Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as he first loved us. We are to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8). This time of year, people get many requests from organizations asking for financial support. As a resource, here are organizations that the Prince of Peace supports to help people in our community with basic necessities like food, shelter and other needs. If you would like more information, contact the liaison to that organization or one of the pastors.
Every Meal everymeal.org (formerly Sheridan’s Story) – Provides food for school children. PoP provides volunteers, financial support and prior to the pandemic PoP filled backpacks with weekend food at Central Park Elementary. PoP Liaisons: Lauren & Jennifer Duncan
Roseville Area Schools isd623.org – PoP created and stocks a food shelf at Roseville Area Middle School, provides financial resources for the food shelf at the high school, fills backpacks and provides school supplies at Central Park Elementary. PoP Liaison: Jennifer Duncan
Keystone Community Services keystoneservices.org – Food shelf serving Roseville and surrounding communities. PoP provides food and financial support during March Minnesota Food Share Month and throughout the year. PoP Liaison: Gary Peterson
Soup for You bethanyinseward.org/outreach – Soup kitchen in Seward neighborhood of south Minneapolis. During the pandemic Soup for You pivoted to distributing bag lunches. PoP provides financial support and food donations. PoP Liaison: Janet Brahier
Meals on Wheels isd623.org/community/community-ed/seniors/meals-wheels – Delivers hot meals to homebound people. PoP volunteers. PoP Liaison: Jim Josephson
Second Harvest 2harvest.org – Supplies food to food shelves in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. PoP volunteers and provides financial support. PoP Liaison: Caryn Josephson
Feed My Starving Children fmsc.org – Provides meals for children in developing countries. PoP volunteers with this organization. PoP Liaison: Cori Forcey
Habitat for Humanity habitat.org – Builds houses for low income families. PoP volunteers through Holy Hammers and provides financial support. PoP Liaison: Chris Henningson
Affordable Housing Team poproseville.org/affordable-housing-team – God calls us to love our neighbors and this team, formed in March 2020, is exploring ways to provide affordable housing in our community. PoP Liaison: Pastor Betsy and 10-member team
Lyngblomsten lyngblomsten.org – Provides senior housing, health care and supportive services like the Gathering. PoP is a corporate congregation of Lyngblomsten. PoP Liaisons: Pastor Ruth and Kristina Krepela. The Gathering Liaison: Esther Tatley
Roseville Angel Fund – Resources provided for faith communities in Roseville and administered by Keystone Community Services. For families in the Roseville Schools who have emergency needs like housing, utilities and other things on a case-by-case basis. PoP provides financial support and the pastors service as liaisons.
Pastor Discretionary Fund – Financial resources provided by the congregation and distributed by the pastors to members or people in the community on a case-by-case basis. This has included gas or grocery cards and help with rent or utilities.
Lutheran Social Service lssmn.org – Organization that provides counseling, housing, youth programs, and other social services to people throughout the state of Minnesota. PoP provides financial and in-kind donations. PoP Liaison: Betchen Oberdorfer
Lutheran Disaster Response elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response – Responds to disasters such as floods, forest fires and hurricanes in the U.S and abroad. PoP provides financial donations, and the pastors serve as liaisons.
Red Cross redcross.org – Provides blood to people needing it. Prior to the pandemic PoP hosted blood drives. During the pandemic PoP is partnering with Galilea Lutheran to sponsor monthly blood drives. PoP Liaison: BJ Metzger
Plymouth Christian Youth Center pcyc-mpls.org – Provides resources and safe space for youth in North Minneapolis. PoP donates Christmas gifts. This year it is a Reimagined Christmas Gift Sale taking financial donations for gift cards. PoP Liaison: Anne and Gus Haugen
Southside Family Nurturing Center ssfnc.org – Provides safe space and resources to families in the Phillips neighborhood of south Minneapolis. PoP donates fleece tie blankets. PoP Liaison: Cathy Yoon
Do Good Roseville dogoodroseville.com – Coordinates educational opportunities and service projects among citizens and faith communities in Roseville. PoP Liaison: Judy Florine