2018 Grant Recipients

The Outreach Committee and Service Ministry is honored to share St. Stephen’s 2018 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. 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. We hope this list of grantees and brief descriptions of their work will inspire you to become personally involved!

Alafia Foundation: $10,000          https://www.alafia.org/
Alafia Foundation champions purpose-filled leaders transforming life in north Minneapolis.Through investing in the ideas, enterprise, and inspiration of visionary nonprofit, small business, and social entrepreneurial leaders. The organization grants 2-year fellowships that provide coaching, scholarships and expanded networks of support for Northside leaders as they develop themselves and their organizations for maximum impact.

66 West, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative: $16, 667          http://www.beaconinterfaith.org/
Thirty-nine apartments of supportive housing for southwest suburban youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness. With on-site support services provided by Simpson Housing Services, residents are able to gain stability and shift their focus from worrying about where to sleep each night to following their dreams for personal success.

Bridging (Dresser building event): $1,700          https://www.bridging.org/
Bridging has been furnishing homes with hope since 1987. Through the effective reuse of donated items, Bridging improves lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.

First Nations Kitchen: $1,000          https://firstnationskitchen.org/
First Nations Kitchen is a ministry led by indigenous people for indigenous people. Its primary intent is to provide food to indigenous people who would not otherwise have access to high-quality, fresh organic food in an environment of radical hospitality and cultural empowerment.

Good in the ‘Hood, Shoe Away Hunger: $7,500          http://goodinthehood.org/
Good in the ‘Hood is dedicated to changing lives together with simple acts of kindness. Feeding the hungry is an important priority for the organization and Shoe Away Hunger is a partner program where footwear is turned around to provide an eco-friendly means of support for their Feeding The Futures programs.

Ready for Success: $1,000          https://www.readyforsuccessmn.org/
Ready for Success provides low-income women and men with gently-used and new professional clothing, accessories, and new personal care items suitable for job interviews and the workplace. Ready for Success began at Trinity Episcopal Church in 1997 and today is a program of Project for Pride in Living.

The Sheridan Story: $10,750 for 2018/19  | $10.750 for 2019/20         https://www.thesheridanstory.org/
The Sheridan Story is a metro-wide nonprofit that provides weekend food bags for local school children. St. Stephen’s partners with the organization and sponsors Susan Lindgren Elementary School in St. Louis Park, which borders Edina. Many of the families at Susan Lindgren do not have reliable sources of food when school is not in session. With this new 2-year grant, approximately 50 Susan Lindgren students will go home Friday with food to get them through the weekend, returning on Monday ready to learn.

VEAP: $7,000 annually in 2018, 2019 & 2020           https://veap.org/
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) is a long-time partner of our parish and we are pleased to provide a 3-year grant to this organization. VEAP is a basic needs and social services organization whose programs promote access to healthy foods, stable housing, and other supportive services.

SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

While the grants we award these organizations are vital to their health, volunteers play a critical role as well. Each of these partners has on-going opportunities. Whether you have a little time or a lot, have regular weekly availability or can only help out once in a while, you have something to share that ONLY YOU can share. Check out more on the organizations’ websites or contact Leslie Gibson, Chair of St. Stephen’s Outreach Committee, to get connected to an opportunity that’s perfect for you.

Contact Leslie Gibson at appetips@gmail.com.