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Ben & Teresa Pothier

For more than 17 years we have participated and led ministries to the at-risk and unreached throughout the United States. Our journey has included hosting the Jesus Kitchen at Rainbow Gatherings, serving thousands of meals to the homeless, baptizing in the woods, connecting young people with residential mentoring programs, training outreach teams, and travelling over 5,000 miles annually.

Throughout the United States there is a subculture made up of modern day travelers. Many of them are disillusioned with mainstream culture and the “American Dream.” They are skeptical of Christians and would never consider walking into a church, even though some are searching for spiritual answers. They are a marginalized subculture present in every city and state; however they may be rarely seen. Their hunger for community is strong – every summer up to 50,000 people make a pilgrimage to a National Forest to form a huge backwoods camp. There is a strong “hippie vibe,” as many express hunger for love, peace, belonging and spirituality.

In the midst of this counter-cultural, backwoods gathering – with no running water, electricity or food vendors and plenty of chaos – the Jesus Kitchen has been an oasis of peace and a consistent source for serving physical and spiritual needs.


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Location: Minneapolis, MN
Contact Email: theplacesofwelcome@gmail.com
Phone: 612-208-4448

Places of Welcome
1730 New Brighton Blvd
Ste 104-225
Minneapolis, MN 55413


"My counselor zeroed in on the root causes of my anxiety, explaining the mechanisms of why I was feeling the way I was, and what to do about it. She was very loving and compassionate and approached my situation with a technical mindset as well. A very rare combination."

– Lay Counseling participant