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Community Center Northwest of Rochester (Empowerment Center)

Beam Project Type: Building Project in Available Phase

A project for homeless families in the Rochester area is seeking funding for what the planners are calling the "Empowerment Center" to be housed in a former elementary school. Center City Housing Corp., a nonprofit based in Duluth, announced Thursday that more than 80 percent of those that participated in a campaign planning study support the idea of turning the East Gage School site into a community center, to be called the Empowerment Center.

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Detailed Description

The plan is to renovate the ex-school to house agencies that offer services to aid the tenants of the apartment complex. That means groups like Family Service Rochester, Workforce Development Inc., Olmsted County Community Services and more will rent space within the complex, which will be called the Empowerment Center.

A capital campaign, led by Rochester restaurateur Joe Powers and Post-Bulletin Publisher Randy Chapman, has been launched to raise $2.5 million to renovate the building. The renovations will include a new roof, a new HVAC system, upgrades to the bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, upgrades to the entrances, painting, and resurfacing the parking lot.

Impacts

PlanScape

Level 1: Basic Needs ; Business Process ; Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Housing

Level 2: Best Practice ; Business Process ; Financial Stress/Homelessness ; Housing: Affordable Rate

DMC: Sports, Recreation, Nature

Community Health: Financial Stress/Homelessness

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Basic Needs, Business Process, Children & Youth, Diversity and Inclusion, Housing

December 12, 2018: History Center to present Traveling While Black

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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December 11, 2018: Community for Health Workgroup Log

DMC EDA initiated Community For Health group effort notes.

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December 09, 2018: Collective Impact Model to enable Housing Coalition

11/13/2018 Housing Coalition meeting starting a series of conversations regarding the future and role of the housing alliance in our community.  To start these conversations, Elaine Case will be presenting on the Community Impact model.

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November 21, 2018: Olmsted County Complete Count 2020 Planning Kickoff

Invitation from Sheila Kiscaden, Olmsted County Commissioner & Chair of Olmsted County Complete Count Committee

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November 20, 2018: Action Groups being formed

Action Groups being formed to make progress on: Health Insurance; IT: Tech Support; Joint Purchasing of Goods and Services

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November 18, 2018: Age Friendly Community Survey

How well is Rochester meeting your needs as you age? A survey.

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November 17, 2018: Race Exhibit 2018

Reviving 2009 Race Exhibit in a condensed version.

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November 17, 2018: Kiwanis Club of Rochester 4Q 2018 Community Services

These are some of the volunteering activities that we participated in.

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November 12, 2018: Diversity Council newsmaker

A sample of Diversity Council community engagement activities.

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November 02, 2018: Open Beam: A "For Purpose" Entity

openBeam is having conversations with for-purpose agent(s) to explore the adoption of holacracy framework.

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October 16, 2018: Cradle to Career publishes community report

Cradle to Career published Community Report and recruiting Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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October 04, 2018: 6 Crtical Components for Discovery Square

Presented to DMCC Board in its September 2018 board meeting.

 

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Last modified by allnode on 2017/09/24
Created by allnode on 2015/08/08

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