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Homeless Day on the Hill

Posted on February 22nd, 2020

Join us on Homeless Day on the Hill on March 11 and be a voice for expanding and preserving emergency shelter beds & affordable housing. Click here to register.

Please join us in pushing our boldest agenda item yet: $50 Million investment to Expanding and Preserving Emergency Shelter Beds

Download the 2020 MCH Legislative Agenda

Expanding emergency shelter beds will provide immediate and temporary housing for our most vulnerable Minnesotans.

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Announcing Simpson Housing Services’ New Shelter Project

Posted on February 20th, 2020

Dear Friends:

As we have previously shared with you, Simpson became the owner of the Simpson United Methodist Church property last spring, home of our current shelter. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new shelter project at the site.

Simpson’s board of directors and staff are committed to designing and executing a national best practice shelter model.

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Create Art. Buy Art. Give Shelter.

Posted on February 19th, 2020

We are now accepting artwork for Art 4 Shelter 2020!

Join us for the 10th Anniversary Art 4 Shelter on May 13, 2020 at our new venue, The Fillmore – Minneapolis.

We are currently accepting artwork, please click here to review submission guidelines or download form. 

Mail artwork submissions to our NEW address:

  • Simpson Housing Services | Attn: Art 4 Shelter  
  • 2100 Pillsbury Avenue S,  Minneapolis, MN 55404  

For more information on Art 4 Shelter please click here.

Meet William: a U.S. Veteran finds housing stability

Posted on February 18th, 2020

Fifty-eight-year-old William is a United States veteran. He served in the Navy from 1982 to 1986, stationed in California and Virginia and aboard an aircraft carrier on which he completed an around-the-world tour.  

Humble and hard-working, this Minnesota native has also experienced homelessness. William’s hardship began six years ago.

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Meet John Green, Simpson’s Board President

Posted on February 13th, 2020

Simpson Housing Services is honored to announce John Green as our new board president.

John joined the board in 2015 and has been actively engaged in leading our mission to house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. During this time, he has served in various positions as a member of the Nominating Committee and Finance Committee in addition to providing leadership as Vice President of the board from 2018 to 2019.

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Our Kitchen Offers Generous Hospitality to Simpson Guests 

Posted on February 6th, 2020

For the past seven years, Danny and his wife Oksana have opened the doors of their restaurant, Our Kitchen, generously sharing their hospitality and home-cooked meals with guests of Simpson’s shelter on Christmas morning. 

Danny Ziegler is the owner and operator of Our Kitchen, a Minneapolis neighborhood restaurant that has offered a welcoming atmosphere and delicious fare to guests since 1941. 

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Meet Don: Artist, Musician, and Simpson Youth Program Participant 

Posted on January 23rd, 2020

Personable and humble, twenty-five-year-old Don is a participant in Simpson’s Youth Housing Program and a multifaceted, self-taught artist. He is a painter and sketch artist, a guitarist and composer. His self-expression extends to singing, rap, and writing poetry. “I love expression through art — art that can be consumed visually or audibly,” he says.  

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Local High School Student Leads Blanket Drive

Posted on January 21st, 2020

Cole, a 12th grade student from Hutchinson High School, has a heart for service and a gift for collaboration. Last fall, Cole decided to initiate his own service project. He brainstormed with his sister, and the pair decided on a blanket drive.  

Cole started the project closer to home,

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Minnesota Homeless Memorial March: A Reflection 

Posted on January 15th, 2020

For 15 years, John Stevers has participated in the Minnesota Homeless Memorial March, honoring those who have died while homeless during the past year. The stories of people who have experienced homelessness strengthen his steadfast support of the march.  

“On my first or second march, I walked with a 35–year-old shelter guest who had been kicked out of his house,

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January is National Mentoring Month – Meet Danaeh

Posted on January 5th, 2020

January in National Mentoring Month!

Watch the video about Danaeh and her mentor.

Click here to join us for an Introductory Session where you will learn about opportunities to volunteer with children and youth at Simpson.

Twelve-year-old Danaeh and her mentor, Therese Pautz, have been matched through Simpson’s mentoring program for more than two years. Read Danaeh’s inspiring poem, Fearless, and experience the positive and lasting impact that a mentoring relationship can have in the life of a young person experiencing homelessness. Click here to read Danaeh’s poem.