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From Shelter to Board Room: Gaylord Gives Back

“I’m a lot happier. I didn’t realize how sad I was until now. Anyone can get on this program and make it work, get a step up in life. It’s so hard being homeless, but this place does help.” Gaylord’s life has never been easy. He grew up in Wisconsin with few people to care…


A Passion to Serve

Amal joins the OSCS Board of Directors, bringing with her a rich understanding of the immigrant experience and a passion to serve her Somali-American community. A Somali-born immigrant herself, Amal moved with her family to Egypt as a young woman, where she studied business administration before starting a career with relief organizations. Working in Cairo…


A Beginner’s Guide to Ramadan

The arrival of the new moon late last week marked the end of Ramadan. For the previous month, 1 billion Muslims worldwide, including 6 million in the United States, fasted daily from sunrise to sunset. Since many of our students are Muslim, we asked them to educate us about this holy month of Islam. Here…


Standing by Geraldine

“I never thought I would have my own place again. [Our Saviour’s] was the best choice I could have made, the best program I could have gotten into.” When Geraldine moved from Chicago to Minneapolis to live with her niece, she thought she was leaving homelessness behind her. But when her niece put her out…

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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