Entries by Kathy Graves

Infrastructure of Opportunity

Youth Enrichment students selecting their favorite books to take home, which was made possible through our partnership with Summer Reads VISTA, a program of the Minnesota Literacy Council. By Randi Ilyse Roth It’s a great privilege to be stepping into a leadership role at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. Interfaith Action’s vision is that: People […]

New Executive Director, Randi Ilyse Roth

By Dr. David Misemer, Board President It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Randi Ilyse Roth as Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul’s next Executive Director. Randi is a passionate, strategic and collaborative leader who has a deep understanding of distressed communities, and an impressive, lengthy record of leading organizations that […]

The Power of Naming

Annual Assembly held at Mount Zion Temple by Rev. Victoria Wilgocki For those of us who are parents, we have had first-hand experience with the power of naming — the privilege and responsibility of naming our children. There are other examples of the power of naming — naming a building, naming a church, naming a […]

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50 Years of Involvement

George and Marian Toren by Kristi Anderson, Development Director When George and Marian Toren informed us they included Interfaith Action in their estate plan, we interviewed them to learn more about their involvement and leadership in the Saint Paul faith community. The story below was published in the FaithWorks October-November 2009 issue. 50 Years of […]

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Project Home volunteer receives prestigious award

Mary Beth Young, Project Home Senior Site Coordinator with Laurie Wenker, Project Home volunteer. Laurie Wenker receives HealthPartners’ 2014 Wilbur Thomas Community Service Award. Each year, HealthPartners honors employees who strive to improve their communities through outstanding volunteer service. The Wilbur Thomas Community Service Award is one way HealthPartners recognizes outstanding employees who live out […]

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Moving families to housing

Volunteers Jan Hubbell and Suzanne Yeoh showing love through hospitality, with delicious watermelon. Project Home In January 2014, Ramsey County partnered with Catholic Charities and the YWCA of Saint Paul to unveil a pilot program called Coordinated Access to Housing and Shelter (CAHS). This pilot provides a new, streamlined way for families in crisis to […]

United in hopes and dreams

Project Home By Sara Liegl, Director of Project Home Yesterday, we had a family move out earlier than expected. They had left some of their belongings at the Project Home site they had been sheltered at. I picked the mom up at the day center and drove her over to pick up her things. As she […]

Why does interfaith work matter?

Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition By: Aria Christenson, Summer Intern, IYLCIntern@interfaithaction.org Current news is flooded with stories of religious intolerance and violence – around the globe and right here in the Twin Cities. What if religion became a unifier of diverse communities instead of a tool of division? What would this look like? At the Saint […]

Racism is a Hydra – The Monster is in Us

By: Rowzat Shipchandler, racial equity manager at Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. This is the third in a series of posts by Rowzat exploring the metaphor of racism as a multi-headed monster or a hydra. A hydra is one of my most often-used racism metaphors. In previous Facing Race e-newsletter articles, Racism is a Hydra and One of […]