Impact and Programs
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.
• 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.