2017 Outreach Grant Recipients Announced

The Outreach Committee / Service Ministry is honored to share the news of the St. Stephen’s 2017 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 stewardship pledge dollars support our outreach grants or outreach activities.

For 2017, we granted approximately $68,903. 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 2018 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, 2017 Outreach Committee Co-Chair                   Kristi Helms
Leslie Gibson, 2017 Outreach Committee Co-Chair                    Katie Leifur
Catherine Beringer                                                                       Wendy Petersen
Alex Christianson                                                                         David Sudduth
Idona Darkenwald                                                                        Lynn Torney


  • 66 West, Beacon Interfaith Housing:  $16,667
    Focus Area: Youth, Homelessness
    Thirty-nine apartments of supportive housing for southwest suburban youth and young adults who have experienced homelessnessSt. 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
    Focus Area: Youth, Homelessness, Hunger
    Circle of the Beloved is the Minnesota Chapter of the Episcopal Service Corps.  Four residents live in intentional community in North Minneapolis and work full time at local non-profits that work to close opportunity gaps in Minnesota.
  • EpiscoBuilders:  $5000
    Focus Area: Homelessness
    Creates affordable housing in the Twin Cities, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
  • Episcopal Relief & Development:  $5000, hurricane relief
    Focus Area: Homelessness, Hunger
    ERD works with Episcopal Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. It rebuilds after disasters and empowers people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease.
  • Grant Community Preschool:  $11,500
    Focus Area: Youth
    A 50-year partnership with Community Covenant Church which provides a free kindergarten readiness program serving the children of North Minneapolis.
  • JSAW:  $500 (for new bibles)
    Focus Area: Youth
    An action sports ministry turning skateboarders, snowboarders and skiers into disciples.  Located in Edina, JSAW integrates mentoring relationships, service projects and small group Bible studies with action sports activities, camps and trips.
  • Meals on Wheels:  $1750
    Focus Area: Hunger
    Delivers nutritious meals to people in Edina who are home bound, elderly, or disabled and unable to prepare their own meals.
  • Ready for Success:  $1000
    Focus Area: Homelessness, Hunger
    Provides low-income women and men with gently-used and new professional clothing suitable for job interviews and the workplace.
  • Shoe Away Hunger:  $5000
    Focus Area: Hunger
    Shoe Away Hunger sells donated, used footwear to provide an eco-friendly means of support for Feeding The Futures and various local food shelves.
  • St. Stephen’s Youth:  $6000 for White Earth trip
    Focus Area: Youth
    This summer some of our youth spent a week in the White Earth Indian Reservation.  Outreach funds supplemented their budget for service opportunities during the trip.
  • Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP): $6000
    Focus Area: Hunger
    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.