2020 Annual Report

Our 2020 Annual Report is a representation of a year that pulled this community together in unexpected ways. It is an honor share our stories of energy, spirit, recovery, and resilience, made possible by each and every one you. Your generosity, your advocacy, your trust, and your dedication to community is what keeps Hope strong.

Thank you for being a part of our Hope family, and for your hand in creating resiliency in community.

With profound gratitude,
Shannon Smith Jones

Staff Spotlights

Since mid-March, Hope’s staff has been working from home. We are adjusting our work and overcoming the challenges presented, and though our work today looks much different than it has during our previous 42 years, we are still fulfilling our mission each day. We are highlighting our staff members so you can hear from us how we fulfill our mission in today’s world! You’ll hear what our work looks like, what challenges we’re overcoming, what updates we have, and our plans moving forward. Thank you for joining us!

Youth & Family Engagement

Parks & Power Team

Malyun Yahye

ARC Team

Maryan Abdinur

Maggy Otte


2020 Year End Newsletter

Please enjoy our Year End Newsletter to read about our resilient dreams, responsive actions, and big impacts as doers in 2020. We’re so grateful to have been in community with you all this year, and appreciate you for keeping Hope strong!

End of One Way
January 1, 2004

Hope is one of three organizations featured in the book about doing traditional work in non-traditional ways. The project was supported by the McKnight Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Hope Community, DJR Architecture and Grebner Associates
March 26, 1999

The Children’s Village vision was an “agitational vision” that was needed to jolt public officials and others with power and resources out of their negative assumptions about Hope’s neighborhood and its residents. The vision for more than 16 square blocks included six-foot-high drawings showing a revitalized neighborhood with infill housing. The vision succeeded in changing perceptions about this part of the Phillips neighborhood and lead to the multi-phased Franklin Portland Gateway development project.


Feed the Roots: A Hope Community Listening Project Report

December 1, 2015

Feed the Roots is a two-year Hope Community Listening Project that involved more than 400 Phillips Community residents in dialogues about food, land, health, culture, and justice. This project continued Hope’s tradition of community dialogues around powerful questions, lifting up community voices to guide Hope’s work with and for the community.

Hearing the Call – Community Listening at Hope Community

Kate Tilney
January 1, 2008

Hope has become known for our Community Listening which has involved over 1,500 people in community dialogues. Community Listening emphasizes the importance of relationships and partnerships and it allows us to translate voices into action and better harness the collective power of people for change.

Hope Community Youth Listening Project Report

Hope SPEAC youth leaders
January 1, 2008

Hope youth leaders ventured into the community surrounding Hope in search of organizations and institutions that played vital roles in young people’s daily lives. They went to churches, schools, parks, shelter, and libraries. They talked to program coordinators, teachers and students. Through their work and commitment, SPEAC leaders brought small groups of youth together to dialogue about their dreams, challenges and fears.

Listening to the Community: A Park Designed Through Dialogue

Mary Keefe, Hope Community
May 1, 2005

Community: Taking a Closer Look

Hope Community Listening Report
April 1, 2001

In about 30 dialogues, over 300 people – youth, adults, elders, people from diverse culture traditions – discussed the meanings, pride and struggles they experience in their communities and neighborhoods.

Hope Community: McKnight Foundation Impact Story

McKnight Foundation
May 27, 2015

Power of Vision’s Mural Unveils Community Perspectives

Adjoa Akofio-Sowah
Neighborhood Development Center
August 21, 2013

Duets: Jordan and Aaron, reading with a special touch

Gail Rosenblum and Jim Gehrz
Star Tribune
March 18, 2013

Tutoring at Hope Community in Minneapolis

Ge Gao
Twin Cities Daily Planet

December 10, 2012

Hope Community in Minneapolis: Two tutors, two stories

Ge Gao
Twin Cities Daily Planet
December 10, 2012

Not your typical gang of youth spray-painting inner-city Minneapolis walls …

Erin Collins
Twin Cities Daily Planet
August 9, 2012

MN Original: Chaka Mkali

June 13, 2012

Hope staff member Chaka Mkali and participants of the Power of Vision Mural Program were featured in TPT’s weekly arts series “MN Original”, celebrating Minnesota’s creative community.

Homes for All

Twin Cities Public Television
February 19, 2012

This is an excerpt from Homes for All, an in-depth look at current issues around affordable housing and the vast need for sustainable housing choices. Hope Community was one of three housing organizations profiled in this hour-long documentary. Co-produced with MN Housing Partnership.

Around the Nation

Saskia De Melker
PBS Around the Nation: Art Beat
December 15, 2011

Four arts and culture videos from public broadcasting partners were selected from around the nation and posted on the PBS art blog. Chaka M’kali of Hope Community was one of them. TPT’s Minnesota Original profiled M’kali’s murals, which he uses to tell stories that speak to the community, begin public discourse and inspire hope.

Hope Community on the Peter Mclellan Show – AM 1570

The Peter Mclellan Show
April 12, 2011

Interest in Solar Thermal Energy Heating Up

Stephanie Hemphill
Minnesota Public Radio
August 19, 2010

Minnesota Success Stories: Solar Hot Water for Apartments

Office of Energy Security, Minnesota Department of Commerce
March 22, 2010

Wellstone Apartments Complete Franklin Portland Gateway

Tara Bannow
Downtown Journal
June 22, 2009

Reclaiming a Bus Ride in August

Marisa Helms
August 1, 2008

In Minneapolis, A Block Transformed

Lisa Chamberlain
New York Times
December 16, 2007

Hope Community Trains Youth to Organize for Change

Vickie Evans- Nash
Minnesota Spokesman Recorder
September 14, 2007

An Elegant New Residence

Linda Mack
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 24, 2007

Franklin Portland Gateway – The Jourdain awarded Best in Real Estate

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
April 23, 2006

South Minneapolis ‘wasteland’ sprouts new development

Dan Olson
Minnesota Public Radio
November 17, 2004