Over 50 Years of Impact
The shed was stocked with shelf-stable food and other necessities by faith groups in the western suburbs, who were concerned about the needs in their community. Different churches and faith groups came together, recognizing they were stronger in partnership than they were alone.
Today, we have 23 employees, and we provide a dignity-first approach to our services. Our Marketplace Food Shelf allows our program participants to shop for themselves, free of charge.
Our housing program provides short and long term support with financial assistance for rent and other household expenses and long-term planning and counseling on how to navigate the rental market. Shop For Change, our thrift store, provides affordable clothing and household items while simultaneously acting as a funding source for our programming.
Many participants’ favorite service we offer is the chance to celebrate children. We provide everything for parents and guardians to throw their child a birthday party - complete with cake and presents. During the winter, we also offer a Holiday Toy Shoppe, and in September we have back-to-school items.
Meet the Team
Meet the Board
Kate Knowles, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund
Angela Higgins, Total Expert
Mark Preissing, Retired Teacher
Kent Richey, Retired Attorney
First International Bank and Trust
SPS Commerce Infinite Retail Power
Ray "Bud" Beers
MN House of Representatives
Two Men and a Truck