Entries by Kathy Graves

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Sarah Peterka Joins Interfaith Action as Program Director of Opportunity Saint Paul

Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Peterka as program director of the organization’s Opportunity Saint Paul program. Peterka will work closely with the executive director to build partnerships with clergy, community leaders, and nonprofit partners. She also will be responsible for recruiting and supporting individual volunteers and […]


The Value of Volunteers in Anti-Poverty Work

Interfaith Action closed out its Opportunity Saint Paul (OSP) pilot year on July 26 with a learning community event that brought volunteers, staff and nonprofit partners together to share accomplishments, experiences and advice for the future. Imam Hassan Mohamud welcomed the crowd and talked the importance of interfaith work. The group also heard from Joyce […]


Fairmount United Methodist Church Steps Up

When Central Baptist, a faithful Project Home site partner since 2006, discovered that its facility needed requisite upgrades, Interfaith Action needed a new host for the September slot. Enter Fairmount Avenue United Methodist Church (FAUMC), a congregation that has provided dozens of volunteers over the years to work at Project Home’s Messiah Episcopal site. “We […]

City Declares July 26 “Interfaith Action” Day

The Saint Paul City Council passed a resolution this week declaring Thursday, July 26, 2018, “Interfaith Action” day in recognition of the impact the organization’s Opportunity Saint Paul program had in its pilot year. Read the editorial in the Pioneer Press. Nearly 100 volunteers and the seven nonprofit partners who joined Opportunity Saint Paul (OSP) […]

Pilot Year of Opportunity Saint Paul Nears Completion

  The pilot year of Opportunity Saint Paul (OSP) is almost complete! In this first year, we have learned that OSP mobilizes volunteers to build economic mobility, supports the effectiveness of volunteers, and strengthens faith communities. We are heartened by the positive feedback from our volunteers. In fact, several have even doubled their time commitment! […]

American Indian Youth Enrichment Demonstrates Tremendous Impact

Nearly 80 youth in grades 1-8 signed up for Interfaith Action’s annual Indigenous-led, holistic, and fun-filled summer American Indian Youth Enrichment (AIYE) program. For two months, Native youth are learning about their heritage and history alongside Indigenous leaders and becoming advocates for their culture. Activities include Native foods, lacrosse and other traditional Native games, Reading […]

Building Opportunity: What does it mean?

“Opportunity moments can change the trajectory of a person’s life,” said Joshua Mbanusi, the keynote speaker at Opportunity of Saint Paul’s learning community event on May 22. Using his own story as the backdrop to a content-rich presentation, Mr. Mbanusi talked about the moment in his life when a high school adviser opened a door […]

Annual Assembly Builds “Habits of the Heart”

Click here to register for the 2019 Annual Assembly with Ray Suarez.   Clifton L. Taulbert addresses the 2018 Annual Assembly crowd. Nearly 200 people gathered on Thursday, May 10, for Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul’s 2018 Annual Assembly. Our new venue this year was spectacular: the Klas Center at Hamline University. We were […]

Eight Habits of the Heart

Clifton L. Taulbert, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, businessman and entrepreneur, is the keynote speaker at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul’s Annual Assembly on Thursday, May 10. His widely acclaimed book, Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values That Build Strong Families and Communities, is the foundation for his address. So, what are those eight habits? […]