We are reaching out on behalf of a new Go Fund Me campaign, Rebuilding Hope Minneapolis. We are asking for your generosity to provide donations to support families directly affected by the destruction that has occurred in our community over the past weeks. As we mourn with the family of George Floyd and actively work for change, we are deeply committed to keeping families intact and fed as they rebuild.
The fund will be headquartered at St Albert the Great parish, under the direction of Fr. Joseph Gillespie. Fr. Joe is pastor of St Albert the Great parish, located in the heart of the Longfellow neighborhood and within blocks of the center of the recent destruction. A neighborhood treasure in his south Minneapolis parish, Fr. Joe is known for many things including his thoughtful homilies, his Friday night fish fries, and his love of White Castle hamburgers from the Lake Street location. He is also a dedicated supporter of local businesses and his parish is an open door to those in need.
Many families have lost their livelihood and their hope as a result of the recent social unrest in South Minneapolis, and have turned to Fr. Joe and St Albert the Great parish in their need. Fr. Joe has been the face and hands of God to those in the neighborhood who have been displaced from their homes and are so desperately in need.
Your gift of financial support will go to help families in need, and to maintaining and rebuilding a community left devastated in the aftermath of social unrest. Thanks to your incredible support we are off to an amazing start and have already made great strides in meeting the needs of the neighborhood.
We will continue to make financial distributions directly to families in need, purchase what is needed, and partner with existing organizations that are providing relief. All funds donated will go directly to those in need. These are trying times in our community and our country. We believe the path to social justice begins by meeting the most basic needs of individuals and we are deeply grateful for your support.
Lori Baron Jane Pellizzer
Jackie Millea Sheila Mitchell Deirdre Palmer
Beverly Hauschild Baron