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WHITE BEAR EMERGENCY FOOD SHELF

Donations are collected to provide non-perishable foods. In addition, St. John’s is responsible for staffing volunteers for every “5th Saturday” at the Food Shelf as food is given to those in need.

Contact:

Pam Hove
[email protected]
651.247.0456

GIVING GARDENS

Giving Gardens is an exciting ministry founded and sustained by a member of St. John’s Church. The main thrust of this outreach ministry is to help address food insecurity issues in our community by providing residents with the ability to grow some of their own food. Volunteers help to create raised beds in people’s backyards using donated materials. In exchange, these people donate much of their produce to the hungry of our community. Through this growing and exchange of food, neighbors come to know each other, relationships are established, conversations ensue, and communities are changed for the better. St. John’s has a Giving Gardens plot on its grounds and our youth group volunteers labor to help build and weed raised beds.

Contact:
givinggardnsmn.org

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Habitat for Humanity, whose faith-based goal is to build affordable homes. In partnership with other area churches we participate in a one week build in various communities. Several parishioners are involved each year in a project that is overseen by professional Habitat for Humanity staff.

Contact:

George Gorbatenko
[email protected]
651.216.4125

KIDS HOPE USA

A mentoring program for elementary school children. This is our fourth year at 2 schools in the White Bear Lake district. Several of our parishioners participate in this critical ministry to young people.

Contact:

David Seitz
[email protected]
651.468.5494

SOLID GROUND

Solid Ground, whose goal is to develop sustainable homes for homeless families. Many parishioners contribute to the baby shower, school supply and Christmas in-gathering initiatives.

Contact:

Michael Schweisguth
[email protected]
612.432.3510

HOPE FOR THE JOURNEY HOME

Hope for the Journey Home, seeks volunteers to spend time at an overnight shelter for homeless families.

Contact:

Bryan DeSmet
[email protected]
651.494.2555

THE GATHERING

The Gathering, offers fellowship and fun activities while giving respite to caregivers of people with memory loss.

Contact:

Helen Gehrenbeck
[email protected]
651.246.5832

ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION

In 2012, St. John’s Youth Group went for the very first time to Mission, South Dakota, in the Rosebud Indian Reservation. That first year was a year of learning. Learning that we were not there to rescue the people of the Rosebud, we were not there to fix what we thought needed to be fixed, we were not there to tell them how to fix anything. We were there to learn about their community, to become friends, and to become part of their family. St. John’s has continued to journey back to Rosebud Indian Reservation each summer. Our relationship with the people of Rosebud continues to grow as we learn and labor alongside one another.

Conact:
Carrie Thomas
[email protected]