Is to serve individuals and families (our neighbors) in crisis, to meet their basic needs and provide opportunities for wholeness and self-sufficiency.
Our intention is to welcome all who enter our doors as equals, respecting their dignity and accepting without judgment. We encourage those we serve to develop their capacity for independence. We are thrifty with our resources, generous in our hospitality, and responsible to the communities that support us.
As a community organization and being faith-based our vision is to extend the truth, power, and love of God to build friendships and perpetuate compassion within our communities, one life at a time.
VCS is the successor non-profit, 501.c3 Minnesota Corporation to South Metro Vineyard Church. Since 2007 the Fruit of the Vine operated as a ministry of the church. Since January 1, 2013, Vineyard Community Services began operations as its own tax-exempt organization.
Meet the Core Team
Our organization is operated by a core team of leaders that carry out the mission and vision of the organization together with sister partners.
Brian Geraty has been the Executive Director of Vineyard Community Services since 2012; prior to that he was the Program Director for the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf since 2008. He is a Pastor in the Vineyard Church and a father of six with his wife Kimberly.
Kim has been the Volunteer Coordinator since 2008. She is also an administrator of Vineyard Community Services and assistant secretary of Vineyard Community Services. Kim is a member of La Vina Iglesia.
Tina has been working with VCS and FOTV in some capacity since 2012. She answers phones, fills in where needed and works to give volunteers and the materials and information they need to keep us going.
Pastor Uli Bello
Site Manager & Pastor of La Vina de St. Paul
Pastor Uli has been working with Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf (FOTV) since 2017. He is the Lead Pastor of La Vina de St. Paul. He and his wife Reyna keep us organized and packed ready to serve our neighbors.
Jon Willis joins our team in February 2021. Jon supports the management of day-to-day operations of the Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf. He has a heart for people and Jesus.