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Olympic Dreams for Kanno

“He is strikingly kind. Kanno is very helpful in class. He enjoys getting to know the other students and helping them ‘find’ words when they are struggling to explain something.” Students come to us from many walks of life. Still, it’s not every day that a potential Olympic coach walks through our doors! Kanno Kochiro…


A Little Help Goes a Long Way

“We should help out and treat people how we want to be treated.” With a smile on his face, Samuel describes his apartment in one word–quiet. It might not sound very exciting. But after 2 years of living on the streets, it’s that quiet and the peace that comes with it that he most appreciates….

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We Are Your Neighbors: Things You Might Not Understand about New Immigrants

“There are many things that people in Minnesota don’t understand about new immigrants. There are many things in our culture that are different.” Students at the English Learning Center are diverse. Our most advanced English class has students from Somalia, Mexico, Ecuador, and Ukraine. Recently, this class collaboratively wrote a piece that was published in the…


The Rise of a Scholar

“I’m healthier physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Our Saviour’s does as its title suggests–saves people. [They] gave me insight on how to focus back on living, rather than existing. I am very grateful.”   Before Our Saviour’s Housing, Lafayette was in a “living hell.” “I was broken and shattered. I was homeless. I lost my marriage….

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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