Connections Ministry

A nonprofit organization

$2,373 raised by 19 donors

47% complete

$5,000 Goal

Connections Ministry began as a coalition of downtown churches in Mankato, Minnesota coming together to best serve those in the community seeking assistance and resources.  Partnering with 8 local congregations,  Connections launched the shelter October 31, 2017.  Over the course of that season we hosted over 125 individuals and families. Led by Rev. Erica Koser, Connections Ministry has moved to a permanent location, expanding from 25 beds to 40 beds, and building capacity as a low barrier emergency shelter.  We are currently housed in First Presbyterian Church and offer 25 beds for men and 15 beds for women and families.  Each night from October to May, guests are welcomed with a full meal, evening activities including movies, games, a library, and case management. We also operate a drop-in center to support people both in and out of shelter to meet their case management goals and move everyone toward stable housing. We are currently in the process of planning for an new shelter build, expected to be open in 2025, to expand our beds to 60 and allow us to be open all year long, 24/7.

Through radical hospitality, we we walk alongside those experiencing homelessness by providing dignity, shelter, and community. We rely heavily on community support both financially and through volunteering by bringing and serving meals and extending hospitality. 

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Organization name

Connections Ministry

other names

Connections Shelter

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Faith Community Emergencies


800 S Front St



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