news & events

Meet the Children and Youth Services Team

Posted on August 22nd, 2019

Simpson’s Children and Youth Services (C & YS) Team supports the needs of individual children and their families through tutoring, mentoring, and parent education.  

“We’re going in and talking to parents, asking them important questions: What are your goals? How can I support you? What can we do together to support your child?

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Remarkable Student Leader Supports Tools for School Program 

Posted on August 22nd, 2019

Students in Simpson’s Housing Services’ Family Housing Program will be prepared for school this fall because of backpack and school supply donations received through its annual Tools for School campaign.  

Will McDonald, an incoming 11th grader at The Blake School in Minneapolis, is supporting this effort by organizing donations from Blake students and families for the second year in a row.

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Simpson Celebrates Community

Posted on August 8th, 2019

Residents in Simpson’s two single adult housing communities enjoyed a festive evening of activities at a National Night Out block party in early August. More than 60 Simpson residents and nearby neighbors joined in this community–building event at one of Simpson’s housing sites. 

Guests enjoyed a dinner of delicious picnic favorites: hot dogs with all the works,

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Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags® Program

Posted on July 17th, 2019

We are excited to announce that Simpson has been selected as a recipient of the Buffalo Exchange Tokens for Bags® program from July through December 2019!

You can now donate to Simpson just by shopping for your fashions at Buffalo Exchange in Minneapolis. Instead of a plastic bag,

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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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Spruce Up Day at Passage Community 

Posted on May 24th, 2019

A sunny, 70-degree Saturday in May served as a perfect backdrop for Spruce Up Day, a volunteer-led effort to refresh the outdoor playground of Simpson’s Passage Community for the summer months.  

A team of twenty-one Bright Horizons volunteers, led by Bright Horizons employee and long-time Simpson volunteer Jill King,

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Art 4 Shelter artist: Deann Speltz

Posted on May 13th, 2019

Talented artist and Art 4 Shelter committee member, Deann Speltz is dedicated to creating art and supporting the important work of Simpson Housing Services through Art 4 Shelter. She began contributing her work to Art 4 Shelter four years ago after first attending the event. Deann later joined the Art 4 Shelter committee because her two sisters-in-law were members of the coordinating team.

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Art 4 Shelter artist: Madeleine Lowry

Posted on May 13th, 2019

Madeleine Lowry’s artistic repertoire encompasses drawing, painting, collage, encaustic, and other techniques. Impressionism, color field art, and process-based art are her favorite styles. She identifies most with impressionist landscapes. 

Madeleine has been painting since she was twelve years old. “When I was young, I wanted to be able to paint like Zoltan Szabo,” she says.  

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Art 4 Shelter Artist: Marla Gamble

Posted on May 6th, 2019

Marla Gamble has been a self–employed professional artist for nearly 50 years. “I decided I would be an artist in fifth grade, but when I helped a classmate complete a Picasso–inspired art project which won her the first prize, I was committed to being a professional artist,” she says. 

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