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Community Partnerships

We live in a generous, connected, and active community—a community that has many social service groups hard at work loving and caring for our neighbors. As a family of faith, we like to partner with groups already at work in our community rather than starting new programs. By partnering with these groups, we make new friends, support our neighbors in need in a variety of ways, and join with the already active community to positively influence our neighborhood and world.

Our current partners are:

ResourceWest: This responsive community-based organization strengthens the west metro community by connecting individuals and families to resources. Its services focus on stabilizing households by addressing basic needs and supporting households in making changes that will lead to sustainable self-sufficiency.

 

ICA Food Shelf: Its mission is to offer hope while providing assistance to neighbors in need. Its clients are west metro residents who find themselves struggling to make ends meet. Services include food distribution; financial aid for rent, mortgage, and utilities; and employment assistance. ICA’s partners include businesses, organizations, and congregations. Its presence in our communities makes our neighborhoods more stable and secure.

 

Teens Alone: This nonprofit, community-based organization provides free and confidential crisis counseling and referral services to youth (ages 12-21) and their families in partnership with Eden Prairie, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and Wayzata school districts, and Main Street School of Performing Arts.

 

Blake Road Corridor Collaborative: The BRCC is a partnership of governmental and community organizations working to address community concerns in the Blake Road area of Hopkins. In addition to Blake Road area businesses and residents, organizations involved in the BRCC include: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, The City of Hopkins, Hopkins-Minnetonka Recreation Services, the Hopkins Police Department, Hopkins Public Schools & Community Education, the ICA Food Shelf, ResourceWest, Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin County (CAPSH), 43 Hoops Basketball Academy, Twin Cities LISC, and The Blake School.

 

Edina Community Foundation: This organization works to create a better and stronger community in which people who live and work here can contribute to helping others in need; have an enhanced sense of public safety in their homes and in the community; come together to enjoy cultural activities, opportunities for community dialogue and other public events; and enjoy beautiful parks, neighborhoods, buildings, public art, and music.

 

Reach & Restore: This organization provides needy families with resources to provide a sense of hope and be a support to get back on their feet. This may include physical needs such as household items, furniture, locating housing, or transportation, and personal needs such as moral support, friendship, tutoring, counseling, or spiritual guidance.

 

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative: Beacon is an interfaith collaborative of congregations committed to ending homelessness through housing, the Families Moving Forward shelter program, and public advocacy.

 

Project for Pride in Living: This nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. It works with individuals and families to achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, support services, and education.

 

In addition to these groups, our pastors serve as chaplains for the Hopkins Police Department, and as a family of faith, we are active members of the cities of Hopkins and Edina. Many of our members are part of the Hopkins Rotary Club, Hopkins Noon Time Lions, the Hopkins Activity Center, and the Hopkins Historical Society, and we partner with each of them on projects in and around our community. We also annually support Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Lutheran Disaster Response.