Annual
Report

2019-2020

Annual
Report

2019-2020

Dear Friends,


My Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to share our Annual Report for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

The end of this fiscal year marked the beginning of the pandemic. It feels almost nostalgic to review the impact of our programs during this largely pre-COVID period of time, before our world changed. But let’s take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of OSCS in the final year of leadership under retired Executive Director Sandy Aslaksen.

As you review this Annual Report, remember that every number tells a story. At the English Learning Center, our adult students have learned to better speak and understand, read and write, and meet their everyday needs using English. At Our Saviour’s Housing, our guests and residents have been able to move from the street to shelter, from shelter to transitional or permanent housing.

Our work changes lives, and we couldn’t do it without you. We are deeply grateful for the financial and volunteer support of our OSCS “extended family,” especially now, as we continue facing the challenges of the COVID pandemic.

When I joined the staff in March, I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea of the strength, resilience, and creativity of the staff. I had no idea of the commitment and energy of the volunteers and board of directors. I had no idea of the depth of generosity within the individuals, families, faith communities, and partners who support this important work.

Now I know, and I’m blown away! Working together, we are not only surviving the most severe global pandemic in modern history, we are responding with strength, compassion, and renewed commitment to address the systemic injustices it has revealed.

Thank you for helping us achieve the impact described in this report and for helping us meet this transformational moment with passion, vision, and resolve.

In Community,

David Fey, Interim Executive Director

English
Learning
Center

Our
Saviour’s
Housing

Volunteers

Donors

English
Learning
Center

Our
Saviour’s
Housing

Volunteers

Donors

Education For

302

Student Hours

25,581

Classes In

English, reading, math, citizenship, distance learning, and conversation

Education For

302

Student Hours

25,581

Classes In

English, reading, match, citizenship, distance learning, and conversation

Studying is very important. Being uneducated is like being in a dark room. My goal is to go to college or university and become something in life.
– ELC Student

Impact

Students say they are better able to

%

Writing

%

Reading

%

Speaking

%

Understanding

In English

Impact

Students say they feel more confident

%

Writing

%

Reading

%

Speaking

%

Understanding

In English

Studying is very important. Being uneducated is like being in a dark room. My goal is to go to college or university and become something in life.
– ELC Student

Congratulations to the 6 students of our school community who became new citizens!

Our
Students

  • Identify as Female 67% 67%
  • Identify as Male 33% 33%
  • Ages 19-89
  • 51% came to the United States with refugee status
  • 42% have children under 18 at home
  • 43% are in formal school for the first time

Because of school, students have

Learned about United States Culture
Gotten Jobs
Communicated with Neighbors
Answered the Phone
Made New Friends
Helped Their Communities
Asked for Directions
Used a Computer

Representing

24

Countries

Speaking

17

Languages

  • 69% Somalia
  • 9% Ethiopia
  • 8% Ecuador
  • 4% Mexico
  • 74% Somali
  • 13% Spanish
  • 5% Oromo
  • 2% Amharic

Congratulations to the 6 members of our school community who became new citizens!

Our
Students

  • Identify as Female 67% 67%
  • Identify as Male 33% 33%
  • Ages 19-89
  • 51% came to the United States as refugees
  • 42% have children under 18 at home
  • 43% are in formal school for the first time

Because of school, students have…

Learned about United States Culture
Gotten Jobs
Communicated with Neighbors
Answered the Phone
Made New Friends
Helped Their Communities
Asked for Directions
Used a Computer

Representing

24

Countries

  • 69% Somalia
  • 9% Ethiopia
  • 8% Ecuador
  • 4% Mexico

Speaking

17

Languages

  • 74% Somali
  • 13% Spanish
  • 5% Oromo
  • 2% Amharic

Shelter and
Housing For

513

What I like about Our Saviour’s is the fact that all of the residents and staff really come together to support each other. It’s essentially the best shelter I’ve ever been in. It’s impacted me every day that I’ve stayed there.
– Matt, Shelter Guest

Impact

%

Move from shelter into permanent housing

(of those who participated in case management)

%

Remained in transitional housing or moved into permanent housing

%

Remained permanently housed

Shelter and
Housing For

513

Impact

%

Moved from shelter into permanent housing

(of those who participated in case management)

%

Remained in transitional housing or moved into permanent housing

%

Remained permanently housed

What I like about Our Saviour’s is the fact that all of the residents and staff really come together to support each other. It’s essentially the best shelter I’ve ever been in. It’s impacted me every day that I’ve stayed there.
– Matt, Shelter Guest

361

Emergency
Shelter

18

Transitional
Housing

127

Permanent
Supportive
Housing

  • Up to 90-day-stay
  • 40 beds each night, plus 4 overflow winter beds
  • Meals, laundry, showers, and storage
  • 1-2 year program focusing on health, education, and stabilizing a livable income
  • 2 houses for women, prioritizing survivors of domestive violence
  • Sustained housing support for those who have experienced chronic homelessness and who live with a mental, physical, and/or chemical disability.

Our Residents

  • Identify as Female 33% 33%
  • Identify as Male 66% 66%
  • Identify as Transgender 1% 1%
  • Ages 18-77
  • In Emergency Shelter
  • 46% have either been homeless for at least one year or four times in the past three years

  • In Transitional Housing
  • 73% report being survivors of domestic violence

  • In Permanent Supportive Housing
  • 79% report struggles relating to mental health, 28% to physical disability, and 24% to chemical dependency

Because of shelter and housing, residents have

Improved Health
Saved Money
Gained Employment
Volunteered
Gone to School

Individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color disproportionately experience homelessness. We know this occurs through systemic racism, especially a long history of intentionally racist housing policy, and recognize homelessness as a racial justice issue requiring an anti-racist lens to undo.

Our
Residents

  • Identify as Female 33% 33%
  • Identify as Male 66% 66%
  • Identify as Transgender 1% 1%
  • Ages 18-77
  • In Emergency Shelter
  • 46% have either been homeless for at least one year or four times in the past three years

  • In Transitional Housing
  • 73% report being survivors of domestic violence

  • In Permanent Supportive Housing
  • 79% report struggles relating to mental health, 28% to physical disability, and 24% to chemical dependency

Individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color disproportionately experience homelessness. We know this occurs through systemic racism, especially a long history of intentionally racist housing policy, and recognize homelessness as a racial justice issue requiring an anti-racist lens to undo.

361

Emergency
Shelter

  • Up to 90-day-stay
  • 40 beds each night, plus 4 overflow winter beds
  • Meals, laundry, showers, and storage

21

Transitional
Housing

  • 1-2 year program focusing on health, education, and stabilizing a livable income
  • 2 houses for women, prioritizing survivors of domestive violence

127

Permanent
Supportive
Housing

  • Sustained housing support for those who have experienced chronic homelessness and who live with a mental, physical, and/or chemical disability.

Because of shelter and housing, residents have…

Improved Health
Saved Money
Gained Employment
Volunteered
Gone to School

Your
Time

2,395

Volunteers

As a teacher, I think my favorite parts are knowing that everyone’s voice will be heard as students read aloud and share their opinions, and to see their comprehension and confidence grow.
– Elizabeth, ELC teacher

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14,583 =

Hours of Service

7

Full-Time Positions

Your
Time

2,395

Volunteers

As a teacher, I think
my favorite parts are knowing that everyone’s voice will
be heard as students read aloud and share their opinions, and to see their comprehension and confidence grow.
– Elizabeth, ELC teacher

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14,583 =

Hours of Service

7

Full-Time Positions

Our Saviour's Housing

  • 2,257 volunteers
  • Donated 9,841 hours
  • Served 15,920 meals, valued at $98,174
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English Learning Center

  • 138 volunteers
  • Taught 2,985 class sessions
  • Totaling 4,742 hours, valued at $139,612
  • 76% have taught for two or more years

Our Saviour's Housing

  • 2,257 volunteers
  • Donated 9,841 hours
  • Served 15,920 meals, valued at $98,174
l

English Learning Center

  • 138 volunteers
  • Taught 2,985 class sessions
  • Totaling 4,742 hours, valued at $139,612
  • 76% have taught for two or more years

Your
Generosity

In this time that is really challenging for so many, I find a glimmer of hope in donating to OSCS. I thankfully still have a job, and I’m able to financially give a little. That little gives me a lot in return. And I know makes a really big impact in other people’s lives.
– Tezra and Scott, OSCS Donors

Your Generosity

In this time that is really challenging for so many, I find a glimmer of hope in donating to OSCS. I thankfully still have a job, and I’m able to financially give a little. That little gives me a lot in return. And I know makes a really big impact in other people’s lives.
– Tezra and Scott, OSCS Donors

Your partnership means the world to us!

  • 73% Government Grants $2,186,549
  • 13% Private Gifts and Corporations $389,461
  • 8% In-kind Contributions $237,786
  • 4% Other Income $108,430
  • 2% Rent Income $49,530
  • <1% MHFA Debt Forgiveness $4,114
  • <1% Interest Income $131
  • 79% Our Saviour’s Housing $2,392,674
  • 17% English Learning Center $504,444
  • 3% General and Administrative $78,322
  • 2% Fundraising $66,177

For a complete list of donors, audited financial statement, and 990 visit the Ways to Give page.

Board of Directors

*indicates concluded board service during the year

Daniel Bain
Anna Bergreen*
Craig Johnson
Jane Dunlap

Pr. Laurie Eaton
Elena Geiger-Simpson
Nate Hallanger
Tom Mulhere

Tezra Osthus
Nicholas Smith
James Unglaube
Angela Willson

Make a donation today to change lives.

2315 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone | 612.871.5900
Fax | 612.871.0017

communications@oscs-mn.org

Our Saviour's Housing

2219 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone | 612.872.4193
Fax | 612.872.4442

English Learning Center

2315 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone | 612.874.9963
Fax | 612.871.0017