Centro Guadalupano

At the heart of ministry is relationship

Human Services

Lending a Hand

In order to serve the most immediate needs of the community, Centro Guadalupano offers regular outreach programs on a walk-in basis. It is our belief that only with its most pressing needs met can a family focus on working to better their long-term situation. Our programs assist in meeting the basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing for more than 300 individuals and families each month.

Working Together

Though Centro partners with other area organizations across all its programming, these collaborations are especially visible in our direct outreach efforts. These partnerships maximize accessibility, avoid duplication of services, and are cost-effective for all parties involved.

Services Offered

Some of the specific direct outreach activities taking place at Centro are as follows:

·         Hot nutritious meals are served onsite Monday through Thursday evening. Partner organization Loaves and Fishes coordinates volunteer cooking teams to prepare and serve the meals. Over 38,000 meals were served last year. 

·         Weekly furniture referrals through Bridging Inc. provide access to quality, lightly-used furniture for struggling families. These services most often benefit children who may not have adequate sleeping space.

·         Monthly free store, offering fresh food (including meat and produce) and quality used clothing, house wares, cleaning supplies, and toys. More than 100 clients typically attend. Provided in partnership with The St. Vincent De Paul Society.

·         Winter coat distribution. Partnering with area churches, Centro undertakes the important task of distributing quality free coats to clients. Distributing winter clothing is critical since many of the community residents are recently arrived from warmer climates and are spending their first winter in Minnesota. Gloves and hats are distributed on an ongoing basis, as well.

·         Seasonal Holiday Outreach programs in November and December for client families. The Thanksgiving outreach provides more than 60 families with food and gift certificates to local grocers. The Christmas outreach program allows parents to “shop” for free new gifts for their children, with over 200 gifts distributed each year.

 

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