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Help Simpson win $25,000

Posted on July 19th, 2017


For the second year in a row, Simpson Housing Services is pleased to participate in the Minnesota Monthly’s Give Twin Cities Challenge.

The nonprofit that raises the most during the six week challenge wins: $25,000 first place, $15,000 second place, and $10,000 third place. Weekly bonus challenges are also available.

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Inspiration from a young volunteer

Posted on June 29th, 2017

Joshua Kortgard is not your average 14 year old boy. Sure, he likes playing tennis, video games, but he also spends his time collecting toiletries to donate to Simpson’s Shelter.

It all started a few years ago on a family trip to Chicago. Josh saw people on the streets and started asking questions:

“Where do they sleep?”
“Can they come live with us?”

“How do they brush their teeth?”
“Can we buy them a house?”

His mom,

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Heading Home Hennepin Video

Posted on March 30th, 2017

On March 29th, we joined the community in celebrating 10 years of Heading Home Hennepin. At the celebration one of Simpson’s participants, Brittany, was featured in the video.

Click here to view the video, her story starts at 1.44. Brittany and her two children found housing through a partnership with Simpson and Hennepin County’s Stable Family Initiative.

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Meet Joylenna

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

Joylenna Sims likes to have a goal. She’s always working toward something – learning, growing, and striving to be better. And as a Family Advocate at Simpson, she puts that attitude toward her program participants, too.

“I’m always driven by what’s next, how I can be better,

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Meet Jean

Posted on February 20th, 2017

“To provoke thought and to get you to actively participate and engage in your own life.” That’s Jean Loyd’s personal mission statement. It guides her life, both personal and professional. Jean’s been working at Simpson for nine years and her mission statement drives her work.

“I like asking people questions.

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Meet Tony

Posted on February 15th, 2017

Tony Szczepaniak first got involved with Simpson ten years ago through his church, Immanuel Lutheran church, Eden Prairie. “My involvement began as the church coordinator and all around cheerleader to raise awareness and engage volunteers,” Tony says. “It felt like the right thing to do.”

Over the years,

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Join us on March 9th: Search for Home Event

Posted on February 13th, 2017

Join us for an educational and interactive training about affordable housing and homelessness in Minnesota  and a deeper look into Simpson’s program. The training will cover the history of homelessness and low-income housing, the range of housing options available today, the cost of homelessness, and an examination of solutions.

Meet Anne

Posted on February 1st, 2017

“I am a professor at Metropolitan State University. I have connected dozens of law enforcement and criminal justice students with Simpson for service learning opportunities as part of a course I teach called “Citizenship and Community Involvement.”

Simpson is by far my most recommended service learning opportunity for students because it introduces them to issues of urban poverty that many of them have never experienced from the perspective of a concerned citizen.

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The Impact of Mentoring at Simpson

Posted on January 10th, 2017

When I look back on the past 17 years of working with families and youth experiencing homelessness, I have come to firmly believe two important things that have been proven time and time again through the lives of the hundreds of young people I’ve gotten to know. The first is that children and youth are miraculous in their ability to be resilient in the face of hardships and the second is that relationships are where the magic happens.

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