2010 Grant Recipients
Face to Face is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the needs of youth ages 11-23. Their mission is to empower youth to overcome barriers and strive toward healthy and self-sufficient lives. The organization was founded in 1972 with only a phone-in crisis counseling center. Today, Face to Face offers health care, counseling, and other programs to more than 3,200 homeless and underserved youth and young adults each year.
The FINNEGANS Community Fund will help support the operations of the SafeZone program specifically to help provide emergency assistance in the areas of food, housing, education, and transportation to the homeless and at-risk youth that are part of the SafeZone program.
A Minnesota Without Poverty is a statewide movement to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020. The organization started in 2001, and recently has joined forces with the Half In Ten Campaign – a national effort to cut poverty in half in ten years. A Minnesota Without Poverty seeks to engage all sectors of society – faith communities, government, business, people experiencing poverty, education, communities of color, non-profits, and foundations. They believe that everyone can play a role in ending poverty in our state and beyond, as it affects us all, no matter what walk of life we come from or what our economic situation may be.
Funds from the FINNEGANS Community Fund will help support the development of their Allyship Training Model that will help facilitate a micro-lending process with immigrants and people experiencing poverty who need capitalization for small business development.
House of Charity was founded in 1952 as a place for individuals to find food and shelter in Minneapolis. The overriding goal of House of Charity is to help struggling individuals meet their basic needs of food and shelter and reduce barriers to their long-term self-sufficiency so they can become engaged members of the community. Today, House of Charity operates a Food Centre, serving over 300 homeless and impoverished individuals every day of the year. They also provide transitional housing to 119 adult men and women who have experiences long-term homelessness. Along with providing food and shelter, House of Charity provides mental health counseling, chemical dependency treatment, case management, life skills training and individual workforce development for residents and other clients.
The grant awarded to House of Charity will provide 2000 public meals at the Food Centre.
Founded in 2008, The A-List was established with the purpose of establishing a teen-run snack and apparel shop in Brooklyn Park, MN to would employ at-risk youth and serve as a location for positive afterschool programs such as tutoring and college prep courses. Their Mission is to provide a platform for all youth to achieve their dreams in the fields of entrepreneurship, education, and personal growth by serving as a catalyst between youth, the business community, and post-secondary opportunities.
Funds from the FINNEGANS Community Fund will be used to support the teen director program which creates a unique business leadership opportunity for at-risk youth. These positions will allow teens to gain experience in management and operations while developing their interpersonal skills, teamwork, communication, leadership, analytical skills, decision making, problem solving, and planning and organization.
Kinship is a mentoring program serving youth from single parent home, ages 6-17. Their mission is to help the youth served grow by bringing a positive adult role model into their lives. Through the ongoing interaction, the youth foster friendships and improve social skills.Funds from the FINNEGANS Community Fund will help cover costs associated with activities organized in order to provide no-cost activities that help foster positive and quality interactions.
Rebuild Resources operates under the mission of helping addicts and alcoholics be sober, self-sufficient and of service by providing meaningful, transitional employment in business enterprises that they operate. The businesses provide a safe, sober, secure, supportive, non-enabling environment for recovery. Since it’s start, over 1,000 men and women have successfully graduated from Rebuild Resources.
The FINNEGANS Community Fund grant will help support the Transition-to-Work training classes in order to help program participants job seeking and job-keeping skills.
The Mesabi Early Childhood Coalition (MECC) has been coordinating and assisting families of pre-school children will all of the services in the area. Many of the families in the area served struggle to provide basic needs for themselves and their children. One of the ways in which, the MECC helps connect families to the available community resources is through the Fun Fair. Funds from the FINNEGANS Community Fund will help support the low income families participation in the fair.
St. Stephen’s Human Services is a non-profit who carries out their mission to end homelessness by serving over 6200 people yearly through such services as homelessness prevention, street outreach, shelter, transitional and permanent housing and employment programming. These programs, aided further by working with local police, business and other non profits, help people grow increasingly self-sufficient in order to not return to homelessness. The FINNEGANS Community Fund supports the Street Outreach program, which assists long-term homeless people in order to help them off the streets and give them access to safe, secure housing.
The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans has been serving veterans in St Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth and Mankato for 18 years through homes for transitional housing, permanent housing for disabled veterans and rental and mortgage assistance to prevent homelessness. Their mission is to “positively motivate veterans and their families who are homeless or experiencing other life crises.” The FINNEGANS Community Fund grant supports job training and skill development so that at-risk veterans can become self-reliant, economically independent, thriving members of the community.
Employment Action Center is a Twin Cities based nonprofit whose mission is to empower people to achieve greater personal, social and economic success through comprehensive education, employment and family support services to low-income youth, adults and families. The FINNEGANS Community Fund grant supports the WAND program, Women Achieving New Directions, a program that provides employment and personal development services to low-income women in the metro area. WAND works with single mothers on the brink of poverty to help them secure higher wage employment, advance in their current careers and improve their financial stability.
Boys and Girls Club of Rochester strives to empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring community members. They are known as “the positive place for kids” as they provide a broad range of programs in five core areas: Character and Leadership development, Education and Career development, Health and Life skills, Sports, Fitness and Recreation and The Arts. The FINNEGANS Community Fund grant supports the services at the Northwest site, which otherwise would have lost its primary source of funding.
The Plymouth Foundation is a non-profit housing organization which creates homes for those in need, building community for all by collaborating with congregations and social service agencies to transform the lives of those who have been homeless. The FINNEGANS Community Fund grant supports Creekside Commons, a 30 unit workforce housing building in SW Minneapolis, providing a computer resource lab and a playground, which will be volunteer built and operated.
Lutheran Social Service of MN is a non-profit corporation that responds to human needs across the state including but not limited to mental health counseling, strength based truancy and delinquency programs, therapeutic foster care, refugee and employment services and personal support for those with disabilities. They believe in the worth of each person and pursue social and economic justice through service and advocacy. The FINNEGANS Community Fund grant supports the Parent Tip Line, which seeks to improve the quality of family life, increase access to services and maximize the potential of families, children and community.
Emerge Community Development is a non profit seeking to create jobs for hard to employ adults through their mission of “investing in people through social enterprise.” Their current goals include eliminating chronic homelessness, promoting self-sufficiency and creating jobs as they serve 3500 inner-city residents in St. Paul and Minneapolis. The FINNEGANS Community Fund grant supports the Emerge Link Program’s Summer Adventure Day camps that offer a highly structured week day camp experience at each supportive housing facility, engaging a total of 48 youth.
Conservation Corps Minnesota provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities to youth and young adults. Their goal is to help young people from diverse backgrounds become involved in the community and prepared for future employment. The FINNEGANS Community Fund grant supports the Youth Outdoors program, which engages high school students from low-income St. Paul neighborhoods to focus on neighborhood revitalization, leadership and job training which demonstrates to students how to create and sustain long-term change.
Admission Possible is a non-profit organization “helping to make college admission possible for promising, low-income students” which they accomplish by providing ACT and SAT test preparation services and admissions and financial aid counseling, all at no cost for students or their families as all participating students perform at least 8 hours of community service yearly. Over 98% of the students they assist have been admitted to college. The FINNEGANS Community Fund grant supports college access programming for low-income students in the Greater Twin Cities area.