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Building on our unique trusted relationships and aided by our own lived experience, we have ushered more than 500 friends experiencing homelessness indoors for services including case management, showers, healing circles and more. GMCC has graciously offered use of their facility, ideally located at 1100 E. Lake St.
HOPEmobile is our "vehicle for change" - a on-stop shop motorhome which has enabled us to serve nearly 35k meals (as of February 2023, new clothing, life-saving Naloxone, triage to essential medical an social services
FRESH PRODUCE FOR ALL
The Real Minneapolis is working with local farmers and organizations to provide a Farmer's Market outside of Phelps Community Center during their existing food shelf times. Visitors can cruise through the market outside to select fresh farm-grown seasonal vegetables and fruit, and non-perishables inside the building. We will follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.
Before eating, always take time to thank the food.
All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them. – Arapaho
The Real Minneapolis has teamed up with "Marty the Sign Guy". Our Youth Team will be visiting In•Signity and learning how to build creative signs and sculpture pieces for their youth garden! Young people are great entrepreneurs. Not to mention they are our future community builders, business owners, public servants, and families. Young people can sometimes be hard to engage depending on how you approach them.
We have found that they need to be passionate and genuinely interested in a project and it helps when they can visualize the outcome. Marty to the rescue!
Stay tuned for some really fun stuff...
The Real Minneapolis was able to secure a convenient location at Chicago and Lake Street for Minneapolis youth to plant and maintain their own garden. We are paying Community teenagers $14.50 an hour throughout the summer to spearhead the garden and mentor the younger kids! We believe giving youth skills and seeds is giving them much more than a meal! Evidence suggests there are several key benefits related to youth gardens, including:
Youth planted and maintained flowers and baskets to be displayed at Minneapolis businesses that were damaged during the fires and looting. The flowers are meant to brighten up our city, and offer hope to our small business community. In addition, it is both intuitive and scientifically known that adding elements of nature, like flowers, promotes well-being. "The Power of the Flower" as we like to say, can aid in healing our community by:
In honor of George Floyd, the mission of Intersection of Hope started in an effort to create a safe, sustainable, sacred space for the healing, recovery, and growth of the community surrounding George Floyd Avenue.
About $20k of our GoFundMe donations have gone toward the operations at George Floyd Square including the CANDO (Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization), security and first aid, tents and shelter needs, sanitation and hygiene, essential supplies, small business support, and varies food providers.
The remaining funds were used to employ and support BIPOC individuals living and working in and around the immediate area of George Floyd Square.
THE BROOM IS A SYMBOL
Immediately following the looting and fires after the murder of George Floyd, one of our teammates created an event for Facebook friends to clean up the rubbish.
By that Friday 5/27, 80,000 people were reached in a single day -- demonstrating the true spirit of the Minneapolis community: love and kindness. For 5 days, 300-500 people showed up with brooms and garbage bags in tow to take action.
"Grab the broom of anger and drive off the beast of fear." - Zora Neale Hurston
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