Recipient Examples for Grant Year 2015
• Compass 180 - "Partnering with ex-offenders in finding new paths to making a living and living with purpose." SPTS provided scholarship dollars to help ex-offenders restart their lives through this mentoring program.
Community Meals - "A low-income and homeless feeding program shared by 4 downtown churches." SPTS helped fund this program that provided 7800 meals to guests in 2014 alone. The program also has a giveaway shelf that allowed guests to carry away over 28,000 pounds of food, clothing, toiletries, and cleaning supplies in that same year.
Dignity Center - "Welcoming and supporting all on the path to stability."This 14-year-old outreach ministry welcomes persons experiencing poverty and homelessness. Grants from SPTS have helped fund long-term participant goals in education, employment, and housing to 1,064 participants in 2013.
Small Sums - "Change Lives." - In 2014, more than 450 individuals got back to work and back to more stable lives with assistance from Small Sums. The SPTS grant to this organization helped provide work clothing, bus passes, job tools, and professional licenses to those entering or re-entering the work force.
Simpson Housing Services - "To house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness since 1982." Homelessness in Minnesota has increased by 6% since 2009, and each night 14,000 individuals find themselves sleeping outdoors, in shelters, or in other unsafe living environments. SPTS grants over the years have helped provide housing and support for thousands of men, women, and children in Hennepin County.
The Bridge For Youth - "We help youth and families build the bridge from crisis to connections." Runaway, abandoned, and homeless youth solely benefit from this organization. They are a metro organization providing shelter, support services, family reunification, and a 24-hour, live-staffed crisis hotline for this population. In 2015, over 5,000 Minnesota youth age 17 or under were estimated to have experienced homelessness. The 2015 SPTS grant helped launch the metropolitan area's first-ever text-capable crisis line for youth, helping to reach more of those in need than ever before.