Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Community

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Saint Joan of Arc

Catholic Community

4537 3rd Ave. So.
Minneapolis, MN 55419

Phone: 612.823.8205
Fax: 612.825.7028

St. Joan of Arc Outreach Fund Justice Grants Spring 2018

With the largest group of applicants ever compiled in one round, the SJA Justice Grant committee met this week to award our grants. Organizations that involve SJA parishioners as committed volunteers and leaders are invited to apply, and our committee meets with the applicants. We then gather to make our funding decisions. We are grateful to these organizations and to the parishioners who volunteer with them, and who wrote letters of support for the applications. We are honored to partner with all of you!

We awarded $5000 (or maximum grant) to each of these incredible organizations, for a total of $95,000:
Listening House of St. Paul, Inc. ( A daytime community center in St. Paul providing hospitality, practical assistance and counsel to low-income, homeless or lonely adults. Letters of support from SJA parishioner volunteers Bob Beutel and Paul Leighton

Elder Voice Family Advocates ( This statewide organization represents residents of long term care settings, and their families, by working to change laws and regulations to prevent abuse. Letters from SJAers Anne Sterner and Maggie Coughlin Rose

Health Care For All Minnesota ( Advocating for affordable, quality healthcare for every Minnesotan through advocacy, education and community organizing. Letters from SJAers Carol Krush and Mike Doyle

Sarah’s…an Oasis for Women ( A mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Sarah’s provides a home for women without recourse who have experienced violence, torture, abuse, war and trauma. Letters from SJAers Kate Meyer and Jeff Grosscup

Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ( Our grant will help build a home which a lower-income family can purchase with a mortgage that guarantees they will spend no more than 30% of their income on housing. Letters from SJAers Mike Nelson and Cathy Lawrence

Minnesota Literary Council ( Shares the power of learning through education, community building and advocacy. Our grant will help close the digital divide for adults learning English. Letters from SJAers Susan Godon and Cydnee Sanders

Healing Justice Podcast ( Supporting and sustaining the wellbeing of people working for social justice with audio resources, workshops and training. Letters from SJAers Rob Bohnenkamp and Linda Bohnenkamp

MissionMade (  An online marketplace to help other nonprofits sell products from creative artisans to raise revenue and visibility. Letters from SJAers Meghan Howard and Matt Howard

Twin Cities Nonviolent ( A new collaborative envisioning a Twin Cities free from violence, beginning with a 10 days of events in September. Letters from SJAers Mary Morris and Marie Braun

Hospitality House Youth Development: Christmas with Dignity Program ( Low income parents are invited to choose and purchase holiday gifts for their children at 10% of cost. Letters from SJAers Chuck and Joanne Parsons and Jack and Susan Sell

Mental Health Connect ( This collaboration of local congregations, including SJA, provides resources and support to those experiencing mental illness, and their families. Letters from SJAers Anne Bartel  and Mark Scannell

Simpson Housing Services ( SHS extends housing and services to those experiencing homelessness, and works with clients, staff and volunteers to create systems of equity and inclusion. Letters from SJAers Bizzy Crotteau, Thomas Hoffman and Aiden Johnson
The Advocates for Human Rights Refugee and Immigrant Program ( Volunteer attorneys assist immigrants, asylees and refugees in obtaining legal status. Letters from SJAers Jenny Zanner Rowe and Jeff Grosscup

Feed My Starving Children MarketPlace Program ( Works with artisans to sell handcrafted products to benefit the artist and FMSC’s food program. Letters from SJAers Sarah Goldammer, Derik Newman and Amy Martel

Alafia Foundation Fellowship Program ( Our grant will support community leadership fellow Mary Johnson-Roy, founder of From Death to Life (a ministry of reconciliation between families of victims of violence and those who have caused harm). Letters from SJAers Ron Joki and Jay Pearson

Urban Homeworks ( Transforms communities with equitable, dignified housing, a strategic network of good neighbors and the redemptive development of real estate. Letters from SJAers Libbie Tuthill and Paul Oman

Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project ( Creates bridges between Americans and Iraqis with humanitarian projects, cultural exchanges and art exhibitions, and women’s friendship groups. Letters from SJAers Mark Scannell and Kathy McKay

Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota Family Unity Project ( Helping keep families together by securing legal status for members of families with mixed immigration status. Letters from SJAers Julie Schwalbach and Joe Nunez

St. Mary’s Health Clinics  ( ): Volunteer professionals provide quality health care, free of charge, to the uninsured.  Letters of support from SJAers Mary Turgeon and Phil Byrne

Special thanks…
To the parishioners on our Justice Grant Committee: Jeanne Leighton, Kate Seng, Barb Schubring, Ryan Schultz, Mary Jo Malecha, LouAnne Sexton, Karen Waldron, Kathy Wedl, Paul Leighton, Judy Saumweber
To all the Outreach Fund donors who make these grants happen – you are a marvel!

FFI on the Outreach Fund or Justice Grants, please contact Julie Madden at 612.823.8205 or jmadden [at]