Our Projects

Every Thursday we cook and host a meal from 5:00 – 8:00pm.  Friends, neighbors and new faces are always welcome!  We eat around 6:00pm.  The meal has become the heartbeat of the Rye House and the MCW, bringing the two houses, and our extended community, together each week to cook, eat, and connect.  Volunteer hosts for the Thursday meal are always needed!  Contact theryehouse@gmail.com if you’re interested in hosting.

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We raise chickens and meat rabbits, do compost and vermiculture, extend the harvest through canning, freezing, and preserving.

 

 

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“…a riot is the language of the unheard.” –MLK #BlackLivesMatter #Baltimore

We are involved in various activist and resistance projects.  These include standing in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, supporting the grassroots organizing group Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), reflecting on our own racism as a community, organizing for justice for trans people in the criminal justice system, opposing the frac sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and resisting and protesting the United States military.

We work with friends to plan roundtable discussions about topics that we believe to be positive and life-giving.  Recent roundtable topics include: Anarchy and its role in Minneapolis/St. Paul activism.

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Joe, waving from the front steps.

We provide hospitality and a sense of community to people who are homeless or are in a period of transition.

We have two guest rooms that we offer to people in need of a place to stay for a length of time determined on a case by case basis.  Within the past year we have decided to focus our hospitality to young people who identify as LGBTQ.  Generally, young people get referred to us through the Avenues for Homeless Youth program and the social workers there.

While folks are staying with us we consider them part of the community and try build a communal trust- and communication-based support structure with and around them.  Our hope is that our hospitality structure is more personal than the formal non-profit shelter structures.  We are working to create a more egalitarian sense of community that troubles the harsh distinctions between “server” and “served.”

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