Weekly News from Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry
Giving Tuesday Now: May 5 

Giving Tuesday Now is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Despite this pandemic, LMM holds an unwavering commitment to take care of every resident and participant in need.

While we are continuing our work on the frontlines prioritizing the needs of our clients, we cannot do this alone. With your help, we can provide our community's most vulnerable populations with the supplies and support that they need to survive COVID-19.

To donate to LMM, visit our website. To donate supplies to our program participants, take a look at  LMM's COVID-19 Relief Amazon Wish List  
Latest on LMM COVID-19 Response

When the potentially devastating impact of COVID-19 became clear in early March, it became necessary to allocate and prioritize our human, financial and physical resources to provide the most essential services: sheltering adults, families and youth; providing meals to shelter residents; and supporting the health and well-being of persons under guardianship. T o read the latest update on LMM's evolving COVID-19 response, click here .
A View from the Frontlines: Housing & Shelter
An LMM blog series chronicling the pandemic through the eyes of our own 
social service heroes.

Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside
LMM's frontline staff are first responders showing heroic efforts to provide basic needs to the most vulnerable in our community during an unprecedented time. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down, but our heroes show up each day and make sure people we serve are cared for. We give our clients a voice. We also want you to hear ours. 

In our blog series titled A View from the Frontlines, you'll meet our selfless staff who are responding to the worst health crisis of our lifetime, while putting the needs of others above their own. It isn't easy, but it's our new reality. Join us on our journey by seeing the view from LMM's frontlines. #LMMinThisTogether

"Imagine in the blink of an eye, the same population you service is now the same population you have become a part of. For me, although only temporary, that has become my reality."
Click here  to read more from Brittany Boyd, Monitor at the Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside.

Reentry Week 2020: End Recidivism for Women Now

C4C students at LMM's Savor 2019

Reentry Week supports successful reintegration and collectively addresses policy barriers that perpetuate reinvolvement with the criminal justice system. In the past 40 years, the number of women in U.S. prisons has increased by a shocking 800%. 

One of the ways LMM is tackling this is through our Chopping for Change (C4C) program, which provides women in prison with vital tools to successfully reintegrate back into society once their sentences end. LMM has continued C4C classes through distance learning tools during COVID-19. We believe education must continue so these women have the best chance possible to successfully reintegrate once released.

Graduates who have been released and are working in the hospitality industry are struggling in some cases. LMM is stepping in with care packages to help them make ends meet until restaurants reopen and they can get back to work. Through Reentry Week and beyond, LMM is here for our participants, past and present.


Care packages for C4C alumni
NLIHC National Call-In Day

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is hosting a  National Call-In Day
on Monday, May 1st to ensure adequate funding for housing and shelter is included the next federal relief bill. Advocates are urged to ask their Members of Congress to include $100 billion in rental relief, $11.5 billion to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness  and a uniform national moratorium on evictions and foreclosures in CARES 2.0. These resources are critical to prevent a surge of evictions and promote the health and safety of people who are currently homeless.  Here  are NLIHC's complete recommendations. You can  call  your Member's of Congress or send an  email  through NLIHC's Legislative Action Center. 

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