Homelessness Outreach Team

The Nativity Community has a “Heart” for homelessness. The Homelessness Community Outreach Team recognizes and responds to the reality that many people are unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe and adequate housing. The purpose of this team is to increase awareness among our community on issues around homelessness and affordable housing as well as provide opportunities for Nativity members to get involved in hands on action and education events.

Partnerships that this team engages with include People Serving People (serving homeless families), Lutheran Social Service Metro Homeless Youth (serving homeless teens) and the Dignity Center (serving homeless adults).

If you would like to join us in our effort to combat homelessness and change the world, fill out the form below and the Facilitator of Community Engagement will contact you to follow up. Thank you.




People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive family homeless shelter in Minnesota. 60% of the guests are children averaging the age of 6.
This Mission Partner provides a variety of volunteer opportunities to the Nativity Community. In addition to providing direct service volunteering, Nativity members donate funds and give baby gifts at the Annual People Serving People baby shower.




The LSS Metro Homeless Youth Programs offer a continuum of holistic services to runaway, homeless and street dependent youth ages 16-21 and their children in the Twin Cities Metro Area.

Our Nativity Community has been involved with LSS Metro Homeless Youth for the past 5 years ….making and delivering weekly and holiday meals, painting ,providing appliances and porch furniture for Safe House ( emergency shelter for youth). We also collect household goods for Rezek House (2-year transitional living program for homeless youth).




The Dignity Center is an ecumenical outreach of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. They deliver a program that brings support, opportunity, and resources to people in transition as they regain stability and move toward self sufficiency.

The Nativity Community has worked very effectively with this Mission Partner for more than 8 years…..providing volunteers and funding. The Dignity Center Director has participated at Nativity in a variety of educational events and our youth groups have enjoyed visiting the Dignity Center and learning from participants.


Joyful Urgency: A Beacon Convening

Nativity has been learning about Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative since November, and some in the congregation have had individual conversations with the Nativity Homelessness Team. As Nativity explores the possibility of joining Beacon as a collaborative member, all are invited to an upcoming Beacon event. The convening will be a great introduction to Beacon’s vision […]

Special Guest Emily Goldthwaite Fries, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

As part of our November Community Outreach focus on serving those experiencing homelessness, this weekend we welcome Emily Goldthwaite Fries via video message to share her story on why she works for affordable, equitable housing.   Emily is from Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, an emerging community partner for Nativity. As a Senior Congregational Organizer, Emily works […]

Serving Those Experiencing Homelessness This November

November is the month when Nativity focuses on serving those experiencing homelessness. This year we’re partnering with Beacon, a leader in creating supportive housing—services embedded in deeply affordable housing—right here in the Twin Cities. For more than 20 years, Beacon has been creating quality, affordable apartment homes that people want to live in throughout the […]

Nativity Christmas Outreach

As a part of our Homelessness Outreach Month at Nativity, our Christmas Outreach for Youth who are homeless will take place again this year from November 1-20. Your generosity has been very much appreciated in years past. Please consider helping again. Because of the pandemic, we have decided to replicate what we did last year […]

Trudie Houwman shares her story

Trudie is one of our Homelessness Outreach Team leaders For more information: https://www.nativitychurch.org/serve/local/homelessness-outreach-team/

Jacob Pearce shares his story

Jacob is one of our CYF Youth leaders and Homelessness Outreach Team leader for People Serving People. For more information: https://www.nativitychurch.org/serve/local/homelessness-outreach-team/