Serving in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Serve With Us: Phillips Neighborhood, Minneapolis and St. Paul

We are called to help those in need in our city and our community. We don’t have to look far to find those who could use our love and support. We touch their lives and they touch ours. Join us as we serve others in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis and in St. Paul.


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Normandale Housing Ministry

Map of Phillips neighborhoodPhillips Neighborhood, Minneapolis
Through Normandale Housing Ministry, we assist, empower, and partner with families seeking transition from homelessness to independent living. Using a holistic model and partnerships, we provide housing, support services, and education.

In 1993, Normandale Lutheran Church chose to work in partnership with Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church to develop an “interim house” as a way for homeless people to enter the mainstream of society. With financial help from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency and the Normandale Church Foundation, we purchased a triplex on Chicago Avenue and formed the Normandale Housing Corporation. After being restored, decorated, and furnished, “Normandale House” opened in November 1996. Since then, it has been a home to over 40 families.

In 2007, we formed a partnership with Urban Homeworks to acquire four duplexes on Elliot Avenue offering permanent affordable housing. While Urban Homeworks manages the properties, we provide families with support services.


Ministry Opportunities

Support Team: Two individuals per family (and our case manager) meet regularly with families to help them achieve their goals.

Family Friends: An individual or entire family commits to engage in periodic social activities with a Normandale House family.

Reading Buddies: A service opportunity for Normandale youth (grades 7-12) to spend time each week eating, reading, and playing with Normandale House children. Reading Buddies typically meets on Mondays from 5:30-8:00 pm, with transportation to Normandale House and dinner provided. If you are interested in participating, we ask that you commit to participating at least once a month. Be a reading buddy, make a kid smile. Contact Maggie Jones at / 952.929.1697 x369 to join us!

New Resident Preparation: Teams and individuals clean, furnish, and fix up apartments as needed.

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Ready to serve and learn more? Contact Val Pruitt, Program Manager, at / 612.872.4021 x32.


Our Saviour’s Housing & Shelter

Phillips Neighborhood, Minneapolis
Join us in serving at Our Saviour’s Shelter. The second Thursday of each month Normandale members provide dinner to 45 homeless individuals at Our Saviour’s Shelter in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

This is an opportunity ideal for families or small groups of 4-6 individuals. Plan on an evening from 4:00-8:00 pm. You’ll purchase and prepare a meal for 40-50 people, provide paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, and 3 gallons of milk. Arrive at the shelter by 6:45 pm to set up, and serve dinner from 7:00-7:45 pm.

Our Saviour’s Shelter is located at 2219 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis and is two doors down from Normandale House.

Instructions and sample menus with quantities are available. Meals can be simple! Normandale owns roasters, crock pots, bowls, serving utensils, etc. that can be borrowed for serving and the church kitchen available for use as needed. Monetary reimbursement is available. Questions? Contact Janet Devine,, 952.929.1697 x355.

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CES (Community Emergency Services)

Phillips Neighborhood, Minneapolis
CES provides crisis relief in the Phillips neighborhood through a foodshelf and counseling services. CES serves low-income households, single parent families, recent immigrant households, the elderly, and people with mental/cognitive disabilities. Our Normandale community has a history of close connection to CES through membership support on the CES board, in volunteer roles at CES greeting and working with those who walk in the door, and through periodic congregation-wide donation drives.  

Want to get involved? Contact Lynn Peterson, CES Service Development & Congregational Relations, at



Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services of Minnesota (SAYFSM) provides culturally and linguistically appropriate HIV/AIDS education and social services to African immigrants with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota.  

Normandale has been a SAYFSM anchor congregation from their inception in 2002. Normandale members support SAYFSM by donating Christmas gifts and back-to-school supplies for kids, collecting necessary household and furniture items for people resettling, and developing personal relationships. 

Willing to serve? Contact Pastor Dale Howard at, or Ephraim Olani & Elizabeth McNamarra at

SAYFSM is located at:
1885 University Avenue, Suite 297
St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

For more information, contact SAYFSM at 651.644.3983.