news & events

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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Thank you to Gerry and Messiah United Methodist Church Volunteers

Posted on April 8th, 2019

Simpson volunteer Gerry, a retired teacher and salesman, has been serving meals to guests at Simpson’s shelter with several faith communities for 20 years. With a chuckle, Gerry illustrates how long he has been at Simpson: “When I started volunteering with Simpson, the sinks in the kitchen were the only way to wash the dishes.

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Meet Mallory, Simpson Literacy Mentor

Posted on April 8th, 2019

Simpson literacy mentor Mallory, employed full-time and serving on the boards of several nonprofits, has been matched with eight-year-old Faye for the past six months. Mallory first learned of the Simpson literacy program through a Simpson staff member. “I was a little nervous at first because I hadn’t spent that much time with kids.

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A Simpson Community Partner: Modo Yoga 

Posted on April 8th, 2019

Modo Yoga Minneapolis, owned and operated by Phil Doucette and Ryann Doucette, has been sharing the mission of yoga with its health-minded clientele for eight years. Central to Modo Yoga are its six pillars – Be Peace, Be Healthy, Live Green, Live to Learn, Be Accessible, and Community Support — all of which guide the business’ decisions and build a tangible experience of community within and beyond the studio. 

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Simpson Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Luanne

Posted on January 24th, 2019

Luanne started volunteering at Simpson’s shelter four months ago when she saw a post on Simpson’s Facebook page requesting meal serving volunteers. She enjoyed her first volunteering experience and made the commitment to helping as a shelter support volunteer on a regular basis. One evening per month, Lu helps with daily activities that keep the shelter running smoothly for guests.

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Meet Matthew Ayres: Simpson’s Volunteer Engagement and Partnerships Manager

Posted on September 20th, 2018

Matthew Ayres recently joined the Simpson team after 12 years at Hennepin County in the Office to End Homelessness and later in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Office.

Matthew’s relationship with Simpson began in 2005 when he served as an intern while pursuing his Master of Social Work at the University of Minnesota.

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Become a mentor and change a life.

Posted on July 1st, 2018

1 in 3 youth are growing up without a mentor

You can make a difference by becoming a mentor today.

The first step to becoming a mentor is to attend one of our Introductory Sessions where you’ll learn more about the different opportunities and our strategies for success.  Join us at a informational sessions to learn more:

  • Monday, August 13,  5:30 – 7 pmRSVP here

Simpson is proud to be a part of National Mentoring Month.

Posted on January 20th, 2018

Mentoring is a critical component in young people’s lives, helping them make the decisions and connections that lead to improved opportunities. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.  Click here to read more.

  • Register today to attend an informational session:
  • Monday, January 29, 5:30 pm – 7 pm | RSVP here
  • Tuesday, February 13, 5:30 pm – 7 pm | RSVP here

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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