Removing hurdles, building community.
The key to breaking the cycle of poverty in Minneapolis is empowering individual families. We are doing the hard work of helping the hard-working.
Picture a foot race with each person running down a lane with hurdles. The hurdles aren’t all the same height, and some lanes have way more hurdles than the others. No matter how fast the runner in that lane runs, or how hard they train, they will never be able to keep up.
This is how the cycle of poverty works. Many families in our city are working hard to improve their lives, but they encounter hurdles others don’t have to face. Food insecurity, discrimination, lack of transportation, and under-resourced schools are just some of the obstacles that can quickly slow a person down, and they spend the rest of their life trying to catch up.
We don’t think that’s fair, and we bet you don’t either. For over 25 years we have worked to remove the unfair hurdles in our neighborhood so families can sprint ahead to the lives they are trying to build.