East Side Neighborhood Services has been a centerpiece of the Northeast Minneapolis community for over a century. Today, it continues to be a place where people receive support to solve immediate needs or engage strategies to achieve self-sufficiency and stability. East Side has expanded its services to reach throughout Hennepin County with multicultural and intergenerational audiences.

President Kristine Martin Named 'One to Watch in 2018'

A trusted leader in the nonprofit community, East Side Neighborhood Services President Kristine Martin is known for her holistic approach and her ability to bring groups together to build successful teams and create integrated strategies.

This month, Martin was included in Ballinger | Leafblad, Inc's list of "Ones We'll Be Watching in 2018," alongside Melvin Carter III, Andrea Jenkins, and others.

Before joining East Side, Martin was Vice President of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. She holds a BA in Social Work and Spanish from Concordia College and a MSW in Social Work Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota. 

She brings 30 years of public service, working to strengthen families and children, build partnerships across sectors, and cultivate community.

"I am thrilled to lead East Side Neighborhood Services," Martin says. "I hope to position East Side as a premier partner in the changing communities of Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis, providing a prominent multicultural and intergenerational center of engagement."

Martin is an active community leader, serving on the boards of Nexus Community Partners, Minnesota Campus Compact, St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, and Advisory Board of YouthLink. She chairs the board of Minnesota Uruguay Partners.

      Bell Bank Donation Benefits Mobile Food Shelves

      For the last decade, Bell Bank's Pay It Forward tradition has empowered employees to give more than $11 million to help others, wherever they see the greatest need. Each year, every full-time employee receives $1,000 and every part-time employee $500 to give as they choose to people in need and causes they care about.

      This year, Ben Haarsager used his Pay It Forward donation to give to East Side's High Rise Mobile Food Shelf program, which delivers food directly to 39 low-income apartment buildings in Hennepin County.

      “I love that more than 30 percent of the donated food is fresh fruits and vegetables,” Ben says. “Participants also receive dairy, meat, bread, and other packaged foods, and participants can actually choose what they receive!”

      Ben says the biggest reason he supports the program is many of the participants may not have family or friends to check on them, so the High Rise Mobile Food Shelf also helps them socially.

      “Through the program, relationships are built with the participants,” he notes. “Someone checks in on them, encourages them, and listens to them. This kind of interaction is invaluable to many of the participants, and I appreciate and support their efforts 100 percent!”

      By collaborating with food banks, restaurants and stores, Sarah Gruidl says East Side Neighborhood Services is able to use contributions like Ben’s to purchase food at a cost-efficient price.

      Read the full story on Bell Bank's website.


      2018 Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle

      February 10, 9:30 am

      Join us for for the biggest snowshoe race in Minnesota! The Twin Cities Snowshoe Shuffle is a US Snowshoe Association event and part of the Braveheart Series. All proceeds benefit Camp Bovey, a summer camp program at East Side Neighborhood Services that helps youth build respect for the environment, for one another, and for themselves.

      Appreciation Luncheon: Celebrate Vital Aging

      Thursday, February 15 

      11:30 am Seating

      East Side celebrates that Vital Aging starts with our youth and continues long past traditional retirement. Please join us as we celebrate the past and look to the future with stories, a delicious turkey and all-the-fixings meal, live music, and door prizes. 

      Kairos Alive! Intergenerational Dance Hall

      Join us for a free event for all ages and abilities, with live music, dancing, and storytelling! The Kairos Alive! Intergenerational Dance Hall™ is a revival of the dance hall as the community intersection of artistic, physical and social involvement, designed for all ages and abilities.


      Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance

      Mondays & Wednesdays

      January 8 - April 3

      10:30 - 11:30 am

      This Tai Chi class reduces risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. All classes are held at East Side. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call Empowering Vital Aging at 612-787-4045 or email atTeamEVA@esns.org.

      A Matter of Balance


      March 8 - April 26

      1:00 - 3:00 pm

      In A Matter of Balance, you will learn to view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce risks at home, perform exercises that improve strength and balance, and set goals to increase physical activity. This eight week workshop — an award-winning program — includes group discussion and exercise. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call Empowering Vital Aging at 612-787-4045 or email at TeamEVA@esns.org.

      Vital Fitness


      10:45 - 11:45 am

      East Side's Vital Fitness group meets weekly for a variety of exercises that improve balance, strength, and coordination. There is no cost to participate. Contact Gloria with any questions at 612-787-4076.

      Employer of the Day

      Looking for a job in customer service, hospitality, or janitorial and maintenance work? Our on-site hiring events are just for you! During each event, attendees will have an opportunity to get help with applications, hand their resumes to hiring managers, and ask questions about openings. Some Employer of the Day events also offer on-site interviews. Please contact 612-787-4035 with any questions.

      Tax Preparation Sessions

      Prepare + Prosper will hold free, drop-in tax preparation sessions from January 20 - April 14. Interested individuals who meet the income qualifications — less than $35,000 for individuals and less than $55,000 for families — will receive services in a lottery system. This system is used to determine order randomly and ensure fairness. All present at the sign-in time have an equal chance of getting assistance.


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