Mission Statement

To provide social services and connections that empower people in our community to build healthy, stable lives.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments In the most recent fiscal year, PRISM distributed 622,447 pounds of food through the Marketplace Food Shelf and helped 83 households maintain housing through the homeless prevention program. PRISM's annual Holiday Toy Shoppe provided 800 children with holiday gifts, the Back to School program distributed supplies to 558 children, and the Birthday Room program provided 55 children with gifts and items to celebrate their birthday.
Current Goals 1. Deliver innovative programs that meet out participants' needs and demonstrate a commitment to best practices and outcomes. 1a. Develop and implement improved evaluation system to improve programs and drive innovation. 1b. Explore avenues to obtaining and distributing more and better quality food and more stable food sources. 2. Improve awareness of our work to better engage the community. 2a. Develop organization-wide advancement plan to more deeply engage volunteers, donors and partners, and to obtain appropriate donations. 2b. Improve awareness of programs for those in need in PRISM's service area. 3. Develop a business model that ensures the long-term sustainability of PRISM. 3a. Maximize the financial strength of Shop for Change. 3b. Plan for co-location with JFCS. 3c. Focus on building positive staff culture and working environment. 3d. Advance fundraising in support of organization's strategic objectives 3e. Build board capacity and engagement.
Community or Constituency Served PRISM serves persons of all ages and backgrounds, many living in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities area. Program participants experience a wide range of situations including poverty, unemployment, job loss, homelessness, domestic violence, disability, and mental illness.
Geographic Area Served PRISM's Marketplace Food Shelf and seasonal programs (Back to School drive, Holiday Toy Shoppe, and Birthday Room) geographic service area includes the cities of Golden Valley, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Crystal, and Plymouth. In addition, PRISM provides homeless prevention funds to families in the western suburban Hennepin County region and oversees the Rapid Rehousing program, helping currently homeless families find permanent, stable housing in the western suburbs as well. The Shop for Change Thrift Shop is open to the general public.

Reports & Finances

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Organization Last Reviewed on 03/28/2016

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730 Florida Ave S.
Golden Valley, MN 55426
Phone: (763) 529-1350

General Information

Alternative Name: People Responding In Social Ministry
EIN: 41-1442049
Principal Staff: Michelle Ness
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 11.5
Number of Volunteers: 378
Number of Clients: 2,817


Board Chair: Greta Evans-Becker
Number of Board Members: 16
Board Meetings with Quorum: 9
Average Member Attendance: 14.2

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