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Opportunity Neighborhood

Rating: 4.78 stars   49 reviews 1,647

Address:

1417 10th Steet NW, #104 New Brighton MN 55112 USA

Mission:

Opportunity Neighborhood supports people and strengthens neighborhoods within affordable housing communities through cooperative partnerships. 

Results:

2015 Agency Accomplishments: * 177 K-12th grade youth served through youth intervention and out-of-school time programs. * Began a partnership with Building Blocks, a non-profit developer, to provide the Resident Services model at their new affordable housing complex in North Minneapolis slated to open January 2016. * Received a second Allina Neighborhood Health Connection Grant to provide healthy community dinners and nutrition education session to residents. To date, the project has served 173 households in 4 different affordable housing communities * Hosted our 13th annual National Night Out Celebration at 2 affordable housing communities. * The Ames Teen Group won second place in the 2015 Social Change Tech Challenge sponsored by Hopeline from Verizon and Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women by creating a YouTube video sharing what real love looked like to them. The $1,000 prize money was used to implement a campaign to promote teen-dating violence awareness at Ames Lake Neighborhood.

Target demographics:

Children and families be safe, have stable housing and have opportunities for family success 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, housing stability and opportunities for family success.

Geographic areas served:

Affordable housing communities throughout the Twin Cities metro.

Programs:

* Early Childhood Education: Early childhood family education classes, toddler playdates and clothes/toy exchanges for children 0-5 years old and their parents/caregivers in the affordable housing’s community space at no cost. * Out-of- School Time/Youth Intervention: After-school, evening and summer opportunities for youth K-12th grade to engage in academic, recreation, life skills training and enrichment activities in the affordable housing’s community space at no cost. * Safety Initiatives: Courtesy staff patrols the affordable housing community, addresses minor lease violations, builds relationships with residents, and partners with the housing management and local law enforcement to create a safe and stable community. Last year we provide 6,500 hours of Courtesy at 5 affordable housing communities. * Information and Referral Services: Residents can call, email or drop-in at the Resident Services office to obtain resources for food, clothing, transportation, employment, health, etc... In 2014, we provided 162 residents with information and referrals. * Community Events: Promoting social connectedness and building community, resident identified community events are held weekly in the affordable housing’s community space at no cost. Examples of community events include: National Night Out, community dinners, BINGO, crafts, billiards, movie nights and holiday parties. * Special Initiatives: Programs created to meet a specific community need or short-term enrichment program provided through a community partnership. We currently have a literacy program for struggling K-2nd grade youth at Ames Lake Neighborhood provided through a partnership with the I.T.A Foundation and Police Activities League. We have also had healthy community dinners & nutritional education program at Garden View Apartments and University Dale Apartments provided through a partnership with Allina Health and the University of Minnesota Extension Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support Opportunity Neighborhood because of the exceptional programs they offer their residents.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have made a donation to Opportunity Neighborhood for several years, and when I see pictures of the smiling faces of the children and adults in the monthly newsletter , I know my donation is being well spent. The programs and services continue to survive and even grow year after year.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am glad to serve opportunity Neighborhood board.because this board can address complex issues and anticipate challenges and assessing risks, having diverse board from different background really helps diverse board allows for the opportunity neighborhood better anti-cipate and consider the concerns and perspectives of all key constituencies, I have confidence and trust to the board and executive director that they can delivery for their neighborhood.

 
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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

Opportunity Neighborhood, continues to live up to its mission of supporting people and strengthening neighborhoods within affordable housing communities, through cooperative partnerships. The programs that it offers continue to make a difference in the lives of the those families and individuals that live in affordable housing communities that it supports. I am prod to not only be a supporter but also serve as a board member of this organization

Keith Bluford

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

From the first time that I met with Perry Lofquist, and learned about Opportunity Neighborhood’s charter as a nonprofit, I knew that this was the organization that I wanted to be involved with. With its focus and dedication to providing unique innovative tools and solutions that builds and maintains caring, and safe communities for families and youth to live and grow. Over that last six years that I have been a board member, Perry, Kris, and the entire Opportunity Neighborhood team have shown that they are truly committed to this cause! Great people, great organization doing wonderful things for our community!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The are a great organization that really makes a difference in the communities they serve. Their innovative programming is very effective in neighborhood stabilization. Their services improve those whom they are providing them for and allow for safe and secure living spaces.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Opportunity Neighborhood is uniquely positioned to provide innovative services for children, families, and safety in large multifamily properties. Great work is being done with after school programs that help families succeed. Large complexes often have a variety of safety needs that require flexibility with and knowledge of multi-cultural issues on site. Opportunity Neighborhood has developed a one of a kind program to address many of these issues call "Courtesy" which daily places a caring adult where difficult circumstances exist. I have been continually impressed with the staff's ability to adapt and implement effective solutions on these large properties.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I got involved at the genesis of Opportunity Neighborhood about 10 years ago. I watched as Perry Lofquist came aboard and assembled a collaborative community effort. There are a variety of great community organizations that are committed to families and kids and each sees great value in working directly with Opportunity Neighborhood. I know very few organizations that are as innovative as this one is. And very few organizations can effectively build a network of safeguards and programs along with other organizations who care about families in large housing communities. In my view Opportunity Neighborhood has been able to step back and let other succeed for the sake of families. While doing that the great staff and board has become effective and successful in fostering its mission.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

This organization is a strong partner with our free summer lunch program located nearby their Garden View site. Both organizations enjoy cross marketing programs that meet the needs of lower income households. It is a good fit and a great partnership.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked for Opportunity Neighborhood at the Ames Lake location as a Youth Programmer for 9 months. It was an amazing learning experience for me. The staff are very supportive of each other, especially my supervisor Kacee Moua. I was also using my work hours at ON for hours in my internship as a Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies major. Although, it wasn't structured to be an internship, Kacee offered to help me as much as possible. The overall program was great for teens and kids. As the programmer, I had to meet certain requirements such as covering certain learning and beneficial topics each month. We also followed the YPQA so that we had a quality-program. Each child and teen was offered a full meal so that they wouldn't go home hungry. This made Opportunity Neighborhood a home for a lot of teens and kids. I am happy to say I was once part of this organization.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Opportunity Neighborhood is an amazing place for kids to go after school! They provide homework help, and plan fun, constructive learning activities that the kids will enjoy! They cater to many different needs and you can really tell that the staff care for the kids, and are passionate about the service they are providing for them. Opportunity Neighborhood was a really fun place to work and I learned so much not just from the staff, but also the kids!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

My church small group volunteered with Opportunity Housing for National Night Out. We had such a wonderful time meeting the staff and families that live in New Brighton. We are excited to work with them again!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As the Parent Education Coordinator for the Montessori Center of Minnesota, it has been an honor and a pleasure for our organization to partner with Opportunity Neighborhood for our weekly Birth to Five Early Childhood Program. I have been so impressed with the professionalism, leadership, resourcefulness and enthusiasm of Kacee Moua who serves as a co-coordinator of this successful program at the Ames-Lake Community Center. We look forward to our continued partnership with Opportunity Neighborhood as we work toward our common goal of supporting the healthy development of children and their families.

 
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