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Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities
The holidays are upon us and there is a need for Volunteers at The Family Place.

Please join us for a fun experience – excitement and wonder appears on each and every face, young and old!

December 14
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Help the youth pick out gifts and wrap presents for their parents.

December 18
9:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Help the parents wrap gifts for their children.

December 20
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A substitute lunch team to help with the meal and the holiday party!

The Family Place
244 Tenth Street East, St. Paul, MN  55101

Email Margaret Lovejoy at if you can help. Thank you!

Have a Peace-filled and Thankful Thanksgiving Day!

Be thankful. Help others. Be kind and generous. Happy Thanksgiving from The Family Place to you!!

GiveMN Winding Down

Only a few more hours to help us reach our financial goal.


Community coming together to support one another

Community coming together to support one another: 1st Executive and Celebrity Fall Fashion Show was a huge success! Thank you, T. Mychael Rambo, JMost and Dr. Wendy Johnson of National Empowerment Group and Alvena Models for fundraising and collecting cleaning supplies for families from shelter into a home.




Family Place Open House & Gala

October 11, 2014

4:30 Open House – Free – The Family Place, 244 Tenth Street East, St Paul, MN 55101 

6:30 Gala – tickets required – The Embassy Suites, 177 Tenth Street East, St. Paul, MN 55101 

October marks the 13-year anniversary for The Family Place. They will hold an Open House to showcase:

  • A new and improved website
  • Casa de la Bella: a children’s house Montessori, named in honor of Bella Lauder, an inspiring 10-year old, who hosted a friend’s and family event, donating her birthday proceeds to help raise money for the new environment.
  • The new basic life-skills training center to address the root causes of homelessness, curtailing generational and repeated homelessness, one family at a time.

Followed by a Gala to raise money for The Family Place and its new programs. A fabulous speaker, games, prizes, auctions, cash bar, music and more!

2014 Twin Cities Executives & Celebrities Fall Fashion Show

Alvena Models, Inc., The National Empowerment Group, Inc., and Olu’s Center, Inc. presents: Minnesota’s first ever, 2014 Twin Cities Executives & Celebrities Fall Fashion Show with a live performance by national recording artist, J. MOST. This event will be held at the DS Event Center in St. Paul on Saturday, Nov 1, 2014, 8:00pm – 1:00am.

Tickets Available Online

This is a fundraising gala and cleaning supplies drive for The Family Place: the only day shelter in Ramsey County for families with children who are experiencing homelessness.

Through the Lens of Craig Blankenhorn

Photographer, Craig Blankenhorn is internationally published. His clients include HBO, Warner Bros., and CBS. His exhibitions showcase photographs documenting the ever-growing crisis of child and family homelessness in America.

Craig spent a day with The Family Place families, capturing poignant images of hardships and familial plight. View the photos from this experience.

We took the opportunity to ask Craig a few questions:

Q: Why did you choose The Family Place?
A: This is a personal, self-financed project. I’ve been doing this for 2 ½ years. Once I knew I was going to be in Minneapolis on family business, I knew I would devote time for The Family Place.

Q: Why is your work is so impactful?
A: I have no idea. I hope it’s impactful. I started doing it because it is an important issue, which the world needs to see. The problem is no one wants to see it. They don’t want to see the problem.

Q: What do you see when you look through that lens?
A: All I see is extreme sadness. I tell the people that I would like to do so much more but all I can do is tell your story. Pure sadness. I’ll go back to my hotel room and stare at a wall, thinking what the hell did I see.

The children have no role models. They don’t see the skills that they’ll need in life, budgeting, prioritizing, and working, so they grow up not knowing these vital things.

Q: What do you tell people who want to support your project?
A: I tell people who want to support me, to donate to organizations in your own community. Just Google homeless and things will pop up.

More about Craig’s important work can be found on his website:


Beautiful Bella, a Simple Reminder

bellaEvery now and then, something crosses your path that can only be described as purely beautiful. Not superficial prettiness, but something unexplainable, deep, innate; something that is routinely delivered through the innocence of a child, but often goes disregarded or unnoticed in the busyness of daily life.

Both beautiful in name and intentions, Bella Lauer took giving from her heart to a new level. On April 24, she turned ten. For her birthday, she didn’t request anything typical of a girl her age. She, with the spirit of an angel, wanted a gift bearing so much more: to help children in her community who are less fortunate. So, in lieu of purchased, self-serving gifts Bella opted to hold a fundraising event. The proceeds went directly to benefit homeless children of The Family Place. This simple act of graciousness should be an example of the capabilities of humanity.

The new Montessori room at The Family Place will be called Casa de la Bella in honor of Bella Lauder’s graciousness.

Family Place Receives Outstanding Community Partnership Award

On August 5, 2014, The Family Place was honored by the University of Minnesota and received the Outstanding Community Partnership Award! Thanks to Volunteer Coordinator, Bob Fallat for his dedication to enriching the lives of University students, by way of volunteerism and service, as well as aiding The Family Place as they continue to work with families without permanent housing.