Building Relationships in North Minneapolis
The Basilica community is committed to building relationships with people and organizations in North Minneapolis. Located in neighborhoods often challenged by poverty and violence, The Basilica is grateful to learn and grow from our partrners on the north side.
Together, in mutuality, trust, and respect, we can make a difference. Get involved through one of our Northside partners and be transformed!
From Death To Life is an organization dedicated to ending violence through healing and reconciliation between families of victims and those who have caused harm. They offer support groups empowering parents to come to terms with the impact of homicide through emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical healing.
In addition to healing groups, From Death To Life sponsors an annual prayer walk, community gatherings that celebrate life, and talks that invite others to witness the healing power of forgiveness and use that vision to heal in their own lives.
Code Red — Since April 2012, From Death to Life has led a once-a-month silent vigil against violence. Dressed in red, mothers and others in the community gather together to take a stand against violence. Join us on the 2nd Saturday of each month, 1:00-2:00pm on West Broadway near Cub.
Donate to From Death To Life, and get a Many Mothers, One Love Mother’s Day Card for your mother. Let her know you love her, and make a donation to help other mothers.
Your donation goes directly to From Death to Life, supporting the Two Mothers healing group. In addition, when you purchase a card, From Death to Life will send an additional card to Stillwater Prison so an inmate can send a Many Mothers, One Love card for Mother’s Day.
West Broadway Crescent Housing: Developing Affordable Housing
The Basilica has partnered with CommonBond Communities to build affordable housing on West Broadway and Logan Ave. North.
The Crescent Housing development consists of 55 new workforce rental housing units for families. Located at 1926-2022 West Broadway, along the Bottineau Corridor, a transit corridor that serves multiple bus-lines, the units will be two and three bedrooms to attract a variety of households.
The Crescent will serve families with children. Comprehensive on-site resident services will be provided by CommonBond's Advantage Services.
The Groundbreaking for these new affordable housing units took place on November 25, 2013. Look for the Grand Opening summer 2014.
There are many ways to get involved and volunteer with CommonBond Communities. Contact Dan Millea for more information.
Support Families: Organize a Library
There is a wonderful volunteer opportunity to support the work of the Advantage Services at West Broadway Crescent. These Advantage Services are geared to meet the needs of the resident families.
CommonBond Communities needs help organizing a library of over 100 books for the residents of West Broadway Crescent. Volunteers need to complete a search on scholastics website to find the book level and label the books for the families. You can use their space, or take the books home to work. Contact Janice or 612-317-3477 to get more information.
Who is your neighbor? For over 100 years, The Basilica and Church of the Ascension have provided an answer and symbolized peace for the Northside through:
- Monthly Peace Dinners: 6:00-8:00, 4th Tuesday of every month, Church of the Ascension School Cafeteria, 1723 Bryant Ave. N., Minneapolis
- Annual Neighborhood Night of Peace: WEDNESDAY, AUGUTST 6, 5:30-7:00 PM, Church of the Ascension Playground
- Celebrate our partnership with the Northside in a fun, family friendly event. Come to Ascension Church for our Neighborhood Night of Peace. Join the Visitation Sisters and enjoy free food, games, and prizes for kids, and door prizes for adults. For more information, contact Janice at 612-317-3477.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Liturgy
- Basilica Choir Camp at The Church of the Ascension
- Volunteering at the Ascension School
- Volunteer! Opportunities include tutoring, mentoring, family events, youth mission trips, and political advocacy.
Contact Janice Andersen, 612.317.3477, for more information or to get involved.
A collaboration of organizations and schools that provides children and their families comprehensive support from "cradle-to-career."