Rating: 4.75 stars 32 reviews
Issues: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Seniors
Location: 1417 10th Steet NW, #104 New Brighton MN 55112 USA
Opportunity Neighborhood supports people and strengthens neighborhoods within affordable housing communities through cooperative partnerships.
Results: 2014 Agency Accomplishments: Hosted our 11th Annual National Night Out Celebration at 3 affordable housing communities. 165 K-12th grade youth served through youth intervention and out-of-school time programs. 251 community building events serving approximately 4,840 residents (duplicate count). Maintained 38 partnerships with a variety of community organizations, including police departments, property owners and management, public libraries and educational organizations. Second year of providing literacy tutoring to Ames Lake Neighborhood youth through a partnership with the St. Paul Police Activities League and the ITA Foundation. Awarded an Allina Neighborhood Health Connection Grant to provide 26 healthy community dinners and educational sessions at Garden View Apartments and University Dale Apartments. To date, the project has served 73 low-income households.
Target demographics: children and families be safe, have stable housing and have opportunities for family sucess programming.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 3,550 children and families living in affordable housing communities by providing programs and services that increase community safety, stability and opportunities for family success.
Geographic areas served: affordable housing communities throughout Minneapolis/St. Paul
Programs: Ames After Hours: An after-school program and summer day camp for K-5th youth Ames Teen Group: An out-of-school time program providing 6th-12th grade youth after school activities, internships, teen nights and field trips. Courtesy: A Courtesy Officer patrols the housing community, addresses minor lease violations and builds relationships with residents. Family Success Program: A housing stability program providing rent assistance and case management to increase a family’s household income and housing stability. Information and Referral Services: Residents can call or drop-in at the Resident Services office to obtain resources for food, clothing, etc... Early Childhood Education: ECFE classes and playdates for children 0-5 years old and their caregivers. Community Events: Increasing social connectedness, community events are held weekly in the community space. Special Initiatives: Programs created to meet a specific community need.
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I met with Perry a few months ago to discuss his ideas for bringing a community dinner to 2 of the apartment sites. He planned to host a meal 2 times per month at each site. I was thrilled to have our Nutrition Education program be invited to partner with Opportunity Neighborhood on this project. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program has been working with limited income families for over 40 years teaching how to make healthy, home cooked meals that are tasty, easy and low cost. The staff at both sites have been extremely helpful and supportive in working with our staff. We now have several adult learners at each site that are participating in a series of nutrition classes.
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I loved volunteering at opportunity neighborhood! I was able to meet and work with a lot of great people and get quality experience for workers my in the the human service field.
Great non-profit! With Opportunity Neighborhood, the emphasis on service.
I wish I could do 6 stars. I have been at Ames Lake since I was in grade school, and have been volunteering there since i graduated from High School. I really like the different backgrounds of the kids there. I think after school program is the best!
Opportunity Neighborhood is a great organization! They provide amazing services to the youth and families they serve and it's clear how much the kids grow from being involved with their events and programming. I'm always happy to support Opportunity Neighborhood!
I have been with Opportunity Neighborhood for a couple years. Ames after school program is amazing, striving for a quality program! They engage the youths by providing them a safe place for youth voice, engagement, and to be a leader. Youths had been through the after school program for elementary youths to the teens program, and came back to give back to the program by being a volunteer.
I have had the privilege to work with the Summer Youth Camp Program this year. The staff did an excellent job of providing the kids opportunities to attend a variety of events that provided new and challenging ideas. I was very impressed a how Lisa and the rest of the staff encouraged and fostered relationships between the youth participants and the local Law Enforcement community. The young people we got to know were very well behaved and had lots of questions. The officers that attended the program events reported back that they very much enjoyed the opportunity to spend time and talk with the kids involved and look forward to working with the Ames Lake program in the future.
This organization builds stronger communities through active participation in after school programs and providing security for neighborhoods in need of that stabilizing force. I have witnessed first hand the joy this program brings to the members of the communities that they serve.
We have been partnering with the Opportunity Neighborhood Afterschool program for years. We partnered with them on intergenerational opportunities for our seniors to participate in. They have done so much great work in the community and especially on the eastside of St. Paul where there is a deficit in community resources. The staff works really hard to ensure great experience for the kids and their families! They are a wonderful asset to the community!
Opportunity Neighborhood is a wonderful organization. They share, they give back to the community and they engage in personal needs to the residents and the community. It is a great organization to volunteer with! I thank Opportunity Neighborhood for letting me be a part of their work.