Every Little Bit Counts

Plymouth local Hans Lundin volunteers against sex trafficking.

Hans Lundin is a retiree who spends his free time volunteering in the Plymouth and Hopkins communities. An active member of the Wayzata Free Church (WFC), Lundin looked for opportunities to use his skills as an engineer—his occupation prior to retirement—to give back to those in need. It was through WFC that he began his work with Source Ministries.

Source Ministries serves urban poor and homeless youth who are victims of the sex trade in the Minneapolis area. Some years ago, the group began remodeling a few of the buildings that serve as shelters for at-risk youth who hope to break away from their pasts and begin again. That is where Lundin’s skills came into play.

“Our group worked on the remodels—lots of wiring and construction, all professionally done,” Lundin says, adding that his group of five other members of WFC had former engineering or construction experience. “It was something I could do, and there was a real need.” The FBI has identified Minneapolis as “one of 13 U.S. cities with a high incidence of prostitution,” with many victims younger than 18.

As a nonprofit, Source Ministries and other social justice groups rely on volunteers who want to serve their communities in hopes of creating a better future for our cities and those that occupy them. Hans Lundin’s effort is a perfect example of this; anything and everything helps.