Category Archives: Organizations

Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI)

We will see more changes in the next 25 years than we have experienced over the past 100. To thrive in the midst of this global change, the American Indian community must be unified and agile, work in partnership, eliminate deficit-driven methods, and invest in comprehensive asset-based strategies.

NACDI is committed to transforming the American Indian community to effectively respond to 21st century opportunities. NACDI works to promote innovative community development strategies that strengthen the overall sustainability and well-being of American Indian people and communities.

The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), an American Indian community development intermediary organization – the first of its kind in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The organization is configured as an alliance of the major Indian nonprofits and several Indian businesses in the metropolitan area committed to community-building through sector economic development and large-scale development. Foremost in our transformation plan to develop a new community infrastructure is to build community capacity and assets within high growth economic sectors.

Currently, no alignment and capacity-building structure exists in the American Indian community for social or economic change. To begin to develop a community-based strategy for social and economic change, NACDI will first work with American Indian nonprofits to rebuild their community-driven structure that responds to the demands and opportunities of the economy. Specifically, we will work with American Indian nonprofits on sector strategy development in Land and Housing, Entertainment and Media and Health and Wellness. These three “sectors” share the characteristics of high job growth potential; opportunities for asset development; and sustainability as a part of longer-term American and global industry growth.

Address:  1414 East Franklin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 235-4976

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

St. Paul’s Evangelical Church

We are a family of believers dedicated to serving God in our neighborhood and across the globe.  We invite you to join us for our Sunday morning worship service at 9:15am.


Address: 1901 Portland Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 612·874·0133

worship-9:15 am
sunday school-10:45 am
oromo worship-11:15 am
iccm worship-2:00 pm


The Mindekirke Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church

Den Norske Lutherske Mindekirke
The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (ELCA), Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mindekirken’s Mission:

  • To serve as a spiritual center for the Scandinavian American Community, worshiping in both Norwegian and English.
  • To be a warm and inviting place for visitors and members alike, where people join in fellowship across different ages and cultural backgrounds. – To encourage activities such as Leiv Eriksson International Festival, Syttende Mai Celebration, concerts, festive dinners and language classes.

Address: 924 E. 21st St, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2952
Phone: (612) 874-0716