Mission: Rcfl's mission is to develop programs and facilities to enhance the physical, cultural, economic and spiritual health of the harrison neighborhood of minneapolis, mn. The main programs are community strategies, property management, venture north, and youth development.
Programs: Property management with 16 efficiency and 7 multi-bedroom apartments, and 1 single-family house, redeemer aims to provide affordable housing in an area of minneapolis where it is highly needed. In 2014, rcfl provided affordable housing to 15 young adults in the hat program, 7 additional single adults, and 10 families. Several units were renovated or refreshed for enhanced livability. We have maintained affordability at levels nearly 40% below the average minneapolis area rent.
venture north: venture north bike and coffee shop promotes an empowered and healthy community. In 2014, 110 bikes were earned by neighborhood children through the earn-a-bike program. Community rides hosted through venture north explore north minneapolis. All about bikes mechanic apprenticeship program had 8 graduates, and 4 youth had summer internships working at the coffee bar. Five interns from emerge! Apprenticed as mechanics as well. Net sales for the shop increased nearly 15% from the previous year.
youth- rcfl provided 457 hours of summer camp activities and 990 hours of afterschool programming in 2014. Seventeen middle-school girls met 12 professional women in science careers through the pedal power camp week. Through the northside leadership project, 15 young adult leaders are volunteering weekly with neighborhood youth. The youth began a year-long project of writing and producing a music cd, which will be completed in 2015.
From what I have seen of Redeemer Center for Life is that it is an extremely positive organization dedicated to lifting up the Harrison neighborhood, which is a part of Minneapolis that often forgotten. If all organization could have as much integrity as RCFL our world would be a much better place.