Gloria Dei celebrates that God has made a home for us! We long to build a community in which all people have access to safe and comfortable housing. Whether welcoming families during Project Home or swinging a hammer (...at nails!) during a Habitat for Humanity home build, there are opportunities big and small available to help with this important church outreach.
In our mission statement, we proclaim: “By God’s grace, we are called to be a caring, healing and welcoming community who proclaim and celebrate the love of Jesus Christ, live as God’s servants and seek justice for all people.”
During Advent, the season of waiting and giving, Gloria Dei lives into our mission by opening our doors to homeless families in transition to long-term housing. December is the month we host overnight guests of Project Home, a program of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul (formerly the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches). We invite your participation for an evening, an overnight shift, or more as you are able. Make it a fun night with family and friends; make it a night of sharing and giving. We need 200 volunteers over the course of the month!
More information about supporting Project Home will be available later in the year.
Gloria Dei supports Lutheran Social Services Metro Homeless Youth Services, which offers a continuum of holistic services to runaway, homeless, and street-dependent youth in the Twin Cities Metro Area. These services are committed to helping youth build on assets and strengths, and connecting them with caring, supportive adults. On the last Wednesday night of each month Gloria Dei youth prepare and deliver a dinner for youth at Safe House, an emergency shelter for youth ages 16-20 in Saint Paul. And during the Christmas season Gloria Dei members purchase gifts for youth living at Rezek House, which offers transitional housing for homeless youth who are 16-21 years of age.
For more information about supporting LSS Metro Homeless Youth Services, contact Pastor Javen Swanson
Each summer, Gloria Dei partners with Interfaith Builders, a coalition of Saint Paul churches and synagogues who have joined together to work with Habitat for Humanity to build safe, affordable homes for families in need. In addition to building homes, the group also builds relationships and understanding among parishioners from different faiths. Members of Gloria Dei participate by volunteering with the build, providing occasional meals to volunteer builders, and making financial contributions.
For more information about Interfaith Builders, contact Pastor Javen Swanson