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Kathy Jo Bissen
Founder and Executive Director

IT BEGAN WITH A VISION …

SoleCare for Souls (SoleCare) began with a vision placed in the heart of one woman, in October 2005. That vision became reality in May 2006 when Kathy Jo Bissen, Founder and Executive Director, began providing free medical foot care at one location in south Minneapolis. In November 2007, SoleCare grew to include a second location and now has a team of foot care providers and assistants giving foot care at various locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and in 2020, is expanding into St. Cloud, MN.

WHAT WE DO

SoleCare for Souls is a medical outreach that promotes health through free medical foot care and provides critical services to over 2,000 homeless and hurting individuals every year. During the hands-on work of cleaning, trimming, and filing, we listen to the men and women who entrust their feet to our care. With dignity and respect, we tend to their outer soles while we nourish their inner souls with much needed hope.

OUR VOLUNTEERS

All volunteers at SoleCare are the heartbeat of the program. SoleCare consists of a foot soak and having a medically licensed professional provide medical care for the feet. Our providers trim nails, reduce corns/calluses, diagnose and treat common foot disease and provide foot massage for the clients; and at the end of a client’s care session, a new pair of socks is always given.

Soul care is equally important in the care of our clients. All volunteers, whether providers or assistants, are vital in providing hope. During a client’s foot care session, we engage them in conversation, offer a non-judgmental listening ear, encouragement, support and prayer. Check out how you can get involved!

Learn more about how you can help support this important program here.

New for 2020

SoleCare for Souls and Good in the ‘Hood are longtime partners and collaborators in this curative ministry for those in need of care and compassion. Recognizing the complementary services and care provided by SoleCare for Souls and Good in the ‘Hood, the two organizations will enter into a formal partnership towards the end of 2020. At that time, SoleCare for Souls will become a primary program of Good in the ‘Hood. SoleCare for Souls will continue offering foot care and kindness to those who do not have a safe and stable home as well as those who are under-resourced and in need of foot care.

Get Involved

Get involved with SoleCare for Souls.

JOIN THE PRAYER TEAM

Receive our client’s prayer requests via email notification.

BE AN ASSISTANT

Tasks include preparing foot soaks, helping the clients feel welcome and comfortable, disinfecting wash basins. Training is provided; no contact with client’s feet is required.

PROVIDE MEDICAL CARE

Providers trim nails, reduce calluses and corns, treat common foot disease, give foot massages. All providers must be a licensed medical professional; training is provided.

ASSISTANTS

PROVIDERS

To get involved, click the Volunteer button below.

Locations

SoleCare offers care at various locations in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area and will soon be opening a location in St. Cloud, MN. Locations operate on different days and times. Our locations and hours are listed below.

CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH
2608 Blaisdell Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sundays, October – April, excluding the first Sunday of each month (not a care site May – September)
12:15 – 4:00 pm

CEDAR VALLEY CHURCH
This location is currently closed.
8600 Bloomington Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55425
First and Third Tuesdays, year round
4:45 – 8:00 pm

UNION GOSPEL MISSION MEN’S SHELTER
435 East University Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55130
Mondays, year round
3:00 – 7:00 pm

OPPORTUNITY CENTER
740 East 17th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Wednesdays, year round
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Two hotel locations in Bloomington where people experiencing homelessness are being housed – Tuesday’s 8:00am- 12:00pm

Contact Information

General Inquiries:
Kathy Bissen
(763) 228-9116
Founder/President, SoleCare for Souls

Mailing Address:
4190 Vinewood Lane North, Suite #111-301
Plymouth, MN 55442-1771

Volunteer Inquiries:
For volunteer information, please fill out the form on this page, Get Involved with SoleCare for Souls.

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