Mission and Outreach
Mission giving was used to support a number of organizations
in 2021 and 2022. These included:

1. Migizi 1845 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407
MIGIZI provides a strong circle of support that nurtures the educational, social,
economic and cultural development of American Indian youth. MIGIZI means "bald
eagle" in Ojibwe.

2. Voices for Racial Justice 2525 E. Franklin Ave.,
Ste. 301, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Vision: We envision a world without racism that honors the culture, knowledge,
power, and healing of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color.
Mission: We are committed to building power through collective cultural & healing
strategies for racial justice across Minnesota using organizing, leadership training,
community policy & research.

3. Minnesota FoodShare 1100 E. Lake St.,
Minneapolis, MN 55407
For 41 years, Minnesota FoodShare has worked to address food insecurity and
poverty by engaging communities throughout the state via education and state and
federal advocacy efforts. Minnesota FoodShare also provides resources to food
shelves and food distribution programs across the state through the annual March

4. Francis Basket Food Shelf
Francis Basket is part of Hunger Solutions Minnesota which works to end hunger in
our state. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting
programs and agencies that provide food to those in need, advancing sound public
policy, building grassroots advocacy, and informing and educating critical
stakeholders about the status of hunger in Minnesota.

5. Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church Backwoods
Backwoods activities included removal of invasive species, tree trimming and
removal, installation of signage for the walking path(s), planting and watering of
new landscape flowers, shrubs, trees, and grass. There is continuing work to make
the Backwoods available to other groups for events and activities and in 2021 we
were fortunate to have this great outdoor space utilized for several events.

6. 8218/Truce Center 175 Lexington Parkway N, 973 Payne Ave. and Maplewood Mall
Contributions from EPC included snacks and drinks to be used at each of the Truce
Centers locations for after-school scholars who come for tutoring, mentoring or for
a place to hang out. The mission of the 8218 Youth Mentorship is to empower all
youth in our community to make positive life choices that will foster their
development into productive and contributing members of society. The Truce
Center’s mission is to enable one’s ability to peacefully resolve conflict by
promoting the use of effective communication.

7. Presbyterian Church Pentecost Offering
A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support
its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. Gifts to the
Pentecost Offering nurture the faith of the church to come – children, youth, and
young adults. An example of mission programs for youth is in building skills and
opportunity for leadership in worship through camps and direct congregation

8. The Plaster House Plaster House provides preoperative and postoperative care for children in need of orthopedic, plastic and neurosurgery in conjunction with Selian Lutheran Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. Over 1000 children were cared for in 2021 with over 95% of the
cost funded by donors and volunteers.

9. Project Home 1041 Grand Avenue, #312, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Project Home is a division of Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul. In recent years
we have volunteered at First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul, while guests of
Project Home lived in their Fellowship Hall for the month. When the pandemic hit
in March 2020, area faith communities could understandably no longer host
guests. Project Home families moved to two sites in downtown Saint Paul until
March 2021, when Interfaith Action joined with the Sisters of St. Joseph of
Carondelet and Ramsey County to open a shelter in the Provincial House, the
former home of the Sisters, located at 1880 Randolph Avenue in the Highland Park
neighborhood of Saint Paul. This site is now providing shelter, employment and
rapid exit housing support for approximately 20 families with minor children.
Post-pandemic, Interfaith Action would like to re-open the rotating shelters at
their network of faith community partners, while retaining the Provincial House
location as well.

10. Highland Park Senior High School Library 1015 Snelling Ave S, Saint Paul, MN 55116
Our mission dollars went to the Highland Park High School for their library to purchase
additional reading resources. Highland Park High School is right next door to the church
and has about 1300 students in grades 9 -12. It is an Internatonal Baccalaureate (IB)
World school. IB students are evaluated with their peers worldwide. Highland Senior is
the only Saint Paul Public Schools high school in which all ninth and tenth grade students
participate in the IB Middle Years Program; IB Diploma classes in all subjects are open to
grades 11-12.

11. A Mothers Love 3451 Cedar Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55407
A Mothers Love (AML) is a grassroots organization of African American Mothers and
Fathers in Minneapolis whose members have been directly impacted by gun violence.
AML's Vision is to strengthen families by giving them a village for moral support. They
recognize that “family” comprises a multitude of different family types. AML’S Mentors
Program works to strengthen families academically, socially, emo_onally and financially.
A Mothers Love's motto is: "Save the Mother, you save the Child. Save the Father, you
save the Family. Save the Family, you save the Community".

12. Presbyterian Peace and Global Witness Offering
The Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the peace of Christ
by addressing systems of injustice in our own communities and across the world. The
Peace & Global Witness Offering encourages the church to cast off anxiety and fear,
discord and division, and embrace our God's mission of reconciliation to those around
the corner and around the world.

13. Union Gospel Mission's Thanksgiving Bag Drive
376 Western Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55103
Providing Thanksgiving meals to people around the Twin Cities through Union Gospel
Mission (UGM). Thousands of hungry families come to the Mission for bags of free
Thanksgiving food just prior to the holiday. Each bag contains enough food for a family of
5 and costs just $25. Monetary gifts help UGM purchase turkey, potatoes, vegetables,
and even dessert–so that hungry families can enjoy a traditional feast and leave the
problems of the world behind for a while.

14. Presbyterian Denominational Mission (or Unified Mission contribution)
Contributions provide financial support for the denominational mission efforts other
than general and administra_ve costs. This is split between the Presbyterian Mission
, the Synod of Lakes and Prairies and the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area.

15. Joseph’s Coat 1107 West 7th Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
Our support of Joseph’s Coat generally consists of a yearlong collection and donation of
clothing and household items.
Joseph’s Coat provides a welcoming environment where the dignity of each person who
comes through its doors is acknowledged and affirmed. They strive to foster a sense of
community between those facing hardship and their volunteers and donors who are the
strength and energy of Joseph’s Coat.
In fulfilling its mission as a free store providing goods and service to those in need,
within an environment of dignity and respect, Joseph’s Coat maintains an inclusive
philosophy toward the community’s neediest and often most marginalized members.
People of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, abilities and challenges are
welcomed and served. The organization offers essential support to low-income families,
the homeless, those living on fixed incomes, the working poor, new immigrants, the
unemployed, those recently released from prison, and individuals battling chemical
addictions and mental health issues.

16. Southern California Belong Farms
Angelie Ryah spearheads this work in San Diego California. Belong Farms is an organization that works to provide gardens which produce fresh, organic produce for low-income families at the Mexico/US border. Healing Hands Garden is Angelie’s baby, and it’s been created in a food desert of a Southern California neighborhood. Besides providing healthy food, the garden has created community in the form of health education, cooking classes and Spanish/English practice groups.

17. National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1919 University Ave. W, Suite
400, St. Paul, MN 55104.
The Twin Cities chapter of NAMI is part of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to support the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979. It has grown into an alliance of more than 600 local affiliates and 48 state organizations that work in communities to raise awareness and provide support that was not previously available to those in need.

18. First Nations Kitchen: 3044 Longfellow Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404.
Located in south Minneapolis, First Nations Kitchen is a justice-focused, Gospel-based ministry. Its primary intent is to provide food to indigenous people who would not otherwise have access to high-quality, fresh organic food in an environment of radical hospitality and cultural empowerment.


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