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A New Year, Another Birthday!

Why do so many of our students have January 1st birthdays? As we know, January 1st marks the beginning of a new calendar year. For many of our students, however, this day has another significance. Along with thousands of other refugees living in the United States, it’s also known as their birthday! In the case…


Jo Is Finally Home for the Holidays

Season’s Greetings! My name is Jo. I’m from Cambridge, MN – about 50 miles up Highway 65 from the Cities. It’s a rural area. There are no shelters, and work is hard to find. There are churches that might help but only if you’re a family with small children. If you’re a homeless adult, it’s…


A Letter from Osman

Hello! My name is Osman. I was born in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, in 1967. I went all the way through secondary school there and studied engineering to design new buildings. But the civil war broke out, and I didn’t get the chance to work. It was not safe to stay in Somalia, so…


A Little Bit of Care Helps Greg Go Far

It’s been a long journey to get to this point, but Greg, 55, will be giving thanks for many things this Thanksgiving. For much of his life, Greg struggled with underemployment. So he was thrilled to finally land a full-time job with a growing business. It wasn’t long, however, before the situation turned sour. His…

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Being at OSH makes me realize that anything can happen to anyone, and that’s why you’ve got to help people out. There are some good vibes here and a really cool sense of community. Everyone’s kind of in it together. It feels great to see familiar faces when I return!

Stacey OSH Volunteer

If we’re going to serve, we should do it year around. You don’t just care about someone once a year.

Joy Volunteer Breakfast Server

I really enjoy teaching and interacting with the students. Everyone at the English Learning Center Program brightens my day!

Emily Volunteer English Teacher

We are blessed to be involved… and we feel like we’re helping in some small way.

Dianna Volunteer Shelter Dinner Server

On the surface I help people balance their check book, understand their child’s math assignments, and ensure they can calculate simple financial transactions. But what I really do, what all tutors at the English Learning Center really do, is act as a guide. We guide people across a cultural bridge to a place very different from the one they have known their entire life. And though we ask nothing in return for our contribution to their journey, they pay us by giving us a better understanding of their culture and who they are.

Matt Volunteer Math Teacher