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A Citizen at Last

“Language is important to navigate life. You can’t fill out paperwork for a job or make a doctor’s appointment if you don’t know the language. Start learning English immediately – as soon as you arrive!” Like any of our students, Halimo is no stranger to hard times. She fled Somalia’s civil war with her husband…


Sober, Housed, & Never Going Back

  Allison had it all—a supportive family, good job, new car, nice place to live, and money in the bank. That’s why when a friend invited her to try crack for the first time, she told him, “Oh, I can’t do that. My life is too good. I’ve got to be there for my daughter….


Muhubo’s Journey

Muhubo has no memory of Somalia. She was just one year old when her grandmother fled with her to Ethiopia, escaping a brutal civil war. Muhubo’s parents stayed behind, hoping to send word when peace returned. But word never came. Sixteen years passed, during which Muhubo was raised by her grandmother in a refugee camp….


A Promise Kept

Before his brother’s passing, Larry made a promise. Stuck in a toxic cycle of alcohol, gambling, theft, and jail, he promised to leave his hometown of Milwaukee and make a fresh start. So after his brother’s funeral, Larry hopped on a bus to Minneapolis. That bus ride, as Larry likes to say, is when he…

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    Paris Resident at OSH

    When I moved into the housing program, it was the first time I had a key that could actually open my own door. That was an amazing experience. I’m grateful because Our Saviour’s gave me the opportunity to move on and make my life better.

    Jude Resident at OSH

    I enjoyed having the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Friends Forever service group come for a conversation group with students because the students really engaged and used their English.

    Mary Teacher at ELC

    Education is important. If you have no education, you have no eyes. With an education, things are possible.

    Ahmed ELC Student

    The best part about home is having one. Using your own key to come in and out. Relaxing.

    Eligah Resident at OSH

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    Shukri ELC Student

    Finding OSH was the most important thing in helping me get back on my feet.

    Anonymous Resident at OSH

    Our Saviour’s Transitional Housing Program was a Godsend. I feel like I really can’t say enough. I’m in a supportive environment. The people here really help you. The best part is having a place of peace and rest.

    Sandra Resident at OSH

    I see two elderly students grabbing a ride home with one of their classmates. They wave and ask about my family. I ask them, “How are you?” They respond, “If we are here, we are always good!”

    Jenne Program Director at ELC

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