See MIWRC highlights below including news from the Franklin Hiawatha Encampment, a preview of our new website, save the dates for Vendor Day and Give to the Max Day, and more.
One Advocate Shares Her Role at the Franklin Hiawatha Encampment
We interviewed MIWRC's Intake/Resource Coordinator, Karen Joy DeJesus, about her work for the residents of the Franklin Hiawatha Encampment. See the story below and visit the Franklin Hiawatha Camp blog for even more updates and information.
1. What is your role with the Encampment?
My role is kind of like import and export! As part of MIWRC's involvement with the Wall of Forgotten Natives, we publicize online the items that are needed and then I coordinate with partner agencies and the Wall to deliver needed items.
2. Why are you drawn to this work?
I'm from South Minneapolis, and I see it as my investment in a community that invested in me. It is meaningful to give my energy to the place that I come from.
3. What has surprised you the most in your role thus far?
The greatest surprise has been to witness first hand the answer to the call - how great of a response we've seen both from within our community and from the community at large. People from all over the Twin Cities have given their goods, time and money. It's what keeps me going.
4. Why is it important for MIWRC to provide outreach at the Encampment?
We are living up to our name! Historically MIWRC has brought awareness to the issues that our community faces - we started as a training center and over the last 30 years we've grown to include housing, mental health, treatment and more. When needs arise, MIWRC answers the call.
Karen Joy DeJesus accepting donations at MIWRC
Thank you for the donations of coats!
MIWRC's DV/SA Advocate/Street Outreach Worker, Joy Friedman, at the Franklin Hiawatha Encampment
In order to share the work we do, MIWRC rolled out our new website this fall! You will find a refreshed look, updated photos and program information, and a resource page with free materials to download. Check it out and share widely!
Do your holiday shopping and have lunch at Vendor Day on December 7 from 10:00-2:00! More than 20 Native American vendors will gather with their wares ranging from beaded earrings and lanyards to paintings, dreamcatchers, moccasins, and much more!
We raised $3,500 to support Native American women and their families on Give to the Max Day in 2017. Help us exceed our goal of $5,000 for 2018 by donating on November 15!
MIWRC's Mission & Vision
The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) is a non-profit community organization that provides social services and education to American Indian women and their families. Established in 1984 by three local Native women and one male Native ally, our Mission is to empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity. Our Vision is to be focused and collaborative leaders in building intergenerational hope, health, cultural prosperity and education for American Indian families.