The 25th annual Homeless Memorial March and Service is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17. Visit www.simpsonhousing.org/memorial for all the details.
Monica Nilsson, lontime advocate for the homeless community will be speaking at the service. A little background on Monica:
Monica Nilsson walked into Simpson Shelter late one night in 1994 for her first shift as an overnight volunteer and couldn’t believe that there were rows and rows of sleeping human beings on foam mats at her feet. She spent many more nights at Simpson and later opened Simpson’s Women’s Shelter in 1999 before leaving in 2004 to go to The Bridge, a sanctuary for runaway and homeless youth.
In 2007, she joined Hearth Connection, working with providers serving long-term homeless families, singles and youth in Duluth, the Iron Range and on reservations. Currently, Monica serves as Director of Street Outreach for St. Stephen’s Human Services, working primarily with people who are sleeping outside. She is also Board President of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, a coalition of 150 organizations serving those who experience homelessness.
Monica has learned that every person you meet knows something you don’t, that you need to schedule thinking and that if we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. She learned all that from youth and single adults and families experiencing homelessness.