About Us

An Organization Dedicated to Assisting Those in Need

Our Background

Our organization was started as a way to provide a positive response when you see or come face-to-face with a homeless or street person who asks for your help. What do you do when this happens to you? Do you cross the street, look the other away, or just ignore them? Do you tell them you have no cash on you—even when you really do? Do you politely decline to help for fear your money will be used to purchase alcohol or chemicals? Or do you perhaps recall words from a more authoritative source, that “…whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do onto me”, and give them a dollar or two-all the while wondering if you just helped fuel an addiction, and that you've really haven't helped them at all?

Have you ever wondered if there isn’t a better way that you, as an individual can directly help the person before you, who is reaching out to you for help?

What We Do

From our goal of providing both immediate and practical help and assistance, as well as a sense of care, concern and encouragement, came our concept of street packs, or more accurately our “StreetPax”.

Each StreetPax is a sort of mini “CARE” package intended for a person who is out on the street and homeless. Something to help meet both their immediate physical and spiritual needs, as well as providing guidance and direction to resources where food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, schooling, job search, and employment opportunities are available.

Our StreetPax consist of a reusable drawstring backpack, containing more or less (depending on the season, local needs and inventory), the following items:

  • Bottle of water and/or reusable water bottle
  • Several energy bars
  • New pair of socks
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Comb or brush
  • Lip balm
  • Hand lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Minipack of tissues
  • Travel-sized shampoo & conditioner
  • Warm winter hat and gloves or mittens (seasonal)
  • Emergency blanket (seasonal)
  • New Testament (with inspirational verses tabbed and highlighted)
  • “Hello” note with personal greeting and encouragement
  • Handbook street guide for either St. Paul or Minneapolis (with maps and references to resources for food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, educational, and employment opportunities – published by St. Stephen’s Homeless Project in Minneapolis, MN)
  • Disinfectant hand wipes
  • Face mask