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Temporary Position Available at Hope Community

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Community Listening and Engagement Fellow: 

Rethinking I-94 Project

Hope Community (Hope) is an innovative Community Development Organization with a 38-year history in the Phillips Community of south Minneapolis. Our mission is to create connections that strengthen the power of community members and communities. We cultivate community leaders, build community capacity, care for the housing and community spaces we develop, and pursue equity and diversity in all we do. Our work is grounded in principles of respect, connection, listening, learning, and co-creation. Community Engagement is central to Hope’s work, and hundreds of diverse youth and adults are involved each year in community and skill-building activities, leadership and civic involvement, art and community projects, learning and place-keeping opportunities, and community and cultural events.

Hope is participating in the community engagement process for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and Metropolitan Council’s project entitled Rethinking I-94.   MnDOT will be designing renovations and changes along the freeway corridor over the next few years.  This project is intended to lift the needs, concerns, and voices of residents along the I-94 Corridor to the center of the planning process, recognizing that the construction of the freeway disrupted communities, displaced residents, and has had a lasting impact particularly on Indigenous communities and communities of color in this neighborhood.  We will be conducting a series of listening sessions around Phillips neighborhood, gathering input and stories around the impact of I-94 on health equity, community connectedness, safety, culture, economics, and possible solutions.


The Community Listening and Engagement Fellow will collaborate closely with Hope’s Community Health and Resilience Organizer to design and implement community listening sessions at various partner sites in Phillips neighborhood over the summer 2018.  They will participate in historical and current research on health, access, demographics, conduct oral histories with people affected by displacement, create learning materials, lead community engagement at Franklin Open Streets event on August 26th, and collaborate in sorting findings and writing a final report.

For this position, we seek someone who will have a good understanding of a base-building approach to organizing; will think and work collaboratively in a diverse, dynamic, and highly interactive environment; and will be able to manage multiple responsibilities and relationships with community members to work towards a common purpose.


  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong creative thinking, reflection, and problem-solving skills
  • Collaborative design facilitation skills
  • Ability to plan and manage time, information, and multiple priorities; to follow through on commitments and meet deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as to work as a member of a collaborative team
  • Ability to ask for help, take direction and receive constructive feedback
  • Good English language skills (spoken and written)
  • Proficient in computer skills including Microsoft Office

Qualities/Characteristics – others would describe you as:

  • Outgoing, friendly, interested in people
  • Flexible and adaptable, yet firm when needed
  • Self-motivated, energetic
  • Reliable, accountable, committed
  • Committed to working interculturally
  • Reflective, thoughtful, wants to learn


  • Conversational proficiency in language(s) other than English
  • Experience with Hope Community’s approach to engagement
  • Experience with Participatory Action Research, listening sessions, and/ or oral history/ data collection
  • Have relationships in the greater Phillips communities

Position Dates:

Mid -Late April 2018 to End of September 2018

15-20 hours/ week

Competitive hourly wage based on experience and qualifications


By April 20, 2018, please send letter of interest, resume (or other documentation of experience), and 3 references to:

Olivia Levins Holden, Community Health and Resilience Organizer

Hope Community is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ highly encouraged to Apply.

RSVP here for our 40th Anniversary Open House!

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One year ago, Hope Community kicked off our 40th Anniversary year by welcoming a new Executive Director. Since then, we have celebrated this momentous anniversary in true Hope fashion – by listening, sharing stories, building community and taking on new challenges. You’ve seen throughout the last year some of the great work going on at Hope from our gardening and food justice work to our new Teen Technology Center to our Parks and Power organizing and a whole host of other amazing efforts. In recognition of the end of Hope’s 40th Anniversary year, we will host an Open House to showcase what’s happening at Hope today. Inspired by our history of block parties and celebrations, we want our community of residents, program participants, funders, donors and partners to experience what is going on at Hope, why that community work matters, and where our work is headed.

The Board and Staff of Hope Community invite you to join our final celebration of Hope’s 40th Anniversary year at our Open House on May 19th, 2018. Explore Hope’s campus and hear from our wonderful staff about what is going on at Hope today. Learn about our Food, Land and Community work, our new Best Buy Teen Technology Center, our Power of Vision mural project, our Parks & Power campaign, and much more.

Hope Community 40th Anniversary Open House

Saturday, May 19th, 2018, 11am – 3pm


Hope Community – Children’s Village Center

611 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

*Valet service will be provided*

Getting to Hope

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What are Green Zones? Find out at our Green Zones 101 Events

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Do you live, work, play, and/or worship in Phillips or Cedar-Riverside?

Come learn what a Green Zone is and what it means for you! All sessions will give a history and overview of Green Zones and each month will focus on special topics.

All events 6-9pm, at Hope Community’s Jourdain Community Room, 511 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404

Dinner provided, childcare and interpretation upon request. Please call 612-435-1683 to request.

Green Zones are rooted in environmental & economic justice, antidisplacement, equity, policy, and much more. We know that the residents of Phillips, Cedar-Riverside, and the Northside have been historically overburdened by environmental conditions such as traffic and stationary pollution sources, brownfield sites, blight, and substandard housing, and those areas have been designated as Green Zones by the City of Minneapolis. Green Zones is a multi-sector effort aimed at remediating this damage as well as improving outcomes for residents’ health, wealth, employment, and education – Without displacing folks!!!

Click Here for more from the City of Minneapolis on Green Zones

Now is the time to get involved in this justice-seeking initiative.
Your voice matters! Come thru!
Contact our team to learn more!

You can also come to the public meetings where the Green Zones Task Force will discuss community feedback and make decisions about plans, programs and policies. Come thru!

  • Tuesday April 3rd, 5-8pm: Abbott Northwestern, Education Building, Room 105, 26th St. between Chicago Ave and 10th Ave
  • Tuesday, April 17th, 5-8pm: Urban Ventures, Colin Powell Center, 2924 4th Ave S
  • Tuesday, May 15th, 5-8pm: Urban Ventures, Colin Powell Center, 2924 4th Ave S



Our 2016 Annual Report is Here

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Our 2016 Annual Report lifts up what we have done and what we have learned about our work over time: it’s not what we do that makes us successful, it’s how we do it.


Thank you to our community of supporters. Together, we are building a stronger city.


Click here to read or print our 2016 Annual Report


Eager to share Hope with your friends? Watch our video and share it with those you care about. Donate or become a monthly sustainer today!


Thank you,

Shannon Smith Jones

Hope is Hiring!

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Come work at Hope Community as our Teen Tech Lead

Hope Community is seeking a creative and enthusiastic individual to oversee the new “Best Buy Teen Tech Center” (BBTTC). The BBTTC will be a space where youth ages 13-18 can access state of the art technology in order to work on projects that are meaningful to them. In this space youth will have opportunities to learn – and in some cases become certified in – skills such as graphic design, robotics, game design, music production, software development and more, preparing them for the job market of tomorrow.

Who should apply?

Anyone who has experience and is interested in working with a diverse group of teens and youth from the community in a creative and fun environment should apply. The organizational culture at Hope Community embraces, innovation, complexity, and multiple perspectives.

How to apply

To apply, review the job description below and send an e-mail to including:

  • “BBTTC application” in the subject line
  • Your name
  • A phone number we can reach you at
  • A statement on why you think you are the best fit for the position

Important: only e-mails with “BBTTC application” in the subject line will be considered.

The deadline for all applications is June 21st.


Job Opportunity:

 Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator

Kids, Creativity, and Community


Hope Community seeks an individual to run an innovative program called The Best Buy Teen Tech Center.  The Tech Center, established with the support of The Clubhouse Network, offers young people (ages 10 to 18) from inner-city neighborhoods the opportunity to work on projects they find meaningful to their lives, using computers and technology.  The program provides support and resources for young people to pursue their interests and build upon their talents.  In the Teen Tech Center, youth can design their own music, art, newsletters, robots, science simulations, computer games, and animation.


The Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator position is a full-time job. Responsibilities include:

  • Provide community outreach to involve a diverse group of young people, parents, teachers, and community leaders in the program.
  • Help Teen Tech Center members develop projects (e.g., help them come up with ideas, gather materials, get started, locate mentors to work with them, and support their ongoing work).
  • Recruit, train, and support volunteer mentors, ensuring they work effectively with youth.
  • Work closely with the local Best Buy store to recruit Geek Squad Agents and Blue Shirt volunteers.
  • Support youth in planning for the future, including pursuing academic and job opportunities that leverage their Teen Tech Center skills and experience.
  • Provide basic computer maintenance, including file management, trouble-shooting, and technical support to Teen Tech Center youth and mentors.
  • Provide administrative support for the Clubhouse program, including keeping records of participants and keeping the Tech Center space organized.
  • Assist “parent” organization in fund-raising and publicity for the Best Buy Tech Center, communicating the Clubhouse learning philosophy, goals, and results to external sources.
  • Participate in the The Clubhouse Network, attending Network meetings, sharing ideas and issues, and supporting collaborative projects across sites.
  • Support other programs and activities of the “parent” organization with Teen Tech Center expertise and resources, as time permits.
  • Leverage Best Buy National Partner relationships to expose members to skill development and media training.


Desired skills and experience:

  • Proven track record working with youth, in particular young people from underserved neighborhoods;
  • Work experience in an informal learning environment;
  • Experience with computers and interest in technology as a creative and empowering tool;
  • Demonstrated ability to reach out to youth, parents, educators, and community leaders;
  • Interpersonal skills, including an ability to get along with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities and a talent for making people feel welcome and included;
  • A passion for learning and helping others to learn;
  • Excellent organizational skills.



Hope’s 40th Anniversary Event – View Your Photos

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If you had pictures taken at the “Share Your Hope Story” photo booth, you may view and download them here!

Dear Friends of Hope,

Wow – what a night. The Staff and Board of Hope Community are so appreciate to all of you who joined us last Thursday evening for our big celebration. Joined by over 250 of our friends and supporters, we shared stories, connected with some of the many people who have shaped Hope over the last 40 years, and built new relationships as we enter a new era.

There was a lot to celebrate:

  • 40 years of building community and making a difference here at Franklin and Portland Avenues; particularly the vision and leadership of Char Madigan – who founded St. Joseph’s House and has helped move the organization throughout the years – and Deanna Abbott Foster – who boldly led the organization from shelter to community development.
  • The work and legacy of Mary Keefe, whose leadership over the last 20+ years built an infrastructure and a reputation for the organization as community-connected and credible on organizing and equity.
  • And of course the arrival of our new Executive Director, Shannon Smith Jones, who is the perfect leader to take the reins at Hope as we move into the next 40 years.

We were honored to have all four of our Executive Directors share the stage and also their reflections on the legacy of the organization in our new video. If you missed the program, or just want to see the wonderful video again, you can find it HERE. A big thank you to our friends at Line Break Media for producing this video.

Also, if you shared your Hope story with us through the photo booth, please check out the link to the photos at the top of this post.

As a reminder, we’ll have more to share between now and next March about the 40th Anniversary year, so be on the lookout. But our dear Char Madigan perhaps best summed up the organization’s history in the video when she said:

“We moved from charity to justice, from guests to leaders, and from crisis management to focused community development.”

Thanks again for being part of Hope Community!


Hope Community Legacy Event

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Over the last 40 years, from our beginnings in St. Joseph’s House, your support has helped shape Hope Community into a treasured community asset.

Hope’s Board and Staff invite you to share in our excitement as we celebrate the beginning of Hope’s 40th Anniversary year, our remarkable achievement’s during Mary Keefe’s tenure, and our vision for the future as Shannon Jones begins her new role as Hope Community’s executive director.

As an additional way to celebrate the legacy of Hope’s many leaders across the last 40 years, we invite you to contribute to our new Founders’ Fund – a special fund to support Hope’s key initiatives and honor the tenure of Mary Keefe and Hope’s many “founders.”

Hope Community Legacy Event

Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 4:00-6:00 PM

Celebrating Hope’s 40th Anniversary and Executive Leadership Transition


Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Directions and Parking

Open House

Program Begins at 4:45 PM, Light Refreshments and Cash Bar

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