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Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet
1884 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-7000 | Fax: (651) 690-7039
Moving always toward profound love of
God and neighbor without distinction.

Sisters of St. Joseph Consensus Statement
Explore the Pathway: Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to serve the dear neighbor, either as an individual or with other Sisters or Consociates? When you volunteer, you will be inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph, who have brought help and hope to people in need in Minnesota since 1851.

The Sisters have always “responded to the needs of the time.” They converted their first school into a hospital, the first hospital in St. Paul., a few years after arriving. Over time, quietly and masterfully, the Sisters worked to open more schools, hospitals, an all women’s college, homes for orphans, and safe houses for abused or tortured women.

To volunteer in any of the ministries or for further information, please contact Margaret Belanger, CSJ, Ministry Coordinator, by e-mail or at 

Children's Room
Address: CSJ Ministry Center @ 2200 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis
Director: Brenda TeVogt
Phone: 651-696-2775

The Children’s Room is a safe, caring learning environment for the children of the parents who are attending Learning In Style. The Children’s room is open from 9:00-3:30 concurrent with Learning In Style class schedule.

Description of Services Needed:
- Attending and playing with the children

The Clothes Closet
Address: CSJ Ministry Center, 2200 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis
Current Coordinator: Margaret Belanger, CSJ
Phone: 651-696-2775

The Clothes Closet provides clothing and household items for the students of Learning In Style who tend to be new immigrants. It is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ‘shopping’ and accepting/sorting donations. The Clothes Closet is housed in the garage of the CSJ Ministry Center at 2200 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis.

Description of Services Needed
- Coordinator/Volunteers to sort and organize donations.
- Coordinator/Volunteers to attend the center during shopping hours

Learning In Style
Address: CSJ Ministry Center @ 2200 Nicollet Ave. Minneapolis
Director: Agnes Foley, CSJ
Phone: 612-870-1815

Learning in Style opened its doors at St. Stephen's Parish, Minneapolis, in 1994 for the purpose of assisting local adults in correcting their weak education backgrounds. In the next ten years LIS has registered over 2,600 students from four continents. Teaching English is the main focus of LIS, but classes in Math, Computer, Citizenship and one-on-one conversation skills are offered as well. The instructors and administrators of LIS, though increasing from four to twenty plus, have consistently been Sisters of St. Joseph, Consociates, St. Joseph Workers and friends.

Description of Services Needed:
- Teachers
- Tutors and 1 to 1 conversation

St. Mary’s Health Clinics
Address: Carondelet Center, 1884 Randolph Ave., St. Paul  55105
Phone: 651-287-7700


For nearly two decades St. Mary’s Health Clinics has provided free primary health care to the uninsured in the seven county metropolitan area of St. Paul, Minneapolis and their surrounding suburbs. In that time over 72,500 visits have been recorded at the St. Mary’s Health Clinics.

St. Mary’s Health Clinics are able to provide free high quality care to low-income, uninsured men, women, and children in the greater metropolitan area of St. Paul/Minneapolis with the invaluable assistance of over 300 volunteer physicians, nurses, admissions personnel, interpreters, drivers, as well as a network of local health care providers, specialty physicians, pharmacies, churches and schools, who provide their services free or at a discount.

Description of Services Needed:

Doctors The volunteer physician for St. Mary’s Health Clinics provides comprehensive primary medical care to both well and ill patients. The volunteer physician manages and directs care in collaboration with the clinic health care team as well as facilitating referrals to providers and facilities outside St. Mary’s Health Clinics. Volunteer physicians must have a current Minnesota M.D. license, as required by the Minnesota Medical Practice Board. Family Practice specialty is preferable, but not necessary. 

Nurses Under the supervision of a Nursing Supervisor, and in conjunction with the physician, the Volunteer Nurse is responsible for the overall clinical operation of a designated St. Mary Health Clinic. Volunteer nurses must have a current nursing license for the State of Minnesota.

Admissions The admissions volunteer duties include greeting patients and preparing their medical records, as well as other non-medical duties. This is supported by the Clinic Manager at all times either by on-site training and support or by pager. 

Interpreters The volunteer interpreter communicates with patients in their native language for the purpose of sharing information between the patient, their family, and the health care staff in the clinic. The primary interpretive needs for the St. Mary’s Health Clinics patient is Spanish. While no special training is necessary, an understanding of medical terminology is beneficial.

Drivers Volunteer drivers for St. Mary’s Health Clinics are responsible for transporting medical supplies, equipment and records to and from the St. Mary’s Health Clinics sites. This position is under the supervision of the Clinic Manager and her staff. Volunteer drivers must have a valid Minnesota drivers license and their own vehicle.

For more information about any of these volunteer positions, call St. Mary's Health Clinics at 651-287-7700.

Sarah’s ... an Oasis for Women
Address: 520 South Warwick Street, St. Paul, MN 55116
Contact: Cheryl Steeves, Director

Phone: 651-696-8644 or 651-696-8642

Sarah's... an Oasis for Women begins its 15th year in June 2010 with its mission of "hospitality for women in transition who are seeking housing, community and safety." Our niche is that we are 'home,' where staff "fosters the self-empowerment of women in community through life skill development, advocacy and referral services." Since mid-1996 more than 600 women have found education, English, jobs, healing, renewal, legal services, and reunion with loved ones ~ all in an atmosphere of beauty and peace, life planning and goal setting, shared lives and personal responsibility. Sarah's continues to serve primarily immigrant women going through the processes of being new to life in the USA with all its complexity and potential opportunity.

Description of needs:
- financial contributions
- wish list contributions ~ found on website
- availability to befriend an individual woman with a specific need.
- service on Sarah's Advisory Council

Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality
Address: Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave. St. Paul
Contact: Barbara Lund, Director
Phone: 651-696-2788

Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality offers innovative programs to explore the spiritual dimensions of contemporary life for women and men and to reimagine and embody all that women can be as agents of transformation in church and society.

Description of Services Needed:
- Event set up, clean up, logistics, and hospitality for large events like Soul Conference & Peace Camp
- Office support/data entry

Celeste’s Dream Spirituality for Young Adults
Address: 1884 Randolph Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105
Contact: Jennifer Tacheny or Jill Underdahl, Co-Directors
Phone: 651-696-2872 or 651-696-2873

Celeste’s Dream is a spirituality center for young adults whose mission is to engage in community, inspire social action, and nourish spirit. We offer young adults 20-35 years old an opportunity to integrate their education, values, spirituality and work in the context of community. We also offer programs for high school and college students. Some programs welcome intergenerational participation.

Description of Services Needed:

For Community Garden:
- Participate in community garden, weekly from May to October. Produce is given to CSJ ministries
- Garden tools and harvest baskets – Contact Jennifer Tacheny before donating

For Justice in Action Team:
- Participate in Justice in Action Events
- Contacts with local community organizations and projects for collaboration
- Assist with events and program development (2-4 events/year)

Ministries Foundation Special Events
Contact: Mimi Pizzi
Phone: (651) 690-7058


Description of needs:
- Assist with event preparation for St. Mary’s Health Clinics- Gala
- Assist with event preparation for SJW fundraising events
- Assist with large mailings

Ministries affiliated with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province

Peace House
Address: 1816 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Contact: Catherine Mamer
Phone: (612) 870-7263

Peace House – A Place to Belong – welcomes everyone who walks through its doors. It is a safe place in the heart of Minneapolis, on the corner of Franklin and Portland, for people who seek refuge, sustenance and community. Visitors have time to talk, share stories, and enjoy coffee, cookies, a hot lunch, and daily meditation and respect for inner strength.

Description of Services Needed: (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
- Help with daily lunch
- Talk with visitors

Do You Want to Know More About the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province Ministries?

Join our staff on a CSJ Ministries Tour. Tours for the ministries located in Minneapolis are held the second Tuesday of each month and includes visits to Learning In Style (an ESL program for new immigrants), Peace House and St. Mary’s Health Clinics. Tours for the ministries located in St. Paul are held the third Wednesday of each month and includes visits to Sarah’s…an Oasis for Women (a home for women in transition), Wisdom Ways and St. Mary’s Health Clinics. Lunch is provided for both tours. To schedule a tour, or a site visit to one ministry, please contact Lisse Regehr (651) 690-7092. You may also check out our website at 

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