Our Family Centers serve a high volume of families who are experiencing economic distress, eviction, homelessness, poor mental health, and other serious life issues. Generally, participants tend to be women of color living below the federal poverty line, between the ages of 23 and 54. Each Family Center location is a one-stop-shop for services and referrals, where participants and staff work together to identify needs, discuss potential solutions, and create a plan for the future.
Highlights from 2017:
In 2017, the Basic Needs team established “Crisis Days” two mornings per week. Participants are able to walk in to the Wellstone Center or one of our East Side locations to receive crisis assistance for issues such as rental payments, damage deposits and overdue utility bills. Following the participants' crisis interviews, staff come together to work on specific solutions and referrals for the families.
The Refugee Resettlement Program provides information to refugees so they can learn how to navigate our complex city and gain social connections with each other and weave their traditions into the fabric of our community. The Karen Support Group monthly meetings provide speakers from law enforcement, immigration, Department of Natural Resources, Saint Paul Public Schools, and Ramsey County to help families learn about all that is available to residents.
Highlights from 2017
The Refugee Resettlement Program achieved 380 outcomes as required by the State of Minnesota.
Using trauma-informed, asset-based approaches, staff help youth explore and define their identity, build upon personal strengths and interests, develop and maintain healthy relationships, use their voice to influence systems change, make positive contributions to the community, and increase community support systems in their lives.
Highlights from 2017:
Funded by a grant for first time campers from the Pohlad Foundation, ten youth, ages 12 to 16, attended Camp St Croix for a week, and five young women, ages 14-18, spent a week navigating the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. At the beginning, youth were nervous to leave behind friends and familiar places. By the last day of camp, youth declared it had been the greatest week ever!
Five high school students spent a week touring eight historically black colleges and universities. On this weeklong trip of empowerment, discovery, and solidarity, Neighborhood House youth spoke with black college students and faculty about education, dream careers, the history of black academia and its impact in America.