Missions Inc. Programs, Otto Bremer Trust Address Need for Stable Housing

Pamela JohnsonFeatured, In the News

Otto Bremer Trust Awards $20,000 to Missions Inc. for housing & supportive services

[PLYMOUTH, MN, December 10, 2019] Amidst a growing shortage of affordable housing in Minnesota, Missions Inc. Programs recently received a $20,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust to fund housing and supportive services to individuals struggling to meet basic needs due to chemical dependency and domestic violence. In addition, funds will be used to promote compassionate and effective systemic responses to these issues.

Chemical dependency and domestic violence remain some of the most common factors that contribute to homelessness. Chemical dependency can contribute to homelessness through employment loss, eviction, mental illness and criminal conviction. Victims of domestic violence face barriers to stable housing including lack of assets due to financial abuse, isolation from community supports, difficulty maintaining employment and past evictions due to abuse.

Funding from the Otto Bremer Trust will support room and board expenses, recovery-oriented activities, support groups, assistance in navigating the criminal/legal system, and work with community partners to improve responses to domestic violence and chemical dependency.

About Otto Bremer Trust

The Otto Bremer Trust is a bank holding company and a private charitable trust based in Saint Paul, Minn., that works at the intersection of finance and philanthropy. OBT is the 92 percent owner of Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company, and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $700 million in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Visit ottobremer.org.

About Missions Inc. Programs

Missions Inc. works to meet many of the most urgent, yet often unacknowledged, social service needs of the urban and suburban Twin Cities. Our commitment to serve those who are most in need – with compassion and respect, always affirming the dignity and worth of each person – has endured for more than a century.

Featured in the Sun Sailor on December 30, 2019