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Minnesota Youth Helping Out at Siloam Mission

June 17, 2011 9:18 AM | News

Bobbie and Suzanne are two of 14 youth from Minnesota lending a hand at Siloam Mission until Monday. (HANDOUT)

Fourteen youth from Minnesota are in Winnipeg for five days, where they’re living at Siloam Mission to get a better sense of the issues surrounding domestic poverty and homelessness in our city.

The teens from Messiah Episcopal Church in St. Paul arrived Wednesday and are taking part in Siloam Mission’s second annual “Under the Radar” youth summer camp until Monday.

During their time here, they will volunteer, take part educational sessions and workshops, and have a chance to confront their thoughts about poverty and homelessness in urban areas.

And while they may be treating their time in Canada as a mini summer vacation, they aren’t getting the perks of a fancy hotel. The teens are sleeping on the floor at Siloam Mission for the entirety of the program.

“The program is designed to change the way people view domestic poverty and to help them understand that there is something they can do to make a difference,” said executive director Floyd Perras.