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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…


Winter in Minnesota: Through One Refugee’s Eyes

“It felt like the light was coming! I knew I was moving and improving. When I moved here, I signed my name with an ‘X.’ Now I can actually spell and write my  name!” When Abdullahi first arrived in Minnesota, he didn’t know how to navigate many aspects of life in his new home, not…


Reclaiming Dignity

“I’m so grateful for [Our Saviour’s Housing]. I would never have survived and owe my life to everyone who has been involved in my journey. I was able to start over. You guys help people get their dignity back. I feel human again.” By the time Clarice was in her 30s, she was married, had…


How Muktar Came to See with New Eyes

“Without this school, I wouldn’t have my driver’s license or be a U.S. citizen. Now I can read my mail and better teach and help my kids. Before coming here, I couldn’t write my own name.” Born the son of a nomadic farmer in rural Somalia, Muktar spent his youth tending the goats and cows…

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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