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U7 Newsletter Debuts

We present to you U7’s Quarterly Newsletter! Our first edition!
We hope to keep all of our colleagues, partners, small businesses owners, business supporters, and the general public abreast of the small business support services we provide and how the project is progressing. Each quarter, the newsletter will be highlighting a Central Corridor small business owner and providing small business tips, advice and resources.

This is our way of showing our appreciation for your continued support of the small businesses that dot the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Line.
If you have any ideas of a business to highlight, information you want to know more about, or have business tips or advice to share that we can add to future editions, please drop us a line.
Sia Lo, U7 Small Business Consultant, was the lead on the creation of the U7 Newsletter and with Steve Olson’s assistance (U7’s Graphic Designer), they have provided us (and you) with a great first edition.
We would also like to take the opportunity to thank our funders: Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, St. Paul Foundation, Bigelow Foundation, City of St. Paul STAR Program, and Federal Funds provided through Congresswoman Betty McCollum. The majority of our funders have supported the U7 project since April 2009, and due to their early support we have been able to get U7 services on the ground a whole two years before construction begins on University and Washington Avenues. THANK YOU!
Find out more about U7 here.

Shop with Cops

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Shop with Cops! We started out in 2000 with 50 kids and 15 officers. Last year we served 213 kids with 107 officers. We are growing and we need your help to serve more children!

Volunteers are a vital component to the success of the Shop with Cops program. Coordination of the program is done by volunteers, which allows all financial support to directly benefit the participants of the program. Learn more about how you can help on Saturday, December 4.

Building Hope

Zambia trip

Eight women — four from the Twin Cities and four from Cleveland — flew halfway around the world this summer to build a hopeful future for vulnerable children.

Habitat for Humanity International Mission is working in Lusaka, Zambia, in Southern Africa, and putting together a program to assist children and their caretakers. Many of these children are affected by HIV/AIDS; they may have it or have lost parents and family to the disease.

The four volunteer builders from Cleveland have backgrounds in city planning and medical care; the four from the Twin Cities have backgrounds ranging from architecture and economics to city planning.

Aurora/St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Corp. employee Marilyn Porter and Bonita Martin were part of the Twin Cities team. During the day these women worked on building a three-bedroom home for a family of eight, that replaced their former windowless, two-bedroom home. While working alongside the local contractors, lifting blocks and digging holes, these women drew a lot of attention from local villagers, as well as some of Lusaka’s own city planners, including the Minister of Land, While in Zambia, they were even able to meet with First Lady Thandiwe Banda for an hour.

“The First Lady was on our schedule at first, but then our meeting with her was canceled because something else came up; however, when she found out we were a team of eight women of color who had come to help her people, that changed,” said Martin.

Once the house was finished, the entire village had a celebration with singing and dancing, and the women gladly joined in as they were invited to be a part of everything. Martin described the celebration in a humbled way, how the home injected the entire village with joy for the family who had received this new home. “That is something I will never forget!” said Porter.

Porter, being the architect of the group, was watching the women in the village cook the food on small, single grills. Porter took some of the left-over building blocks and, after a run to the hardware store to get some old refrigerator shelves, designed a larger open fire grill for the family. The family was so excited about their new grill that they insisted that it be set out where anyone in the village could use it to cook.

When asked if they would do this again, both Porter and Martin replied, “I would go again in a heartbeat.”

“We learned from then and I think they learned from us,” said Porter. “The local contractors were not sure what to expect with a group of eight women coming to help, but they were pleasantly surprised at the end.”

Check out the rest of the photos from the Zambia trip on our Flickr photostream:

Swap Shop Open on Saturdays

The St. Thomas More Swap Shop will be open on Saturdays throughout the school year except on October 16th and October 24th.

The St. Thomas More Swap Shop is a community outreach ministry of St. Thomas More Catholic Community that provides clothing and small housewares at no charge to those in need. The Swap Shop is located in the basement of St. Thomas More School at 1065 Summit Avenue. Entry to the Swap Shop is off the alley between Lexington and Oxford. The Swap Shop is open on Saturdays from 1-3PM.

Patrons are limited to two bags of merchandise. Some merchandise is available in limited quantities in order to serve as many people as possible. We ask that you forward this email or post copies of this email around your facility.

If you have any questions, please call the St Thomas More Catholic Community Pastoral Center at (651) 227-7669.

El Swap Shop (tienda de intercambio) de la iglesia de St. Thomas More estará abierta todos los sabados durante todo el año escolar, excepto el sábado, 16 de octubre y el sábado, 24 de octubre.

El Swap Shop es un ministerio de alcance a la comunidad de St. Thomas More Catholic Community que ofrece ropa y artículos pequeñas para el hogar sin cargo a los que necesitan. La tienda de Swap se encuentra en el sótano de la Escuela St. Thomas More en 1065 Summit Avenue. St. Paul. La entrada está detrás de la escuela, fuera del callejón entre Lexington y Oxford. La tienda está abierta los sábados a las 1-3PM.

Patrocinadores están limitados a 2 bolsas de articulos. Algunos articulos están disponible en cantidades limitadas para servir a tantas personas como sea posible. Le pedimos que transmita este correo electrónico o poner copias de este correo electrónico en su edificio .

Si Ud. tiene algunas preguntas, por favor llame a St Thomas More Catholic Community Centro Pastoral, 651.227.7669. Gracias!