Waite House

Waite House

Waite House programs integrate civic engagement with human services to bring about positive change within our core focus areas of Employment and Training, Health and Nutrition, Youth Development, and Basic Needs.

Waite House was established in 1958 in Minneapolis’ Phillips Community and in 2012 moved into a larger space in a former park district building on 11th Avenue and 23rd Street. Each year, more than 4,500 Phillips Community members build social and economic capital via programs administered by 17 diverse staff and 120 volunteers, including 4 AmeriCorps members and students from six local colleges.

As a hub of activity in the Phillips community, we promote community engagement and growth for all individuals from all ages with an active free community café that also trains youth in the culinary arts and an afterschool program focused on college access. Adults are encouraged to take advantage of career training and tax assistance, among other services.

Recognizing that Phillips Community is always changing, Waite House continues to innovate with culturally relevant initiatives that build on peoples’ strengths, enhancing the community’s capacity to care for one another and address injustices that exist in low-income communities of color.

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Our Programs

  • be@school

    A partnership with Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the Minneapolis Public Schools, be @school advocates work with families to prevent truancy. Referrals can only be made through Hennepin County: https://www.hennepinattorney.org/prevention/students-youth/be-at-school

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  • FANS Scholars Program

    FANS Scholars program is a free college, career and life preparatory program for high school students in 9th-12th grade. This program provides students with a support system and activities to strengthen high school performance and to achieve success after graduation in college and career. The FANS scholar’s program offerings are varied and include workshops and seminars, introduction to career options, college tours, leadership development, civic engagement and ACT/SAT test preparation. In addition students receive academic support, mentorship and assistance with the college enrollment process. Students that successfully complete the FANS Scholars program are eligible to receive a small scholarship to assist with college expenses and their FANS Advocate support them through college graduation. Since its inception in 1988, FANS Scholars have received over $1,000,000 in scholarships.

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  • Afterschool Programs

    Daily afterschool programs for youth from kindergarten to 8th grade are central to Pillsbury United Communities' programming at four neighborhood centers. Whether learning from professional artists-in-residence at Pillsbury House + Theatre or stretching their athletic ability at Brian Coyle Center, PUC kids gain competence in the Six C's curriculum.

    The Six C's nurture competence, confidence, character, connections, community, and contribution in all young people who pass through Pillsbury United Communities programming.

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  • Summer Programs

    With summer programs at four neighborhood centers, our work with youth from kindergarten to 8th grade continues throughout the entire year.

    Whether learning from professional artists-in-residence at Pillsbury House + Theatre or stretching their athletic ability at Brian Coyle Center, PUC kids continue to gain competence in the Six C curriculum, while having great summer fun. Field trips to museums and water parks, nature walks, and special projects make summer programs a special time for kids at our agency.

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  • Crew

    Pillsbury United Communities’ Youth Action Crew bridges the gap in afterschool programming between 6th graders and teens with a service-learning program specially designed for youth in 6th to 8th grades.

    In CREW, which stands for Creativity, Respect, Employment, and Wisdom, students gain leadership skills through working inter-generationally, as they did on a story-telling project in collaboration with the Minnesota History Center. They discuss career and college preparation and, when successful, are given priority enrollment in FANS.

    In addition, CREW kids have worked on community beautification, hunger and nutrition, as well as fine arts like puppet making, and more.

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  • Parent Support Outreach Project (PSOP)

    The Parent Support Outreach Project (PSOP) offers voluntary, supportive, strengths-based, family-driven services to families who are at risk for child protection services due to high levels of stress or crisis. In addition, PSOP:

    • Assists families in building connections with relatives, friends and community members.

    • Supports families in their efforts to provide healthy, nurturing homes for their children.

    • Access to a flexible fund to help families meet their needs, such as rental assistance, car repairs, clothing and grocery vouchers, school supplies, youth activities, and utility bills.

    • Provides funds for therapeutic services such as in-home family counseling, in-home parent education, or assistance with outpatient counseling or chemical dependency treatment costs.

    For more information or to sign up, go to this website: https://www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/child-protection-servic... or call Jessica Marie Little, program coordinator: 612.348.0211.

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  • Crisis Nursery

    The Crisis Nursery Program is available to parents experiencing and overwhelming level of stress from daily life challenges. Our goal is to reduce the stress level by providing emergency childcare and respite services, while offering a resources to ensure both parent and children are healthy and well. Our Crisis Nursery is a community-based, family supported program that provides services to parents and children, aged 6 weeks to 12 years old, in times of crisis or stress. Services include short-term daycare placements, and information and referral. For assistance call: (612) 302-3500

    If you are in an abusive situation or you fear becoming abusive to yourself or your children, call 911 immediately.

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  • Healthcare Enrollment

    Healthcare Navigators are available at each neighborhood center to assist individuals who are seeking health insurance. Our trained navigators are committed to helping individuals and families find affordable plans that fit their needs.

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  • Community Café

    We offer free, hot meals in our community café prepared daily by experienced chefs to provide an opportunity for community members to build relationships and access needed resources.

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  • Culinary Arts Training

    Through our immersive approach, using fresh ingredients and commercial-grade tools while working in an industry-equipped kitchen, you will be prepared for a culinary future. This training teaches technical kitchen operating and management skills required to achieve industry recognized “ServSafe” credentials. By the time you complete your training, you will be ready to pursue a wide variety of culinary positions in the hospitality and food service industries. Our employment team has established relationships with employers ready to hire you. This training is for 16-24-year-olds. For more information, contact Autumn McDowell at 612-455-0385.

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  • Phillips Community Healthy Living Initiative

    The Phillips Community Healthy Living Initiative is a multi-sector collaboration of organizations committed to improving health and wellness for all members of the Phillips Community. We are working together to infuse Phillips with new options for healthy food and physical activity while empowering residents to make their health a priority. http://www.phillipscommunity.org/

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  • KRSM 98.9 FM

    KRSM is a low-power FM radio station based out of the Waite House Community Center in South Minneapolis. Broadcasting at 98.9 FM, this is a hyper-local platform for amplifying the voices, stories, cultures, and conversations happening in our neighborhoods. Our focus is on communities that are marginalized, misrepresented, and erased by traditional media. Designed in partnership with Hope Community, Voices For Racial Justice, Little Earth of United Tribes, Main Street Project, and the Native American Community Development Institute, as well as a volunteer base of over 100 neighbors, KRSM officially launched in November 2017. Free media training workshops are also provided. http://krsmradio.org/

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  • Employment Services

    Meet with a member of our employment team for assistance with job searching, applications, resumes and cover letters, interview practice and more. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Bekele: 612-455-0375.

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  • Food Distribution Programs

    We believe no one should have to miss a meal and work tirelessly to ensure all individuals and families have access to culturally relevant and nutritious food. These programs are free.

    Food Shelf: Healthy groceries available for everyone. Hours: Monday: 1-5 pm, Tuesday: 10 am-12 pm & 2-5 pm, Thursday: 10 am-12 pm & 2-5 pm & Friday: 1-5 pm. First-time visitors need a photo ID for their head of household and each family member in preparation for a short registration process.

    Produce Giveaways: Free distribution of vegetables and/or fruit every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Registration and numbers are given from 11:45 am-12 pm. A presentation takes place from 12-1 pm and the distribution begins at 1 pm.

    SNAP Enrollment: Our team provides SNAP screenings, assistance with SNAP applications and post-application follow-up with counties and DHS.

    Commodity Supplemental Food Program: A nutritional support box for seniors 60+ years of age on the first Friday of every month from 9:30-10:30 am. Registration required for first-time participants. Apply by calling 651-484-8241 or toll-free at 1-800-365-0270.

    For more information, please contact Ethan Neal: 612-455-0389.

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  • Legal Clinic

    Volunteer Lawyers Network attorneys provide free legal advice and/or brief services regarding a variety of civil issues, such as debtor/creditor, consumer, housing, immigration, and general civil issues. Occurs every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2-5 pm. Walk-ins only.

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