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Community Sketchbook

East African Women’s Center scrambles to survive

For years the East African Women’s Center in Minneapolis has been teaching women from East Africa English and the skills to deal with the challenges of life in America. Now the center faces a major challenge of its own.

HIV awareness campaign focuses on black women

Fresh figures reporting HIV cases among black women in Minnesota are prompting efforts to increase awareness and teach prevention to the black community.

No money for food: Fresh data about families in our community

There’s a new report out today showing that 13.8 percent of Minnesota households last year didn’t have enough money to buy food. And in the Minneapolis-St.Paul-Bloomington area, the “food hardship rate” for households with children is 18.6 percent.

Helping homeless kids: Making a difference in Bloomington

After hearing a speaker talk about homeless youth, Monica Williams wanted to do something to help. So she and six other women started researching the needs of kids, and soon helped establish a pilot program to help children in Bloomington.