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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A Visit from the Governor

Posted on July 17th, 2019

We were honored to recently have a special visit from Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan at Simpson’s shelter. Guests staying at the shelter had the opportunity to join in an intimate dialogue with the elected officials, who sought to hear about guests’ experiences with homelessness,

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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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Create Art.  Buy Art.  Give Shelter.

Posted on May 1st, 2019

9th Annual Art 4 Shelter

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  • Location:  Machine Shop | 300 2nd St SE, Mpls
  • Art Sale: Preview at 6:0o pm | Sale at 7:00
  • Evening event is free and open to the public.
  • Click here to purchase tickets to the First Look Luncheon.

Art 4 Shelter is a fun, high profile, and inspiring benefit art sale brings together hundreds of artists and collectors for a special evening of music, wine, conversation, and art buying!

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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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