Each month Westminster highlights organizations that are part of the Community Partners program, or local organizations selected as partners for their work to transform social systems, challenge inequalities, and practice love of neighbor for those who are poor, hungry, or homeless. This August we highlight Project for Pride in Living and Our Saviour’s Community Services.
Project for Pride in Living
By Tom Fidler
Project for Pride in Living (PPL) has had a long association with Westminster Presbyterian Church. PPL’s mission is to build hope among individuals and families by providing affordable housing and career readiness services. PPL owns, manages or services over 1500 units of housing in the Twin Cities, and in June 2023 broke ground on a new 46 unit affordable housing building called Shelby Commons in the North Loop. PPL also offers personalized career coaching and works with top-tier employers to offer training to individuals seeking positions such as office specialists and pharmacy technicians. To learn more about PPL or to volunteer, please visit their website.
Our Saviour’s Community Services
By Todd Monson
Our Saviour’s Community Services (OSCS) is located at 2315 Chicago Avenue, in the diverse Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis. Its two major programs are:
- housing for single adults, including emergency shelter, transitional, and permanent supportive housing; and
- the English Learning Center (ELC) serves more than 300 refugee and immigrant adults annually offering in English, computer, math, and citizenship classes. The ELC program is in a stage of rapid growth.
Current volunteer needs include:
- Preparing meals on-site
- Tutoring students of all levels and ability – OSCS will provide training
To learn more and to sign up to volunteer, please check out their website.