Perspectives, Inc.

Mission Statement

Perspectives mission: Breaking cycles for at-risk women and children for total family recovery.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Perspectives’ 2017 Program Outcomes: • 88% of families moved to permanent housing at final exit. • 100% of babies born while at Perspectives have not tested positive for drugs. • 90% of students maintained or improved their academic performance. • Children maintained an average school attendance rate of 93%. • Over 16,000 healthy meals and snacks were served in Kids Cafe. • 90% of women are actively engaged in recovery services. • 85% of women who left last year have stayed out of the homeless database. Perspectives' 2017 Accomplishments: • Secured a $600,000 pre-design grant in the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session for Perspectives' Seed the Change Family Center renovation and expansion. • Successfully secured gap funding (over $100,000) after United Way cut $100,000 for our Reading by 3rd Grade programming. • Completed implementation of the Housing First HUD requirement – all families coming directly from emergency shelters. • Hired a Ph.D. in Evaluation Studies to lead our Evaluation office, which will allow us to conduct research projects. • Completed design and pricing of Perspectives' new Family Center building, including an additional 16,000 square feet. • Made decision to allocate 4,000 square feet of our new building for therapeutic, early childhood development. • Developed a high profile Seed the Change Campaign Cabinet and Honorary Chairs. • Reached the financial goal of $550,000 of revenue from our Gala event. • Met at least 85% of our business plan goals, which included projected program outcomes.
Current Goals Goals: • To provide trauma-informed supportive housing for homeless, recovering mothers and their children. • To improve the mental health and sobriety outcomes for homeless, dual-diagnosed mothers and their child(ren). • To improve the nutritional health of homeless and at-risk families and children living within the City of St. Louis Park and Perspectives’ Supportive Housing community. • To improve the academic and social adjustment skills of homeless and at-risk children grades K-8 in our Kids Connection Program. • To ensure healthy births for babies born while their mothers are living in Perspectives’ Supportive Housing Program. • To ensure that infants and toddlers living in Perspectives Supportive Housing community have healthy environments in which to thrive.
Community or Constituency Served Homeless, recovering, dual-diagnosed women and their children; often referred by Hennepin County as the “hardest to serve”. In addition, homeless children, grades K-8, living in Perspectives’ Supportive Housing and at-risk community students referred by the St. Louis Park School District and on the free/reduced lunch program; 90% are children of color.
Geographic Area Served St Louis Park, MN and greater Hennepin County area.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 09/03/2018

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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3381 Gorham Avenue
St Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 9529262600

General Information

Alternative Name: Perspectives Family Center
EIN: 41-1288300
Principal Staff: Jeannie Seeley-Smith
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 32
Number of Volunteers: 273
Number of Clients: 850
Ruling Year: 1976


Board Chair: James Kremer
Number of Board Members: 20
Board Meetings with Quorum: 7
Average Member Attendance: 11.7

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