It is hard to put into words how grateful we are to our community for its incredible response over the past few weeks. And by “community” we mean staff, board, donors, funders, volunteers, Project Home guests, Department of Indian Work clients, interfaith clergy, member congregations, and civic leaders.
The shelter-in-place order required myriad major changes for Interfaith Action. We had to find new ways to provide shelter for families experiencing homelessness. We had to hire additional frontline staff to serve these families in a central location. We needed to provide three nutritious meals a day, and make sure we had supplies to keep our staff and guests well.
We needed to feed many more hungry families through our Department of Indian Work food shelf and to deliver food with no contact. We needed to figure out how to offer our Power-Up Legal Clinic and Opportunity Saint Paul job coaching virtually.
This extraordinary time required an extraordinary response, and our community was there every step of the way.
Here is what you—our beloved community—made possible over the past two months.
Safe shelter for families experiencing homelessness, with three healthy meals per day and fun activities and support for distance learning for children.
Rapid exit case worker support that has now found affordable, permanent housing for nearly 20 people in the past two months alone.
Nutritious food to accommodate the 242% increase in demand for our food shelf, and delivery to elders in congregate care and housing through a partnership with Metro Transit’s Metro Mobility.
Daily prayers from interfaith clergy of wisdom and support (read them here).
Legal counsel for people with low income and little access to legal support.Job coaching through our partner Daily Work so people can continue to build economic mobility, even during this pandemic.
Convening of interfaith leaders to provide advice to John Harrington, Commissioner of the MN Department of Public Safety, to help him form recommendations for Governor Walz about when and how to re-open houses of worship.
Dozens of masks plus cleaning and craft supplies to keep our staff and Project Home guests healthy and entertained!
We are, indeed, grateful beyond measure. Thank you for being with us during these challenging times. We can’t wait to thank you in person!