Our Local Partnerships
We follow God's will to be disciples and take care of those around us. We strive to make an impact through local partnerships in our community of St. Louis Park and Minneapolis.
The Prison Re-Entry ministry seeks to connect Westwood mentors with women coming out of prison to support them as they re-enter society in a healthy and life-giving way. We specifically connect with a program through the Federal Re-Entry Court that provides mentor training, oversight, and support. Contact Pastor Jason at with questions.
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Since 2006 Westwood has had the gift of partnering with Redeemer Lutheran Church as we each seek to better serve our neighborhoods. Redeemer has heeded its vision to be a "beacon of hope in the Harrison neighborhood" of north Minneapolis. Not only by being a vibrant worshipping community, but also by supporting a variety of neighborhood ministries and gathering spaces including the Redeemer Bike Shop, a Community Garden, and by overseeing a variety of affordable housing units. The Westwood/Redeemer relationship has included yearly joint worship on Maundy Thursday, Westwood members serving on Redeemer Center For Life Board (the Redeemer nonprofit arm), a growing joint young adult ministry, and a variety of opportunities to support the various ministries at which Redeemer thrives.
Since 1975 STEP has served the community of St. Louis Park through food shelf assistance, emergency financial assistance and social work services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families. Last fiscal year STEP served about 8% of people living in the St. Louis Park community including 17% of St. Louis Park children.
STEP's mission, supported by a coalition of individuals, churches, synagogues, schools, business, civic, and local organizations, is to identify, address and respond to the critical and emergency needs of the community. As St. Louis Park's only food shelf, STEP is often referred to as the community's "first call for help."
Westwood's ongoing significant financial and volunteer support has contributed to STEP's goal to support stability in our community households. For more information on volunteering at STEP, contact Pastor Jason.
UpWorks was founded as a Twin Cities based nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2011. From the beginning, UpWorks purpose is to walk alongside individuals as they developed goals for employment and/or education. Individuals are referred to UpWorks from partner organizations who assist adults with re-entering society from incarceration, drug and alcohol treatment centers, and other difficult life situations. Since then this initial purpose of celebrating and developing individuals has grown to include mentoring and career readiness programs and services for adults, as well as mentoring and prevention programs and services for school-aged children. Westwood currently has 19 members involved in this ministry. For more information, contact Ken Schempp or Nina Coleman.
Wayside Recovery Center
Westwood supports this St. Louis Park housing ministry for women and families in their sobriety by providing childcare volunteers while mothers in the program participate in Community Education. The volunteers work on site at Wayside House for 1 hour on Monday evenings from September through May. For more information contact Pastor Jason.