St. Olaf Youth Ministry
Reaching out to neighborhood youth with witness and service is one of the main ministies of St. Olaf. A cooperative project of St. Olaf and New Directions Youth Ministry, the Youth Ministry consists of weekly club meetings, outings, and retreats with Lutheran youth groups and outdoor activities. The youth do peer ministry at the meetings and support their other activities through the Saturday Work Credit program.
New Directions Youth Ministry
New Directions is a club for all youth in North Minneapolis between 12 and 19 years old. New Directions offers Advocacy, Counseling, and programs such as Tutoring, Hockey, Figure Skating, Religious Activities, Peer Counseling, Outdoor Adventure and Young Neighbors to promote personal growth and self sufficiency. Members plan monthly outings, raise money for club activities and help out in their community. (612) 588-9177
Tornado Recovery Projects
The north Minneapolis community was hit hard by the mortgage foreclosure crisis beginning in 2008. The overall poverty in the community increased. Then, in May of 2011, a tornado tore through the North Minneapolis community, destroying homes and adding to the poverty-related food problems in the neighborhood. A weekly Community Meal and a weekly Food Distribution were implemented to assist with long-term recovery from the tornado and the mortgage foreclosure crisis.
North Minneapolis Meals on Wheels
Meals at Home provides hot dinners to disabled individuals and seniors over 60 in North Minneapolis. Started in 1981, it has grown to include over 185 persons who are served a meal in their home daily by a volunteer. Organized and operated by over 200 volunteers from a coalition of 36 North Minneapolis churches and organizations, it is a community service that helps home-bound elderly and/or disabled persons to remain independent, live in their own homes, and have daily contact with a friendly, caring visitor. For more information on volunteering for Meals At Home, or to begin receiving meals contact us at (612) 522-7335, 9-11 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.
Every Friday, women gather to sew and crochet. This project is done in cooperation with partnership church First Lutheran of Crystal.
St. Olaf Residence
The St. Olaf Residence provides skilled nursing care to the elderly, inpatient therapy, and an assisted living facility. Opportunities for service include serving on the Auxiliary, befriending an individual, or helping with services. St. Olaf conducts one worship service each month at the Residence.
A part of the St. Olaf Retirement Communities, North Oaks is a 100 room assisted living facility adjacent to the St. Olaf Residence.
North Minneapolis Hockey and Figure Skating
A program of New Directions Youth Ministry, the North Minneapolis Hockey and Figure Skating Program provides an opportunity for children of all ages to participate in the sports of hockey and figure skating.
Saturday Work Credit
Saturday work credit is a cooperative program of St. Olaf and New Directions Youth Ministry. The Saturday work credit program provides an opportunity for children and youth to earn credit to pay for activities.
Northside Healthy Eating Project”
St. Olaf is a contributing member of the Northside Healthy Eating Project. This project is coordinated through UROC, the University of Minnesota Research and Outreach Center. As part of this project, St. Olaf has planted a “farm” on the north end of the Campus and operates a mini-farmers market during the summer. The “farm” is open to the community and the site of many youth training and work programs. The Arboretum of the University of Minnesota is also involved in the farm.
Vacation Bible School
Every Summer, St. Olaf conducts a two week vacation Bible School for 25 children in grades K-6.
Through Camps Wapogasset and Amnicon, 25 chidren and youth attend Bible and adventure camps in outdoor settings.
Every 3 years 10-12 youth attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering and Minority Youth Leadership Event in a major US city. From there opportunities are provided for youtb to be involved in the decision-making process of the ELCA.