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Star Tribune: With too many homeless and too few shelter beds

Posted on September 20th, 2017

“We are grateful for the Star Tribune featuring Simpson Staff on the front page – working diligently to make best use of the limited shelter resources we have available in our community. As we continue to work towards creative, collaborative solutions – this important issue certainly warrants front page attention.”

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Meet Randy: A Shelter Volunteer

Posted on August 24th, 2017

Randy Pottebaum may be retired, but he’s not done helping others. For two years, Randy has volunteered his time at Simpson’s Shelter 3-4 evenings a month. He stocks and cleans up the supply closet, he makes coffee for guests, and then greets them as they enter the shelter for the evening.

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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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