History

A girl has her face painted as she participates in the "End Hunger: Walk the World" in Manila

Community Emergency Assistance Programs (CEAP) is a community-based, non-profit agency dedicated to providing information, referrals, advocacy and assistance to low-income families and individuals, senior citizens and adults with disabilities. 

Rooted in Faith.
Brooklyn Center resident, Madeleine Roche, founded Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) in April 1970 as a response to the growing need for human services in the Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park area.  She, and other community members, joined with local churches to bridge the assistance gap for those in need.  In 1971, CEAP was incorporated as a tax-exempt charitable organization and elected its first Board of Directors.

Since its inception, CEAP has operated out of several locations; its first office in the Catholic Church of St. Alphonsus rectory.  With the help of the Brooklyn Center Jaycees and the Bicentennial Commission, CEAP moved into the old Brooklyn Center City Hall until it burned down in 1977.  CEAP operated temporarily out of two houses until it could be moved into a building on land donated by a community resident in 1980.  That building was located on Brooklyn Boulevard.  For the next seventeen years, CEAP occupied that building until moving into the 78th Ave building in Brooklyn Park in 1997.

Expansion to Anoka County.
In 1987, CEAP opened an office in Coon Rapids and expanded its services to include all of Anoka County and part of Ramsey County.  In 1991, that office moved into its current location in the Anoka County Human Services Building in Blaine.  Today, CEAP’s service area includes Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, and East Champlin in Hennepin County; all of Anoka County; and the cities of Mounds View and New Brighton in Ramsey County.  

In 1971, CEAP’s food shelf distributed 20,000 pounds of food to local families in need. CEAP began  In 2014, CEAP distributed over 1.2 million pounds of food. We help thousands of men, women, and children get back on their feet every year. Virtually all of the clients that CEAP works with fall into the categories of low-wage families and senior citizens, persons with disabilities, persons of color, the working poor, immigrants and/or refugees. Our food support give families hope. Our additional programs give families independence.

Our new home.
In the fall of 2012, CEAP moved into a new facility, the Northwest Family Service Center, in partnership with Hennepin County Public Health and Human Services and Osseo Area Schools Early Childhood Enrollment and Continuing Education Centers. This partnership allows us to offer “wrap around services” in one location. We know that hunger is a symptom of other issues. Our partnership gives the resources to our families that they need to find sustainable solutions that will move them to independence. Our collaboration meets the needs our families have today and also provides resources for housing, healthcare, and education.

Today, in collaborative partnerships with community, corporate and government agencies and faith communities, we are helping our neighbors meet their basic needs and provide skills and resources to achieve self-sufficiency. Together, we want a more stable, more cohesive, better community.

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