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Friendship Project – Uniting Families Together
An integral part of the support Friendship Project provides to single parent families is the process of pairing members of the community with single parents in a relationship of friendship and support. If you are a single parent and would like to participate, please contact Krystal Queen. If you are a member of the St. Andrew or wider community and would like to be partnered with a single parent family, please contact Pastor Peter.
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Friendship Project: Financial Literacy Workshops Presented Fall 2016
Taught by Krystal Queen of Friendship Project and Wells Fargo financial planners called “Hands on Banking”. These free classes are offered to all individuals in the community to build awareness about money, educate best practices, and channel financial resources for life. Workshops topics include: creating a budget, tracking expenses, establishing an emergency fund, debt reduction, holiday spending plan, buying a car, consumer protections, credit reports and children and money. Future classes are planned. Contact Krystal Queen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friendship Project Family Dinner Pairs 5 more Families
Five more single parent families and St Andrew families were partnered together at the Friendship Project Family Dinner on Monday, October 19, 2015. This expands the program that launched in April 2015 with ten initial matching. These families are dedicated to getting to know each other and offering support and encouragement. If you are interesting in becoming part of the next group of matched families, please contact Krystal Queen.
Friendship Project’s First Care for Cars Held May 30, 2015
One Saturday a month, volunteers will look over cars for single parents in our community.
Our focus in Care for Cars is on the basics (checking oil, air filter changes, tire pressure, etc) and then helping the single parents learn more about regular maintenance and how/when to get things replaced and fixed. Automotive repairs will not be performed as a part of the clinic.
Each clinic will be held at St. Andrew Lutheran Church at 13600 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Coffee and donuts will be served each session and the indoor gym will be open for children.
Friendship Project: Many Ways to Support Single Parent Families
St. Andrew welcomed Mike Grant and Krystal Queen on Sunday, February 8th, 2015 to raise awareness of the needs of single parent families in the community and share their story of support and friendship. Friendship Project is a new opportunity for members of St. Andrew and other members of the community to live out their faith in daily life.
Ms. Queen, a single parent to three young boys, and Mike and Colleen Grant first met when they worked together in the Eden Prairie school district.
“It all started when my family grabbed our shovels and went to help Krystal out after a snowfall,” Grant says. “I think the friendship we have developed has meant a lot to her as a single mother and my family has been changed forever. Krystal and I think that the friendship that our families share model a new way to build community here in Eden Prairie.”
“As a single mother,” says Queen, “there are many challenges in raising my kids, working full time and taking care of myself. I grew to trust Mike and his family. Their friendship and support gave me encouragement to succeed.”
“Coach Grant shared with me the experience between Krystal and him last year,” says Senior Pastor David Lillejord. “As St. Andrew developed the preaching series for this winter about building bridges, this seemed like a perfect way to build bridges into the local community in meaningful ways. I am confident that people at St. Andrew will see this as a way to live out their faith in daily life.” Over 60 St. Andrew households have indicated initial interest in participating in the pilot project.
Eden Prairie statistics show that over 10% of the population has single parents as the head of household (8% female; 2.8% male). Friendship Project seeks to create a structured format of support and encouragement to single parent families of the community for mutual fulfillment.
“There are many ways to support single parents,” says Queen. “Not only do we plan to partner single parent families with a family from St. Andrew, but single parents struggle with basic home repairs, lawn care and other stressors of life that demand expertise, time and energy. There are many ways to come alongside single parents to show that people care.”
Project Friendship Informational Meeting Held February 23rd, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Krystal Queen and Mike Grant hosted an information meeting about Project Friendship on Monday, February 23rd at 6:30 pm in the St. Andrew sanctuary. At the meeting more details were shared about the project as we together build the program that connects single parent families to other families in the community. Audio recordings are available:
Mike Grant and Krystal Queen Introduce Project Friendship on Sunday, February 8th, 2015
On Sunday, February 8, 2015, St. Andrew Lutheran Church warmly welcomed at each of its worship services Mike Grant and Krystal Queen to share their vision for Project Friendship.
This new initiative seeks to build bridges between single parent families with other families in the community. Through the gradual development of trust and mutuality in their friendship, Coach Grant and Ms. Queen will share the moving experience of how their families connected together and were transformed in the process.
Mike Grant is the most successful coach in state high school football history and the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Sportsperson of the Year in 2014.
Krystal Queen has worked in public schools, county assistance programs and currently works at Metro Council. She has extensive professional and personal experience in the needs of single parents.