Overview / Mission / History

Mission Statement

Increasing Skills, Improving Lives

Who are we?

Our Saviour’s Community Services walks with people in community in the heart of Phillips, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in South Minneapolis.

We provide dignified shelter and housing for single adults and English language classes to immigrants and refugees through our two programs – Our Saviour’s Housing and the English Learning Center.

Are we a religious organization?

Our Saviour’s Community Services takes its name from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, which founded our programs in the early 1980s. In 2004, we became a legally and financially independent nonprofit organization.

While we honor our history and value continued support from many faith communities, Our Saviour’s Community Services is not a religious organization. We welcome residents, students, staff, board members, and supporters from both diverse faith backgrounds and no faith background.

Who are we?

Our Saviour’s Community Services walks with people in community in the heart of Philips, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in South Minneapolis.

We provide dignified shelter and housing for single adults and English language classes to immigrants and refugees through our two programs – Our Saviour’s Housing and the English Learning Center.

Are we a religious organization?

Our Saviour’s Community Services takes its name from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, which founded our programs in the early 1980s. In 2004, we became a legally and financially independent nonprofit organization.

While we honor our history and value continued support from many faith communities, Our Saviour’s Community Services is not a religious organization. We welcome residents, students, staff, board members, and supporters from both diverse faith backgrounds and no faith background.

Our Saviour’s Housing

We are a community of hope for those who need a home. We work to end homelessness by providing shelter, support, and a chance to start over. We take on homelessness through three different solutions – emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. Each year, 650 people find the encouragement and hope they need to get into stable housing.

English Learning Center

We are a learning community of refugees, immigrants, and advocates. We build knowledge for better lives and livelihoods. We provide educational services for adult immigrants and refugees – nearly 400 each year from 25 countries – including classes in English, math, computers, and citizenship preparation.

OSCS Timeline

1981

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church opens The Language Project

1982

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church opens the winter Shelter at Our Saviour’s

1986

Shelter begins year-round in Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church basement

1990

The Language Project becomes the English Learning Center

1991

Transitional Housing begins

1995

  • Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church burns down
  • Shelter relocates to Community Emergency Services
  • English Learning Center relocates to Mount Olive Lutheran Church

1997

  • Shelter and Transitional Housing unite under the name Our Saviour’s Housing
  • Permanent, 40-bed shelter for single adult men and women opens at 2219 Chicago Avenue

2000

The English Learning Program returns to permanent classrooms in the new Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church basement

2002

Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church votes unanimously to permit the creation of Our Saviour’s Outreach Ministries as a legally and financially separate nonprofit corporation

2004

IRS grants 501 (c) (3) status to Our Saviour’s Outreach Ministries, whose programs include the English Learning Center and Our Saviour’s Housing

2009

Permanent Supportive Housing begins as a part of Our Saviour’s Housing

2010

  • The English Learning Center adds morning classes (previously only offered in the evening)
  • Name legally changed to Our Saviour’s Community Services

2016

  • Granted status as a Service Enterprise organization, distinguishing us as a “best” place to volunteer
  • Our Saviour’s Housing joins the Hennepin County shelter community in moving away from a lottery system to Adult Shelter Connect

2017

English Learning Center launches distance learning and prioritizes use of technology in classrooms

2018

Transitional Housing shifts to serving all women, prioritizing those who have experienced domestic violence

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2315 Chicago Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone | 612.871.5900
Fax | 612.871.0017

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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