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[The S.H.I.F.T. Cooperative]

The S.H.I.F.T. Cooperative



Location: Twin Cities, MN

Organization: The S.H.I.F.T. Cooperative

Contact: THESHIFTCOOP@gmail.com

S.H.I.F.T. offers resources to their community, prioritizing Black, Queer, Trans, and Houseless individuals experiencing financial, emotional, and unexpected setbacks and burdens due to the pandemic.
The S.H.I.F.T. Cooperative was created in Minneapolis, MN in the wake of the 2020 uprisings after the murder of George Floyd. S.H.I.F.T. offers, “resources to our community, prioritizing Black, Queer, Trans, and Houseless individuals experiencing financial, emotional, and unexpected setbacks and burdens due to the pandemic.”

During the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, S.H.I.F.T. began offering reliable transportation and a safe way to exercise during lockdown. In the wake of the uprisings, the Cooperative added pop up markets where people could access warm meals, canned goods and food items, as well as clothing. The markets were donation-based and supplemented with items bought through fundraisers. S.H.I.F.T. continues to cook hot meals, distribute food, clothing, and shoes, redistribute bikes, offer yoga & mindfulness programs, cultivate safe spaces, support survivors of SA & DA, and offer financial support.

They are now planning to expand offerings to include a dedicated space to expand outreach and provide mindfulness and wellness practices, including free yoga instruction, meditation sessions, breathwork classes, and other healing tools.

S.H.I.F.T. decribes this new direction as follows: “We’ll hire Black and Brown instructors, providing both traditional and non-traditional healing modalities and address deep-rooted traumas that arise from socially ingrained issues like systemic oppression, racism, sexism, transphobia and homophobia. Our space will originate in Minneapolis, MN and we are constantly looking at other cities with communities in need of the classes we offer. Not only will we cultivate a safe space, we’ll use daily movement, mindfulness, and honest discussion to shift energy and heal our own detriments. We will offer some form of instruction/session work 6 days a week, with one day dedicated to administrative tasks and experiential learning. We know that when healing is accessible and understandable, everyone wins. We work to change our collective narratives by committing our bodies, minds, and souls to daily practice and can pinpoint our successes by the healing and growth of the people who frequent our space. A healthy community is wealthy, no matter where we live.”

Source: S.H.I.F.T.