YOUR GIFT HELPED US MEET THE NEEDS OF HOMELESS YOUTH

If you support the Foundation, you’re supporting the effort to reduce teen homelessness in Eden Prairie.

One of the highlights of 2018 has been the official launch of Onward Eden Prairie, a new nonprofit that is focused on creating stable housing for young adults who have been couch-hopping at friends’ homes or sleeping in their car.

Onward Eden Prairie has purchased and remodeled a home, hired a case manager, and begun to pinpoint its first clients.

The Foundation is proud to have played a part in funding Onward Eden Prairie. In addition, the program has received donations from generous people who hold donor-advised funds at the Foundation. Beyond that, Foundation supporters raised $26,000 on the spot when Onward Eden Prairie was the focus of a special appeal April 28 at this organization’s EP Gives event.

And we’re especially thrilled to have walked with Onward organizers since the very first step was taken in early 2016. A small group of citizens concerned about teen homelessness in Eden Prairie began meeting at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Representatives from the church, Eden Prairie A.M. Rotary, the Foundation, and other organizations explored the needs and gaps, what services and facilities already exist for homeless teens, and how Eden Prairie could respond.

They learned that an estimated 20-30 Eden Prairie youth experience homelessness on any given night. The result of their work was a proposal – initially called Haven House and now Onward Eden Prairie – to purchase a home and provide stable housing for four young people at a time as they better establish themselves through schooling and/or employment. That proposal is now being put into action.

This project is just one of the efforts to make Eden Prairie better that has been supported by the Foundation in 2018. Several others are highlighted in a year-end update that we produced and mailed to more than 1,000 Eden Prairie households last week. Each project was carefully chosen to have the biggest impact on an unfilled need in Eden Prairie.

Without your support, the Foundation cannot be a part of critical community efforts like the one described above. So, as 2018 comes to a close, we’re asking for a donation from you that will allow the Foundation to continue its work in 2019.

You can show your support with a donation on this website, by donating on our Give to the Max Day page on GiveMN.org, or by mailing a check to the Foundation at 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

When you donate to the Foundation or one of its funds, you’re helping ensure that someone is working to strengthen Eden Prairie by identifying and filling unmet needs.

Mark Weber 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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