Southside Family Nurturing Center

Mission Statement

Together with families and community, we nurture children, build on family strengths, and find alternatives to violence.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments SSFNC 2020 Family Outcomes Children Live in Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Environments: Demonstrate positive, responsive parenting techniques: 70% Consistently promote children’s language development: 74% Access community resources and referrals: 93% Participate in regular home visiting or virtual/phone services: 70% average of 4 hrs/month *2020 COVID and Community unrest contributed to somewhat lower home visiting participation than in previous years Family Risk Factors Child protection involvement (CP) - 36% Child Abuse and Neglect History (CAN) - 43% Mental Health History/Concerns (MHH) - 95% Community violence or chemical dependency) - 30% (Note: Community violence was recorded at program intake & before George Floyd's death) 2020 Demographics Family Members impacted and supported with SSFNC HV Services # of Families Served in 2020: 52 Total # Family Members supported through Family Support Home Visiting Services: 217 Total # of children age 0 -5 yrs: 63 47% Latino 17% African Immigrant 9% African American 23% Native American 4% Multi-Racial Food Insecurity among SSFNC Families Pre Covid: 9 families demonstrated consistent food scarcity issues & 2 additional families with intermittent needs. 11 referrals were made to Hunger Solutions Continuous Support: March 2020- Dec 2020 SSFNC consistently delivered three bags of groceries to an average of 35 families/week for a total of 30 weekly deliveries. Post March 2020 (COVID and Civil Unrest): 80% of families demonstrate need and accept food support every week CHILDREN’S PROGRAM OUTCOMES – 2020 Of 36 children enrolled in early learning at SSFNC, 33% demonstrated age appropriate development and 66% did not demonstrate age appropriate development. Children Are Healthy: 92% completed well child checks 86% up to date with immunizations Regular Tooth brushing at SSFNC was suspended in March 2020 (COVID) Brushes and Paste distributed for the whole family 100% of children attending ECE consume fresh and nutritious breakfast and lunch, Mon-Friday 100% of children explored the world of food cultivation Children Are Ready for School 81% of children showed progress in all areas of development 83% of enrolled children received one or more individual therapeutic services (play, speech, occupational, or music) 89% maintained or improved their score on the ASQ-SE
Current Goals SSFNC 2021 Overall Organizational Goals: Southside Family Nurturing Center works toward greater health and education equity for families living in poverty in the Phillips community of South Minneapolis. Our goals are to help children: 1) develop a sense of trust; 2) establish healthy relationships with adults and other children; 3) foster a sense of self-worth and community; 4) build skills to appropriately deal with their emotions; and 5) prepare academically, socially, and emotionally to succeed in kindergarten grade school, and beyond. Our goals are to help parents: 1) become less isolated; 2) learn positive discipline techniques and child development information; 3) maintain healthy parent-child interactions; 4) increase self-sufficiency for themselves and their family; and 5) find and use community information and resources to support themselves and their children. 3. Objectives: Children are Healthy • 90% of children are up-to-date with immunizations • 90% of children complete annual well-child checkups • 80% of children engage in regular tooth-brushing • 100% of children consume a nutritious breakfast and/or lunch Monday-Friday • 100% of children explore the world of food cultivation, harvesting, processing, and preparation through regular classroom and neighborhood garden facilitated activities Children are Ready for School • 85% attendance rate in ECE program • 100% of children fully evaluated at SSFNC demonstrate progress in all areas of development • 90% of children who are not age appropriate receive early individual therapeutic intervention: speech, occupational, play and/or music therapy • 85% of children show progress in all areas of development: social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language • 85% of children maintain or improve their social-emotional functioning Children Live in Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Environments • 75% of families demonstrate positive, responsive parenting techniques that support children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development • 85% of families consistently promote their children’s language development • 95% of families access community resources and referrals
Community or Constituency Served Low income young children and families at risk due to historical and generational trauma, abuse, neglect and poverty.
Geographic Area Served High risk families in South Minneapolis' Phillips neighborhoods and surrounding communities within a 2-mile radius.

Reports & Finances

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 01/18/2021

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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2248 18th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: 6127212762

General Information

Alternative Name: SSFNC, Southside
EIN: 41-1274177
Principal Staff: Julie Ellefson
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 12.5
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 110
Ruling Year: 1977


Board Chair: Joy Orson Shealer
Number of Board Members: 7
Board Meetings with Quorum: 21
Average Member Attendance: 5.6

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