UPDATE: Recent media coverage:
Today Show, (S2023 E1740), aired 7/26/23
FOX9, aired 7/27/23 (for non-locals: this is not the same as nat'l Fox!)
️️️MPR, aired 7/26/23
KARE11, aired 7/23/23
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The Real Minneapolis is a small grassroots 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate hope, health and healing. This fundraiser was created to enable us to continue to serve the unhoused population, especially in the sweltering summer heat, which requires additional outreach and support.
As public health ambassadors, we have consistently addressed the social determinants of health since our inception after the police murder of George Floyd. (realmpls.org) We respond to the immediate and fluid needs of the most disinvested communities by thoughtfully listening, in real time, then we carefully curate projects and develop collaborative partnerships to maximize our impact. It is through this consistent and loving presence that we have developed very trusting relationships. And trust is everything in this community, now more than ever.
Your donations will fund:
- HOPEmobile Operations - Our custom motorhome serves as a one-stop shop and command center to provide essential supplies, as well as usher our unhoused friends indoors for services. We have distributed nearly 40,000 meals (rain or shine, 5 times a week), 1,000+ life-saving Naloxone kits, 10,000+ socks, underwear and new clothing items, innumerable hygiene and feminine products, warm gear and more. Donations will cover staffing, vehicle insurance, fuel, maintenance, essential supplies, etc.
(Katie, one of our amazing volunteers)
- Mpls CareCollab Operations - Our HOPEmobile led us to Mpls CareCollab, a unique drop-in center for people experiencing homelessness, providing housing and substance use case management, healing circles, showers and new change of clothes, nutritious meals, first aid, digital access, and more. The Phillips neighborhoods of South Minneapolis are a veritable “vortex of scarcity” – no services such as shelter, prepared meals, drop-in centers, etc. within a mile radius. We saw a need and we filled it. Donations will cover staffing, underwear, t-shirts, hygiene supplies (deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.)
(Metro State University nursing students receive clinical credit while working with us.)
- Mentorship & Skill-Building - We employ and train amazing individuals who have recently overcome insurmountable barriers including living in encampments, opioid and substance abuse, untreated mental health conditions, etc. We also employ disinvested BIPOC teens (some since July of 2020!). Donations will cover summer wages.
- Other Operational Costs - Donations will cover a portion of our professional insurance, office/storage, and other standard administrative costs.
As subject matter experts with lived experience of homelessness, heroin addiction, incarceration and childhood scarcity, our team has a unique ability to share our tragedy-to-transformation stories in impactful ways. We serve as a conduit to ensure vital resources get into the hands and hearts of those who need them the most.
We appreciate you.
The Real Minneapolis Team