For the second event of the 2016 Weidner Cares! campaign, we traveled to Minnesota to bring our Weidner hearts and our Weidner hands to help out at the region’s only family-focused homeless shelter. People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive shelter of its kind in Minnesota and as a safe, secure, and sober environment, they provide emergency housing and community services which cultivate independence and accountability.
What distinguishes PSP from other emergency shelters is their broad range of on-site programs and services designed to address common barriers faced by families experiencing homelessness. They offer employment services, job training, after school programs, parent and family services, in addition to housing almost 300 families every single night.
With this many families living in one downtown, midrise location – you can imagine the amount of deferred maintenance and upgrades that are needed to keep the property feeling fresh and updated. Our group of 80 associates broke into teams and got to work immediately both inside and outside the facility. We deep cleaned the internal hallways, workrooms, and elevators. We helped process hundreds of hours’ worth of volunteer clerical work. One of our teams spent the better part of the day pressure washing the walkways and the parking lot, then went ahead and painted curbs and parking spaces. We helped to deep clean the cafeteria (which gets used for three meals and five seatings a day); and then got to help serve lunch to the staff and residents.