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Rose’s Journey: Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty

Posted on June 13th, 2019

Rose, a former guest of Simpson Shelter, recently settled into her new home.  A twenty-eight-year-old Native American woman — White Earth Ojibwe on her mom’s side and Lac du Flambeau Chippewa on her dad’s side — she has experienced generational homelessness. Most recently she experienced homelessness for more than two years,

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Spruce Up Day at Passage Community 

Posted on May 24th, 2019

A sunny, 70-degree Saturday in May served as a perfect backdrop for Spruce Up Day, a volunteer-led effort to refresh the outdoor playground of Simpson’s Passage Community for the summer months.  

A team of twenty-one Bright Horizons volunteers, led by Bright Horizons employee and long-time Simpson volunteer Jill King,

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Ann Sisel

Posted on May 10th, 2019

Ann’s abstract paintings incorporate vivid colors and textiles. Her life-long love of art was inspired by her mother, who was also a painter. Ann went back to Macalester College for her fine arts degree when she was 40 years old. She continues to immerse herself in her creative work during retirement. 

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Annette Fournet

Posted on April 29th, 2019

As an acclaimed fine art photographer, Annette’s work is influenced predominately by photography, both analogue and digital, and also by other media such as painting. Themes in her art include Wabi-sabi, longing, and currently the concept of women as goddesses. 

Annette’s interest in art began when she was very young.

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Mail Carrier/Musician Delivers Goodwill to Simpson

Posted on December 19th, 2018

 

Tanner Peck has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for the last four years. In his utility role, he delivers mail on five different routes in Minneapolis. “I’m a regular, but my five routes vary. I deliver on a route by 1st Avenue near Simpson shelter and by a lower income area near I-35.

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Nicolle’s Story: A U.S. Veteran’s Journey of Survival, Independence, and Hope

Posted on December 18th, 2018

Nicolle and her daughter, Amaya, relocated to Minnesota from South Carolina to be closer to extended family and further her education at a well-known culinary school. 

When their housing with an extended family member fell through, Nicolle and her daughter experienced homelessness for four months, living in a hotel and out of their car during the summer and fall months.

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Buffy’s Story

Posted on December 9th, 2018

We slept at a bus stop that night.

I remember the culmination of events that led to the lowest point of my life. I had my five young children with me, and we had nowhere to go. We were on the street after two years of staying with my family and living in and out of motel rooms with my youngest son’s dad.

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Simpson Housing Services Receives $2.5 Million Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant

Posted on November 20th, 2018

Simpson Housing Services has been selected to receive a $2.5 million grant award from the Bezos Day 1 Families Fund to expand our Family Housing Program, including Children and Youth Services programs, over the next four years. Simpson was one of 24 nonprofits across the country and the only one in Minnesota to be awarded this grant. Simpson is honored to receive this generous gift and extraordinary opportunity to serve more families experiencing homelessness.   Click here to read the press release.