Mission Highlight

See which mission partner we're featuring this month.

During December, we are highlighting our local mission partners focused on Housing and Homelessness: Avivo Village, Families Moving Forward, and Oasis for Youth. Read below for background information on each partner and how you can participate in making someone’s Christmas a little brighter.

Doing good for Christ's sake isn't just our history - it's our ongoing commitment to our neighbors.

Avivo Village

Avivo Village presents a truly innovative solution to ending homelessness, offering a comprehensive and holistic approach that addresses the deeper roots of economic inequality, systemic racism, and lack of affordable health care that lie underneath the experience of homelessness.

Volunteer with Avivo by sorting the gifts collected at Meetinghouse and delivering them to Avivo Village. Interested in volunteering? Email Elaine Heltne to get started.

  • * Take one or more of the gift tags off the Gift Tree and purchase the item(s). Bring all gifts to church by December 18 and/or 
  • * Contribute financially by using Pushpay and select “Missions Special Gifts” or write your check to Meetinghouse Church and designate “Missions Special Gifts.”

We invite you to pray specificallly:

  • * For clients to find safe and permanent housing
  • * For clients who return to the streets to find warmth and safety through their journey
  • * For swift and appropriate intervention for clients in danger, whether from themselves, others, or their addiction

Families Moving Forward

With Families Moving Forward, congregations host families who are experiencing homelessness, extending hospitality and a warm, safe place to rest. Dedicated volunteers from more than 90 congregations throughout the Twin Cities metro area make hot meals, lead activities, and set up comfortable spaces to sleep as they host families overnight for a week at a time.

Note: FMF is functioning under Covid restrictions and hosting families in hotels.

Volunteer with Families Moving Forward by delivering the stockings being made by Emerging Generations to Families Moving Forward. Interested in volunteering? Email Elaine Heltne to get started.

Donate financially using Pushpay and select “Missions Special Gifts” or write your check to Meetinghouse Church and designate “Missions Special Gifts”. 

We invite you to pray specificallly:

  • * for the residents as they navigate housing instability and that they remain safe, warm, and fed.
  • * for those in power to make more affordable housing available for so many who need it.

Oasis for Youth

Oasis for Youth is expanding its program of assisting insecurely housed youth in the Bloomington, Richfield, and Edina area by developing a mobile unit to empower case managers who are always on the go to meet youth where they are and provide them with needed resources. 

The partnership with Oasis includes Meetinghouse providing space for a closet that is  managed by volunteers. Youth are able to pick out some clothing and personal items. Recently the use of the closet has been expanded to include others such as our refugee families and will be renamed, Matthew’s Closet of Meetinghouse. If you would like to learn more about this, contact Michele Steinke.

Volunteer with Oasis for Youth by baking a dozen (or two) Christmas cookies and bring to church by December 18. Label for Oasis for Youth. Interested in volunteering? Email Elaine Heltne to get started.

  • * Take one or more of the gift tags off the Gift Tree and purchase the item(s). Bring all gifts to church by December 18 and/or, 
  • * Contribute financially by using Pushpay and select “Missions Special Gifts” or write your check to Meetinghouse Church and designate “Missions Special Gifts.”

  • * for the increasing number of youth in our neighborhood experiencing home insecurity. May they find the inner strength to seek help and the services offered by Oasis for Youth.
  • * the staff as they continue to work hard for the youth in need, particularly during these interrupted times when everything carries extra challenges.
  • * for case worker’s renewed energy and the ability to refresh in their personal lives.
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