Gregory Ellis and wife, Waukisha, have three children and once made $62,000 year. Today, the Ellises struggle to understand how they ended up in a Minneapolis shelter for homeless families.
A child born into one of the wealthier areas of the Twin Cities — say, certain neighborhoods in Edina or Eagan — will likely live at least eight years longer than a child born into an impoverished, inner-city neighborhood.
New U.S. Census numbers showing a growing gap between the rich and poor raise this question: What, exactly, is “enough”? Local artists will offer an answer.
Mary Ann Prado of Minneapolis Community and Technical College helps students handle some of the perhaps less typical challenges of college life: homelessness and hunger.
Thanks in large part to the efforts by a Minneapolis church, a 30-unit apartment building opens today for families who work and pay taxes but can’t afford market-rate rents for decent housing.
A St. Paul program teaching low-income students the job and professional skills they need to succeed in the corporate world is producing remarkable success stories.
An outreach program of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis will document with photos the struggles and successes of homeless persons.
Kay Harvey: Oral history exhibit gives Minnesota’s homeless a voice
Bunk beds in dorms, yes, but baby cribs? There’s a crying need for just that kind of accommodation at the Hubert H. Humphrey Job Corps Center in St. Paul.
A report released today offers a close-up look at Minnesota’s immigrant population, and highlights some important and provocative questions.
A new national report draws attention yet again to the wide divide between blacks and whites in school achievement, this time spotlighting the difference in high school graduation rates for black males versus white males here and around the country.
It’s a little risky getting the word out on the White Privilege Conference planned for Minnesota, organizers say, because discussions about the advantages of being white in America can be so provocative.
Given all the talk lately about making English our official language, you might think people not born here don’t want to learn English. New immigrants in Minnesota tell you otherwise.
Responding to increasing need, a program that recruits churches, schools and synagogues to provide temporary overnight shelter for east metro families has added a third site.
Micah Treuer grew up near the Leech Lake Indian reservation. He’ll soon finish medical school and he plans to work on the reservation, in part because of the death of his aunt.
The state program’s goal: to keep more patients healthier, thus reducing costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations. That’s become a necessity with shrinking available funds for their care.
There’s a dollars and cents argument for graduating more students from America’s high schools and for closing the graduation gap between white and non-white students, both here in the Twin Cities area and across the nation.
Without Social Security, life for the elderly in this community and others would be drastically different. So why haven’t more people stepped forward to tell their stories of how it’s helped them?
The Youth Farm & Market Project, with its nine garden sites around Minneapolis and St. Paul, teaches young people how garden. Kids also earn money, improve their community and interact with others from different backgrounds.
A local labor union and a Minneapolis vocational school are undertaking an unusual collaboration to put more minorities and women in construction jobs.
I love stories about immigrant families who come to this country and succeed. There’s something about these stories I can’t resist — hearing them is like watching a Frank Capra movie.