Mission: The mission of neighborhood house is to help people, families and organizations develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to thrive in diverse communities.
Programs: Basic needs- our two food shelves distributed an average of nearly 3,000 pounds of food per day. In 2014, our francis basket and wellstone center food shelves served 11,891 participants and we served an additional 9,000 individuals at our mass food distribution events. In total, we distributed 1,075,291 pounds of food to families in 2014. Of those served, 40% were children and two thirds (67%) were below the federal poverty guideline. - the family centers served a total of 3,838 clients (1,417 families) in 2014, providing both crisis and case management services. Clients tended to be female (57%), between the ages of 23 and 54 years old (43%), and living below the poverty line (60%). Over 500 clients received crisis assistance specifically related to housing and utilities.
education- our english language and ged classes served just over 750 students. 314 english language students advanced to higher class levels. - neighborhood house awarded $15,000 in scholarships to 14 students pursuing post-secondary education. - early childhood education prepared 112 children with kindergarten readiness skills. - college access reached over 500 people. 63 participants went to college.
youth and community- 91 youth attended out of school time programs and activities. - 90 youth in our teen outreach program contributed 204 hours of service to the community. - 63 teen mothers increased their parenting skills and set future goals. - gang intervention program empowered 63 youth to leave or avoid gangs. - 177,000 people visited the wellstone center. The center hosted over 10,000 meetings or events. - 3,450 volunteers provided 51,000 hours of service to the community.
This organization was the best human service organization in the Twin Cities according to the United Way Board Chair in 2007. Since that time, the Board replaced the successful CEO who turned around the organization with a novice in nonprofit management who has failed abysmally. Since that time, the organization has consistently run deficits in recent years resulting in significant cutbacks to the organization's program and thus, their mission. They ended a mutual support program for Latino women that had minimal costs as the group used space in the facility & only require a part-time facilitator. The group allowed immigrant women to mentor new arrivals & supported them on their journey into U.S. The testimony of these women were featured at annual meetings, inspired the design of the new facility and were essential in gaining City and State support for the new facility before City Committees and the State Legislature. After the building was built, the women and their program were cast aside by the new CEO and the Board of Directors.
I worked for Neighborhood House for over 10 years and then I volunteered and became a donor. This organization is one of the best of its kind in the United States. It is a warm and welcoming place for the people it serves, the employees and volunteers. It helps people by providing food and other basic services, has a wonderful youth department with homework help and a college access program, an amazing English and GED program and this is only a small portion of the opportunities Neighborhood House has to sever the people of the Twin Cities.