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An Irresistible Experience

April is National Volunteer Month, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to feature one of our incredible volunteers, Kellen Abraham. Originally from Inver Grove, Kellen has lived in Minnesota most of her life, except for her college years in Madison, WI and the three months she lived and studied in Morocco. She started teaching…

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Committed to Community

Beshir was born in Somalia in a city near the border of Ethiopia. He moved to Mogadishu when he was ten years old after his mother was killed in the civil war. Now 32, Beshir arrived in Minnesota only two years ago but is already an engaged community member. Currently living in South Minneapolis with…

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A New Chapter for Johnnie

Our Saviour’s Housing is known as a place for second chances, and that’s exactly what Johnnie was hoping to find when he arrived at our shelter. Originally from Milwaukee, Johnnie was raised by his mother after his father left when Johnnie was young. As he approached his teenage years, Johnnie says he struggled with not…

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Alfred Moves Forward with Hope

Ask Alfred about the most influential person in his life, and he will tell you about his mother: “The first person I look up to is my mother. She has been the pillar stone of my life. There is nobody better to think about when it comes to my upbringing and upliftment. There’s no other…

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    OSH was there for me when nobody else was. They helped me stand on two feet. That’s what I want to be able to do for someone else. Because when you help somebody out, that’s when you get helped out too.

    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

    When I see the students benefit, it makes me feel very good!

    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

    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.

    Stacey Volunteer at OSH