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 2022 PROGRAM OUTCOMES IMPACT: INTENSIVE CULTURALLY RELEVANT HOME VISITING/SUPPORT 48 children prenatal to 5 and their families were supported via intensive home visitingsupport 224 total family members were supported in reaching their self-identified goals related to health, education and family well being 48 unduplicated families served 69% of parents were able to provide safe and stable home environments 92% of parents actively promoted their child’s language development 98% of parents/families accessed community resources/referrals 90% of families health and nutrition was supported by free bi-weekly food deliveries (35lbs/delivery) IMPACT: THERAPEUTIC EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 45 unduplicated children enrolled in therapeutic early childhood education in 2022 98% of children up to date with Immunizations 98% of children up to date with Well Child Checks 47% of children enrolled were identified with developmental delays 91% of children who were not age appropriate received early intervention 89% (40/45 children) showed progress in all areas of development 84% of children showed 1 or more years of developmental progress over 12 months 14 three and four year olds received developmental screening through Minneapolis Public Schools 9 children received individual Music Therapy for an avg. of 10 sessions/yr 5 children received individual Play Therapy 15 children received individual Occupational Therapy
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 BIPOC children and families at risk due to historical and/or 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 04/18/2021

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: 220
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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