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Our Story

Where we began


Connections Ministry began as a coalition of downtown churches in Mankato Minnesota, coming together to best serve those in the community seeking assistance and resources.  Out of the intentional relationships built through our Community Connectors, it was determined that one of the best ways we could make a difference was to open a rotating shelter.  Partnering with 8 local congregations,  Connections launched the shelter October 31, 2017.  Over the course of that season we hosted over 125 individuals and families. Led by Rev. Collette Broady Grund and Rev. Erica Koser, Connections Ministry has moved  to a permanent location, expanding from 25 beds to 35 beds, and is currently building capacity to become a year round low barrier emergency shelter.

Our Mission and Vision

Mission Statement

In response to Jesus’ command to “ love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:27,29) Connections Ministry is committed to walking with our neighbors experiencing homelessness. 


Vision Statement:

Walking with individuals and families experiencing homelessness by extending a radical welcome that provides dignity, shelter, and community .

Our Community Partners

We take our name, Connections, very seriously.  We know that it takes a whole community to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness. 

We are proud to connect with a wide variety of public and private partners.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran

Christ the King Lutheran

Messiah Lutheran

Crossview Covenant

Hosanna Lutheran

Centenary UMC

St. John's Episcopal

St. John the Baptist Catholic

Holy Rosary Catholic

First Presbyterian


Open Door Health Center

Mayo Clinic

City of Mankato

Blue Earth County


Genoa Pharmacy

Partners for Housing

Salvation Army

The Reach


Holy Grounds

Mankato Area Foundation

Otto Bremer Trust

Andreas Foundation

Consolidated Communications

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