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NEWS DAY | Cold temps, warm hearts — here's what you can do to help
I just got in from shoveling, for the second time today, and I can attest that we're back on the sub-zero rollercoaster. So here's an update on where and how to get help for people who are literally out in the cold, and where and how to give money, warm clothes, and your time.
Where to get help:
If you are looking for shelter for yourself or someone else, call the Metro Shelter Hotline toll-free, 1-888-234-1329, 24 hours a day.
- St Stephen's Human Services
- Simpson Housing Services
- Our Saviour's Housing
- The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, Minneapolis
- Dorothy Day Center
You can help
As staff at shelters work to provide a safe place for homeless families and individuals, they need help. Cash, of course, is always welcome, and allows buying food at cheaper prices than you can get it in the grocery store, as well as necessities like heat and electricity for the shelter. Beyond cash:
- Simpson Housing Services could use gloves for adults, new long underwear, blankets, and hand warmers,
- Our Saviour's Housing was also looking for lunch providers on Sunday and Monday. Anyone who wants to know how they can help can contact the volunteer coordinator atvolunteer [at] oshousing [dot] org or 612-872-4193x2. Our Saviour's also needs coffee and peanut butter, as well as socks and underwear and a list of other items.
- St. Stephen's has a wish list for in-kind donations that includes new or gently used warm socks and books, adult hats, mittens and gloves, sweatshirts, adult winter coats, and sleeping bags.
- The Family Place needs include winter gear – hats, scarves, gloves, mittens – in infant to adult sizes and diapers and wipes.
- The Dorothy Day Center is part of Catholic Charities, and can use donations of hats, scarves and gloves, as well as towels for showers. They need people to volunteer as well, to hand out sandwiches and blankets at the shelter.
- Union Gospel Mission offers shelter to men in St. Paul, and welcomes donations of clothing,especially in specific sizes listed here.
- Joseph's Coat is another place to donate warm clothing — a free store that distributes donated clothing and small household items.
And from our readers' comments on an earlier article on getting and giving help in subzero temps.
Megan Nurnberger • Beginning Sunday morning Elim Church in Northeast Minneapolis will again open 24 hours a day through Wednesday at 9:30am, serving as an emergency drop in center, warming house, place of refuge from the frigid temps for those experiencing homelessness. We will offer a safe and welcoming respite from the weather complete with hot meals, free showers and clothes, 12 Step group, friendship, warm and safe bedding... and the love of Jesus. To accomplish this work, we however, would welcome your help. We put out the call again for your donation of used warm clothing (i.e., hoodies, jeans, sox, underwear, gloves, hats, coats, etc.) to meet the immediate needs. Also, if you have a sleeping bag or two you could loan us, we'd welcome that too (please be sure your item is well marked and stop by to pick it up afterwards). I will be coordinating four hour shifts of workers if you are able to assist us, and I especially need men each evening for an awake overnight from 12am to 8am. And our friends welcome your home baked goods! Elim is located at 685 13th Ave NE in NE Minneapolis. Together we make a difference in the world!
Katherine Werner · In future such articles please include what Listening House in St. Paul is doing such as expanded hours and services plus whatever donations they need during this extreme weather period. 651-227-5911 They've been providing daytime shelter and services to homeless adults for 20 years and are often overlooked in such articles. Thanks.
Salvation Army North We need adult hats, boots, gloves and coats in 2XL and 3XL at Harbor Light Center, 1010 Currie, MInneapolis. Drive right up to the front door and drop at front desk, anytime. Thank you.
Ruth Bernstein · I have been going to St. Stephens Shelter for Homeless Men for 7 years, once a week, to mend the belongings of the residents, I am telling you because there is a need for other shelters to have their "Sewing Lady, or Man" to fix their back packs, shorten their pants, mend torn shirts and jackets, and sometimes fix a zipper. Please volunteer and make arraingements to fulfill the need for helping, similar to what I have been doing. If you are interested, call St. Stephens to get some helpful info for getting starting.
Katherine Werner · Sharing another warm shelter options which I just learned about: Hennepin County will be opening a 24-hour emergency warming station for homeless youth at the Youth Opportunity Center, effective 8:00 pm Saturday through 8:00 am Wednesday. The address is: YouthLink, 41 North 12th Street Minneapolis, MN 55403.