Exodus Lending staff hold up a map of exodus lending clients, which are spread across Minnesota but mainly concentrated in Minneapolis.

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Exodus Lending Lights a Path Out of Payday Loan Debt

Exodus Lending provides more than just a concrete pathway to financial stability. They also provide hope. Just look at Deb. She had fallen into a payday debt trap, but with the support of Exodus lending, she was able to regain control and build her savings. According to Deb, “It has helped my self-esteem. I’m taking responsibility. I’m taking the steps necessary to move forward. I didn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, and so now I do see that.”

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A diverse group of 15 women poses in two rows for the camera in a classroom.

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Welcoming the Stranger: Family in a Foreign Land

The Wednesday morning students agreed that their class has become a family. Welcoming the Stranger has created space that’s safe for everyone to celebrate strengths, share fears, learn from one another, make mistakes, practice tolerance, and emote in their own language.

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A group of Iraqi and American women stand together, some with their arms around one another.

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Forming Friendships Between Iraqi and American Women

One week after President Trump announced the Travel Ban in January of 2017, IARP announced their idea to organize a woman’s friendship group at a community gathering. Since then, a group of 12 women, 6 women of Iraqi culture and 6 women of American culture have been meeting once a month.

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MAYA Organization Staff

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Educating Immigrant Parents in Pittsburgh

The collapse of the steel industry in the 1980’s resulted in the out-migration of nearly half a million people. This employment disaster led to many years when few immigrants came to Pittsburgh in search of jobs and a new life.

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Grants

Charity, Justice and The Justice Project

The work The Justice Project does spans the continuum between charity and justice, direct service and education/advocacy. By working from a variety of angles, The Justice Project is deliberately and effectively dismantling the barriers that prevent the most vulnerable women from navigating beyond their current crises.

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Photograph of the adult immigrant students in the Welcoming the stranger English Class.

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Immigrant Women Acing Lessons in Solidarity and Justice

“I love it when they are learning. You see their faces light up as they get more active, more involved.” Maria knows how important it is for recent immigrants to find peer support. CREA has over a hundred participants, hailing from Mexico, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, and Guatemala.

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A woman with hairnet, aprons, and gloves chopping vegetables for a salad in a kitchen.

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Cooking Up Social Change

Stephanie and her friends and co-workers first met at a support group where they talked about overcoming barriers to dignified work.

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Photograph of nine young muslim women leaders from RISE, standing on steps.

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Minnesota Muslim Women Are Showing Up, Taking Charge

“What is holding you back from leadership?” Women ask each other this question a lot. The answers are many and varied. There’s institutional politics, prejudice against capable women, distrust and micro-aggressions towards women who have the ambition to lead.

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Photograph of two women in their sixties in bright tops and white pants.

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Brave Communities Making Change

Determination and courage are the words I would use to describe the Mary’s Pence grantees I have had the opportunity to meet in my recent travels. This year, I have been on the road a lot, meeting supporters and visiting several grantees who shared their inspiring stories with me.

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Photograph of a woman in a yellow shirt that says Contact Center Organizing for justice.

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Mary’s Pence Grant at Work in Cincinnati

“We got involved with this kinship care issue,” says lead organizer Lynn Williams, “because many of our members are taking care of relatives’ children or are seeking to take care of children due to a crisis in their family.”

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