Dear friends,

I met this lovely woman last night. She came to learn how our community is investing in the school success of our kids. She's pursuing an associate degree at a community college in search of a new direction for her life. She sat in on a new PEAK learning session designed to help parents navigate our schools more effectively on behalf of their kids.

That's where I met her. At one point, participants were invited to share seven things they had in common. This woman and I came from very different backgrounds, but here's what we discovered. We both lived in Chicago at one time. We were both parents, grandparents, workers, our kids played card games when they were little. That was six things.
And then, my new friend shared that her husband died in April, and that she is living into a new and difficult normal. We discovered a seventh thing - the painful realization that we would never hear our husbands' voices again or share their daily banter - often about dumb stuff. Her husband had been ill and unable to work before he died, she said, but he always had dinner ready when she came home from work. So did mine. Those were the eighth and ninth things. The tenth was our discovery of the healing gift of community.

LaDonna Hoy
Executive Director


Get excited for Sleep Out!

Together, we are changing futures, one family at a time.

DATES: NOV. 16 - DEC. 31
GOAL: $2,300,000

One in five families that comes to Interfaith Outreach is experiencing a crisis of homelessness.

For 22 years, thousands of caring community members have joined the Sleep Out movement to sleep outside in boxes, tents and cars to raise awareness and funds to support struggling local families. Learn more and join us!


Great Expectations thanks you

A huge thank you to all who contributed to a very successful 2017 Great Expectations campaign.
  • Thanks to 322 donors, we raised $225,425 to fund early childhood care and education, out-of-school learning opportunities, mentoring, homework clubs and more.
  • Thanks to you, nearly 800 kids went back to school with backpacks stuffed with brand new school supplies.
  • You are showing up for kids! At the Great Expectations Breakfast, 101 of the 230 attendees signed up to volunteer.
T o grow this exciting momentum,  attend  the first in a series of Great Expectations Community Speaker events.
Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30-9 a.m.
Wayzata Community Church
125 Wayzata Blvd E

The speaker is Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain, Search Institute VP of Research and Development. He will share Search Institute's Framework of Developmental Relationships and ways that all of us can help shore up our kids' resilience and ability to thrive.

Give the gift of joy this holiday season

You can also make a financial gift

Each year, Interfaith Outreach's Holiday Gift Program matches over 500 families of varying sizes with sponsors who provide gifts or financial support for gifts. Can you help make the holidays a little brighter for our neighbors?
Sign up  today! We will match you with a family of the size you choose (based on a $50-per-person guideline) and provide you with a wish list from the family. Use the list to shop for holiday gifts. Learn more.

We are looking for volunteers to help in October - November, including interpreters, proofreaders and more. Sign up today!


WOW! We thank you and this amazing community for all
you do. Learn how your contribution helped our neighbors
feel cared for, included and hopeful this past year.


Did You Know?
  • Spending 30% of a household income on housing is considered sustainable, but most families at Interfaith Outreach pay 65% or more to keep a roof over their heads.
  • October's Volunteer Spotlight is Katherine Magy, long-time friend of Interfaith Outreach and superb Human Resources volunteer.   Meet Katherine >
  • Resale Select is accepting donations of winter coats, hats, boots, coats, etc. for struggling families. Please donate by Nov. 1 to help prepare for the first snowfall!   More >
  • The Plymouth Lions Club has hosted a waffle breakfast to benefit the Sleep Out for the past five years and has contributed over $31,000 from this tremendous effort. Attend this year's breakfast on Nov. 12.   More  >
  • The Earl Cup golf tournament would not have been possible without presenting sponsor UnitedHealth Group, as well as Best Buy and Geek Squad. Golfers, volunteers, donors - learn about your impact!  More >

The mission of Interfaith Outreach is to engage the heart and will of the community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive.

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1605 County Road 101 N
Plymouth MN 55447
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