“When you look at the mural program, you have different people having to negotiate, having to problem solve, having to figure out what is going to be the center of the image, where are we going to place it…so they run it. They come up with the ideas, so when we sit down, they come up with the curriculum, they come up with the agenda, they order the paint, they go to the businesses. The fact that I’m standing here, and not doing anything, and that they’re doing the work is a testament to what we talk about in terms of building and developing leadership.”
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.