Connections Ministry

A nonprofit organization

$3,075 raised by 26 donors

62% 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.  Out of the intentional relationships built through our Community Connectors, it was determined that one of the best ways we could make a difference was to open a rotating shelter.  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. Collette Broady Grund and Rev. Erica Koser, Connections Ministry has moved  to a permanent location, expanding from 25 beds to 40 beds, and building capacity to become a year round 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.   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

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving


800 S Front St



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