Local Outreach

Salem and our partner congregations are active in our local community and beyond.  Here are just a few of the ministries and organizations about which we are excited.  Want to get more involved?  E-mail Salem and we’ll let you know what is planned or help you link directly to the organization or ministry.

ZOOM House

ZOOM House is a transitional housing program that assists single parents to move from the experience of homelessness toward self-sufficiency,  offering resources, guidance and support in their journey.  For many years Salem has partnered with ZOOM House, supporting ZOOM House in a variety of hands-on ways throughout the season getting to know families, supporting their needs, and providing financial and material resources.  http://www.thezoomhouse.org/

Simpson Housing Services and Simpson Shelter

Simpson Shelter is just east of Salem on 28th Street at 1st Avenue.  Every night the shelter provides space to men and women experiencing homelessness.  Daily, Simpson Housing Services takes a whole-person approach to end homelessness and support individuals and families on the edge of poverty.  Salem and Lyndale partner to serve a monthly evening meal at the shelter.  Check the calendar for information.  http://www.simpsonhousing.org/

Community Emergency Services (CES)

Community Emergency Services (CES) is a non-profit crisis relief and empowerment ministry that extends God’s love to those in the inner city of South Minneapolis.  Kids and adults at Salem (and SpringHouse) partner with CES to help in the foodshelf and around their facility and neighborhood at 19th Street and 11th Avenue.  http://www.cesmn.org/

Simpson Food Shelf

The Simpson Food Shelf is located at Simpson United Methodist Church, 2740 First Avenue South, Minneapolis.  It provides supplemental food assistance for residents who live in the area bordered by Franklin Avenue on the north; Lake Street on the south; Portland Avenue on the east; and Lyndale Avenue on the west.  The food basket is always out for donations to Simpson Food Shelf.

ISAIAH and Prophetic Voices

ISAIAH is a vehicle for congregations, clergy, and people of faith to act collectively and powerfully towards racial and economic equity in the state of Minnesota. Prophetic Voices includes ISAIAH and other partners (interfaith and interracial) in making change in Minnesota.  http://isaiahmn.org/ and http://propheticvoicesmn.org/

Midtown Greenway

The Midtown Greenway is a 5.5-mile long former railroad corridor in south Minneapolis with bicycling and walking trails.  The Midtown Greenway Coalition envisions a green urban pathway that provides the anchor for a regional, sustainable transportation network; and encourages healthy diverse communities to prosper, participate, and connect to the region.  Salem, Lyndale UCC, and First Christian adopted a stretch of the Greenway from Colfax Avenue to Garfield Avenue.   http://www.midtowngreenway.org/

Minnesota Food Share

Minnesota Food Share is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches.  It provides more than half of the food distributed by food shelves statewide every year.  It produces and distributes free promotional and educational resources for food drive organizers. It acts as a clearinghouse for cash donations and distributes the funds to participating Minnesota food shelves. Throughout the year, Minnesota FoodShare advocates on behalf of hungry Minnesota families with both state and federal lawmakers and educates the public about hunger in Minnesota. http://mnfoodshare.gmcc.org/

Minnesotans United for All Families, Pride Parade and Pride Fest

As a Reconciling in Christ Congregation and a community that includes GLBTQ individuals and families, Salem is committed to working against the so-called marriage amendment.  Salem is active at Pride Fest late each June and walks with the Reconciling in Christ congregations in the parade.  http://mnunited.org/,  http://www.tcpride.org/


Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (The Center of Workers United in Struggle) is an organization where workers build power to lead the struggle for fair wages, better working conditions, basic respect, and a voice in workplaces.         http://ctul.net/

Ecumenical and Interfaith Work

In the Twin Cities area there is a wealth of ecumenical and interfaith experiences including opportunities for service, involvement and education.  The Minnesota Council of Churches has wide ranging involvement; Salem is most linked to their refugee and Christian-Muslim work.  Also, Salem is a sponsoring organization for the Minneapolis Area Interfaith Initiative.  http://www.mnchurches.org/


Global Outreach

Bread for the World

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities where we live.  It is not uncommon to find Salem people with pens and paper in hand, writing letters or reaching out to government officials on behalf of those who live in poverty.  http://www.bread.org/


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is an engaged, active body of people who put faith in God into action — in millions of ways, all over the world.  Salem’s primary international connections (whether they be education, prayer, or other programs) are through the ELCA.   http://www.elca.org/

ELCA Disaster Response

ELCA Disaster Response helps to bring God’s comfort, healing and renewal to those affected by disasters and provides ongoing assistance to those in need.   http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Responding-to-the-World/Disaster-Response.aspx

ELCA World Hunger Appeal

ELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies— relief, development, education, and advocacy —to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world.  http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Responding-to-the-World/ELCA-World-Hunger.aspx

Lutheran World Relief

Lutheran World Relief works to fight poverty and promote a more just and peaceful world by helping people help themselves.   http://lwr.org

Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and meals are shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world.  Kids of all ages appreciate the basic, hands-on involvement of packing food at Feed My Starving Children.  An orientation session at the start of each volunteer experience helps kids and adults understand why we are doing what we are doing.  http://www.fmsc.org/

Church World Service-CROP

CROP Hunger Walks are interfaith hunger education and fundraising events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by CWS regional offices across the U.S.  Each year Salem folks walk in the Minneapolis CROP Walk to raise funds and awareness of hunger needs locally and globally.  The 2012 Minneapolis CROP Walk will be October 14.  www.cropwalk.org/