Serve Our Local Community

Through our work in our community, we follow the example of Jesus in meeting needs and serving others.

Augustana partners with and provides more than $200,000 in financial support each year to a variety of local mission partners who address issues of hunger, poverty, and homelessness in West St. Paul and the greater Twin Cities. Explore the many volunteer opportunities with these partners by visiting their websites or contacting Cathy Hendrikson.

Second Stork and The Drawer 

Second Stork partners with area hospitals to provide families in need the basic supplies to keep their baby safe and healthy those first few weeks of life. By basic we mean an adequate supply of diapers, wipes, newborn clothing, and blankets.

The Drawer’s mission is to provide warmth and dignity by distributing new socks and underwear to those who need it the most. Items needed: Diapers (sizes newborn or preemie), baby wipes (small, sealed packages for easy distribution), receiving blankets (lightweight cotton or flannel only), one piece t-shirts (sizes preemie, newborn and 3-month only), footed sleepers (cotton for sizes preemie, newborn, and 3-month only), new pairs of adult-size women/men socks; black or white in color, new pairs of varying adult-size women/men underwear.

Augustana Community Meals

Serving every Thursday from 4:30—6:00 pm, north doors
Volunteers prep, cook, and distribute the meals to guests. Guests should drive up to the north doors to receive their meals. As of now, there will be “to go” meals only. These meals are for anyone who would like a hot meal. Starting soon we will have a few tables and chairs outdoors for our guests who wish to eat here. This is a good opportunity for Augustana fellowship as we welcome them here for dinner.

Neighbors, Inc.

Neighbors, Inc. is a non-profit, social-service agency providing emergency assistance and supportive assistance programs to low-income community members in the northern Dakota County communities of Inver Grove Heights, South St. Paul, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Mendota, Sunfish Lake and Lilydale. More.

Learn more about the Financial Empowerment Center Grand Opening

360 Communities

360 Communities delivers safety and stability that improves lives. With three effective program areas and community partnerships, they build trusting relationships, break cycles of violence, and produce measurable success. More.

Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children around the world. More. |

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps people in our community and around the world build or improve a place they can call home. More.

Lutheran Social Service Transitional Housing for Teens/Rezek House

Rezek House, located in Saint Paul, is a two-year transitional living program for youth ages 16-21 experiencing homeless, with ten efficiency units for single youth as well as two one-bedroom units for parenting youth. The youth pay rent by placing 30 percent of their income into a savings account. They are required to allow their savings to accumulate until they move out, at which time they have a nest-egg to help them in their transition to independent living. Paying monthly rent helps young people gain budgeting skills and develop rental history. More.

Neighborhood House

Neighborhood house helps people gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in diverse communities. The multi-service agency provides wrap-around services for people when they need it most. Free programs address basic needs, education, and health and well-being. More.

Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul

Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul harnesses the power of thousands of motivated volunteers from diverse faith and spiritual communities to relieve the effects of poverty and address its root causes. More. https://myvillager.com/2021/12/22/families-waiting-for-a-home-find-comfort-at-provincial-house/

Union Gospel Mission/Naomi Family Center

Union Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry serving people facing homelessness, poverty, or addiction. The organization helps people rebuild their lives through safe shelter, nutritious food, medical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults. More.

St. Paul Area Synod

The Saint Paul Area Synod is made up of congregations, mission starts and institutions committed to growing in faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Living out of our identity as Lutheran, we recognize we are grasped by grace and are free to devote our energy to being church in a way that is rooted in tradition and open to experimentation. More.

Community & Compassion

MN Foodshare 2024

March is MN FoodShare Month   |   February 26—April 6

Theme: “Gathering Around the Table; Doing More in 2024”

Our theme focuses on gathering around the table with others to share a meal and how we can do more for our neighbors in 2024. Augustana’s goal is $35,000/lbs. As in years past, we will collect non-perishable food items & paper products, along with monetary donations throughout these six weeks.

Did you know that four times the amount of food can be purchased with a monetary donation versus what we can purchase in the store ourselves?! Donations will be split this year with half going to support Neighbors Inc Foodshelf and half to support Augustana’s Thursday Community Meals. This past year, both Neighbors Inc and Augustana worked toward reducing food insecurity in our community. Neighbors served almost 65,000 individuals and Augustana has distributed over 20,500 community meals. Each year the number of people experiencing food insecurities increases at an alarming rate. Most of these families have multiple jobs but can’t always make ends meet and need a helping hand once in a while. Donations of non-perishable items can be placed on the table outside the church office in the Narthex. Financial gifts (please mark with MN Foodshare) can be put in the offering plate or dropped off at the Information Center on Sunday mornings, or in the church office Monday-Friday. We are so grateful for all of the gifts received during MN FoodShare month. Please consider helping us “Do More in 2024”.

Contact

Cathy Hendrikson
Congregation & Community Life Minister
chendrikson@augustana.com
651.457.3373