Helping families everyday, but not without our partners
Over the years in Northwest Hennepin County and throughout Anoka County CEAP has been known to help a lot of people in those areas with their immediate needs – food, clothing, assistance with keeping housing, transportation – to name a few, but CEAP has never done it without working with great partner organizations. Since it is a critical way in which we get our work done let me share a little on a few of those partners.
In Anoka County CEAP works with Spring Lake Park School District www.springlakeparkschools.org to help families identified through the schools get much needed food to those students and their families. We also work closely with Anoka County Human Service Welfare to Work program www.anokacounty.us and Heading Home Anoka County www.anoka.headinghomeminnesota.org , the county’s effort to end homelessness. Our Blaine location also enjoys the close support of a number of churches who partner with us during the holiday season in winter to assist families at that time of year.
In Brooklyn Park, CEAP partnered with Target and a pair of local elementary schools to create the Meals for Minds program that gets food to needy families right in those schools. And CEAP’s Brooklyn Center location is itself the product of a partnership with Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health www.hennepin.us and Osseo School District 279 www.district279.org where cross-referrals occur regularly. In addition, CEAP has Portico Healthnet www.porticohealthnet.org in our space to help people navigate MNSure and other health insurance opportunities, and Cornerstone Advocacy Services www.cornerstonemn.org as well serving families dealing with domestic violence.
We are continuing to build those partnerships to fill the gaps in service so that when people come to CEAP they will either find the help they need, or get directed to it, whatever that need is.
All these partnerships and collaborative relationships, along with hundreds and hundreds of individuals, allow CEAP to continue to meet the mission to “stabilize individuals and families in financial distress and to maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity”. We could not accomplish that mission without them.