Heroin and Opioid addiction community meeting with Chief of Police Janee Harteau, Hennepin County sheriff and Hennepin Country Attorney. There were 110 people at this event. It was covered by WCCO, KSTP, MPR, the American Indian Circle Newspaper
31 Wakes in this past year with an average attendance of 120-130 for the two day wake.
Miigeweyon: hearse project last year we transported 10 members of the Indian community home to their reservations. This project has been active since the 1970’s through Deacon John Spears. Over the 30 some years we have transported hundreds of Indian people to their home reservation within a 400 mile radius. We do this free of charge.
Elder’s picnic. This is part of a coalition of agencies honoring Indian elders.
School supplies. Two hundred children were given full school supplies including back packs. These are elicited from 5 parishes. This was also an opportunity to teach our youth and create a service project for them.
Christmas gifts. These are elicited from 6 parishes and are distributed to the wider Indian community.
Thanksgiving baskets. Each year we give about 15 full meals to Indians who are living alone.
Regular food shelf distribution. We have a volunteer food shelf that serves largely families who have had a wake, although “drop ins” are also welcome. (This is not a regional food shelf) This comes from Saint John Neumann, Holy Name and Saint Joan of Arc.
Drop-in referrals which average about 5-8 a week
Direct support includes funding for special needs, governed by a committee for giving. We fund several students at DeLaSalle, help some with electricity and rent, car repair, clothes for work etc.
Parish education programs: Saint Catherine’s University, Saint Edward, Bloomington, Carleton College, Council of Catholic Women tour.
Cooperation with reservation parishes throughout the northern portion of the state.
We collaborate with Saint John Neumann in their Tweens program matching youth with elders and with Saint Joan of Arc and their Guatemalan sister parish hosting them annually.
We offer kids hats and Mittens and some winter clothing to both drop-ins and those who participate in our programs