Home for Good Volunteer Projects – November
At our Home for Good assembly sessions in November, volunteers gathered to learn about the realities for people transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing. Not only did they learn more about United Way, they heard from the recipient agency partners and their clients who generously shared their incredible life stories.
In total, 486 Home for Good kits were assembled during both the July and November projects, and were distributed to 10 United Way agency partners: Project for Pride in Living, Simpson Housing, Face to Face, YWCA of St. Paul, YMCA of the Twin Cities, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Casa de Esperanza, Perspectives, Cornerstone Advocacy Services and The Bridge for Youth.
Each kit had more than 70 items, including blankets, cleaning supplies, kitchen and bath supplies and more. Individuals wrote beautiful messages in cards that recipients will see when they open their bin. Volunteers had the option to add sheets and towels to the Home for Good kits, and we were overwhelmed at their generosity—more than half of the kits contained these extra items. Groups and individuals from companies, schools, families came together to learn and talk with each other about the complexity of homelessness and affordable housing.
Thank you also to those companies that held product drives to support this effort: 3M, Bassford Remele, Bremer Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Gilman Family, Minnesota Judicial Branch, and the Minnesota Heart Institute Foundation.
Thank you to Project for Pride in Living, DARTS, The Food Group and The St. Paul Labor Center for hosting these events!