client-choice food shelf and delivery program.

The Bridge for Youth
$5,500 | Minneapolis, MN
For a new commercial freezer and beds/cribs to help open Gloria’s Place and provide a safe, welcoming, and calm environment for homeless parenting youth and their children.

Valley Outreach
$5,500 | Stillwater, MN
For an expanded cooler on-site to help provide more nutritious, fresh food options to those in need.

Education Grant Recipients

Ascension Place, Inc. dba Haven Housing
$2,500 | Minneapolis, MN
Funding to meet the immediate and unpredictable needs of homeless students at their family shelter and to help ensure full participation in school and school-related activities.

Grace House of Itasca County
$3,000 | Grand Rapids, MN
To support youth in area schools experiencing homelessness or in transitional housing by creating pathways for improved access and academic success.

The Bridge for Youth

Hired
$3,000 | Minneapolis, MN
To provide laptop computers and other resources so homeless Hired participants can continue their schooling despite the disruption of the pandemic.

Intermediate District 287
$3,000 | Plymouth, MN
To purchase educational items for their homeless students, allowing each student to focus and thrive in their educational pursuits.

Minneapolis Public Schools
$3,000 | Minneapolis, MN
Funding for backpacks and to help eliminate educational barriers for students experiencing homelessness in Minneapolis Public Schools.

People Serving People Charities, Inc.
$3,000 | Minneapolis, MN
To provide homeless students with necessary educational materials for school, transportation costs, and additional activity costs for their evening education and tutoring program.

Sojourner Project
$2,500 | Hopkins, MN
Funding to help provide children that stay in their shelter with school supplies, clothing, and resources needed to pursue their education and smoothly transition into a new school and peer group.

The Bridge for Youth
$3,000 | Minneapolis, MN
Funding to help provide youth participating in The Bridge’s emergency shelter and housing programs with access to items necessary for them to be successful in school.

The Link
$3,000 | Minneapolis, MN
Funding to help support students experiencing homelessness holistically, by providing funds for basic needs items including hygiene supplies, clothing essentials, sports fees, transportation assistance, student technology needs, and community memberships.

The Sanneh Foundation
$2,000 | St. Paul, MN
To provide students identified as at-risk and homeless in St. Paul and St. Cloud public schools with personal care hygiene kits and snack packs.

Tubman
$3,000 | Minneapolis, MN
To help provide items and support to homeless students living in Tubman’s emergency shelter and transitional housing programs to fully participate in school and improve academic success.

YWCA of Duluth
$3,000 | Duluth, MN
To help provide resources to homeless students by furnishing access to supplies, opportunities, and resources to participate in school.

2020 March Grants have been Awarded!

March Grants have been awarded! Thanks to our generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to have a quick turn around and award over $63,000 in funds this month to Minnesota crisis service agencies in need!

Hunger and Homeless Grant Recipients

360 Communities
$4,477 | Burnsville, MN
For a new refrigerator to provide more fresh produce, proteins, and other healthy foods to individuals and families facing food insecurity in Dakota County.

Advocates Against Domestic Abuse dba HOPE (Healing Opportunity Provided Equally)
$7,490 | Aitkin, MN
For seven new beds and a shower unit to increase their capacity and expand their services to more individuals fleeing from domestic violence in Aitkin county.

Emergency Community Help Organization (ECHO)
$7,500 | Mankato, MN
For a new three door commercial freezer to be able to display more frozen food at once and to be able to provide more food to families in need.

Ethel Gordon Community Care Center and Shelter
$2,800 | St. Paul, MN
For a new refrigerator, twin size beds and frames, and bed rails to be able to serve additional individuals fleeing from domestic violence and to provide a dignified living space.

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
$7,195 | St. Paul, MN
For a new refrigerator and freezer to serve more individuals facing food insecurity as well as being able to purchase food in bulk to save money.

Mora Food Pantry
$4,477 | Mora, MN
For a new produce cooler to ensure that safe and healthy food is available for individuals and families facing food insecurity in Kanabec county.

New Creation Baptist Church (NCBC Food Shelf)
$7,000 | Minneapolis, MN
For two new commercial coolers and a commercial freezer to be able store and distribute more food to those in need.

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Inc.
$7,851 | Minneapolis, MN
For a new reach-in freezer and food scale to be able to store, distribute, and weigh more food for those in need, while cutting down on wait times for food shelf clients.

Small Sums – At Home Group
$7,000 | St. Paul, MN
For monthly bus passes to help individuals experiencing homelessness get to and from work.

Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery
$2,000 | New Ulm, MN
For hotel vouchers to help provide emergency lodging for families experiencing homelessness.

The Salvation Army
$5,811 | Hibbing, MN
For a new freezer and refrigerator for the Hibbing Food Shelf to be able to increase their capacity to provide more healthy produce, dairy products, and frozen foods to food shelf clients.

2019 December Grants have been Awarded!

December Grants have been awarded! Thanks to our generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to award $66,000 in funds this month to Minnesota crisis service agencies in need!

Hunger and Homeless Grant Recipients

ACBC Food Shelf
$2,642 | Anoka, MN
For empowerment coats, hand and feet warmers, and wool socks to help individuals experiencing homelessness get through the cold winter months.

Avenues for Youth
$5,362 | Minneapolis, MN
For updated furniture and kitchen equipment to help create a welcoming and sanitary living space for youth experiencing homelessness.

Emily Emergency Food Shelf
$961 | Emily, MN
For shelving units to better display healthy food options and provide a more sanitary environment.

Guild Incorporated
$6,714 | St. Paul, MN
For street outreach supplies to provide immediate assistance to individuals living on the street or in emergency shelters.

HOPE Coalition
$1,315 | Red Wing, MN
For winter outreach supplies for individuals experiencing homelessness and facing trauma.

ICA Food Shelf
$2,323 | Minnetonka, MN
For a new upright commercial freezer for additional food storage and to be able to properly store and display frozen food options.

North Suburban Emergency Assistance Response (NEAR)h
$3,437 | Minneapolis, MN
For a new refrigerator and freezer to ensure that safe and healthy food is available for local families facing food insecurity.

Partners for Affordable Housing
$6,200 | Mankato, MN
For a new security system to provide safe housing for individuals escaping domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Prince of Peace – Mission Outpost
$5,556 | Burnsville, MN
For a new freezer to provide a full shopping model food shelf, while allowing food shelf clients to shop independently for frozen meats.

Rivers of Hope
$1,500 | Monticello, MN
For emergency shelter packets with motel vouchers and resources for individuals escaping domestic violence when shelter is unavailable.

Senior Homelessness Project Recipients

The fastest growing segment of the homeless population this decade has been among individuals 55 years old and over.  The 60% growth in Minnesota in the past decade has presented unique barriers and challenges faced by homeless senior citizens and those who serve them.  Most homeless seniors have at least one chronic health condition and, since many are homeless for the first time, they are particularly vulnerable.

Through a special RFP, Open Your Heart is providing direct financial and technical support the following shelters and other facilities serving homeless seniors in Minnesota to address issues relating to services.

Advocates Against Domestic Abuse dba HOPE
$3,000 | Aitkin, MN
To establish a fund to assist domestic violence senior victims with housing and food needs.

CAER Food Shelf
$3,000 | Elk River, MN
To provide and expand shelter financial assistance to seniors in the form of security deposits, first month’s rent, and application fees.

Churches United
$1,000 | Moorhead, MN
Transportation funding including Uber and taxi rides and city bus tickets for seniors 55+ and older.

Community Action Center of Northfield
$3,000 | Northfield, MN
To provide direct rental assistance and other financial support to seniors experiencing housing instability while creating permanent housing.

Hospitality House of Owatonna
$3,000 | Owatonna, MN
To assist Hospitality House in starting a program called Senior Housing Assistance Program, which will provide additional assistance to the seniors accepted into their programs.

House of Charity
$1,983 | Minneapolis, MN
To make one of the bathrooms in their Food Centre fully accessible and easier to use for the older adults.

Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans
$3,000 | St. Paul
To provide direct financial assistance to senior Veterans for security deposits or rent to prevent or end homelessness.

Minnesota Engagement on Shelter and Housing (MESH)
$3,000 | Minneapolis, MN
For State-wide trainings that will build capacity & expertise of homeless service providers in MN to better assess, care for, and deliver services to senior citizens experiencing homelessness.

Pearl Crisis Center
$3,000 | Milaca, MN
To provide safe housing needs to seniors in the form of hotel vouchers, rent, deposit, mortgage and basic emergency needs to keep senior victims of domestic and sexual violence safe.

Servants of Shelter of Koochiching County
$3,000 | International Falls, MN
To support homeless seniors with their emergency shelter, transportation, and food needs, as well as offer much needed financial assistance to move into permanent housing.

The Dwelling Place
$3,000 | Columbia Heights, MN
Financial hardship fund for assistance with first month’s rent, security deposit, application fees, moving costs, and transportation costs to appointments.

2019 October Grants have been Awarded!

October grants have been awarded! Thanks to the generous donors and OYH board members, we were able to award over $33,000 in funds this month to Minnesota crisis service agencies in need!

Edward Neill Elementary
$3,500 | Burnsville, MN
For refrigeration to supply families and students facing food insecurity with free milk and eggs.

People Incorporated
$9,993 | St. Paul, MN
For street outreach supplies for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN)

St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP)
$3,690 | St. Louis Park, MN
For sidewalk repairs and hygienic stainless steel tables to provide a safer and cleaner place for food shelf clients.

The Link
$10,000 | Minneapolis, MN
For The Link’s C.O.R.E Drop-In Center providing street outreach supplies to youth experiencing homelessness during the winter months.

Western Communities Action Network (WeCAN)
$6,421 | Mound, MN
To purchase a new refrigerator, freezer, and updated equipment to provide more meals to individuals and families facing food insecurity in western Hennepin County.

2019 August Grants have been Awarded!

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!

Small Sums client with Monthly Bus Pass

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.

Helping Hands Emergency Services, Inc.
$4,400 |Mahnomen, MN
For a new refrigerator and freezer to be able to store and distribute more fresh products to clients.

Our Saviour’s Community Services
$5,000 | Minneapolis, MN
To purchase new beds to provide a safer and healthier place for residents to sleep.

Pathways 4 Youth
$3,286 | St. Cloud, MN
To help support transportation costs for homeless youth to access Pathways 4 Youth services.

Small Sums – At Home Group
$3,286 | St. Paul, MN
For 71 monthly bus passes to help individuals experiencing homelessness to get to and from work.

The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center
$6,531 | Minneapolis, MN
For 92 mattresses to help provide a safe, clean, and comfortable living space for vulnerable adults experiencing homelessness.

Thief River Falls Area Food Shelf
$5,600 | Thief River Falls, MN
For a new refrigerator and freezer to increase client access to fresh produce and dairy.

Wright County Community Action
$6,037 | Maple Lake, MN
For a new furnace to provide a warmer environment for food shelf guests.

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!

Loaves & Fishes

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.