Entries by Kathy Graves

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? […]

Interfaith Action Bids Farewell to Project SPIRIT

Nine congregations came together in 1993 to create a place and space that blended academic and cultural enrichment activities for African American children. The program taught strength, perseverance, imagination, responsibility, integrity and talent — SPIRIT! Over the years, numerous organizations have collaborated with Project SPIRIT to make it one of the community’s most exemplary after-school […]

Lawyers Help Community Power-Up

Randi Ilyse Roth, Executive Director For about a year, the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church community near Selby and Dale engaged in what their pastor, Rev. Carl Walker, called “Community Power-Ups.” One Wednesday night each month, in partnership with deeply invested community organizations, Morning Star congregants enjoyed live jazz, a meal, and education about financial […]

Ending Homelessness One Family at a Time

“It takes too long to move from shelter to stable housing.” That’s the feedback Interfaith Action’s Project Home staff continually receive. Families report that they struggle to get necessary documents, to find affordable places to rent once placed in a scattered site program, and to track down their assessment caseworkers for assistance. To address this […]

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OSP Volunteer Highlight: Janet Murphy

Janet Murphy, Opportunity Saint Paul volunteer Edited by Emma Grisanzio, Program Support Coordinator, Opportunity Saint Paul PLACEMENT | Saint Paul Public Library VOLUNTEER ROLE | Homework Helper Janet volunteers with the Saint Paul Public Library at Arlington Hills Community Center. The homework center supervisor there shared this highlight with us: “Janet Murphy…is a really great […]

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OSP Volunteer Highlight: Josh Rebholz

Josh Rebholz, Opportunity Saint Paul volunteer Edited by Emma Grisanzio, Program Support Coordinator, Opportunity Saint Paul PLACEMENT | Reading Partners VOLUNTEER ROLE | Reading Tutor Josh volunteers at Anishinabe Academy, where the site coordinator shared this story with us: “Josh is an outstanding young man. He is dedicated to his student and it really shows. […]

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OSP Volunteer Highlight: Suzanne Donovan

Suzanne Donovan, Opportunity Saint Paul volunteer Edited by Emma Grisanzio, Program Support Coordinator, Opportunity Saint Paul PLACEMENT | Reading Partners VOLUNTEER ROLE | Reading Tutor Suzanne volunteers at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet, where the site coordinator shared this story with us: “Suzanne Donovan has been a great asset to Reading Partners and to the […]

Interfaith Action: A Legacy of Enrichment

Rev. H. David Stewart, retired pastor at Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church, has served on Interfaith Action’s Board of Directors since 2009. By Rev. H. David Stewart, Board of Directors When I became the pastor of Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church in 1985, I quickly learned about Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul (then called Saint Paul […]