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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Youth Development Programs

Mission: The mission of hallie q. Brown community center, inc. Is to improve the quality of life in our community by providing access to critical human services, fostering and promoting personal growth, and developing community leadership.

Programs: The early learning center (elc) remained a model for peer organizations as recognized by the united way. Throughout the year, achievement and consistency of high standards were reflected in accreditation through naeyc and the mn parent aware 4-star rating. Over 90% of the children enrolled achieved key metrics in age-appropriate development, and all who were scheduled to enter kindergarten graduated with readiness skills in place, having accomplished proficiency in over 90% of the relative development indicators. The elc benefited from student groups such as the breck school as well as community volunteers who interacted through direct play and literacy activities. In its first full year providing both before and after school services, the youth enrichment program (yep) experienced significant growth in enrollment and marked client satisfaction. Of over 90 families who were served in the youth enrichment programs, fun in the sun day camp (fits) reached full enrollment for all five of the summer sessions. Of the students enrolled in the before/after school component of the youth enrichment program, over 90% achieved key academic metrics as well as social indicators including self-confidence, willingness to try new experiences, and leadership abilities. Youth workers from the city of st paul and ywca impact program joined students from area high schools and colleges to provide critical assistance to yep staff in programming and activities. Exposure to the arts and enrichment activities supplemented academic progress to build socialization and leadership skills for youth in the program. The five summer sessions of the fits focused on environmental and nature-themed activities, exposing over 30 children each session to new hands-on experiences in science and the outdoors. Yep made progress toward its goal of accessibility for all with increased availability of scholarship and subsidy funds. In participation with the st. Paul partners sprockets, the yep implemented the site level external youth program quality assessment to measure program quality. The tools four indicators include safe environment, supportive environment, interaction and engagement: the program was ranked highly on all four, with a nearly perfect score on the first two metrics, a critical result for the success of program participants. Program youth also participated in the macc alliance 6 cs pre- and post-survey to measure positive youth development in out of school time programs. In addition to academics success, the 6c assessment confirmed positive youth development in character, connection, compassion, confidence, competence and contribution of each participant.

food shelf and basic needs -the significant trends in supply and demand seen in 2013 continued through 2014. An average of 1,000 food shelf visits occurred each month resulting in giving out over 25,000 of food per month which consisted of dry goods, canned items, fresh produce, bread and culturally specific foods donated by partner stores. In 2014, over 308,000 pounds of food were distributed, nearly 70% of which was donated. In partnership with the university of minnesota, their healthy eating index showed consistently high rankings in food quality, with over 85% of offerings demonstrating a high ranking, unusual for area food shelves. Continued successes in acquiring donated produce improved our bonus table offerings, and so the overall food quality this year improved at the same time as total pounds increased. The clothing closet and supplemental services also kept pace with increasing demand. About 40,000 items went through the clothing closet to over 4,400 recipients. Critical items included business attire for job seekers and over 300 coats for the cold weather. Additional holiday offerings and substantial supplementary services such as pet food and household goods continued to have an enormously positive impact for the community. Food shelf and clothing closet services continued to see more visitors among children and seniors. Partnering with the fare for all service of the food group also improved the reach of these services in 2014 with schedule changes and improved messaging. .

multiservice center - the multiservice center administration provides a variety of events and opportunities to the community. Special programs, classes, public informational events and cultural offerings originate from and are hosted by this facility. Partner agencies providing programs and services recognize and work to meet the diverse social, cultural and educational needs of the community constituents. Utilization of services such as free tax preparation through prepare & prosper (fka accountability mn) brought in nearly 700 households. In 2014, we partnered with key organizations such as the pet project, the summit university planning council, rondo avenue inc. , days festival, the schubert clubs project cheer, and the ramsey hill association, as well as numerous social and civic groups who regularly meet for the betterment of the community. Saint paul parks and recreation and penumbra theatre company represent major partners. In 2014 a complementary new partner was added, the st. Paul chapter of the naacp. Over 10,000 visitors took advantage of the multiservice center space for events and programs, for a total of over 35,000 person-hours booked in 2014. Approximately two-thirds of this usage occurred in the communal canteen space, with the remainder in smaller meeting rooms. The retired men's club and magnificent golden agers are key partners which work together to improve the quality of life for seniors in the community at the martin luther king center. Senior groups have been active in service to the food shelf and have kept the institutional memory enlivened, honoring the rich history of the organization. 2014 saw a restructuring of the golden agers and membership growth in both clubs.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Having long been a donor to Goodwill and other conventional channels, I tried Hallie Q. Brown and was astonished to find out how much of an impact my donated clothing and household items had directly on families right near us. It is good to know that every dollar and every item and every pound of food goes directly to people who need it at a local, community based organisation.

Kevin21

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think the work that is going on here is great. The leadership of HQB Center has created great awareness in the community.

Donor

Rating: 5

At Whole Foods Market, we really believe that not all calories are created equal, and are impressed by the work HQB is doing in not only bringing food to neighbors in need, but working to make sure that food is healthy and as nutrient dense as possible. From gathering surplus from area grocery stores, to working with farmers and community gardens, to hosting cooking classes and sharing recipes, the folks at HQB are contributing greatly the the overall health and vitality of our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love to grow organic vegetables in my backyard garden, but often have too many tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, etc. that all ripen at once. I love giving freshly grown organic produce to the Hallie Q. Brown Food Shelf where my harvest is used and appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for HQB for years. They are wonderful people who really care about helping the community. Their food shelf has helped a countless number of people get back on their feet with dignity and thoughtful support. The work they do for their clients is invaluable!!

Robert A C.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Hallie Q. Brown Foodshelf not only provides clients with sustenance, they also bring attention to nutrition and sustainable agriculture. They look to increase awareness of good nourishment and our footprint on the earth. It's commendable to see a community organization led with a focus on wellness and global consciousness.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Halle Q Brown food shelf has been housed in the lower level of the church that I attend for as long as I can remember. During my last tenure on the church council the executive board challenged the council to promote stronger ties between the church and the food shelf. We wanted to become more than a landlord and wanted HQB to feel like more than renters to the congregation. I decided to take up this challenge and have been working closely with their development coordinator, Josh. Josh is doing a great job with grass roots organizing, networking, and changing the expectations of the people served by the food shelf. He has focused on making sure that food shelf users are treated with respect and dignity and given not only help with physical needs, but also help with cooking and serving healthy foods that can be made with easily acquired ingredients. The experience has been very rewarding for me and has brought me closer to the community in which I worship and work.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Hallie Q. Brown Center's food shelf doesn't just help people in need with food and clothing. They have gone out of their way to make their community center part of the movement towards local and sustainable food for all. By working with co-ops, natural foods stores and farmers, they have been able to get the best possible food for their clients and support changes towards a more sustainable planet. Kudos to the HQB Center for being a leader! From Mississippi Market Co-op