Simpson stories

Meet Ashley and Taylor

A young mother gets a new home and support from Simpson Housing

Ashley enjoys the peace and quiet in her new Bloomington apartment. With her one year old daughter Taylor toddling around the room, Ashley tells me she “felt really lucky and blessed to get called,” to join Simpson Housing Service’s Young Parent Program, a supportive housing program designed to serve young parents ages 18-24.

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Tim and his son find Home at Simpson

It was a dream come true

Tim had struggled with homelessness for five years. After divorcing his wife and being forced to sell his home in Chicago, he was awarded full custody of his son. Trying to protect his son from the situation was especially painful. “I was trying to keep my adversity from him, but right as we moved here, it began to affect him, especially moving out of our last apartment. Then Tim got a call from Simpson Housing.

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Sam K. is in housing

Getting to the heart of the matter

Sam had stayed the Simpson Men’s Shelter for a night here and there over the last few years, but received a 28-day bed in February of 2009. “When you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to sleep, eat, and shower each night, it allows you to focus on some other things."

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Geraldine

Geraldine has become a morning person

This is easier to do now that she has her own bed to wake up in every morning. Being a morning person comes in handy during her shift tending the breakfast bar at a Comfort Inn in a Minneapolis suburb.

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Simpson volunteer Tracy

Serving at the shelter

Tracy began volunteering with Simpson by serving dinner at the men’s shelter with his church, First Universalist. “I was so amazed by the kindness of the men towards each other. No one would go up for second helpings until they knew everyone had eaten,” he says.

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