Church: Richfield UMC
District: Twin Cities
Submitted by: Marcia Henningson
For the past year, high school students at Richfield UMC have been learning about homelessness through Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and Families Moving Forward. The students researched homelessness and discovered that the majority of homeless people in Minnesota are under the age of 21.
As a way to get the attention of the congregation and help find a solution, the students decided to share their own stories about family members and friends who have been challenged with similar situations. To help illustrate what it's like being homeless youth, the students architected a display to include: a tent for shelter; a backpack for everything all belongings; and newspapers for a bed. The display also includes facts about homelessness, and how anyone can help to end homelessness in Minnesota.
The display has encouraged more than 75 people from the congregation to share what "home" means to them. Church members also contributed by lobbying local legislators to find homes for all.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church