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Roger Beck Florist

Roger Beck Florist is recognized for exquisite floral works of art and delivering them beautifully wrapped. Each creation is unique and is a reflection of who you are and will express your most profound emotions.

Located on the southeast side of downtown Minneapolis in a 1907 corner brick building, this shop has a highly professional team of just a few — imaginative, kind, and helpful — who share a common passion. They create magic with their hands, giving life to your most secret, tender, or crazy dreams.

Roger Beck Florist’s attention to detail and commitment to quality have earned them an impeccable reputation, admiration from clients, and numerous awards.

Stop in to visit — flower design with the power to excite, entrance, engage.

Address: 1100 East Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612-871-7080 | 800-368-0947 | Fax: 612-871-5432

Welna Hardware

As your local Ace Hardware, our store is a member of the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry. Ace Hardware began as a small chain of stores in 1924 and has grown to include more than 4,600 stores in 50 states and more than 70 countries. As part of a cooperative, every Ace Hardware store is independently owned. From neighborhood hardware stores to lumberyards to super-size home centers, each Ace Hardware is unique and tailored to meet the needs of its local community. We are all committed to being “the Helpful Place” by offering our customers knowledgeable advice, helpful service and quality products. As the helpful hardware folks in your community, we promise that, “helping you is the most important thing we have to do today.”

Address: 2438 Bloomington Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612.729.3526 | Fax: 612.729.0550
Hours: Monday – Thursday 7:30 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Ventura Village Housing And Land Use Committee Statement of Goals

by the Housing And Land Use Committee

All land within Ventura Village boundaries will be used for the benefit of residents, that is, there will be no vacant lots and no boarded houses.

All constructions projects are a vehicle for hiring people in our community.

We will support tenants living with problem landlords.

We shall preserve and protect historic buildings and land.

We shall continue our community partnership with the Minneapolis Park Board for our two Parks.


Project for Pride in Living

In 2004, PPL directly served nearly 7,000 people through our interconnected programs.

PPL’s mission is to assist lower-income individuals and families to work toward self-sufficiency by providing housing, jobs and training. We create opportunities for growth through several integrated programs:

  • Affordable Housing –Rental and Ownership
  • Jobs and Employment Readiness Training
  • Personal & Community Support Services
  • Youth Development

Address: 1035 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404-2920
Phone: (612) 455-5100 FAX: 455-510

Founded in 1972, PPL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping lower-income families develop the tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency. PPL ‘s earliest activities were devoted to increasing the supply of affordable, quality housing as a stabilizing force in the inner city neighborhoods of Minneapolis.

Today, PPL recognizes and responds to the multiple challenges faced by our community as low-income people strive for self-sufficiency. During the past 32 years, PPL has grown to be one of the most trusted affordable-housing, employment, job-training and human-service organizations in the Twin Cities. Our entrepreneurial approach gets things done, frugally and efficiently. Careful growth has enabled PPL to become a strong, stable organization with the capacity to address current concerns and trends in our communities. PPL creates opportunities for low-income families through comprehensive, integrated programs. PPL’s programs directly served more than 6,800 men, women and children in 2003 —an all-time record for the organization—and our affordable rental-housing portfolio increased to 660 units.

Every day at PPL, people’s lives are changed for the better; they are empowered and encouraged to hope for a brighter, stable future.

  • Dedicated to creating and maintaining affordable housing for rental and ownership, PPL has completed more than 1300 affordable housing units located in Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods and inner-ring suburbs.
  • Through our job programs and businesses, thousands of adults have advanced their skills to become contributing members of the community, among them, immigrants, men and women leaving prison, and others who are economically disadvantaged. Many have received training and gone on to work for employers such as Abbott Northwestern Hospital and US Bank.
  • PPL’s Self-Sufficiency Program provides support to families, typically single parents, designed to help them gain greater self-reliance and leave dependence on public assistance behind. Education programs provide children and youth with quality learning environment and relationships with caring adults tutor/mentors.

Guiding the organization’s growth and current programs is the motto: “Give me a fish and I eat for a day; teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime”. This expresses our commitment to the values of a strong work ethic, personal accountability and responsibility, and the participation of the disenfranchised in their own growth toward self-sufficiency. These values reinforce our mission, which is to assist lower income individuals and families to work toward self-sufficiency by providing housing, jobs and training.

PPL works cooperatively and creatively with community and neighborhood groups, businesses, civic organizations, government agencies, other non-profits, colleges and universities. Our work is based on a set of reciprocal expectations: That the families and individuals we serve to work toward a productive lifestyle and that those who have “made it” help others reach their goals. In this way, PPL exists as a critical bridge between those who can help and those who benefit from support. The organization is well managed and fiscally strong through the efforts of thousands, by way of gifts, grants, volunteer time and in-kind donations.

Geographic area served: PPL serves low-income families of Minneapolis and St. Paul, concentrating on the communities of Phillips, Central and Near North in Minneapolis, and Thomas-Dale (Selby) and Summit-University in St. Paul. PPL has increased involvement in the suburban communities of St. Louis Park, New Hope and Richfield.

Population served: PPL’s participants are individuals and families whose incomes are low and who live in distressed neighborhoods. They are generally in need of jobs, housing and/or support services. A majority receives public assistance.   A demographic sampling of PPL participants follows:

Women 58%
Men 42%
African American 64%
Somali/African 13%
Caucasian 8%
American Indian 8%
Asian American 3%
Chicano/Latino 4%

Resource Inc.

RESOURCE enables people to achieve greater personal, social and economic success. We provide employment, training, mental health and chemical health services.

Employment Action Center (EAC)
900 20th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone (612) 752-8800
Fax (612) 752-8801

Minnesota Resource Center (MRC)
2438 27th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Phone (612) 752-8100
Fax (612) 752-8101
TTY (612) 752-8019

Recovery Resource Center (RRC)
1900 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone (612) 752-8050
Fax (612) 752-8001

Spectrum Community Mental Health
1825 Chicago Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone (612) 752-8200
Fax (612) 752-8201