Camden Promise

Located in north Minneapolis, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4656 Colfax Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN 55412, this ecumenical ministry assists families on the north side who need just a bit of help.

Winter Coat & Clothing Drive for Thanksgiving

“The need is great; there are people trying to stay warm with only a sweatshirt.”
(Pat Sykes, volunteer)

Thank you to everyone who donated winter coats and outerwear to Camden Promise! There is still a shortage of kids' coats and snow pants, all sizes, as well as gloves, mittens, scarves, caps/hats (especially plain stocking caps for men and boys) and boots for all ages, from toddlers to older adults. In addition to outerwear, the clothes closet has been experiencing high demand for basic kids' clothes (both boys and girls, sizes 4-18). This past Saturday multiple families were disappointed that there were no boys’ pants in the sizes they needed. We recently have had families with teenagers come to the clothes closet too; many of these teens have experienced major upheaval in their lives. Finding clothes that help them fit in with peers is critical to their self-image.

As your families celebrate Thanksgiving together, please take a few minutes to look through your closets and gather new or gently used clothes for less-fortunate families (fall/winter clothes only), Everyone at Camden Promise is appreciative of everything you have given them. Equally important as the clothes is knowing that someone cares about them and has made the effort to help them; they are not forgotten.

Please bring the clothes you can share and place them on the narthex altar. Sooner is better than later, because children need them now. But whenever you bring them, we will make sure they get to Camden Promise.

Volunteering at the Camden Promise Food Pantry

Please use the form below or sign up at the Welcome Center and reserve your date(s) to serve at Camden Promise. Join us at 11:30 a.m. (if you want a pizza lunch) or at 12:15 p.m. (if you just want to work). We need 5-6 people to help shoppers check out, assist shoppers with frozen foods, serve those shopping in the clothes closet, or play with the children as their parents shop. It is fun to work together with other Good Shepherd folks, and it's a blessing to serve our brothers and sisters in north Minneapolis! Contact Karen Walhof with questions.

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Upcoming Volunteer Dates (1st & 3rd Saturdays)

Ron Hovland tells the story of working at Camden Promise.