Peter Singer

Our History

A terrible tragedy in the family of a childhood friend inspired Peter Singer to start what is now called Care in Action Minnesota. A young friend’s father killed the boy’s brother—his own son—and then threatened to kill the rest of the family. Convinced his father would follow through on that threat, the boy’s mother killed his father first. Singer later learned that the whole family was being abused by his father, and many church and community members knew about it. They just didn’t know what to do.

Singer’s mother said something that stuck with him into adulthood—“This happened because the church and child protection doesn’t work together.”

That’s why when, as an adult, Singer learned of a South Carolina-based organization that was bridging that gap—Helping and Lending Outreach Support (HALOS)—he decided to create his own organization based on that model in Minnesota.
He started HALOS Washington County in 2005, partnering one church in Oakdale, Minn., with Washington County Child Protection Services to help families and children in need.

After churches and child protection service offices in other counties expressed interest in becoming involved in this partnership, HALOS Washington County has was renamed Care in Action. Care in Action has now built partnerships in Washington, Ramsey and Dakota counties and is currently recruiting additional partners to become involved.

Please see the video below to learn more about how Care in Action got started.