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.
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,
“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.
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,
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.
- When: Thursday,
“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.
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.
This fall, Jonathan was homeless and sleeping in his car. His friend, who had a bed at the Simpson shelter, brought Jonathan to visit. He hadn’t been to the shelter before and wasn’t really interested in staying. There happened to be an extra bed open that night and Jonathan’s friend persuaded him to stay and get a decent night’s sleep.
Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
- Adult Shelter Connect office open normal hours 1:00pm-5:30pm
- Sunday, December 25th (Christmas Day) available by phone only – (612) 248-2350 1:00-5:30pm
- after-hours United Way 2-1-1 available normal hours after 7:30pm – (651) 291-0211
Monday, December 26th (day after Christmas)
- Adult Shelter Connect office open normal hours 9:00am-5:30pm