Who We Are
Community Emergency Service (CES) is a non-profit crisis relief and empowerment ministry that extends God's love to those in the inner city of South Minneapolis.
Inspired by the the philanthropy of Russel Lund, Sr (of Lund's Foods) and the vision of Pastor William Berg, CES was organized in 1971 as an outreach of Augustana Lutheran Church of Minneapolis. It began with the purpose of offering a one-stop, personal approach for crisis aid for the inner city's poorest residents.
CES staff and its 1,000 volunteers are on the frontlines of providing hope and compassion to our multi-generational, multi-cultural, low-income clientele. [READ MORE]
I hope you are able to enjoy the beautiful Minnesota nearly ideal, summer weather and that this memory sustains you in January!
Things at CES continue on a role. I wish I could say the need was diminishing but the opposite is true in this community of great need and diversity. One of the Strategic Objectives from our Strategic Planning process was "Becoming Community."
The following story from Saundra Holden, Home Delivery / Somali Coordinator, is both compelling in terms of the importance of volunteers, but also the demonstration of how critical a 360 degree perspective of community is to the people of CES. This includes the staff, clients, volunteers, donors and neighbors.