Below is a list of services of the congregational members of the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness. From financial assistance to shoes, to meals, the DCEH congregations provide services for people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. The services are listed below by congregation. For further information, please contact the congregation directly. Thank you.
Basilica of Saint Mary
88 17th Street N North, 612.333.1381, www.mary.org
Thrift Store Vouchers: Monday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM
The Basilica has 4 Vouchers for the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store Monday-Thursday to be used for housewares or clothing. Vouchers go fast, be in line by 8:45 AM. Bus tokens are available for those who receive the voucher to get to and from St. Vincent de Paul. One voucher per 12 months.
Shoe Vouchers: Monday and Saturday, 9:30-11:00 AM
Shoe vouchers which can be redeemed at the Minneapolis Lake Street Kmart are available for individuals living in Minneapolis zip codes 55401, 55402, 55403, 55405 or 55411. Vouchers also are available for individuals who can verify they are currently living in a Minneapolis shelter or treatment program. Bus tokens are available only to those who received voucher to get to and from the Lake Street Kmart. One voucher per 12 months.
Bus Cards: Monday, 9:30-11:00 AM, Tuesday-Thursday 9:30-11:30 AM
Bus cards are available for Minneapolis residents with verifiable new jobs. (Letter on letterhead from supervisor is necessary for verification.) One $40 bus card is issued per 12 months.
Bus Tickets: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM
Bus tickets (one way only) available for Mpls residents. Funeral must be able to be verified. Tickets available for funeral of immediate family only (parent, spouse, child). Up to 2 tickets per family. One per 12 months.
Gas Cards: Monday and Saturday, 9:30-11:00 AM
One $20 gas card for Minneapolis residents with valid drivers license. One gas card per 12 months.
Food Shelf: Tuesday-Thursday, 12:30-3:00 PM
The food shelf is available at 1000 Currie Avenue.
Furniture Vouchers: Monday, 9:30-11:00 AM, Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM
The Basilica has 4 FurnitureVouchers for the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store Monday-Thursday. Must live in 55401, 55402, 55403, 55405, 55411. Vouchers go fast, be in line by 8:45 AM. Bus tokens are available for those who receive the voucher to get to and from St. Vincent de Paul. One voucher per 12 months.
Available to anyone in the Rectory:
Tues-Thurs- 9:00 am-7:00pm
Fri- 9:00am-5:00 pm
Life skills: Thursday, 6:00pm-8:15pm
Resource/Referrals: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM
Spiritual Guidance/Listening: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM
Mon- 9:30 am- 11am
Tues-Thurs- 9:30 am -11:30 am
Sat- 9:30am-11:00 am
Sun-9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Mon- 9:30 AM-5:00 PM (in rectory) and 9:30-11:00 AM(in Theresa of Calcutta Hall)
Tues, Wed, Thurs: 9:00AM-7:00PM (in rectory) and 9:30-11:30 AM(in Theresa of Calcutta Hall)
Fri: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (in rectory)
Sat: 9:30 AM-5:00 PM (rectory) and 9:30-11 AM (in Theresa of Calcutta Hall)
Sunday: 8:30 am -7:30 pm (in church)
Mon, Fri: 9:30 am-5pm (in rectory)
Tues-Thurs: 9:30 am-8pm (in rectory)
Sat: 9:30 am-6pm (in church)
Hygiene Items: Monday-Thursday, Saturday, 9:30 AM-11:00AM
Inventory is dependent upon donations. Items may include: toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, feminine items, etc.
ID: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am
Vouchers can be used in Hennepin County for Minnesota ID (drivers license or state ID) or MN birth certificate. One ID and birth certificate per 12 months.
Central Lutheran Church
333 12th Street S, 612.870.4416, www.centralmpls.org
Rental Assistance: Monday, Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 PM; Wednesday, Thursday- 9:00-11:00 AM
For zip code 55404 or in the neighborhood of Central Lutheran. Funds are limited.
Clothing and Basic Household Goods: Monday, 11:00 AM-12:30PM; Wednesday, 10:00-11:00 AM; Thursday- 1:00-2:30 PM
All types of clothing and basic household goods including sheets, plates and utensils are available in the Restoration Center. Items are free and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Inventory varies and is dependent upon donations.
Bus cards: Monday and Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 PM; Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00-11:00 PM
Cards for clients with jobs.
Meals: Monday,11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Free community meal in the Restoration Center.
Spiritual Guidance/Listening: Monday, 10:00 AM -1:00 PM; Thursday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and by appointment
Mon- 10:00-10:30am Worship
Medical Co-Pays: Monday and Tuesday, 1:00-3:00 PM; Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 -11:00 AM
The Restoration Center provides help with a co-pay for glasses, prescriptions, assistance for dental work and other needs.
Medical Nursing Center: Monday, 10:00AM-12:00PM; Thursday, 1:00-2:30 PM
Caring nurses can assist you with basic health care needs at the Augsburg Nursing Center, located on the same level as the Restoration Center.
Hygiene Items: Monday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM; Thursday, 1:00-2:30 PM
Hygiene kits and Diapers are dependent upon donations.
Computers: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
Access to computers is for Resumes/Job Searches and to view the Employment Board. Volunteers are available to help with job searches, resumes and cover letters Monday-Wednesday 1:00-3:00 PM.
Open AA: Thursday, 9-10am
Open AA is held weekly in the Augsburg Nursing Center.
Women’s Group: Thursday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
An informal session in the Augsburg Nursing Center focusing on community needs and women’s issues.
Other Services Available in the Restoration Center:
Resource/Referrals: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
Gathering Space: Monday –Thursday, 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
Phone Access: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
Restroom Access: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 AM-3:30 PM
Community Emergency Services
1900 11th Avenue S, 612.870.1125, www.cesmn.org
Food Shelf: Monday- Friday, 1:15-4:30 PM
Food shelf items include pantry items and fresh produce on Fridays. Families will receive one grocery bag per person per calendar month. Somali specific food packages are available.
Housing, Utility, Transportation Assistance: By Appointment
CES may be able to assist in emergency funding in the areas of housing, utility and transportation.
Work with Dignity (WWD)
WWD provides job-seeking and resume help for those living in the inner city. Jobs sought will be jobs that pay a living wage and include benefits.
Legal Aid: First and Third Wednesday of each month, 1:15-4:30 PM
Free legal counsel is provided by volunteer lawyers from Lindquist & Vennum.
Joshua Family Housing Program: (Transitional Housing)
The Joshua Family Program is a transitional program designed to assist families for up to six months. These are families who are trying to move from welfare to work, or who need extended assistance due to a crisis situation that interrupted the family income.
First Christian Church
2201 First Avenue South, 612.870.1868, www.fccminneapolis.org
First Christian Church regularly partners with the local efforts at the Groveland Food Shelf at Plymouth Church, Community Emergency Services, and St. Stephen’s Human Services.
First Covenant Church
810 South Seventh Street, 612.332.8093, www.1stcov.org
Housed at First Covenant, MetroKids provide quality, safe, affordable, and loving Christian early childhood education to families with children ages 6 weeks through 6 years. 612.332.5437.
Christian Legal Aid: Every Wednesday from 1-4PM
Free legal advice.
Families Moving Forward, Salvation Army Harbor Lights and Community Emergency Services
First Covenant partners with these three organizations. The congregation supports the work of Families Moving Forward and Salvation Army Harbor Lights by opening their building to shelter single adults in the winter and families two weeks of the year. Their partnership with Community Emergency Services (CES) supports the financial assistance, food support, and other services CES provides to the community.
First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
900 Mount Curve Avenue , 612.377.6608, www.firstunitariansociety.org
First Unitarian’s Social Action Program provides education, services, and advocacy to work towards systemic change and equal distribution of resources. The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis works to end homelessness in the Minneapolis area by cooperating in the inter-faith partnership, Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness and by attempting to meet individual needs.
Gethsemane Episcopal Church
905 4th Avenue S, 612.332.5407, www.downtownepiscopal.org
Food Shelf: Wednesday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Shelf of Hope provides pantry items, bread and bagels, and frozen meats such as chicken and ground beef. Clients may receive food-shelf items once per week.
Hygiene Items: Wednesday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
General hygiene items (may include toothpaste, soap, men’s razors, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner) and diapers sizes 3,4, and 5 and wipes. Inventory is dependent upon donations.
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Avenue, 612.871.5303, www.hennepinchurch.org
The Mission of the Dignity Center is to support each person’s stabilization goals by providing information and referrals, resources, coaching and self-sufficiency skills training. All services and resources are provided through the client/advocate relationship. Advocates assess the clients needs, makes referrals to programs and services in the community, provide resources to support the clients self-sufficiency goals and offer an ongoing supportive relationship to help the client achieve stability.
Snacks offered when the Dignity Center is open Mon,Wed,Fri: 9:00-11:30
Sandwiches, drinks, and cookies are offered whenever the Dignity Center is open. It is part of our hospitality ministry.
Meals: First and Fifth Sundays of each Month, 5:30 PM
Meals are provided through the Community Meals Ministry in Hennepin Church social hall. They are open to anyone.
The Abundant Life Group: Wednesdays 5:30-8:00.
This group is by invitation only to 8-10 clients of the Dignity Center who have been steadily working with an advocate on becoming stabilized. Group members make a 6 month commitment to come to the group once a week. The topics discussed in each group are developed by the group members, and therefore vary from group to group. They often include such issues as Money management; Healthy Relationships: Goal Setting for Changing your life; communication skills, Developing self-care and stress management strategies.
Legal Referrals: Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:00-11:30 AM
Clients with legal issues may be referred by their Advocate to a volunteer lawyer at the Dignity Center. The lawyer will help the client determine the next steps to resolve the legal issue.
Financial Education: Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:00-11:30 AM
Clients with financial problems or questions may be referred by their Advocate to a volunteer financial consultant. The financial consultant with help the client either resolve financial problems or learn basic financial literacy.
Other Services: Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:00 AM -11:30 AM
Resource/Referrals: clients receive appointment calendars
Phone Access, Restrooms: Church Hours Daily
Limited Utility Assistance
1729 North Lyndale Avenue, 612.521.1749, www.masjidannur.org
Food Shelf: third Saturday of the month, 8:00-9:30 AM
Food is dependent upon supply and is first come-first serve. MN ID and proof of residence (lease or utility bill) required.
Plymouth Congregational Church
1900 Nicollet Avenue, 612.871.7400, www.plymouth.org
Groveland Community Food Shelf: Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, Friday, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Youth Food Shelf, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 4 – 7 PM.
Provides an emergency supply of 3-5 days worth of food. Food shelf has pantry items and limited produce.
Drop-In Center : Wednesdays 1-3 or Thursdays 6-8 PM
Fellowship for neighbors with disabilities, mental illness or struggles with independent living.
Meals: Third Sunday of the month, 5:00 PM- 6:30 PM
A hot, nutritious meal is served on the third Sunday of each month.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
215 8th Street S, 612.870.7800, www.ourcathedral.org
2nd Sunday of the month at 5:00 pm
Mondays, 6:00 PM for individuals age 30 or younger
Thursdays, 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM- Soup, warm space, and bag lunches to go.
Phone access- Fridays 12-4pm
St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Avenue S, 612.825.9595, www.stmarysgoc.org
St. Mary’s is an active partner with community organizations and partners with Heading Home Hennepin to host the Youth Connect, a one shop stop with housing, employment and other opportunities.
St. Olaf Catholic Church
519 Oak Grove St, 612.332.7471, www.saintolaf.org
Services Provided Monday-Wednesday : 9:00 AM-11:20 AM, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Rental Assistance/Utility Assistance
Basic Household Goods- Towels, sheets, plates, utensils
Bus Cards/Tokens for clients with jobs
Food Pantry – To supplement food shelf use.
Spiritual Guidance/Listening, By appointment with Sr. Joan Tuberty
Furniture referrals to St. Vincent DePaul and Bridging
2423 Emerson Avenue S, 612.377.8680, www.templeisrael.com
Temple Israel is an active partner with community organizations like Families Moving Forward to combat homelessness amongst Minneapolis’ families.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 Marquette Avenue, 612.332.3421, www.ewestminster.org
Meals: 4th Sunday of each month, 5:00 PM
Other services: Call ahead for availability.
Counseling by appointment in the counseling center