2016 Outreach Grants

Fellow Parishioners,

The Outreach Committee / Service Ministry is honored to share the news of the St. Stephen’s 2016 outreach grants.

Every year, we accept and review applications for monetary grants from organizations doing God’s work in our community (and beyond). The money we award comes solely from proceeds from the Bash After Dark and annual contributions from the St. Stephen’s Fund. No pledge dollars support our outreach grants or outreach activities.

For 2016, we granted approximately $73,917. Pursuant to our grant-making guidelines, recipients must have a relationship with St. Stephen’s, either as a whole or through individuals in the parish. Please take a few minutes to learn more about the work our outreach partners are doing. (A list of grantees and a brief description of their work is attached.) You may feel called to become personally involved!

To contribute additional funds for our 2017 outreach grants, please place a check in the collection plate (marked “Outreach” on the memo line), or call the office (952.920.0595) to make other arrangements.  Please contact any of us if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours in Christ,
Your Outreach Committee / Service Ministry

Kate Thornton, 2016 Outreach Committee Chair
Catherine Beringer
Judy Esktrom
Kristi Helms
Katie Leifur
Betsy Nelson
Wendy Petersen
David Sudduth
Lynn Torney


66 West, Beacon Interfaith Housing:  $16,667

66 West Apartments will be 39 apartments of supportive housing for southwest suburban youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness. Scheduled to open next summer, St. Stephen’s is proud to have pledged $50,000 over three years to be an Angel Donor for 66 West.

Circle of the Beloved:  $10,000

Circle of the Beloved is the Minnesota Chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps.  Four residents live in intentional community in North Minneapolis and serve full time at Americorps sites that work to close opportunity gaps in Minnesota.

First Nations Kitchen:  $10,000

First Nations Kitchen is a ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Indian Mission in Minneapolis and has been serving healthy, organic, traditional indigenous food in a welcoming, family environment every Sunday evening since November 2, 2008. 

Grant Community Preschool:  $11,500   
A 50-year partnership with Community Covenant Church which provides a free kindergarten readiness program serving the children of North Minneapolis.

Holy Cross Anglican School (Belize):  $5000                            

Holy Cross Anglican School is located in San Mateo, Belize and provides education in an area with crippling poverty.  Projects completed this summer included a new roof and new ceilings for the kitchen and dining areas.

Meals on Wheels:  $1750                                                   
Delivers nutritious meals to people in Edina who are home bound, elderly, or disabled and unable to prepare their own meals. St. Stephen’s volunteers deliver meals on the third and fifth Thursdays and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

Ready for Success:  $500                                                         
Provides low-income women and men with gently-used and new professional clothing suitable for job interviews and the workplace.

RezCycle:  $5000

RezCycle runs a mobile community bicycle shop at the White Earth Reservation, repairing and refurbishing bicycles with the youth of White Earth.  In 2016, its second summer of programming, RezCycle provided over 100 rescued bicycles, gave out over 50 helmets, and put in over 200 hours of bicycle repair services.

St. Stephen’s Youth:  $5000 for Belize trip, $2500 for White Earth trip

This summer some of our youth spent a week at Holy Cross in Belize and a week at the White Earth Indian Reservation.  Outreach funds were used to supplement their budget for service opportunities on both trips.

VEAP: $6000                                                                                                   
Created by churches in Edina, Richfield, Bloomington and south Minneapolis to serve those in need throughout the community. Services provided include children and youth services, transportation services, social services and food programs.