Please Enjoy our 2017 Annual Report!

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Our 2017 Annual Report celebrates our 40 years of building power spaces, while highlighting what we have done and what we’ve learned about our work over time: it’s not what we do that makes us successful, it’s how we do it.


Click here to read or print our 2017 Annual Report

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


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

Here’s to Another 40 Years of Hope!

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What a day!


The Staff and Board of Hope Community are so appreciative to all who joined us on Saturday, May 19th, for our final 40th Anniversary Event!

Joined by over 150 of our community of residents, program participants, funders, donors and partners, we explored Hope’s Campus, 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.

During our 40th Anniversary Open House, we were honored to unveil our newest video in our #40Stories of Hope Campaign. This story embodies the legacy of Hope & our commitment to our community. If you missed the program, or just want to see the wonderful video again, you can find it below! A very special thank you to our friends at Line Break Media for producing this powerful piece.



Here’s to Another 40 Years of Hope!!

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

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Open House

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

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Leadership Transition

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Hope Community is pleased to announce that Shannon Jones will join our organization as the Executive Director. Shannon succeeds Mary Keefe, who joined Hope in 1994 as the Associate Director and has served as Executive Director since 2006.

Mary announced her intention to retire last fall, and we wish her well as she moves on to her next adventure. Mary’s last day at Hope will be March 24th. Shannon begins at Hope on March 27, and you will have multiple opportunities to get to know her, including at a special event in May, at which time we’ll also be officially sharing our appreciation with Mary Keefe for her incredible work with Hope over more than 20 years.

Shannon joins Hope after having served as the Director of Community Engagement at Urban Homeworks, a dynamic, resourceful community development organization with headquarters in north Minneapolis. Like Hope Community, Urban Homeworks combines an emphasis on quality affordable housing with a strategic focus on engaging and building an equitable community.

We are so thrilled to welcome Shannon to our community. In some ways, Shannon has spent her entire career preparing for this new role. Though she is a lifelong resident of north Minneapolis, she first got to know Hope as one of the first residents at the Children’s Village Center at Franklin and Portland Avenues when it opened in 2004. She has worked with many Hope Community partners in her career, and in 2015 participated in SPEAC (Sustainable Progress through Engaging Active Citizens), Hope’s intensive year-long community organizing training that is now into its 10th cohort.

Shannon earned her BA in Family Social Services at University of Minnesota, and has completed graduate-level coursework in Leadership and Management at Concordia University in St. Paul. In addition to five years at Urban Homeworks, she brings to Hope an extensive background in civic leadership and professional development. She has previously worked at Hennepin County in Human Services, and at Sabathani Community Center as a case and project manager. Shannon has two sons – Hassan, 17, who attends Henry High School, and Khalil, 16, who attends Downtown Fair School.

Hope’s board decided to hire Shannon following an extensive search process headed by a committee of board members and Hope staff. While they met many qualified candidates, the committee was unified in their recommendation to hire Shannon as the next leader for this dynamic 40 year old organization. Shannon brings Hope the focus on innovative, collaborative leadership and community engagement expertise that will continue and enhance the strong work of Hope as we move into the future.

Heidi Barajas
Steve Shapiro
Hope Board of Directors