Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

April 15, 2014

Junior captain Maddie Houlihan has come along way since first stepping up to the tee-ball plate as a young six year old. With her college future already mapped out and two years remaining as a Red Knight still to play, the University... Continue Reading

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

The iconic Rosie the Riveter image has been a symbol of feminism since World War 2. (Ryan Applehof)

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

April 17, 2014

I grew up with a stay at home dad. Every morning, he brushed my hair, made my lunch, and sent me off to school. In the evenings, he made dinner and folded laundry. My mom has always been the breadwinner, and I never questioned this situation––it was just how we did things. I think it is the responsibility... Continue Reading

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

The album takes influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, while still remain modern and fresh. (Aloe Blacc press image)

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

April 9, 2014

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in the music business with “Lift Your Spirit,” a soulful and creative album with a classy feel. His vintage sound made it more difficult for him to produce hits, but his... Continue Reading

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

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Revoke of charity’s license would hurt city

Many BSM students have volunteered at Sharing and Caring Hands by serving meals to the homeless, elderly, and mentally ill. However, the city of Minneapolis has considered revoking the organization’s restaurant license due to the amount of drug dealing and delinquency they believe takes place.

Mary Jo Copeland has been running Sharing and Caring Hands for 23 years and serves more than 4,000 meals per week. Thousands of homeless Minnesotans rely on her services for warm meals and a sense of stability.

Copeland believes that the city is trying to drive out the homeless due to Sharing and Caring Hands close proximity to the new Twins Stadium.
Regardless of the city’s true reasoning behind it, by revoking the charity’s restaurant license, the city is eliminating thousands of homeless Minnesotans’ food supplies.

With the economy on a downward spiral and increases in housing and food prices, a program like Sharing and Caring Hands is needed now more than ever. Without Copeland’s organization many will find it difficult to get a warm meal on a day to day basis.

Since Copeland has publicly agreed to follow any reasonable security policies to be implemented by the city, there is no reason why her license should be taken away.Sharing and Caring Hands has had a positive effect on the Minneapolis community. Not only has it offered food and comfort for the homeless, but many people are given the opportunity to volunteer at its facilities.

Many BSM students have enjoyed the experience of working at Sharing and Caring Hands. The organization has always been a great outlet for service opportunities, and by revoking the restaurant license the city of Minneapolis will lose one of its most successful charity programs for fighting poverty and homelessness.

While the city is trying to work with Mary Jo Copeland to keep her open, the future of Sharing and Caring Hands is still in flux. The city and Copeland are continuing to work to find a solution that would keep Sharing and Caring Hands open, but, hopefully, with less crime.

Hopefully both parties will cooperate and come up with an agreement that will be beneficial for the people who really need the organization’s support. If not, the city of Minneappolis could have a larger problem with homelessness and poverty.

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One Response to “Revoke of charity’s license would hurt city”

  1. Dr. Skinner on May 1st, 2008 8:38 pm

    Dear KE Editors – Thank you for writing about this important topic. I share your opinion that Sharing and Caring Hands is an important ministry that serves a great need in Minneapolis. As a Catholic woman, I take seriously the challenge from the United States Bishops to always consider first the needs of the poor and vulnerable. Nice job KE! Thanks – Dr. Skinner


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