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December 5

Plymouth Christmas Offering: Welcoming Our Neighbors Inside

Plymouth provides a home to Groveland Food Shelf, the Plymouth Drop-In program, and, for two weeks each year, four unhoused families from Beacon Interfaith Housing’s Families Moving Forward program. Over the years, Plymouth members have also given substantial time and talent to Groveland, Beacon, and Drop-In. This year, Plymouth’s Christmas offering (our treasure) will benefit these three Community Fund partners. Our presenters will help you learn more about Families Moving Forward, reconnect with Drop-In, and learn how Groveland’s programming evolved during the pandemic.

Speakers are Dave Enghusen, Director of Groveland Food Shelf; Larry Johnson, Plymouth staff and leader of Drop-In program; Beacon staff; and E.J. Kelley, member of the Board of Outreach and active in the Groveland Food Shelf, Drop-In, and Families Moving Forward.

December 12

Childhood on Pause: Plymouth’s Children and Youth Speak

For some of our children, the past 20 months have been nearly a quarter of their lives, a period of time marked by COVID-19, climate change on a massive scale, a reckoning with racism, and a country more divided than ever. What have our kids learned in this time? What have they sacrificed? What hopes do they have for the future? And what do they need from us, NOW, so that there is a future to have?

Nina Jonson is Plymouth’s Director of Children and Youth Ministry, plus 4-6 kids and teens.

December 19

Critical Connections Advance Health Equity

Founded in 1971, Family Tree Clinic is a regional leader in community-based and equity-focused sexual health care and education.  They reach over 22,000 people a year through their medical clinic and education services.  In the Fall of 2021, Family Tree opened its new and expanded health care facility at 1919 Nicollet Avenue, across from Plymouth.  This trauma-informed, art-infused, and community-centered health facility is deeply rooted in the organizational commitment to health equity. They are thrilled their new facility is being built in the neighborhood with their highest patient growth and couldn’t be more pleased to bring excellent, inclusive care into the centrally-located community of Stevens Square with the tremendous partnership opportunities with Plymouth, Groveland Food Shelf, Old School by Steeple People, African American AIDS Task Force, Stevens Square Community Organization and many more. Family Tree believes that authentic relationships are at the heart of the solutions to some of our most chronic challenges, so they look forward to deepening their many connections to the Plymouth community.

Alissa Light has served as the Executive Director at Family Tree Clinic since 2010.  Alissa is a leader in the field of community health care and believes in deep listening, activating community-led solutions, developing and supporting the visions and skills of staff, and holding complexity.  Alissa is also the Board President of the Reproductive Health Alliance and a member of the Women’s Economic Roundtable.

Debra deNoyelles, Director of Advancement at Family Tree Clinic, has an 18-year history of fundraising and leadership at Minnesota nonprofits, currently serving on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – MN. Debra is thrilled to be spreading the word and raising the resources for the new Family Tree Clinic in Minneapolis.

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