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Opportunity Neighborhood

Rating: 4.76 stars   42 reviews 1,433

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Seniors

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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651-636-6360
www.opportunityneighborhood.org

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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  

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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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Rating: 5 stars  

"Birth to Five Early Childhood Program" welcomes parents/caregivers and their children every week at Ames Lake Community Center. Children and the adults in their lives love to gather in the mornings to read, work, play and prepare food to share with each other.
Much of our success is thanks to the great people that run the center, specially Kacee Moua, Resident Services Coordinator. The staff is always kind and welcoming, the facilities are clean and beautiful and Kacee is amazingly helpful with planning, setting up, assisting the families and cleaning after the event.
Families around the neighborhood come together and strengthen their bonds as they learn about early childhood and find support in this program sponsored by the Montessori Center of Minnesota.
Thanks Opportunity Neighborhood!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you Kacee for having an awesome and safe place for kids to learn, grow and make new friends. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to come in and have Girl Scout meetings, they are the best part of my week!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the opportunity to work with this group at our anti-bullying summit and it was phenomenal. Their staff and students were huge in the success of the summit. They helped with transitions as well as facilitation of the activities that the summit had to offer. They were energetic and out-going which really laid the foundation for the summit and the expectations for the participants. I think they were very important on what we wanted from the summit and to be more specific raised my expectations of what this could be in the future. The kids were open and honest and I think they allowed it to be a more intimate space for all. I would like to say that Kacee was also very important to the summit. She was like and extra arm with all the help she provided. I would have to say that she was very genuine about her intentions and what makes that so great is that we (as staff) fed off her energy.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Opportunity Neighborhood is a fantastic nonprofit. The work they do in the communities they serve has great value to youth and families. Their staff and board truly care about the quality of the work they do, and it shows.

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I had a chance to observe the program for a day and it was a huge learning experience for me. Great youth workers utilizing best practices, maximizing moments, and building strong relationships with youth. The program was organized, staff were well-prepared, and youth were positive, respectful, and excited to learn. Ames Lake Summer Camp is the epitome of a well-run youth program that clearly is making a positive impact.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As part of a PayItForward MN opportunity, I got to know what Opportunity Neighborhood offers to kids, families, and communities in MN. I was particularly impressed with the Courtesy program. I appreciate when people can work through and resolve issues with greater understanding of similarities and differences. We are all on this planet together. Courtesy is universal as well.

 
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