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Shoe Ministry

Shoe Ministry

The Basilica St. Vincent de Paul program started when Shoe Ministry opened its doors in 1988. Since then, approximately 200,000 pairs of shoes have been provided to children and families in Minneapolis.

Each Monday and Saturday from 9:30-11:00am, volunteers meet one-on-one with our neighbors who are in need of shoes or boots. Volunteers provide a welcoming presence and listen to the stories of our guests.

What kind of help do we give?

Once every 12 month period, neighbors living in The Basilica or Ascension parish boundaries are eligible for a shoe voucher redeemable at the Lake Street Kmart. We will provide one bus token for a round-trip visit to Kmart.

Gas cards are also available at Shoe Ministry for Minneapolis residents and may be redeemed at any Super America. Guests are eligible for one gas card every twelve months.

Bus cards are available one every 12 months to Minneapolis residents with verifiable new employment.

How do I obtain assistance?

Apply in person in Teresa of Calcutta Hall in the undercroft on Mondays or Saturdays from 9:30-11:00am. Bring the following documentation:

  • A picture ID. A valid driver’s license is required for a gas card.
  • Proof of residency in 55401, 55402, 55403, 55405, or 55411. This may be a utility bill or other piece of mail dated within 30 days of receiving the shoe voucher. The address must be within one of the five zip codes.
  • Minneapolis shelter or transitional housing residents need letter from shelter. (The shelter must be in Minneapolis, but does not need to meet the zip code requirement.)
  • Each adult client needs to be present.
  • Children do not need to be present. A medical card, Social Security card, birth certificate, or form of ID must be provided for each child.

Those who live outside of our service boundaries are always welcome for fellowship, coffee, and conversation!

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The Basilica St. Vincent de Paul ministry gives out over 8,000 pairs of new shoes and boots every year to people in need within our community. – stock photo [Close]

How do I volunteer?

Volunteers are needed to provide hospitality, meet with guests, and provide administrative support. Volunteers are phased into various aspects of ministry work through a process that includes orientation, mentorship, and on-the-job training. Background checks are required. For information, contact Julia Buege Freeman at 612.317.3413.

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