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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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Create Art. Buy Art. Give Shelter.

Posted on January 6th, 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.

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.

Meet Teddy and Sugar

Posted on December 30th, 2019

Teddy, one of our former shelter guests, found support and housing stability through Simpson’s shelter. We invite you to hear his story: 

“I was homeless for five years. I had an addiction. I am diabetic, and I wasn’t taking care of myself.   

For years, I saw a line outside Simpson United Methodist Church in my neighborhood.

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