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A Message From Shawn 


In our day-to-day lives, it can be a little unnerving to encounter someone only to learn that they have an easily spread sickness, such as the flu bug or the common cold.  It’s especially alarming if it is a more serious disease, particularly in light of our current global concerns associated with the coronavirus.  Thousands have been infected while hundreds have tragically surrendered their lives to this subtle, but highly potent, microorganism as health officials race to find a cure.  To date, the only reasonable action to control this looming global pandemic is to quarantine everyone who is either infected or has been exposed to a carrier of this highly contagious viral outbreak.  It has led to significant travel restrictions and the quarantining of several contaminated cruise ships and cities.
Being infectious is generally associated with something harmful and negative; however, not long ago I heard a term that was introduced in a manner that puts a unique twist on our traditional understanding of “contagious”.  I was participating in a conference for ministry leaders with interactive breakout sessions.  One particular meeting was being led by the pastor of a very large and successful church.  His primary point centered on the idea of becoming more effective in supporting our community.  He shared several valuable thoughts with us on how to reach out to our neighbors including the importance of finding and utilizing “Sneezers”.  He defined, “Sneezers” as those key people in every village who are infectious personalities and eager to connect with everyone around them.  These distinctive ones are sometimes ostracized or even quarantined from our social settings because they are interpersonal outliers who don’t always follow the rules of our standard interactions.  However, if properly channeled, these unique souls may help something really good to go viral, at times even creating a groundswell of positive momentum that can collectively catalyze into an entire movement.  While an ordinary sniffle may be the subtle means for spreading illness, similarly, a small sneeze of selfless generosity can create a transmittable impulse of good that will inspire others, and at times, even perpetuate itself.
Is it possible that simple acts of intentional kindness can actually become catching?  Just imagine what each of our respective communities might look like, only a year from now, if like-minded individuals, churches, schools, civic groups, and businesses banned together in order to act “contagiously kind”?  It could become an outbreak of epidemic proportions!  Even better, what if there was no cure?

Rev. Shawn Morrison, Founder and Executive Director 

Good in the 'Hood COVID-19 Response

Good in the 'Hood is working with each of our host sites to determine the best strategy for meeting the needs of our client guests. We will do our best to continue to provide services as our host sites allow, and recommend contacting us at 612-217-4003 or for questions in regard to a specific host site. 
To comply with recommendations from the CDC and the response to COVID-19, we are taking steps to ensure our staff and volunteers are complying with the following recommendations:
  • Avoid unnecessary social contact and large group events
  • Wash hands often
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly
Now more than ever, we need your support. Families who are struggling are even more vulnerable during this COVID-19 outbreak. During times such as this, donations tend to go down; however, we need your support in order to effectively meet the needs of our community, especially now when so many families already on the brink are in crisis due to lost wages. Please consider giving to support our efforts to eliminate local hunger.
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Program Update: SoleCare for Souls

Who’s Getting Married?
Did we get your attention? Perhaps we piqued your interest. 
We’re not aware of anyone from our team that is getting married; however, we are thrilled to inform you that we are in the process of “tying the knot”, so-to-speak, with our dear friend and key partner organization, SoleCare for Souls.  At the request of SoleCare for Souls Founder and Executive Director, and local hero, Kathy Bissen, the respective board of directors for both Good in the ‘Hood and SoleCare for Souls determined that it was better and more effective to act together than alone.  With that said, our intention for the remainder of this year is to maintain our autonomy while we acclimate and increasingly behave as a single entity in all facets of our operations.  
Our final expected outcome will be to have SoleCare for Souls enfold into Good in the ‘Hood as one of our primary programs.  The approximate timetable for this to be completed in December of 2020 when we expect that the two shall formally become one organization.  It’s really a “hand-in-glove” fit, or shall we say, “foot-in-shoe”.  😊

To learn more about SoleCare for Souls, with the outer medical sole care and the inner heart soul care we offer to our guests, including those experiencing homelessness, we invite you to visit   Finally, please take a moment to enjoy the following article highlighting Kathy’s amazing work and vision for SoleCare for Souls.

Star Tribune Article

March & April Campaigns

Join us in making a difference in the lives of our neighbors! During the month of March, you have not one, but TWO EASY WAYS you can bring good to the neighborhood.

Minnesota FoodShare is the largest grassroots food and fund drive in the state. You can support this effort by donating cash or food March 1 – April 12. Make a gift online or find out when and where you can deliver food.
And in recognition of National Shoe the World Day on March 15, we’ve set a goal to collect 1000 pairs of new or lightly used shoes. Each pair of shoes supports our foodshelf and those in need. Learn more about how you can donate footwear or sponsor a shoe drive March 15 - 31.
Your intentional kindness and generosity changes lives. Thank you for your support.
For more information contact: or call 612-440-7463 (SHOE)

Recent Awards & Major Donations

Good in the ‘Hood has been selected for the 2020 Best of Bloomington Award in the Charitable Non-profit category by the Bloomington Award Program.
Each year, the Bloomington Award Program identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Bloomington area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 Bloomington Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. The Bloomington Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Bloomington area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. We are honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award!
Thank you, Pastor Tony Smyth and our very generous Eagle Brook Church Woodbury Campus partner. We were blessed with a $50,000 “Big Dream” gift to offer a GIANT BOOST as we work together to meet human needs and to offer a practical expression of God’s love and intentional kindness to our community. EBC Woodbury, you are an amazing partner with volunteerism, shoe drives, holiday help, food subsidies, prayer, and financial support. Thank you so much for all you do!
Thank you to the many donors, sponsors, and funders who have generously contributed to our programs.  We are truly grateful and humbled by your kind support. Recent grant and support awards include:
  • Schuler Shoes
  • Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
  • Otto Bremer Trust
  • Normandale Community College
  • Hunger Solutions Minnesota
  • The Food Group
  • Eagle Brook Church Woodbury

How Can You Help?

At Good in the ‘Hood, we believe in doing with people rather than merely for them. Our programs are intended to engage people in relationships that build trust and healthy community for both our guests and our volunteers.
Volunteer in one of our many programs and services (Flash, Regular and/or Organizational Development)
Adopt a family during the holidays.   
Host a shoe drive for our Shoe Away Hunger program and/or sponsor the cost of a shoe bus event for only $250
Share our mission and website with your employer, friends, family, and networks
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Invite us to speak with your church, business, school or community group
Donate funds securely online or by check
Sponsor a family in our 10-4-1 giving campaign. $10 will pay for the cost of groceries for 4 people for 1 week.  We need at least 1000, regular $10 per month supporters to reach our food programming goals.

Please visit our website for more information.
Thanks, so much for your kind support as we work together to influence, inspire, and impact individuals, families, and entire communities
for good! 
GITH Board of Directors
Doug Stewart -- Chairperson
Kathy Bissen -- Vice Chairperson
Barb Hoeker -- Treasurer
Eric Lindberg -- Secretary
Pat Cropley
Suzanne Hinderscheid
Kelly Neufeld
Mark Cross
Rev. Shawn Morrison

Contact Information:
Good in the ‘Hood 
2101 Chicago Ave S

Minneapolis MN 55404    612.217.4003
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Good in the 'Hood 
2101 Chicago Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404    612.440.SHOE

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