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Opportunity Neighborhood

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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: 2020 Agency Accomplishments: * While 2020 has been particularly challenging, we are proud of our youth programming staff’s ability to be flexible and innovative is creating virtual out-of-school time programming for K-5th grade resident youth at Ames Lake Neighborhood. * The Courtesy Program is now at Mill City Quarter and The Walkway in Minneapolis. This brings the total number of properties where Courtesy is provided to seven. * 80% of youth participating in the after-school literacy program at Ames Lake Neighborhood increased or achieve their grade level reading skills during the 2019-20 school year. * The agency continues to earn recognition of quality programming and sound governing practices as demonstrated by receiving: Charities Review Council’s Accountability Standards (http://www.smartgivers.org/Charity/Review/opportunity_neighborhood) and GuideStar’s 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency (https://www.guidestar.org/profile/41-1923622).

Target demographics: Children and families be safe, have stable housing and have opportunities for family success programming.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 4,360 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. * 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.... * 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. Examples include literacy programs, arts residencies and eating healthy workshops

Community Stories

105 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked for Ames lake - Opportunity Neighborhood as an intern with the summer camp and it was a good experience for me. I really enjoyed it because I got to try and learn new things. When I was younger, I came to Ames After Hours and it was fun.

Kspil

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an organization with incredible integrity that does critical work for our local community. I am proud of the long standing service that they provide to children and their families particularly.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

“I have seen first-hand as a board member the positive impact opportunity neighborhood has on children and communities. The staff is deeply committed to their work and the mission. They are so selfless in the way they care for the people that they serve. We benefit as a community in so many ways by the services provided by the group.”

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have witnessed this organization's work off and on over the past 15 years. I have seen consistency and a quality sense of mission throughout. The programs are developed to enhance the lives of children and families living in large apartment complexes. The reactions from parents show joy and confidence when participating in programs. The records also show families stay in one place longer when there are supportive programs. This provides stability emotionally and financially. The staff are caring and supportive as families encounter struggles. Single moms have often expressed that they would be uncomfortable in places that did not have a program like this.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As the current Board Chair for Opportunity Neighborhood I have had the privilege of working directly with Perry Lofquist and Kris Ziegler. I have learned that the small staff works efficiently and effectively. Funds are raised on time, reports are thorough and consistently accurate, and programs for family and children continue to grow. Many families come to a property because of the programs for their children. Perry is passionate about making sure the mission is fulfilled and the children and families get real help from the programming. Property owners and managers love that the programs are being offered on their sites. The properties with "Courtesy", a form of security through relationships, see great value for their business. I am honored to be a part of Opportunity Neighborhood and that I am able to contribute to this wonderful group.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member with Opportunity Neighborhood for over 12 plus years. They have never swayed from Its mission to support families and strengthen neighborhoods within affordable housing communities, with goals to increase community safety, housing stability, and opportunities for family success. Opportunity Neighborhood truly cares about all members residing within the affordable housing communities that it serves.
It is my hope that Opportunity Neighborhood will be able to increase funding and support from corporate partners and individuals to a level that will allow it to continue to develop new programs for youth and family success while continuing to improve those core programs that have made Opportunity Neighborhood the organization that it is today.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Opportunity Neighborhood for over 10 plus years. They have never wavered from It’s mission to support families and strengthen neighborhoods within affordable housing communities, with goals to increase community safety, housing stability, and opportunities for family success. Opportunity Neighborhood truly cares about all members residing within the affordable housing communities that it serves.

It is my hope that Opportunity Neighborhood will be able to increase funding and support from corporate partners and individuals to a level that will allow it to continue to develop new programs for youth and family success, while continuing to improve those core programs that have made Opportunity Neighborhood the organization that it is today.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Drew and I work with Scouts BSA. We've had the pleasure of working with Opportunity Neighborhood for several years now. Here's what our staff has to say about Chan and her team:

"All of the staff I've worked with at Ames have been great and super helpful! Throughout the summer, they've been attentive to the kid's needs and do their best to keep them engaged with our program in a non-threatening and encouraging way. The kids seem to truly respect and admire them!

Through my experience with Anna, Chan, and Onie virtually, I can tell they care that each kid feels heard and included. I love how they focused the beginning of each program on acknowledging each participant, their current feelings about their day, and sending thoughts and good vibes to those that wanted to share something going on in their life. The staff's participation was always encouraging for the kids and gave them confidence to think critically about the information I provided during program. "

"The Ames program has the most fantastic staff and students I have worked with. I am amazed by the care and intelligence the kids put into their work. Chan, Onie, and Anna all are so dedicated to making sure that the kids are engaged, in a positive head space, and working together as a team."

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work with Orange Treet and we supplied the food for the event. It was a great experience to work alongside Opportunity Neighborhood at Ames Lake. Being able to bring some normalcy back to the community after not being able to connect with one another for so long due to the pandemic made this event really special. It was also great experiencing first hand and seeing how the community responded to this event in such a positive way - let us know that we need more community events like this in the future! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your National Night Out celebration. We appreciate your program and hope to be back next year.

1 Matt M.13

Client Served

Rating: 5

I worked with program staff here throughout the summer to deliver supplementary programming. Everyone there was kind, welcoming, and accommodating. It's a really cool program and I want to see it continue!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time serving at Opportunity Neighborhood Ames Lake as a Summer Reads Literacy VISTA this summer! The summer camp I helped with had a fantastic staff that worked incredibly hard on putting together our program every day and the students were great to work with. The organization was always welcoming to the community we served and it was clear that they had a good relationship. I’m proud to have helped with their work at Ames lake.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Perry Lofquist and the ON Courtesy Patrol team are extremely valuable to our tenant relationship program,and we appreciate the work they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great service for any community! It has made such a positive impact in our community, using Opportunity Neighborhood. The staff we work with is professional and super responsive. Our residents are also so happy to have this service for our community. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved volunteering with Opportunity Neighborhood! The staff members are exceptional people, dedicated to serving and enriching the community. Excited to see what the future holds for this organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Opportunity Neighborhood is a great nonprofit that makes a positive difference in the lives of children and families living in affordable housing in the Twin Cities!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so glad to be a part of a group at Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Brighton, who joined with Opportunity Neighborhood in sponsoring National Night Out. Our experience last August was so energizing! Opportunity Neighborhood provided the leadership and most of what was needed to put on the event. From our church we sponsored one of the bouncies, brought produce from our Community Garden, blood pressure checking by our parish nurses, music from two singing groups, representatives of our Latino ministry Cristo Rey, and several volunteers. We look forward again to jointly sponsoring with Opportunity Neighborhood next August's National Night Out with our neighborhood.

Marilyn55

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit organization that provides many services for their residents, including both adults and youth. Also, they provide a security service for the safety of their residents. They engage community groups and organizations into the services they provide.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We really appreciate their courtesy patrol! They have really helped to establish a community environment that makes our residents feel safe and seen.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been using Opportunity Neighborhood courtesy patrol at our luxury community in Uptown Minneapolis for about six months now and I can't say enough how pleased we are! Even during times of great turmoil including riots and break- ins happening literally all around us, our patrol, Travis, has stood strong and done his duties night after night helping everyone in our building feel comfort during such unrest. We thank Opportunity Neighborhood and Travis for the commitment and the excellent work!

Jaiab Y.

Advisor

Rating: 5

This past year I worked for the Ames lake after school program and the summer program as the literacy intern. It was an amazing experience as I got to see the kids/students grow in their literacy along with learning different ways of how to communicate with the students. The program allows the student to have a different kind of fun / learning experience that they probably wouldn’t do at home. This summer was a rare summer as the summer program had to be done online, however we were able to manage it and the kids made it so much easier by staying so patient with the staffs.
The staff members are so caring, understanding and welcoming. Ames lake has an amazing team who are always ready to help when it is needed.
I definitely will come back in the future to help out any way that I can.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had a chance to work with Opportunity Neighborhood last year as a teen staff lead and I am so glad I was part of this amazing experience!

Both students and supervisor were all welcoming and kind and I hope the program continues to grow!!

-Thomie

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were lucky to come across Opportunity Neighborhood, and met Ms. Chan—the absolutely awesome Resident Services Coordinator! She is so friendly & her eagerness to help is so sincere, which made coming to her for any assistance and/or resources very comfortable. We feel welcome, and that’s such a nice feeling to have.
Through Chan, we found the Birth To Five program, which is led by Ms. Terri, who is just as great! We looked forward to meeting every week; it gave my toddler the opportunity not only to socialize, but learn and acquire new skills which she seems to enjoy very much (indicative by her not wanting to leave when it was time to say good bye). I can tell much effort from Terri and staff goes into providing a safe and fun learning environment for my child and for many others. Thank you to everyone at Opportunity Neighborhood! You guys are the best!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience working with Opportunity Neighborhood this summer! The children's summer program was well organized and welcoming, even with everything being fully remote this summer. The staff were all very kind and helpful to me when I worked here, and it seemed clear that the staff had great relationships and communication with the parents. The staff were great at being creative, flexible, and encouraging to the kids, and the kids seemed excited to be at camp. Although I only worked here for eight weeks, I could tell that this is a tight-knit, energetic, and welcoming community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time volunteering at Opportunity Neighborhood! Chan and Anna are very helpful and kind, and all of the staff put a lot of time and effort into providing the best possible lessons and activities for students. Although I joined the Opportunity Neighborhood team while all lessons were transitioning to be online, the team worked hard to make sure that every day was structured and expectations were clear for both students and staff. I really liked working with the teachers to put together material packets for each student to do fun crafts and activities at home, led by instructional videos created by the teachers. It was great to meet students in Zoom calls, and it was easy to see that every child felt included and cared for by the staff. Overall, I had a wonderful experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as a Literacy Intern and Summer Camp Teacher for Opportunity Neighborhood at the Ames Lake site and loved my experience! The staff and organization itself were extremely friendly and helpful to the community, always answering questions, helping out residents and providing many different programs to meet the needs of the families. One of the fantastic programs that I was a part of was the Ames Lake Summer Camp. Students were able to participate in partnership organizations, such as Scouts, St. Paul Public Library, Art Mobile, Youthprise Nutrition program and St. paul Police P.A.L. program. Students also attended field trips that enriched their learning and skills. We took them to a movie theater, water park, roller skating rank, library and wilderness inquiry, and the Midtown Global Market in which many of students have never gone or experienced before. Opportunity Neighborhood provides so much of their time connecting with other organizations to give back to their community and it was such an amazing experience to be part of the Opportunity Neighborhood team in helping assist students and families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving at Opportunity Neighborhood Ames Lake as a Summer Reads Literacy VISTA this summer was a great experience. The Summer Camp program was fun and enriching. The staff was caring and kind. The kids were eager to learn and have fun!

Natarri

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a Summer Reads VISTA in summer 2018. I happily reflect upon the caring, communicative staff that created a positive environment for staff and learners alike. One of the best locations I have been placed at for Summer Reads.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Opportunity Neighborhood was very positive! The staff treated one another-and students-with respect. The activities planned for students in summer programming were quite engaging for students. Weekly field trips allowed program participants to venture into the community and explore new locations. The programming was well thought-out and program themes were fun for students. The staff was always willing to support one another and ensure that the needs of students were met.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I often visit the Ames location for birth to five program (which I love and have recommended to all my friends and family members!!!) and recently attended their National Night Out and it was amazing. My family all attended and it was such an experience to remember. All the staff is so helpful, especially Chan. I am so blessed to be able to have access to such great programs.. I hope they stick around forever! We are so lucky to have them!!

Sam B.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Opportunity neighborhood is a wonderful place to be. All the staff work together to make sure that the kids are having fun and learning. I should know I was one of those staff over the summer as a VISTA it was such a amazing experience for me and I really enjoyed it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a very enjoyable and memorable time in volunteering at one of Opportunity Neighborhood's annual "National Night Out"! The staff are always friendly, helpful, and hardworking. They made me feel very welcomed. There was plenty of food, activities, (and music), for the whole community and children that attended. There was never a dull moment and everyone in attendance including the staff all had a good, positive, safe and fun time. I am definitely looking forward in volunteering at Opportunity Neighborhood again in the future!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked closely with Opportunity Neighborhood for several years now. I have seen first hand what their efforts have done to help change a neighborhood (Gardenview Apartments) from a very high area of crime to one that has a very low crime rate. I have seen what their efforts with coordinating National Night Out has meant to that complex and the relationships it has built. The security they provide on a regular basis during the evening and late night hours has been very efficient and professional. It has helped greatly in reducing police calls for service. The Courtesy Patrol have been easy to work with and provided information and assistance to the public safety department that has been very valuable. The additional programs and outreach that Opportunity Neighborhood has offered the youth in this neighborhood is also extremely valuable.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a really good experience. One of my best memories here is going on field trips with friends.

1 Thor W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved working here no complaints was sad to leave and would gladly work here again !!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved my times at opportunity neighborhood. The kids are so easy to approach and the relationships you build with the kids are amazing. I enjoyed it because they had a set schedule. If the routine changed everyday, I think it would’ve been really unorganized, but it was always organized and the activities that were done always engaged the students. I enjoyed it so much that after my program with them ended, I went back to volunteer before school started.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I continue to be honored to serve as a Board Member for Opportunity Neighborhood, an organization that focuses on creating safe and stable neighborhoods through onsite programming and services such as onsite courtesy programs that focuses on solving problems within the community vs having escalated to police. In addition, safe and affordable housing communities are more likely to thrive when the families have access to out-of-school time/youth intervention, safety initiatives, information and referral, community events and special initiatives. All of which Opportunity Neighborhood has. I recently had the pleasure of attending one of their special events where children were exposed to both the history and art of break dancinng, including the children learning the dance moves themselves. It was pure joy to show how the children expressed themselves, had fun and most importantly, demonstrated self confidence and willingness to try new things. These type of programs instill life lessons that will carry forward for these children as they grow, creating a foundation for success. So proud of the work Opportunity Neighborhood does. Keep it up!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The after-school program gives kids great opportunities to express their creativity and to learn important lessons. This benefits from and contributes to the vibrant community life at Ames Lake.

1 Eugene V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The kids are a cheerful bunch, always full of energy. The teenagers are always wanting to help and volunteer with the staff.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ames Lake Opportunity Neighborhood is a wonderful community with caring, kind, and thoughtful families. The birth to 5 montessori class at the community center is especially great and a fun place for people to get to know each other and for kids to play together!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so glad to be a part of a group at Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Brighton, who joined with Opportunity Neighborhood in sponsoring National Night Out. Our experience last August was so energizing! Opportunity Neighborhood provided the leadership and most of what was needed to put on the event. From our church we sponsored one of the bouncies, brought produce from our Community Garden, blood pressure checking by our parish nurses, music from two singing groups, representatives of our Latino ministry Cristo Rey, and several volunteers. We look forward again to jointly sponsoring with Opportunity Neighborhood next August's National Night Out with our neighborhood.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We, SPPD, have been partners with this organization for many years and I can personally say for myself, the last five years have been very beneficial for both sides. Look forward to many more successful years.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand as a board member the positive impact opportunity neighborhood has on children and communities. The staff is deeply committed to their work and the mission. We benefit as a community in so many ways by the services provided by the group.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my previous work with Opportunity Neighborhood (ON), I've had the pleasure to see, first-hand, the success stories that have come to play through the mission and vision of ON. I've seen adolescents meet each other for the first time in the after-school program and become best friends and top students at their school, shy children become confident individuals throughout their participation in the after-school program, parents relieved of stress because of the resources and referrals provided, adults finding jobs through the residential assistance and computer access. I could go on but all of these are just a few minor examples of what ON has accomplished through their hard work and services in keeping families in affordable housing safe and supported.

If anyone were looking to donate and support an organization that was making a difference, I would highly recommend Opportunity Neighborhood for their establishment of quality programming and meeting the needs families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Parents of low income families, especially single moms, rely heavily on programing that will help them be better parents. After school programs, academic and activities for children, family events are of tremendous support to struggling families. Children are happy to know they have a place to go and someone to interact with after school. Parents are able to stay at work and avoid loosing their jobs better. ONDC helps to make sure the pay checks are maximum. The best thing I have witnessed about ONDC programing is that staff is continually looking for better ways to bring stability to families at school, at work, and at home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Opportunity Neighborhood was a wonderful and diverse place to volunteer at. The children were very energetic and the staff members are very helpful. The staff members inform you about situations or upcoming events that are happening in the neighborhood.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I consider myself very lucky to be able to witness how this nonprofit organization works on a day to day basis. The employees of this organization make a huge difference on the children in the Ames Lake Neighbor Community located in East Saint Paul. The staff works so hard to educate the children and help them achieve in school with tutoring after school and a bookmobile that comes to the community.

Not only does this organization help the children in the community but also the adults that need help finding resources for food, furniture and access to a computer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I really enjoy watching how involved ONDC is with the children of Ames Lake Neighborhood. I like how they keep the children involved and how they all participate one way or another in the program.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I reside at Ames Lake and I have resided here for two years. I love the program that Kacee Moua is in charge of here at Ames Lake neighborhood. It is a very positive program and she is a great leader. Kacee is in charge of resident services and she is always positive and energetic and she is a very sweet and endearing person. The resident services program is about families as well as individuals both of which I think is great. Kacee and Lee(Kacee's assistant) are always very helpful and patient and they are both dedicated and work hard to make sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable and that is a very big plus for me.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The biggest contribution to increasing community safety at Garden View Apartments has been the community building. When people feel they are part of a community they take ownership of their community. As people take ownership they have a desire to be a contributing member to make their community better. As a result of the community building done by Opportunity Neighborhood people no longer become afraid to call the police when someone is behaving out of the norms of the community to they can preserve the safety and quality of their community.

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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work in social services and frequently refer parents to the Ames Opportunity Neighborhood for family support and high quality child care. The Ames Opportunity Neighborhood after school program is always seeking new ways to offer learning, engagement and caring to the youth they serve. Kacee Moua is a great leader who is really the driver for innovation and improvement at this program.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Spending my Wednesday afternoons with these boys has been quite the pleasure . I admire all the staff and the way they lead , assist , and build with the children within the program . They were ALWAYS more than welcoming and forever pleasent with me and my experience! One of my all time favorite programs I have been involved with due to the relationships I was able to build . Thankful for Ames lake !

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen Kris, Kacee and the team be intentional at collecting and looking at data to inform continuous quality improvement in their programs. Their commitment to quality and collaboration have made it a pleasure to work with them.

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.

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.

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.

Branica X.

Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I met with Perry a few months ago to discuss his ideas for bringing a community dinner to 2 of the apartment sites. He planned to host a meal 2 times per month at each site. I was thrilled to have our Nutrition Education program be invited to partner with Opportunity Neighborhood on this project. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program has been working with limited income families for over 40 years teaching how to make healthy, home cooked meals that are tasty, easy and low cost. The staff at both sites have been extremely helpful and supportive in working with our staff. We now have several adult learners at each site that are participating in a series of nutrition classes.