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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Meet Pete: Simpson Participant and Art 4 Shelter Artist

Posted on May 15th, 2019

Pete is an accomplished, self-taught artist. He paints stunning landscapes with colorful sunsets, birch trees, and serene blue waters. Watercolor is his favorite medium. His paintings adorn the lobby, community room, and hallways of his apartment building, providing warmth, color, and glimpses of natural beauty to these shared spaces.

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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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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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Join us for the 9th Annual Art 4 Shelter!

Posted on April 2nd, 2019

Spring is finally in the air, and Art 4 Shelter is just around the corner! This spectacular event would not be possible without you, the talented artists who contribute every year. THANK YOU!

Since Art 4 Shelter started eight years ago, we have raised $610,000 which is equal to over 17,000 nights of shelter for men and women experiencing homelessness.

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View Our 2017/2018 Annual Report

Posted on March 23rd, 2019

We are pleased to share with your our 2017/2018 annual report.   With the support of the community, donors and volunteers, we:

  • Provided 682 men and 429 women with shelter beds.
  • Moved 1,454 people into safe, stable housing.
  • Supported 289 families, including 649 children, in our family housing program.

Thank you for being a part of  our efforts to help end homelessness in our community.  You can read our full annual report and financial summary, here.

Mamas’ Day of Healing

Posted on March 6th, 2019

The inaugural Mamas’ Day of Healing, an all-day retreat for parents in Simpson’s family supportive housing program took place on February 28, 2019. Fourteen moms, one father, and twenty children ages three months to eight years, gathered at the Wilder Foundation for relaxation, education, and fun. It was a day for parents to focus on themselves. 

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The Navigation Center: Collaboration. Safe Housing. New Beginnings.

Posted on February 21st, 2019

The Navigation Center, a Native-led, collaborative community response, opened in December 2018. Designed as a low-barrier and service-rich temporary shelter for adults, the Navigation Center provides a safe and dignified transitional housing option for more than 120 community members who previously lived outdoors at the encampment, respectfully known as the Wall of Forgotten Natives. Early in the planning process, Simpson Housing Services was selected by the collaborative planning team to provide shelter operational support for the Navigation Center.
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