Support the new Onward Eden Prairie and its work with at-risk youth

Identifying unmet Eden Prairie needs and rallying the resources necessary to fill those needs is central to the Foundation’s mission.

So it is that the Foundation is asking supporters to help launch Onward Eden Prairie, the new non-profit that will provide counseling and safe housing to at-risk young adults ages 18-24.

The group, which has a fund at the Foundation, will be the focus of our special appeal at EP Gives, the spring gala being held 6-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska.

Did you know that 18- and 19-year-olds are the most vulnerable age group among people having difficulty finding stable housing?  Onward Eden Prairie’s mission is to provide stable housing and other support to these most vulnerable young adults in our community so that they can prepare themselves for a brighter future.

That’s the need, and to help fill it this organization has secured an Eden Prairie home that can temporarily house at least four of these young adults. They’ll be given case-management services, through a contract with Bloomington-based Oasis for Youth, as a way of pushing the young people toward self-sufficiency.

You can help this exciting new program get underway by attending the Foundation’s EP Gives event April 28 and donating through the special appeal that evening. The Onward Eden Prairie “story” will be shared, and then attendees will be asked to donate whatever amount they can toward the program’s expenses.

The Foundation can vouch for the need to help homeless young adults because it was a part of the study process that led to Onward Eden Prairie’s formation. The Foundation has also acted as the organization’s “fiscal sponsor” even as organizers pursued their 501(c)3 status.

So, come to EP Gives and support Onward Eden Prairie. You can purchase tickets, $100 each, on this website.

Can’t make EP Gives but want to support Onward Eden Prairie? You can also make a donation on this website; in the “Comment” box, indicate that your donation is for Onward Eden Prairie and we’ll see that the contribution goes into their Foundation fund.

About the Author Mark Weber has been the executive director of the Eden Prairie Community Foundation since October 2013. In this role, he enjoys meeting with Eden Prairie residents, and being an active member of the community. If you’d like to connect with Mark, call him at (952) 949-8499 or email him. You can also read Mark’s full biography.


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