Alexandra House, Inc.

Year: 2022
Location: Blaine
Amount: $6460
To replace four beds, ensuring the safety and comfort of Alexandra House, Inc. clients and their children as they transition to a life free from violence.

CAER Food Shelf

Year: 2022
Location: Elk River
Amount: $5000
To help fund a new reach-in refrigerator for the Kids Weekend CAER Package program. The impact of having a reliable refrigerator to store milk, produce, and other perishable items is essential to continue providing consistent, healthy food to youth experiencing food insecurity.

Face to Face Health & Counseling Service, Inc.

Year: 2022
Location: St. Paul
Amount: $6694
  To purchase a commercial-grade refrigerator for the SafeZone food pantry and move-kits for youth. The refrigerator will have a major impact on Face to Face's ability to address the food needs of youth. It will allow youth, and in many cases their children, access to healthier food options. Having a wider range of choices in the food pantry and therefore more control over their diet is empowering for young people. The Welcome Home Kits will also make a major positive impact in youth's housing journey. The kits are an important way to celebrate the milestone of getting housing and honor the hard work young people put in navigating all the barriers they face.

HOPE 4 Youth

Year: 2022
Location: Coon Rapids
Amount: $6711
To purchase and install kitchen equipment for HOPE 4 Youth's Drop-In Center meal program. At their Drop-In Center, hot meals are a focal point for youth receiving services. These upgrades will transform HOPE 4 Youth's space into a true multi-use, not to mention on-site kitchen, for staff and volunteers. With the double sink addition, they will increase produce prep thus increasing their ability to provide more nutritious, fresh menu options. The new dishwasher will eliminate unnecessary waste, and overall, they anticipate the total meals served to increase 30%, reaching more young adults and their children.

HOPE Coalition

Year: 2022
Location: Red Wing
Amount: $9750
To provide motel vouchers to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties.  By providing a few nights stay in a motel it provides people a respite to take a breath, providing dignity and time to make a plan.  HOPE Coalition advocates help clients write budgets, identify personal and community supports, provide referrals to ongoing resources, and provide emotional support and empowerment.  Through this funding HOPE Coalition will provide 150 nights of safe shelter while assisting people work toward their housing goals.  Having this funding will allow for other grant funds to be utilized for other financial crises such as food and gas vouchers, rental assistance, and other basic needs. 

Hunger Solutions Minnesota

Year: 2022
Location: St. Paul
Amount: $100000
To raise public awareness of hunger in Minnesota, help food shelves raise crucial funds during the summer and allow food shelves to provide food to their communities in need. Now more than ever, food shelves rely on the support of partners like OYH to continue providing help to those struggling with hunger. This funding helps raise awareness of hunger and helps food shelves raise additional funding during slower summer months when donations are down to continue meeting the needs of their local communities.

Loaves and Fishes Housing, Inc.

Year: 2022
Location: Duluth
Amount: $12817
To add a shower to the bathroom on the first floor of Olive Branch House providing a private, safe experience for drop-in guests. Lack of access to hygiene facilities takes a toll on mental, physical, and emotional health. Personal hygiene improves overall health and can restore dignity to people living outdoors. Funding will pay for the shower surround, shower valve, bathroom vanity and sink. Funding will also replace the 100-year-old original pantry shelving in the kitchen and the aging refrigerator.

New Pathways

Year: 2022
Location: Cambridge
Amount: $5000
Toward new flooring to provide a dignified, hopeful space that is easy to clean and maintain. New Pathways wants to be a bright light in the very dark scary crisis their families find themselves in.  In order to do this, they need to focus on their mission and also focus on maintaining the space they provide services in.  Each family they serve will be impacted because they will be living in a safe, clean, and welcoming environment.

One Minnesota

Year: 2022
Location: St. Paul
Amount: $7000
To purchase much needed equipment including additional freezers, shelving and additional pallet jacks. One Minnesota's program now requires daily attention by volunteers, more space and more freezers, shelving and attention to detail such as nut allergies and several religious restrictions. Funding by OYH will make it possible for them to continue and further enhance programs impacting thousands of community members in a continuum.  

Partners for Housing

Year: 2022
Location: Mankato
Amount: $9600
To address a flooring issue at Partners for Housing's Theresa House shelter in St Peter.  Partners for Housing believes that all people deserve safe, comfortable housing.  They have worked hard to leverage opportunities to make their facilities better, to expand to serve more people, and make it safe and family friendly.  Flooring is impactful for the safety of everyone who lives, plays and works there.  It also makes people feel like they are a valued member of society when they can stay in a decent, well-kept place.

People Incorporated

Year: 2022
Location: St. Paul
Amount: $5000
To purchase survival gear for unhoused individuals and families throughout the Twin Cities. By equipping Street Outreach staff with supplies that help unsheltered people survive, People Inc. builds trust and improves the quality of life among individuals and families experiencing barriers to mental health and wellness. Funding from Open Your Heart will have a greater impact than simply providing supplies to the homeless, it will open the door for Outreach Case Managers to make referrals to emergency health, mental health, and SUD treatment as needed.

Small Sums DBA At Home Group

Year: 2022
Location: St. Paul
Amount: $3938
Toward the purchase of 87 $45 rush hour bus passes so Small Sums' clients have a reliable way to get to work. A one-month unlimited bus pass eases the stress of a homeless individual, who's just landed a job, eliminating the uncertainty of not knowing if they "have a ride" to work or the stress of having to choose between using limited bus money or a token for a trip to the grocery store or to visit a friend, a doctor's appointment, or to look at an apartment, and being sure they can make it to work.

Teens IN Christ

Year: 2022
Location: St. Paul
Amount: $150
To provide Teens in Christ CEO with funding to attend the 2022 Nonprofit Fundamentals Series to gain a back-to-basics overview of the many management topics essential to nonprofits. Teens IN Christ is an organization that is growing rapidly. Their mission is to help get youth experiencing homelessness off of the street.

The Dignity Center

Year: 2022
Location: Minneapolis
Amount: $7065
To purchase two commercial refrigerators, plus installation, for more storage space to feed participants. For the past 20 years, the Dignity Center's mission has been to provide long-term support to individuals living in poverty and homelessness, helping them overcome obstacles and move toward self-sufficiency through relationship, provision of stabilizing resources, and referrals to specific supportive services. They provide fresh, hot meals every day they are open that participants eat there, as well as take-away meals in “to-go” containers. They also help with goal setting and financial requests such as paying cellphone bills, and housing costs such as rental and utility payments.

Casa de Esperanza

Year: 2020
Location: St. Paul, MN
Type: COVID-19 Response Fund
Amount: $1500
to purchase food, essential household supplies and fund hotel vouchers for individuals who are uncontaminated and at high-risk.

Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP)

Year: 2020
Location: Brooklyn Center, MN
Type: COVID-19 Response Fund
Amount: $3000
to help continue serving their neighbors the same amount of meals, visits and pounds; but pivoting distribution approach to limit exposure.

Churches United

Year: 2020
Location: Moorhead, MN
Type: COVID-19 Response Fund
Amount: $3000
to support the purchase of extra food and supplies needed to serve guests.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

Year: 2020
Location: St. Cloud, MN
Type: COVID-19 Response Fund
Amount: $3000
to provide hotel vouchers for clients who are vulnerable that have not contracted COVID-19.

Ascension Place, Inc. dba Haven Housing

Year: 2020
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Type: Education
Amount: $2500
funding to meet the immediate and unpredictable needs of homeless students at their family shelter and to help ensure full participation in school and school-related activities.

Al-Maa’uun

Year: 2020
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Type: Hunger and Homeless
Amount: $8830
for a commercial freezer to be able to safely store perishable food items and continue their home meal and food box delivery program to youth, seniors, and people with disabilities in north Minneapolis.