news & events

Announcing Simpson Housing Services’ New Shelter Project

Posted on February 20th, 2020

Dear Friends:

As we have previously shared with you, Simpson became the owner of the Simpson United Methodist Church property last spring, home of our current shelter. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new shelter project at the site.

Simpson’s board of directors and staff are committed to designing and executing a national best practice shelter model.

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Meet William: a U.S. Veteran finds housing stability

Posted on February 18th, 2020

Fifty-eight-year-old William is a United States veteran. He served in the Navy from 1982 to 1986, stationed in California and Virginia and aboard an aircraft carrier on which he completed an around-the-world tour.  

Humble and hard-working, this Minnesota native has also experienced homelessness. William’s hardship began six years ago.

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Meet John Green, Simpson’s Board President

Posted on February 13th, 2020

Simpson Housing Services is honored to announce John Green as our new board president.

John joined the board in 2015 and has been actively engaged in leading our mission to house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. During this time, he has served in various positions as a member of the Nominating Committee and Finance Committee in addition to providing leadership as Vice President of the board from 2018 to 2019.

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Our Kitchen Offers Generous Hospitality to Simpson Guests 

Posted on February 6th, 2020

For the past seven years, Danny and his wife Oksana have opened the doors of their restaurant, Our Kitchen, generously sharing their hospitality and home-cooked meals with guests of Simpson’s shelter on Christmas morning. 

Danny Ziegler is the owner and operator of Our Kitchen, a Minneapolis neighborhood restaurant that has offered a welcoming atmosphere and delicious fare to guests since 1941. 

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Meet Don: Artist, Musician, and Simpson Youth Program Participant 

Posted on January 23rd, 2020

Personable and humble, twenty-five-year-old Don is a participant in Simpson’s Youth Housing Program and a multifaceted, self-taught artist. He is a painter and sketch artist, a guitarist and composer. His self-expression extends to singing, rap, and writing poetry. “I love expression through art — art that can be consumed visually or audibly,” he says.  

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Meet Jeremiah: A Devoted Dad

Posted on November 12th, 2019

A devoted single father with a never-give-up attitude, Jeremiah has persevered through a journey of homelessness and survival as a victim of domestic violence and addiction. After experiencing homelessness for five months and living at a local shelter for an additional two months, Jeremiah and his family secured transitional housing at Simpson’s Passage Community.

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January is National Mentoring Month – Meet Danaeh

Posted on November 1st, 2019

January in National Mentoring Month!

Watch the video about Danaeh and her mentor.

Click here to join us for an Introductory Session where you will learn about opportunities to volunteer with children and youth at Simpson.

Twelve-year-old Danaeh and her mentor, Therese Pautz, have been matched through Simpson’s mentoring program for more than two years. Read Danaeh’s inspiring poem, Fearless, and experience the positive and lasting impact that a mentoring relationship can have in the life of a young person experiencing homelessness. Click here to read Danaeh’s poem.

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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