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Nora Finds Connection and Community

Before coming to the United States, Nora owned her own business in Somalia, selling coffee, tea, and snacks. She had many customers and knew a lot of people. So the isolation she felt when she moved to Minnesota was a stark contrast. At first, Nora didn’t leave the...

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Rickey’s Secret

Rickey has a secret—one that he keeps from his closest friends and family. He’s careful to make sure that no one can tell his secret by looking at him. “I never hold a sign, never beg for change. I never carry a suitcase or backpack in my hand. Keep myself up clean.”...

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Breaking Out of the Box

“I could not go anywhere. No movement…My life was a box. I live 23 years there.” This is how Ibrahim describes living in a refugee camp in Kenya from age 9 to 32, after fleeing violence and civil war in his home country of Somalia. He was not free to travel or even...

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It Started with a Fire

On March, 18, 2014, Robert’s North Minneapolis, three-bedroom home of eleven years burned to the ground. Too late, he learned his homeowner’s insurance didn’t cover fire. He lost everything. Robert wasn’t home at the time of the fire. He was at Hennepin County Medical...

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Distance Learning 2.0

"I’ve never considered myself a computer expert, so I was a little nervous when I started my AmeriCorps VISTA role last August as the ELC’s next distance learning coordinator. However, I quickly learned the same lesson I now try to impart to students: Distance...

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The Last Man in Transitional Housing

Last summer, we announced a big change at Our Saviour’s Housing. After careful deliberation and assessment of community needs, we started to shift our Transitional Housing Program to serve women only, prioritizing women who have experienced domestic violence. This...

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