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.

East Side Celebrates Vital Aging

East Side celebrates that Vital Aging starts with our youth and continues long past traditional retirement. At our Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, we remembered the past and looked to the future with stories, a delicious turkey and all-the-fixings meal, and live music. Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers — AmeriPride, Community Involvement Programs (CIP), Exchange Club of East Minneapolis, Maeve's Cafe, Northeast Bank, Union Bank & Trust, University of Minnesota Patient Access, Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels, and Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging — for helping us celebrate!

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.


      Kairos Alive! Intergenerational Dance Hall

      Monday, February 19

      10:15 - 11:45 am

      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.

      East Side Job Fair

      Wednesday, April 18

      10:30 - 2:30 pm

      Join us for the first annual East Side Job Fair! This free onsite event is an opportunity for job seekers to speak with 20+ companies currently hiring team members in childcare, warehouse, healthcare, customer service, and more.


      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 at TeamEVA@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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