Giving Back

Richard and Carla Bahr, founders of nonprofit Threshold to New Life, serve food to people experiencing homelessness.

With Threshold to New Life, the Bahrs’ main focus is to help people obtain stable housing.

Susan and Eric Elwer

In August 2017, Susan Elwer officially launched Hands & Feet with her husband, Eric.

When the Emlong family moved to Maple Grove from Denver in 2015, their to-do list started out like any family’s would.

A festive event is on the horizon as Primrose School of Maple Grove hosts its 10th Spring Fling Carnival and Charity Fundraiser. Celebrating the school, children, families and the community, it’s the largest event for the school, and many in the community look forward to it.

St. John’s Lutheran School students, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, teamed up with other local Lutheran schools to raise money for hurricane victims in Texas. The funds went to a fellow Lutheran school in the Houston area which was severely damaged in Hurricane Harvey.

Every first Wednesday of the month, November through May, over 200 people from Church of the Open Door Next Generation youth group, serve at nearly 25 different locations around the Twin Cities.

From collecting pennies during its initial year to raising more than $10,000 last year, since 2001, Fernbrook Elementary School and its community have donated nearly $154,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Although 17-year-old Jayzryn Thompson is involved in the National Honors Society, Spanish Honor Society, basketball, softball, the recycling club  and is also a straight “A” student at Maranatha Academy, the high school senior still makes time to help others.

When the unthinkable happened, the shock had not yet worn off before Maple Grove couple Nick and Shelly Beissel knew they couldn’t grieve in silence. Nick’s sister, Natalie, was killed by her boyfriend of seven years in an act of domestic violence.

In the North Memorial Health Care system, health and help can be found in many ways. One of those ways is through a domestic abuse advocacy program called SafeJourney. The program provides medical professionals as well as volunteer advocates to assist victims of domestic violence.

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