Touchstone now offers Housing Stabilization Services (HSS) for people living with a mental illness. HSS is a new state Medicaid benefit designed to help people find and keep housing. We provide HSS in our Housing Innovations and Intentional Communities programs.
Hundreds of community members donated food, household supplies, and financial gifts during our food drive at Minnehaha Commons. We were blessed with so many with donations, we offered food to anyone in need. Touchstone staff, Minnehaha Commons residents and volunteers helped sort and distribute food for hours. We delivered the rest of the donations to Touchstone clients in the hard-hit areas of North and South Minneapolis, and to other local food drives.
Many thanks to our awesome community for your support!
A special thank you to Surly Brewing’s, Surly Gives a Damn, and Orangetheory Fitness Maple Grove for hosting drives for Touchstone residents. Also, thank you to volunteers from LDI (Liberty Diversified International) for helping deliver donations.
LDI (Liberty Diversified International) brought four volunteers to sort and package donated food and household supplies for our clients. They brought remaining donations to Touchstone offices to meet client needs. Thank you LDI!
The events of the past week have affected all of us. Our hearts continue to be with the family, community, and friends of George Floyd in our shared grief. To everyone experiencing the trauma of this moment, we join you in mourning, in anger, and in sorrow.
As you know, many businesses in South and North Minneapolis have extensive damage, and this is where 60% of the people in our programs reside. We are fortunate that all Touchstone buildings and residents in our 24-hour programs are safe at this time. Our staff are connecting with hundreds of individuals we serve who live in their own apartment in the damaged areas.
Now there is a new problem.
Individuals cannot pick up their medications or buy food as local stores are closed because of fires and looting. Most individuals we support do not drive or own a vehicle, so they can’t buy groceries or shop in other areas of the city.
Our challenge now, and moving forward, is providing transportation so people can get food, supplies and medicine.
Now, more than ever, we need your support. Your donation will pay for transportation, food, medications, household supplies and basic needs for people in these hard-hit areas.
Together, we will work to rebuild a more just community.
Thank you to all who joined us for our first livestream fundraising event, Inspire 2020! Collectively, our supporters raised $47k for our Housing Innovation Program. Thanks to people like you, individuals in our community will be supported in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you were not able to tune in, a recording of the livestream is available.
Thank You to our Top Sponsors
We are grateful for the community’s support of Touchstone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members extended a helping hand by donating essential items to protect the health of our staff and the people we serve. We received many generous donations including over 150 face masks, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and even an abundance of Girl Scout cookies. Our staff and clients are appreciative that they have supplies needed to stay safe and healthy.
If you would like to donate items like face masks, cleaning products, sanitizer, toilet paper, arts and crafts supplies, etc., please contact Natalie Kerber in Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.