Temporary Relief Shelter

“Don’t close your ears to the cry of the poor.”

Proverbs 21:13

Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish located on 13th Ave NE across from the Logan Park Rec Center will be opening a temporary relief shelter for those experiencing homelessness. Veteran consultant and shelter director Monica Nilsson will run the shelter program taking place between the two neighbor churches. They currently have funding for 3 months beginning (tentatively) Feb 14. Thank you to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for their generous support!
Please see https://elimstrongtowershelters.org for more information.

Donated items like yours allow us to meet basic needs, provide comfort, and assist with building trusting relationships with our program participants.

We welcome donations of high-quality items. Most items must be new, except where noted. Items must meet the following standards:

  • Toiletry items and food must be unopened and unexpired.
  • Staff assess items and may request that you donate items to another agency based on the quality of the items and our current needs.
  • Donations of assembled toiletry kits, or blessing bags, may be helpful depending on our storage space.
  • Unsure whether you should donate an item? Ask yourself if you would give the item as a gift to a friend.

Elim Church
685 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(please use 13th Ave door)

Evening Hours: 7 days a week: 6pm to 9pm (upon shelter opening)

Daytime Hours (varied):

Mon: 9am to noon
Tue-Thu: 9am to 4pm
Fri: 9am to noon
Sat: no day hours
Sun: 7:30am to 9:30am

Clothing Needed:

  • Winter gloves, scarves/hats
  • New thermal long underwear for adult men and women
  • New adult underwear/bras, socks and t-shirts
  • Disposable underwear
  • Coats

Sheets or Towels

  • Bath towels: high quality gently used or new
  • Wash cloths: high quality gently used or new
  • Pillows & pillow cases, twin size fitted and flat sheets, pillows and pillow cases: high quality gently used or new
  • Sleeping bags

Toiletries and Personal Care Items

  • Travel/full size body wash, deodorant, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion
  • Toothpaste, Toothbrushes
  • Razors, Shaving cream
  • Foot powder, Disinfectant spray for shoes & feet
  • Lotion, Q-tips
  • Combs & brushes, African American hair & skin care products
  • Products for natural/textured hair

Food Products

  • Coffee, tea bags
  • Hot cocoa packets
  • Milk, Cereal
  • Non-refrigerated juice
  • Disposable eating products
  • Non-perishable snack items

Cleaning Products

  • Paper towels, toilet paper, facial tissue


  • Bus passes
  • Cub Foods gift cards
  • Backpacks & duffel bags: high quality gently used or new
  • Combination locks and padlocks with keys
  • Laptops

Here’s Elim Church’s statement on the new Temporary Relief Shelter. Thank you to our Northeast neighbors for providing this wonderful resource!

“Dear neighbors and greater Northeast community,

Guided by core values of hospitality, compassion and love for all people, Elim Church and Strong Tower Parish have been in communication about how to better serve women and men facing homelessness. Elim has operated a volunteer led cold-weather shelter for men, as we are able, over the past 8 years and operates Hope Avenue, a weekly drop-in program. Strong Tower Parish operates a food shelf weekly. Together, we have 1400 congregants. In partnership with Tasks Unlimited, a 50 year old non-profit and a long-time advocate for people experiencing homelessness and Monica Nilsson, we have pursued temporary funding to take in women and men who are without a place to sleep at night for the next 3 months at each of our churches. Elim will accommodate women; Strong Tower will take in couples and men. People will be able to keep their bed while working with professional staff so there will be consistency and stability in the community.

We are providing this temporary relief with support from the Richard Schulze Foundation (the founder of Best Buy). We will discern during this time if there is a continued need and the support of our congregations, the community and funders or we will close. We are contacting you to keep you informed and invite you to share in this experience of serving those in need: whether by dropping off towels or twin size bedding in good condition, volunteering your time or serving a meal. Helpful links will be coming shortly on our church websites for your review. You are also welcome to visit the program once it is running in mid-February. It will operate nightly from early evening to early morning. This program will work in complement with existing day programs and guests will be provided a bus token in the morning to make their way.”

As Proverbs 21:13 tells us, “Don’t close your ears to the cry of the poor.” We stand ready to do what we can and invite your engagement.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please reach out to the contacts below.

Paul Stephen Olson, Lead Pastor Elim Church, 685 13th Avenue NE Office: 612.789.3591

Becky Hanson, Pastor of Congregational Care and Hope Avenue Elim Church, Office: 612.789.3591

Pastor Emmanuel Olowokere, Senior Pastor The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Strong Tower Parish, 697 13th Ave NE

Deacon Niyi Adekunle, Strong Tower Parish, 612.396.7755

Monica Nilsson, Program Director, 612.239.4789, monicanilsson2016@gmail.com

Snow Emergency Declared

Minneapolis Snow Emergency has been declared in Minneapolis. Parking rules go into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (Day 1)
Do not park on EITHER side of a Snow Emergency route until 8 a.m., or the street is fully plowed.

Thursday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 2)
Do not park on the EVEN numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed, or on EITHER side of a parkway until 8 p.m., or the parkway is fully plowed.

Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Day 3)
Do not park on the ODD numbered side of a non-Snow Emergency route until 8 p.m., or that side of the street is fully plowed.

You can find an interactive map for street lookup here.

More: minneapolismn.gov/snow

A Brush With Kindness

Is your home in need of critical repairs or painting? Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity can help! Applications for the “A Brush With Kindness” program are now open!

What is A Brush with Kindness? We believe that every family should have the opportunity to affordably maintain and preserve their home. But many situations can create barriers for you to keep up with repairs, including unexpected life events or loss of income. Our paint and repair program provides health and safety repairs that can help you maintain a safe and stable home. That’s why more than 2,000 local families have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness program!

The “A Brush with Kindness” program focuses on exterior painting, and health and safety repairs. Their home repair program utilizes a combination of volunteers and contractors to help homeowners affordably maintain their homes.

Go to https://home.tchabitat.org/home-repair to apply and learn more! Please note, the deadline to apply is: November 4, 2019, by 4:00 p.m. 

Homeowners with roofing needs are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as roofing resources and funds are limited – roofing projects will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Work will start on accepted projects in May 2020, weather cooperating.

If you submit an eligible application, staff will visit your home to understand your repair needs. Habitat staff, volunteers and/or contractors will complete projects within one year of your application.

What we do:

  • Exterior Painting
  • Carpentry repairs on roofing, siding, flooring, doors, windows
  • Mechanical system repairs to plumbing, electrical, heating
  • Tree trimming and removal
  • Safety and accessibility modifications (ramps, grab bars, ADA toilets, lever-handles for doors and faucets)

What we don’t do:

  • Emergency repairs
  • Driveway Paving
  • Cosmetic repairs (Remodel)
  • Large Structural repairs (Foundations, waterproofing, etc.)
  • Building additions (Rebuild garage, finish basements or attics)

Homeowners are eligible if:

  • Home is in 7-county Twin Cities metro area
  • Owner occupied for at least the last 2 years and have homeowners insurance
  • Household income below 80% of Twin Cities median income (e.g. household size of 2 = $57,550 maximum income – see our webpage for more examples: https://home.tchabitat.org/home-repair-eligibility)
  • Cannot have received assistance through ABWK in the past 2 years

How much will this cost?

A Brush with Kindness repairs are affordable. You have two repayment options:

1) 2-year, monthly repayment plan that is customized for your affordability

  • Payments dependent on ability to repay, but will not exceed $250 per month. Discount if you select this option!

2) 10-year forgivable mortgage, no monthly payments

  • Mortgage amount declines by 1/10 each year

Please call 612-788-8169 with any questions you might have about the program, the application process, or if you require assistance filling out an application.

East of the River Park Master Plan Meeting

Next East of the River Park Master Plan meeting is on Tuesday, March 13

East of the River Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #5

Date: March 13, 2018

Time: 6-8 pm

Location: Van Cleve Recreation Center
Address: 901 15th Ave. SE
Topic: “Data Jam” – we will look at and synthesize at all the data we’ve collected and develop recommendations for each park.


Meeting notes and presentation from the February Community Advisory Committee meeting posted online

Thank you to all of the community members working together to create the East of the River Park Master Plan! The next East of the River Park Master Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6-8 pm at Van Cleve Recreation Center, 901 15th Ave SE.

This meeting will focus on a “Data Jam,” where we will look at and synthesize at all the data we’ve collected from community and other sources and develop recommendations for each park. This is an exciting step in the design and planning process and we can’t do without you!

As usual, the CAC meeting is open to the public, with free dinner and children’s activities.

Meeting notes and other materials from the last CAC meeting have been posted online.

East of the River Park Master Plan CAC Meeting #4 Recap

Also save the date for the April CAC meeting, which is scheduled Moday, April 30, 6-8 pm at Luxton Recreation Center. This CAC meeting will kick off the Park Design Week where we will have six teams of designers and MPRB staff working on two park concepts for each park.

Free Community Technology Repair and Education

Fix-It Tech Events

A free community technology education event providing computer hardware repair, education and tech support.


Friday, January 30, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Takoda Institute – AIOIC
1845 East Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, 55404

Friday, February 27, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Oak Park Center – Pillsbury United Communities
1701 Oak Park Ave N., Minneapolis 55411

Saturday, March 28, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Waite House – Pillsbury United Communities
2323 11th Ave S., Minneapolis, 55404

Have a Computer Question or Issue?

  • If your computer or laptop is slow, not working, or seems to have a virus, bring it in for free tech support!
  • Our volunteers will teach valuable repair skills, answer questions, and give technical advice about your device.

Details & What to Bring:

  • First come, first served. Labor will be FREE. Parts available to purchase.
  • Bring your laptop, and/or desktop tower and power cord.
  • Volunteers will help with smartphones and tablets based on capacity.

Free Workshops and Resources

  • Short sessions will cover basic computer maintenance and Internet safety. Pick up resources, learn about technology education programs and careers.

See more at Fix-It Tech Event page and blog post from November 22 event in North Minneapolis.

Energy Assistance Available

If you or someone you know is in need of additional assistance paying for heating and energy bills, the Energy Assistance Program might be able to help.

Offered through the MN Department of Commerce, this program can help pay some home heating costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.

For more information and to apply, call 1-800-657-3710 or go online