Engaging with Pax Christi Grant Recipients

"... at the very heart of the Gospel is life in community and engagement with others. The content of the first proclamation has an immediate moral implication centered on charity."

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

AVENUES FOR YOUTH


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The mission of Avenues for Youth is to partner with youth experiencing homelessness to achieve their dreams. Avenues puts social justice at the center of our work. Our core values are equity, community, respect and dignity, trust, liberation, and anti-oppression.

For 25 years, Avenues has supported youth ages 16-24 in Hennepin County. Whether a young person needs someplace to stay for just one night, or a year and a half, Avenues empowers youth to find their path out of homelessness. We do that by providing a stable home, building trusting relationships, and navigating the youth’s education, career, health and wellness and housing goals.

CASA GUADALUPANA


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To offer a welcoming place that affirms the dignity of each person.  We provide a safe and supportive home to achieve safety and stability for individuals and families going through the asylum process.  There are an estimated 1,500 individuals living in Minnesota and the Dakotas in the asylum hearing process.  There are currently eight residents at Casa from Columbia, Kenya, Oman, Rwanda, and Uganda.

CENTRO GUADALUPANO


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Centro Guadalupano’s mission is “to be companions on the journey with immigrant families and the economically disadvantaged by providing educational programs and human services.” We work in four program areas: adult education, youth development, direct outreach, and wellness services. Our approach recognizes the gospel message that physical human needs must be met before anyone can focus on education in spiritual or other matters. Outreach and wellness services provide for basic needs so that families can focus on the educational opportunities needed to alleviate poverty and achieve long-term stability.

CLARE HOUSING


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Clare Housing provides a continuum of affordable and supportive housing options that create healing communities and optimize the health of people living with HIV/AIDS.

ELPIS ENTERPRISES


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Our mission is to “Foster youth employment and career pathway building through social enterprise”.  We work specifically with young people between 16 and 23 years of age experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. They are referred to Elpis by agencies in both Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

HAVEN HOUSING


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Our mission at Haven housing is to provide women and women-led families in crisis and transition with a stable environment and the opportunity to explore options for their future. We do this through individualized case management and safe, community-focused shelter and supportive housing. 

PEACE HOUSE COMMUNITY


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Mission Statement - Peace House Community (PHC) is a weekday gathering place to belong for economically challenged and marginalized women and men in the Twin Cities. PHC achieves its mission by offering services that nourish the community members' bodies; nourish our community members' souls, and enrich the lives of our visitors, volunteers and students. Vision - Peace House Community strives to build a supportive environment where the wounds of economic and social dislocation are mitigated by the establishment of caring relationships with one another as well as diverse volunteers.

PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING INC. (PPL) - CABRINI SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM


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Cabrini helps participants break the cycle of homelessness and supports those
struggling with mental illness and/or chemical dependency achieve greater self-reliance, health, and well-being. Cabrini provides access to affordable housing within PPL buildings and with private property owners, and the ongoing supports needed for people to maintain housing. The program provides an asset-based, empowering approach to help individuals move from homelessness and isolation to renewed hope and lasting stability. Cabrini’s work is integral to the mission of PPL to build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. A nonprofit offering a broad range of integrated services, PPL is addressing racial equity as a strategic priority. Our equity statement: “PPL strives to be an equitable and inclusive organization committed to elevating the voices of the communities we serve that are disproportionately affected by systemic inequities.”

PROP FOOD (PEOPLE REACHING OUT TO OTHER PEOPLE)


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50 years ago, People Reaching Out to People (or PROP) was founded on the principle of neighbors helping neighbors, by donating time, food, and money to those in need. More recently, we expanded our services to not only meet the basic needs of the 1,000 families we serve, but also provide skills to set clients on a path toward greater self-sufficiency. Our services include food programs, short-term financial assistance, enrichment programs for seniors and youth, and stability services (employment services, mental health counseling, nutritional coaching). Pax Christi's grant supports PROP’s emergency housing fund.

RISEN CHRIST CATHOLIC SCHOOL


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Risen Christ Catholic School is a K-8, bilingual, multicultural and financially accessible school of excellence, educating children in mind, body, and spirit to live and lead in the example of Jesus Christ.

We began transitioning to a unique and innovative dual immersion model in 2014 in order to provide an educational program that is equitable for our predominantly Latino population. In 2020-2021, our dual immersion program is in its seventh year of expansion, serving students in grades K-6. These students receive 50% of their instruction in English and 50% in Spanish daily.

We provide students with a broad range of programs and services to provide stability and growth in the classroom, at home and in the community. Through our City Connects program – a systematic, high-impact approach addressing out-of-school factors that limit learning – each student receives a support plan tailored to his or her needs. We also provide a full-time social worker, weekend food backpack program and a before-school program that provides targeted literacy support and enrichment activities. These programs and other services help ensure all students have the opportunity to reach their full God-given potential.

SLAM SUMMER PROGRAM THROUGH ASCENSION CATHOLIC ACADEMY


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Ascension Catholic Academy (ACA) is a consortium of Catholic schools serving highly diverse neighborhoods in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. Ascension Catholic School, St. John Paul II Catholic School, and St. Peter Claver Catholic School primarily serve scholars who come from diverse backgrounds, with a vast majority in need of additional academic and social support.  We use strategic planning and partnerships, on-going review of best practices, and extensive data to move our scholars forward more than one grade level in one school year. Who we serve: ACA Enrollment: 525 Qualifies for Free Reduced Lunch: 75%; Students of Color: 95%; ELL 29%; Catholic: 47%; Our summer SLAM program serves children K-8 six weeks in June and July, providing a full day of educational programming during critical summer months when our scholars can lose up to three months of academic progress. In these unprecedented times, our mission as a parish and a school has never been more critical. 

ST. STEPHEN'S HUMAN SERVICES


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The mission of St. Stephen's Human Services is ending homelessness. Our primary goal is to support people experiencing homelessness in achieving permanent, affordable housing. We meet people where they are, working together toward self-sufficiency and housing stability.

YOUTHLINK


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The YouthLink mission is to support and empower young people on their journey to self-reliance. Our core organizational goal is to reduce the instances and duration of homelessness among youth. We are dedicated to guiding youth along a path from homelessness to a new life that they define. We help them overcome barriers, access resources, gain skills, build up self-confidence to achieve long-term stability and healthy adult lives.

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