Frequently Asked Questions:
Why foot care?
Imagine walking 5-10 miles each day to access essential programs such as social services, food programs, job searches, and shelter. This walking causes blisters, corns, and calluses and without access to affordable help, one continues to walk on painful feet, only making them worse. So, Why not foot care?
Where is Sole Care located?
Sole Care for Souls has various sites in the Minneapolis/ St. Paul area. We set up in locations where our clients are already going for other services, making it easy & convenient to access our free service.
How are donated funds utilized?
Our clients receive foot care free of charge, so donations pay for all supplies needed to provide professional care for their feet. As funding allows, Sole Care will be recruiting and training more volunteers to expand our service at additional sites and meet the need of hundreds of people going without essential foot care.
How can I help?
Make a tax deductible contribution, become a trained provider or assistant, or organize a sock drive (new socks only).
Click the get involved link
How can I make a donation?
Use our secure system to make a credit card donation.
Financial contributions can be mailed to:
Sole Care for Souls
4190 Vinewood Lane North
Plymouth MN 55442-1771
Checks should be made to:
Sole Care for Souls. A tax receipt will be provided.
Contributions of new socks are handled differently according to the number being donated.
Please contact Kathy Jo for instructions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who Receives the Socks?
Each client receiving foot care is given a pair of socks. Surplus socks are delivered to area shelters for distribution.
What does an assistant do?
The assistant needs to be friendly and welcoming toward the client, keeping a list of those interested in receiving foot care. The assistant is a vital help for the provider by preparing foot soaks, washing basins when the provider is finished and then setting up the next foot soak station for the next client. Contact with the client's feet is not necessary.
How do I sign up to be an assistant, or
How do I become a foot care provider?
Contact Kathy Jo at: email@example.com and she will reach you to discuss the details of one-on-one training.
Studies from early 2007 estimates the number of homeless people in the United States at 744,000.
In the state of Minnesota that number is estimated between 9200-9300, according to the Wilder Foundation survey from March, 2007. This number has remained fairly constant over the past 3 years.
Some demographics of the homeless:
About half are female, this surprises many people
About 3400 are children, 2800 are with their parents, of the children with their parents about half are preschool age
600 children are on their own, the youngest interviewed was age 11
30% of homeless have jobs
34% of homeless have mental illness
while the life expectancy of an American is 77 years, the life expectancy of the homeless is 47 years
about 1000 people, each night, in Minnesota, sleep outside due to lack of beds available in shelters
* Statistics from Wilder Survey, Simpson Housing Services and the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.