Tag Archives: advocating for the homeless

Honor a great women in your life and help women currently experiencing homelessness

Women experiencing homelessness would give anything to:

  • Make coffee in their own kitchen
  • Do their own laundry
  • Sweep Cheerios from the floor
  • Plant tulips near their front door

At the Simpson Women’s Housing Partnership and Simpson Women’s Shelter, we work tirelessly to help homeless women find a safe and permanent place to call home.

If you contribute to these worthy programs by May 3, we’ll send this beautiful gift card to a great woman or mother of your choice, just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Today, honor the dreams of all women and mothers for a safe place
to call home.

Go here for more details.

Runners unite to help people experiencing homelessness

If you run, you can help raise funds to help people experiencing homelessness. A group of runners and Simpson supporters are leading the cause.

Whatever race you choose to participate in 2010, do so on behalf of the homeless served by Simpson Housing Services. The Simpson Housing Run is a fundraising campaign to support you in raising money to end homelessness in the Twin Cities.

Go to www.simpsonhousingrun.org for more info.

Voice Lessons: advocating for people experiencing homelessness

Yesterday afternoon, Mike Davey from the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless spoke at Voice Lessons, a Simpson Housing Services event that brought people together to learn skills to speak to their legislators. The talk was specifically geared towards issue around funding for programs for people experiencing homelessness.

The current legislative session is looking to be a tough one, with cuts almost certain. The sad irony is that we are seeing an ever-increasing need for our services, just at the time when the slashing of programs is looming.

Generally speaking, people tend to shy away from speaking to their legislators, so a visit or phone call can hold a lot of weight. It has been said that every meeting or phone call a senator or representative receives is viewed as representing the sentiments of 100 constituents.

You don’t need to be an expert on the situation. You are a concerned citizen. If you have a passion for or personal experience with an issue, you are an expert.

A few other points brought up at the session:

Be as specific as possible about whatever you are calling about.

If you hear “You are speaking to the choir” from your elected official, remember that the choir can get rusty and need practice. Continue to express your thoughts.

The idea of focusing on what we need in the budget vs. what we have the money for is key.

Be sure to “get the ask.”

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A Simpson Family Advocate reflects on homelessness

One of the most interesting things that’s happened since I’ve started working as a family advocate at Simpson is the number of conversations I have with friends and family about homelessness.  For so many of us, we don’t know how to talk about homelessness.  We wonder if we’re saying the right things; we wonder if we’re being politically correct.  We’ve got so many questions!  What I’ve realized is that while these are valid concerns, the most important thing is to be in action—thinking, talking, learning, working, living to end homelessness.  Then, our questions have the power to go somewhere.  So here they are—a few of the questions that make me frustrated, hopeful and curious:  

  • While munching on cookies with my grandparents, they ask if there are many people who are homeless in the Twin Cities, and what the demographics are. 
  • During a phone conversation with a friend, I’m asked what I talk about during meetings with families in transitional housing.
  • At the Thanksgiving table, abundant with food, an aunt asks me why most people become homeless.
  • When an uncle is in town for a conference, he asks me about funding sources for our rental subsidies.
  • A friend gives me a hug, asking if I am staying safe with all the home visits I make. 
  • In a letter that comes in the mail, my brother asks about the power dynamics I’ve experienced through my client-advocate relationships. 
  • Visiting my parents for the weekend, we ask each other what the world would look like without homelessness…and wonder how we can get there.

I could give you bits and pieces of answers I offered, but I don’t have the whole answer anyway.  The answer needs to come from all of us—people who collectively have the power to seek truth through change driven by love.  So ask away!

-Sarah R.