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What I learned from teaching refugees.

In Honor of World Refugee Day 2017

Teaching refugee students taught me what I value in community. I’d like to tell you about my last job, teaching refugee and immigrant students, and what it taught me. The most joyful job I’ve ever had was in a cramped basement office with concrete walls and no windows. The summer months brought so much humidity…


What I Learned from My Brief Encounter with Housing Instability

Early this month, I unexpectedly learned that I would need to leave the beautiful, South Minneapolis duplex I’ve rented for three years. With no explanation or warning, my landlords – who have been the one downside to a home I’ve otherwise loved – decided to change their minds about continuing my lease. So I found…


Distance Learning Arrives at the ELC

There’s no denying that we live in a digital age. In fact, the average American spends more than 10 hours each day staring at a screen.¹ It makes sense then that digital literacy skills have become increasingly necessary in the workplace and in everyday life: job applications are often only available online, and many schools…

Transitional Housing Shift to Domestic Violence

Transitional Housing Program Shifts Focus to Domestic Violence

Sarah* grew up in an upper, middle-class family. She achieved a Master’s degree in health and human services administration. She became homeless when she was evicted from the apartment she shared with her abuser after he was arrested by the police. Although traumatized by violence, she was unable to go to a domestic violence shelter…

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    OSH was there for me when nobody else was. They helped me stand on two feet. That’s what I want to be able to do for someone else. Because when you help somebody out, that’s when you get helped out too.

    Paris Resident at OSH

    When I moved into the housing program, it was the first time I had a key that could actually open my own door. That was an amazing experience. I’m grateful because Our Saviour’s gave me the opportunity to move on and make my life better.

    Jude Resident at OSH

    I enjoyed having the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Friends Forever service group come for a conversation group with students because the students really engaged and used their English.

    Mary Teacher at ELC

    Education is important. If you have no education, you have no eyes. With an education, things are possible.

    Ahmed ELC Student

    The best part about home is having one. Using your own key to come in and out. Relaxing.

    Eligah Resident at OSH

    When I see the students benefit, it makes me feel very good!

    Shukri ELC Student

    Finding OSH was the most important thing in helping me get back on my feet.

    Anonymous Resident at OSH

    Our Saviour’s Transitional Housing Program was a Godsend. I feel like I really can’t say enough. I’m in a supportive environment. The people here really help you. The best part is having a place of peace and rest.

    Sandra Resident at OSH

    I see two elderly students grabbing a ride home with one of their classmates. They wave and ask about my family. I ask them, “How are you?” They respond, “If we are here, we are always good!”

    Jenne Program Director at ELC

    Being at OSH makes me realize that anything can happen to anyone, and that’s why you’ve got to help people out. There are some good vibes here and a really cool sense of community.

    Stacey Volunteer at OSH