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Perspectives Inc

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3381 Gorham Ave St Louis Park MN 55426 USA


Breaking cycles for at-risk families and children for total family recovery.


Supportive housing program:program goal: to return homeless, recovering women and their children back to social and economic mainstream. Target population:homeless/recovering/dual-diagnosed women and their children; listed by hennepin county as "the hardest to serve. " our wrap around model includes fully furnished apartments, case managers, child care workers, onsite resident mangers, transportation and an array of auxiliary programs. 69 women and 114 children were served in 2014. Outcomes- percent of residents who celebrated 12 months or more of sobriety 58%- residents employed, school, or job training: 67%- percent of families who moved into permanent housing: 68%

kids connection - a 21st century learning center:program goal: to increase the academic, social and health outcomes of homeless and at-risk children from pre-school through middle school. Target population: homeless and at-risk children kindergarten-8th grade, on the free/reduced lunch program, living within the st. Louis park school district. The program served 129 children in 2014. This comprehensive "out of school program" is taught by five licensed teachers and over 50 trained volunteers. The program is operational 5 days/wk - 12 months/yr and has the following components:- reach for the stars - provides elementary age children with extended-day academic enrichment. - kids cafe - a nutritional and culinary program that provides evening dinners that are prepared by the students under the direction of our full-time chef. - summer explorers - provides summer school education and recreation throughout the summer months- reading by 3rd grade - guided reading is a vital part of a third grade reading program; it incorporates many learning tools - k to 3rd grade reading worksheets, reading activities, reading games, reinforcement exercises and assessments. Outcomes:- met district 90% attendance goal: 83%- average school attendance rate: 93%- maintained or improved their academic performance: 82%- retention from summer program to school year: 83%- total parents participating in program: 102

clinical services:program goal: to provide integrated primary health, substance abuse and mental health services to supportive housing clients for the purpose of increasing the client's stabilization and long term outcomes. Target population: clients living within perspectives supportive housing program and referred community members. The program is run under the supervision of our clinical director and employee's four mental health practitioners. It provided 3,262 hours of clinical services to 81 adults in 2014. The components are:- the main street collaborative is a partnership that combines chemical health services and mental health services in order to more effectively serve dual-diagnosed women living in perspectives and wayside's supportive housing programs. - adult rehabilitation mental health services (armhs) includes skills building -childrens mental health services launched in 2014, with 17 children served.

parenting time -program goal: to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to meet with their non-custodial parents and to provide parenting support for at-risk parents; a corollary goal to safely transition parents mandated to undergo strict supervision to a more favorable status of limited monitoring. Target population: children with parents under court order for supervised visitation. In 2014, 214 adults & 149 children were served, and 1,912 hours of supervised visitation provided. Outcomes- percentage of parents reporting satisfied/ highly satisfied withservices: 89%- children reporting feeling safe during visit: 97%- parents showing measurable increase in parenting skills: 72% employment program-program goal: to help mfip participants gain employment, become self sufficient and maintain their dignity in the process. Target population: mfip participants with an open case within hennepin county. This program utilizes a highly trained staff of bilingual employment counselors to provide not just career counseling but a long and practical list of services that work holistically to give our clients the greatest chance for success. This programs provides job search classes, resume writing labs, mock interviews, workplace readiness programs, follow-up sessions after job placement, computer classes, onsite child care services and transportation for perspectives supportive housing clients. In addition, our counselors work in the field to build relationship with potential employers, explaining to them the support, skills and readiness our clients will bring to their workplace. In 2014 we served 248 clients. Outcomes:- total job placements: 66- average hourly wage: $12. 40 per hour- average hours worked: 28 hours per week

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