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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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This holiday Jonathan didn’t have to sleep in his car.

Posted on December 29th, 2016

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.

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Adult Shelter Connect Holiday Hours

Posted on December 22nd, 2016

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
  • Saturday,
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Give the gift of home this season and your gift will be matched!

Posted on December 22nd, 2016

I met Natasha outside a gas station.

I just happened to stop for a morning paper and there she was, her baby in arms, two bags at her feet. She looked fearful. When I asked if she was alright, she told me she was leaving an abusive relationship and was waiting for a ride.

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We can all make a difference: a reflection from a Simpson staff member

Posted on November 16th, 2016

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This Fall, Simpson Housing Services helped open the doors to Adult Shelter Connect, a new collaborative with the five Minneapolis single adult shelter providers.  Simpson manages this office at St. Olaf Church and provides assessment and placement for adults seeking shelter in Hennepin County. During the first week hundreds of people came to the office to seek shelter.

New Volunteer Opportunity: Shelter Connect Liaison

Posted on October 30th, 2016

The Adult Shelter Connect office was formed by the Single Adult Shelter Collaborative and opened on October 17th, 2016.  Participating shelters include Catholic Charities, Our Saviour’s Housing, Salvation Army, Simpson Housing Services, and St. Stephen’s Human Services.  The Adult Shelter Connect office is funded by Hennepin County and Simpson Housing Services oversees the day-to-day operations.

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Join us on Give to the Max Day

Posted on October 30th, 2016

Schedule your donation today! 

  • Starting on November 1 – 16, you can schedule your gift and it will be transacted on November 17.
  • New and increased gift will be matched up to $25,000 by the Frey Foundation.
  • Your donation’s processing fee will be underwritten by members of the Simpson Board of Directors.
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