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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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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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