2017 Annual Report

Every person thrives. Every voice matters.

Building pathways toward equity by disrupting social and economic barriers.

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Note from the President and Chair

2017 was a big year for East Side. In charting a new direction for East Side in partnership with the community, 2017 brought East Side a new president, a new strategic plan, an updated brand, and new mission and vision statements. As our east Minneapolis neighborhoods change, our mission is to build pathways toward equity by disrupting social and economic barriers. 

Equity is not just about giving people the same resources and opportunities—it’s about responding to barriers that have prevented people from accessing those resources and opportunities. This year we challenge ourselves to start disrupting those barriers by creating a space where community gathers and learns across generations, cultures, histories, and identities. 

In this annual report, you’ll see some stories about how East Side has gathered and nurtured our community. SarahEsther, and Bob’s stories show how East Side helps everyone to thrive—from a single mom looking for support for her family to older adults looking for ways to connect to and engage with their community.

We hope you’ll continue to support the East Side community, and to help make our vision a reality. Every person thrives, every voice matters.

Kristine Martin
President, East Side Neighborhood Services 

John Thompson
Board Chair, East Side Neighborhood Services 

 

Board of Directors

Michael J. Burns
Dan A. Christian
Steve Dunphy
Hamdy El-Sawaf
Robert J. Foster
Michael Giefer
AJ Graves Koewler
Douglas W. Helm
Curt Holewa
Daren Johnson
Todd Loining
Andrew Martin
Michelle M. Mercer
Michael R. Miller
Robert J. Miller
Teresa Olson
Susan O’Reilly
Nikki Pfeffer
Donette Rico
Dorothy Rucker
Robert Smithburg
Dennis Spalla
John D. Thompson
Henry Torres
Tina Wallman


Photo of Sarah and her daughter.

Disrupting Barriers:
Sarah’s Story

East Side first touched my life as a child living in the community, when two of my siblings graduated from Menlo Park Academy. Eventually I became a single mom of two beautiful children, but when my son was diagnosed with autism I was overwhelmed. I needed help and support to push through the many barriers my family was facing, so I went to East Side. 

Through the adult employment program I was able to complete a Serve Safe certification and secure a full time job. I was able to get extra food from East Side’s food shelf and put my kids into after school programming with transportation home included. My children have attended the Summer on Second youth program, Camp Bovey, and continue to get art therapy and attend after school programming through East Side. 

I am now in my fifth year of a job I love. My children and I are thriving.


Photo of Esther laughing.

Building Pathways:
Esther’s Story

I have multiple health issues, and in January 2017 I knew that I needed to get my health back on track immediately. I needed a pathway back into health—I didn’t want to lose my legs, go blind, or face kidney failure. 

In January 2017 I was able to enter East Side’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). I was placed at East Side in the Human Resources team. I found out about East Side’s Vital Aging (EVA) programming, and was able to take health classes (Living Well with Diabetes and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Balance) where I learned to acknowledge my feelings and write down my goals. I learned how to plan meals, including the importance of portion and serving sizes. I learned to daily monitor my blood sugar levels. Now I have more energy and am not as tired as I used to be.

With the extra energy I gained from better managing my health, I was able to take responsibility for managing payroll for SCSEP. I feel like I am growing in a career I enjoy. East Side has supported me to find a new job I love, the resources I needed to manage my health, and an opportunity to engage in meaningful community.


Photo of Bob shaking hands with a Menlo student at graduation.

Your voice matters: Donate

Bob and Linda Foster have been supporters of East Side for more than twenty years. Bob first got connected with East Side through the United Way, and soon after was able to join the board. As a lawyer who lived in Northeast, Bob saw it as his responsibility to give back to the community. 

Bob and Linda believe everyone needs support in order to thrive, and that by donating to East Side, they can help make sure that happens for people in the community. He helped kick off donations at this year’s Night at the Nic event, and this spring was able to work with the Northeast Lions Foundation to give $3500 of scholarships to Menlo Park graduates. Bob knows how hard it is to pay for college, and how important those scholarships are to Menlo students being able to thrive.

Tony Brown, Menlo’s Dean of Students, had this to say about Bob and Linda:

“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. Words can’t express how important your generosity is to each and every soul you have touched. Thank you Bob and Linda for all you do for Menlo Park and the community. You guys are simply the best.”


Programs by Core Priority

In all our programs and spaces, community has a place to be, heal, and learn together.

 

Older adults feel valued, socially and intellectually engaged, and able to live in the community.

Families build foundations for healing and growth.

A volunteer handing produce to a client at a High Rise Mobile Food Shelf.
Photo of 2017 Menlo graduating class.

Financial Highlights

Two pie charts showing 2017 revenue and expenses.  Total revenue is $7,288,162. 51.2% is government grants and contracts, 32.1% is service fees, 13.5% is charitable giving, and  3% is other income. Total expenses are  $7,215,680. 29.2% is senior programs, 13.1% is early childhood education, 8.7% is food programs, 7% is employment programs, 8.4% is Menlo Park Academy, 17% is youth and family programs, 13.6% is administration, and 3.6% is development.

Two pie charts showing 2017 revenue and expenses. Total revenue is $7,288,162. 51.2% is government grants and contracts, 32.1% is service fees, 13.5% is charitable giving, and 3% is other income. Total expenses are $7,215,680. 29.2% is senior programs, 13.1% is early childhood education, 8.7% is food programs, 7% is employment programs, 8.4% is Menlo Park Academy, 17% is youth and family programs, 13.6% is administration, and 3.6% is development.