DCEH Direct Services


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.

Direct Service Pocket Guide


All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church

3100 Park Avenue South, 612.824.2673, www.agcmcc.org

Hot Meal: Thursday, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Monetary Assistance: Benevolence Fund

Limited funds are available for rent, down deposit, transportation, food, or other assistance as needed.


Basilica of Saint Mary- St. Vincent De Paul Ministry

88 17th Street N North, 612.333.1381, www.mary.org

*All services are first come first serve.

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/families living in Minneapolis zip codes 55401, 55402, 55403, 55405 or 55411.  Vouchers also are available for those who can verify they are currently living in a Minneapolis shelter or treatment program.  A bus token is available only to those who received voucher to get to the Lake Street Kmart.  One voucher per 12 months.

Bus Cards: 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).  Bus cards are available once every 12 months.

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.  Vouchers for out of state born birth certificates are also available.  One ID and birth certificate per 12 months.

Thrift Store Vouchers: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM

The Basilica has 4 Vouchers for the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store Tuesday-Thursday to be used for housewares and or clothing.  A bus token is available for those who receive the voucher to get to the thrift store.  One voucher per 12 months. Minneapolis residents only.

Bus Tickets: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM

Grey Hound bus tickets (one way only) available for Mpls residents for funerals only. Funeral must be able to be verified. Tickets available for funeral of immediate family only (parent, spouse, child, and siblings). Up to 2 tickets per family.

Furniture Vouchers: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM

Applications are accepted for residents in 55401, 55402, 55403, 55405, or 55411. A home visit is required. Vouchers do no cover beds. Applicants must bring their lease, an ID, and income statement.

All above services require a photo idea and current piece of mail.


Available to anyone at the Rectory (the Basilica Office on 17th Street):



Tues-Thurs- 9:00am-7:00pm

Fri- 9:00am-5:00pm

Sat- 9:00am-7:00pm

“Pathways” Life-skills classes: Thursday, 6:00pm-8:15pm

Resource/Referrals: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM

Spiritual Guidance/Listening: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM

Gathering Space

Mon- 9:30-11:00am

Tues-Thurs- 9:30-11:30am

Sat- 9:30-11:00am

Phone Access and restroom:

Mon- 9:30-11:00am (in Theresa of Calcutta Hall)

Tues-Thurs- 9:30-11:30pm (in Theresa of Calcutta Hall)

Sat- 9:30-11:ooam (in Theresa of Calcutta Hall)

Hygiene Items: Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-11:30 AM; Monday and Saturday 9:30-11:00 AM

Inventory is dependent upon donations.


Central Lutheran Church

333 12th Street S612.870.4416, www.centralmpls.org


Clothing, Hygiene, and Basic Household Goods: Monday and Thursday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 AM-12:00 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.


Meals: Monday, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Free community meal in the Fellowship Hall.

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 Nursing Center: Monday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM; Thursday, 9:30-11:00 AM

Caring nurses can assist you with basic health care needs at the Augsburg Nursing Center, located on the same level as the Restoration Center.

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, 9:00-10:00 AM

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, 7:30am-3:30pm

Gathering Space: Monday –Thursday, 7:30am-3:30pm

Phone Access: Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-3:30pm

Restroom Access: Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-3:30pm


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

MetroKids Daycare

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: First Wednesday, 1:00-4:00 PM

Free legal advice.


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.amindtowork.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.


Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

511 Groveland Avenue, 612.871.5303, www.hennepinchurch.org

Our Mission: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our Vision: We will grow in our love of God and neighbor, welcome new people and heal a broken world.

Community Meals: First and Fifth Sundays of the Month, 5:30 PM

Meals are provided through the Community Meals Ministry in Hennepin Church social hall. They are open to anyone.

Compass 180: Hennepin’s Prison Re-Entry Ministry, Compass 180 is a program to partner with ex-offenders in finding new paths to making a living and living with purpose. A key to making meaningful change is having the ability to support themselves and their families. It is about reconnecting to dreams and visions of where you want to be. It is about fostering entrepreneurial discovery.

All Compass 180 Scholarships for ex-offenders are grants of $1000.00. The ex-offender has to be in a mentoring or coaching relationship that can be verified. The participant has to have a vision for the future. This can be an idea of entrepreneurial creation or a specific career path. The Compass 180 Advisory Council makes the selections for each class of participants. The participant agrees to attend and complete a series of 4 workshops. These workshops are designed to help with business and career skills. Each participant will write and action plan detailing the specific way the scholarship dollars will be used. As approved, a check is made out to facilitate the plan. NO cash is given directly to a participant.

Dignity Center: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00-11:30 AM

The Dignity Center works with people to achieve and maintain stability. Participants engage with one advocate, make and keep appointments, make a plan and take the actions necessary to achieve stability. We coach stability skills, such as, problem solving, decision making, organization and budgeting. We expect Participants to make progress such as improved housing, increased financial situation, completed education and training, obtained employment, and/or supportive community.


Volunteer Lawyers Network:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 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.   http://hennepinchurch.org/vln/

VeTouch: First Sunday of every month, 3:00-6:00 PM

Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and students from the University of Minnesota provide basic veterinary medical care to the pets of low-income and no-income residents of the inner Twin Cities to promote urban community health and enhance the welfare of people and animals in Minnesota. Pet owners must qualify for services based on financial need or disability. VeTouch clinics run on a first-come, first-served basis. Services offered include: wellness exams, distemper and rabies vaccines, diagnosis and treatment of parasitic disease, education on zoonotic diseases, behavior education, nutritional support and referral for more involved veterinary care. Services are free, but donations are greatly appreciated.  The VeTouch program gives U students in the College of Veterinary Medicine hands-on clinical experience.

Additional Resources:


Spiritual Guidance/Listening

Phone Access, Restrooms: Church Hours Daily


Masjid An-Nur

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.

Hot Meal: Saturday, 3:00-5:00 PM

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, and Friday, 4:00-7:00 PM

Provides an emergency supply of 3-5 days worth of food.  Food shelf has pantry items and limited produce.

Drop-In Center: Wednesday 1:00-3:00 PM or Thursday 6:00-8:00 PM

Fellowship for neighbors with disabilities, mental illness or struggles with independent living.

St. Olaf Catholic Church

215 South 8th Street, 612.332.7471, www.saintolaf.org

Services Provided Monday-Wednesday : 9:30 AM-12:00 AM, and 1:00-2:00 PM

Serve Minneapolis residents or those experiencing homelessness. Picture ID and mail with current addressed required.

Basic Household Goods- Towels, sheets, plates, utensils

Bus Cards/Tokens/gas cards for clients with jobs or school verification

Small food pantry

Resource Referrals

Hygiene Items



Spiritual Guidance/Listening, By appointment

Furniture referrals to St. Vincent DePaul and Bridging

Hospitality: Monday, 7:30-11:00 AM


Temple Israel

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: Fourth Sunday of the Month, 5:00 PM (Currently hosted at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church)

Fellowship, Food, and Hospitality: Saturday, 7:00-9:00 AM

Direct Service Pocket Guide