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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Senior Citizens Housing & Retirement Communities, Seniors, Unknown, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Kris and her team have been a delight to work with. In the past few month, the Twin Cities Mobile Market has been a new addition to the Garden View and we couldn't ask for a better group to people to work with. They truly care about the resident.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the great pleasure to work together with Kacee Moua, Resident Services Coordinator, and Opportunity Neighborhood on an early childhood program called Birth to Five. The Birth to Five Early Childhood Program serves parents with young children and provides a space to grow, learn and develop community relationships. Kacee's professionalism and the care and attention she gives to her residents is exceptional. Kacee and the other staff at Opportunity Neighborhood clearly value their community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

ACES partnered with Ames Lake Opportunity Network to provide innovative field trips exposing 3rd-5th graders to post-graduate opportunities. Students had a blast visiting Metro State University and Century College. Staff were professional, organized, and maintained clear communication throughout planning and implementation process.

Bee M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The children and staff were energetic and articulate. We hosted the students - elementary aged - for a campus visit and I was surprised at how engaged they were. The students asked many intellectual questions, were respectful, and engaged in all of our activities. The Opportunity Neighborhood staff also helped with activities and encouraged their students to ask questions. Because of the generous help from their staff, the campus visit went by smoothly.

Marilyn55

Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Terry91

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.