Welcome to our Neighborhood!

Organized in 1915, East Side Neighborhood Services is a nonprofit human service agency that provides social and other services to individuals, families and the communities of primarily Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. Our purpose is to assist people of all ages and backgrounds in realizing a higher quality of life.

Older adults 55+ receive training, work, and assist local agencies serving the community

East Side Neighborhood Services has been awarded a grant of $1,679,081 from Senior Service America, Inc. Almost 90 percent of this grant — originally from the U.S. Department of Labor — will provide temporary employment to at least 222 low-income older adults living in Hennepin County. 

“We are very pleased to continue our support of East Side Neighborhood Services for the 49th consecutive year,” said Gary A. Officer, Senior Service America Executive Director.

Through the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) — a major program of the Older Americans Act and the only federal job training program focused exclusively on helping low-income older adults — participants secure temporary part-time community service jobs.

“This program delivers a triple win for older adults and the whole community,” said Kristine Martin, President of East Side Neighborhood Services.

First, SCSEP participants are helping more than 80 local community, faith-based, and public agencies carry out their mission, including Hennepin County Human Services, Pillsbury United Communities – Brian Coyle Center, and Redeemer Health & Rehab Center. Mary Ann Maple, Director of Volunteers and Guest Services at Redeemer, said, “The people sent to us by East Side Neighborhood Services are all over the age of 55 so they bring skills and life experiences that can be matched to our needs, and as a result they feel like they are contributing to a worthwhile organization in a meaningful job.” 

Second, older workers are keeping healthy by remaining connected and not isolated in their community. And third, SCSEP is providing hope and the dignity of work to low-income adults who are not job-ready and have the toughest employment challenges.

"East Side is proud to be a point organization for the federal government in our region," Martin said. "A workforce that is multi-generational performs well; a workforce that is intergenerational performs better!"


Upcoming Events: 

  • Health & Wellness Expo 2017: Your Community for a Lifetime
    Tuesday, September 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    East Side invites you to a FREE, fun, and educational event for older adults and neighbors! Learn about community resources geared toward adults 50 and older from 40+ vendors. Enjoy demonstrations, giveaways, and door prizes. Receive health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, hearing, and more, and bring your insurance card/photo ID for flu shots.
  • Mill City Charity Golf Tournament
    Thursday, September 21, 11:00 am
    Tournament registration includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart, and awards & drawing for prizes. The cost of your registration provides a year of school supplies for one child in our after-school programs or one teen at Menlo Park Academy Alternative High School.
  • Nordeast Big River Brew Fest
    Saturday, October 7, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Join us for the 7th Annual Nordeast Big River Brew Fest! Featuring a diverse array of micro and craft brews — over 200 in total — as well as great food, live music, and a complimentary tasting mug! All proceeds benefit East Side and advance our mission to foster the healthy development and well being of individuals and families while strengthening our diverse community.

  • Growing Connections
    Thursdays, August 2 - September 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Join us for a new social and educational eight-week series, taught by Extension Master Gardener Volunteers from the University of Minnesota, for people living with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment and their care partners. This series, in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association (Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter), will share the joy of growing plants, social connections, and cultural outings.
  • Living Well with Chronic Conditions
    Wednesdays, August 16 - September 20, 1:00 - 3:30pm
    Gain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well with Chronic Conditions covers many topics, including healthy eating, exercise, and medication usage as well as managing fatigue, pain, and emotions. You will learn to set goals, share experiences with others, and problem-solve. All participants receive a reference book. 
  • Elder Law Clinics
    August 26, September 30 and October 28, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Neighborhood seniors can meet with an attorney for a half-hour consultation at no charge! Issues covered can be estate planning, probate, landlord/tenant issues, social security or miscellaneous issues. Seniors will be able to do actual work on basic wills, health care directives, and statutory short form for power of attorney. Call the front desk at 612-781-6011 to make an appointment, or email Laura at lmurphy@esns.org. 

  • Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance
    Mondays and Wednesdays, June 5 - August 30, 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 612-787-4045 or email Empowering Vital Aging at TeamEVA@esns.org.




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    East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Service Provider
    1700 Second Street NE • Minneapolis, MN 55413 • 612-781-6011

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