“To begin, we were just little. We were temporary shelter—an oasis. Sanctuary for women and kids who were homeless. And, we had the space, and the goal was just to provide some safety and community for people who were pretty isolated. And it was pretty dark times for them. Some people assume that the problems of the inner city can be solved by getting rid of the inner city people. And we had learned before that the people weren’t the problem, the people were the solution.”
The power of people and place.
A Big Vision
Hope works with community residents to reclaim a one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the Twin Cities. Our Community Listening model guides our work.
Our Roots in the Neighborhood
In the mid-1990s, the Phillips neighborhood where Hope began in 1977 as a small shelter and hospitality house was hit hard by the crack cocaine epidemic. Abandoned properties, neglect and violence led to neighborhood despair. In the mid-90’s, Hope stepped up and took on a new mission .
The Future is in the People
The depth of Hope’s connection in the community is a major asset that Hope brings to neighborhood revitalization. Hope works with hundreds of diverse people every year as they create stronger lives for themselves and help lead the future of their community.