Southside Family Nurturing Center



Summer/Fall 2015- Volume 10, Issue 2


From Our Director

Greetings  SSFNC Partner Organizations and Friends!

It is such a pleasure to breathe in the fresh fall air and ponder this change of season now upon us. In early September we welcomed back our children for the 2015-2016 extended school year. From the moment the buses arrived with 26 bubbly children, the environment filled with new hope, excitement, and anticipation. Toddlers and preschoolers quickly transitioned into their new friend and work groups, new and renewing relationships with teachers and therapists, and the predictability of a safe and stimulating environment. I noted the first harvest of the season –A GRAND OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT CHILDRENS LONG TERM HEALTH AND WELL BEING.! 

By the end of our first week we were already hosting our first Family Day, a wonderful opportunity to build community, communication, and understanding between Children, Parents and SSFNC staff. Second harvest of the season –THE POWER OF TRUSTING AND SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIPS!

Southside’s age old model of program delivery is currently coined a “Two-Generation 2.0 Approach”, delivering high quality early childhood education coupled with intensive parental support via home visiting and parental involvement. The wisdom behind choosing Southside’s model is well supported by research on both the Abecedarian and Perry Preschool models. Children at risk and children in families experiencing educational disparities related to race and income, benefit from two generations models; they are less likely to be placed in special education classes, to be held back a grade, drop out of high school, bear a child as a teenager, or participate in criminal behavior. The third harvest of this season – CHANGE!

This is a bountiful harvest, a harvest we celebrate at Southside!  Yet to come, the 2015 Harvest will also afford us time to take stock in the resources, partnerships, needs, and the strengths in our community and organization to meet our mission. How do we continue to build upon this successful model, what are the opportunities for growth and change, and how will we embrace the economic challenges to sustain it?  

On October 5th, 2015 Southside will embark on a new strategic planning process with a diverse representation of stakeholders including Phillips community organizations, funding partners and Southside families. This is an exciting step forward, and we do so with gratitude and passionate commitment to our mission!  We look forward to sharing the HARVEST of our strategic process with you soon!
Julie Ellefson
Executive Director

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Fourth Annual Sing Out for Kids!

SOFK2015On Tuesday, October 20th, Hell’s Kitchen in Downtown Minneapolis (80 S. 9th Street) will be full of local musicians and fans to enjoy an evening of music and community in support of SSFNC.

As in past years, Hell’s Kitchen is donating the use of their Underground Room and some amazing local artists are donating their time and talent, allowing 100% of ticket sales to support SSFNC’s programming. Dessa will be our host, who has helped coordinate the event for the fourth consecutive year, and feature performances by Jeremy Messersmith, Taj Raj, and Maria Isa! This show is 18+ and begins at 7:30pm.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Donor Spotlightbuildingblocks

I learned about Southside at a meeting with Barb Olson and others interested in Southside several years ago. Following the meeting we visited Southside and learned more about the challenges facing families in this south Minneapolis neighborhood.

I grew up in south Minneapolis, at 60th and Clinton, two blocks from the current Crosstown Highway; my upstairs bedroom window was due south of the original weather ball on the NW National Bank. It wasn’t far from Southside’s neighborhood. In looking back, it was a good time and place to grow up.  It still is, but the challenges are great:  The awareness and social programs have increased, but it seems that the sense of community is often missing.  The South side Family Nurturing Center’s size, location and outreach to a specific community is important to its success.

The dedication of the staff at Southside to giving children and families hope and skills for the future moves me.  For several years, I have pledged a monthly contribution.  Last year I discovered that, as a member of Thrivent,  I could direct my “choice” dollars to SSFNC as well.

Karen Dahlen

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2014 Annual Report


For a complete copy of our Annual Report, including more detailed financial information, program and organizational highlights, and goals for 2015-2016, click here to download or call Julia at (612) 721-2762.

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Ways to Helpfieldtrip

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Family Night Kids Assistant
  • Family Night Kitchen Assistant
  • Toddler Classroom: Storytelling, Science Projects, Dancing/Movement, Music
  • Preschool Classroom: Dancing, Music

Wish List:

SSFNC now has an Amazon Wishlist! Click here to check out the supplies we need for the upcoming school year and beyond.

At the top of the list:graduation

And whenever you shop on Amazon, don't forget to use AmazonSmile! At no extra cost to you, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to Southside when you choose us through AmazonSmile.

For more info, contact Julia at (612) 721-2762 or send an email. Thank you!

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Give to the Max!

The seventh annual Give to the Max Day put on by GiveMN will be held on November 12th. This generous holiday is a day when our supporters, old and new, come together to show their dedication to our work with children and parents.

Get yourself and others involved is to create your own Fundraiser Page for Southside! Tap into your friends and family to help support our cause, and share your personal experience with SSFNC. Contact Maria to learn more.

And don't forget to spread the word! Email your friends! Post on Facebook and Twitter! And help us meet our goal of raising $25,000 in 2015! Click here to visit our page!


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Two new faces at Southside! Meet our interns

SSFNC has been providing first-year internships for Masters in Social Work (and occasionally Bachelors in Social Work) students for many years. We work with students in MSW programs at the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, and Saint Catherine University. Similar to our Teacher/Family Workers, these students work in the toddler or preschool classrooms as well as working directly with families enrolled in our programs, conducting frequent home visits.

This year, we are excited to have two new interns, Danielle Allen and Lydia Ninham, both from the University of Minnesota. Here is a little bit about each of them, in their own words:

1. What's your background and what were you doing before you began your MSW program this fall?

danielleDanielle: I just finished my undergraduate degree in Human Development at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. During that time, I worked for a sexual assault center, an autism treatment program, and, most extensively, at a nonprofit domestic violence agency providing support for victims.

Lydia: I grew up mostly in Bemidji, MN. I am an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and I'm also Ojibwe from Red Lake. I moved to Minneapolis eight years ago to attend the U of M and earned a Bachelors Degree in American Indian Studies- Ojibwe Language focus. I work for the Minneapolis Public Schools at Anishinabe Academy, where I will continue working part-time while working on my MSW.


2.  What interested you about SSFNC for your internship this year?

Danielle: I was drawn to the mission statement of SSFNC wherein a strengths-based approach to family healing is utilized and every individual is greeted with compassion, care, and attention. SSFNC seems to stand for more than providing services; the agency really works to enable families and children to reach one's full potential through creative and hands-on application individualized and tailored services.

Lydia: What interested me most about SSFNC was the history, beliefs, and values of the agency. Most of my experience is working with families in a school setting, so I was interested in having the opportunity to work with younger kids and their families in a community setting. I'm also interested in furthering my home visiting experience.

3.  What are you most looking forward to learning or experiencing in your work at SSFNC over the next year?lydia

Danielle: I am looking forward to learning more about what children need to succeed and how to work in an integrative approach to provide each child's family with those skills as well. I hope to learn how to provide children of all backgrounds and family dynamics the same level of care required to facilitate success. I anticipate learning a great deal about toddlers and their emotional and educational needs.

Lydia: I'm mostly looking forward to getting to know the families and staff, and being challenged while learning as much as I can.

We are also excited to be working with Andrea Merims, LGSW, a former SSFNC MSW intern and staff member, to provide clinical supervision to these interns as well as group and individual supervision to SSFNC's Teacher/Family Workers for their home visiting and family work. Welcome back, Andrea!

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Holiday Concert!

SSFNC's Holiday Concert will take place on Sunday, December 6th, 7:30pm at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Roseville, MN and will feature performances by Marty Haugen, Michael Joncas, and David Haas, as well as the Saint Croix Sacred Ensemble. This will be a beautiful evening of inspiring music. We will also have a great silent auction with lots of last minute holiday gifts! All ticket sales and donations will go directly to Southside!

Click here for more info and to purchase tickets!

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Tributes Received

In honor of...swimming
Teddie and Gerald Potter: Linda and Marty Haugen
Greg and Dawn Lehman: Judith Mattison
Caitlin Voigt: Nora and Fred Wagner
Barbara Olson: Kim and Larry Stephan, Dave and Beverly Blinde
Deb Bartels and Tim Bremiker: Barbara Olson and John Fredlund
Marcia and Bruce Kading: Barbara Olson and John Fredlund

In memory of...
Larry Christie: Pattie Joannes, Joyce and Dennis Walsh, Bruce and Audrey Moe, Kay and Jim Miller, Sharon Thornson, Dave and Beverly Blinde, Dan Sullivan, Bruce and Iris Alexander
Jeremy Aquires: Launa and Gary Wert
Jack Talsky: Sandy and Doug Davidson
Agnes Regan: Eileen McCormack, Regan McCormack

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