As a faith partner of Heading Home Hennepin, we represent 16 congregations creating an interfaith community to support the work of ending homelessness in Minneapolis.
People of DCEH Congregations will
á Inspire and educate in order to influence public policy changes that contribute to ending homelessness and improve access to housing
á Collaborate and coordinate services to people experiencing homelessness
¥ Inspire: Call people to take action based on religious values
¥ Educate: Strengthen awareness of the issues of homelessness and appropriate solutions
¥ Advocate: Influence policy change
¥ Serve: Coordinate delivery of services among congregations
Overview of Tactics
Four key annual events are institutionalized as ongoing activities to bring people together for learning, inspiration, and action, in additional to groups organizing to educate and call people to action.
Sabbath to End Homelessness (STEH)
The STEH is a dedicated weekend for individual member congregations to focus on current trends in housing and homelessness, as well as how faith communities speak to this issue and ways congregants can take action. The main tool for STEH is education and inspiration, including, but not limited to: speakers, educational forums, sermons, liturgy, etc.
Legislative Session Kick Off
Each year, members are invited to attend the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Day on the Hill and the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Day on the Hill, to meet their legislators and discuss housing and homelessness funding and policy.
Days on the Hill
Members are invited every year to attend the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition Day on the Hill and the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Day on the Hill, to meet their legislators and discuss housing and homelessness funding and policy.
This annual event will educate and inspire as participants hear a shared message, a speaker, a reception, music, opportunities for conversations, best practices, and have a faith component.
Service Learning Opportunities
Provide opportunities for congregants across congregations to serve together with reflection, advocacy, and faith formation.
Hold four trainings per year to equip volunteers, to provide a space for volunteers to meet, and gain new knowledge for working with people experiencing homelessness, in a faithful context.