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Feb 06th


Jerry Kill at North YMCA leadership series

Jerry Kill at North YMCA leadership seriesCutting-Edge Programming, leadership development, and community relevancy continue to be integral components of the vision of executive director, Henry Crosby, for the North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center. Here is yet another opportunity for you to benefit from these efforts. If you missed the first Business Leadership Speaker Series Luncheon, you’ll want to be sure to mark your calendar for the second installment. It will feature the new head football coach of the University of Minnesota, and take place on Wednesday, February 9, at North Community YMCA Youth and Teen Enrichment Center, 1711 W Broadway, Minneapolis, MN. The schedule is as follows:

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center to honor Judge Stephen Maxwell

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center unveiled two portraits of the late Judge Stephen Maxwell, the first African American district judge in Minnesota at its Annual Gala event on January 15.

“It was amazing as a fellow Morehouse Man to be able to honor him on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday in the Martin Luther King Center, himself also a Morehouse Man. Dr. King and Judge Maxwell exemplify what I and what anyone who seeks to do good things for this world should and do strive for. They were men of honor and integrity who stood as examples for us to follow”, said Jonathan Palmer, Executive Director of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center.

Hennepin County Senior Volunteers Honored

Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions in the community were honored at special luncheons in the Twin Cities last month for their voluntary services to children and the elderly.

Foster Grandparents Program, along with its sister program Senior Companions, is part of the National Corporation for National and Community Service, which in Minnesota are sponsored by Lutheran Social Service.

Foster Grandparents, aged over 55, provide tutoring and one-to-one mentoring to children in schools, Head Start programs and shelters.

Merrick Community Services names new executive director

Merrick Community Services names new executive directorMerrick Community Services (MCS) has named Daniel A. Rodriguez as its new executive director. Rodriguez succeeds Francis Ivory, who is retiring after serving MCS for 15 years.

Rodriguez joined MCS on January 10th, and will lead MCS into its next chapter as the organization works to provide social services to people living in St. Paul’s increasingly diverse East Side. “I’m very excited to be associated with an organization that is so aligned with my values and principles,” said Rodriguez. “The more I learn about the organization and meet people, who have a connection to it, the more impressed I become.”

Park Board Officers, Committees, Representatives for 2011

Park Board Officers, Committees, Representatives for 2011The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at their annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, elected officers for 2011—John Erwin as President, Annie Young as Vice President, Karen Robinson as Secretary to the Board, and Brian Rice as General Counsel.

President Erwin appointed the Commissioners to serve on Standing Committees of the Board (one-year terms). Park Board commissioners and three citizens were also appointed to serve on the external boards, commissions and panels.

Bennie Pearl Brown memorial fund supports black women in film, "Glory Days" project

Bennie Pearl Brown memorial fund supports black women in film, Bennie Pearl Brown was born April 4, 1925 in Peachtree, Alabama to the union of Benny Portis and Mamie Williams, who preceded her in death.  Bennie Pearl attended elementary school in Fulton, Alabama.  She left high school before finishing to marry Fletcher Wright. When they separated, she moved to Georgia. 

After 1947, Bennie Pearl relocated to Chicago where her sisters Rosa Nell Rutledge and Aquilla Pinkston resided, both of whom preceded her in death.  There she met M.T. Walton and together they had a child, Reece Rene (Wright) Bell.  In 1951, she married Edward McClaurin, with whom she had two children, Irma Pearl and Edward, Jr., the latter who recently passed. In 1959, she and Wilbur Brice Perkins together had a child, Rory McClaurin.  She finished her high school degree in 1969, while working as a cashier.  She later worked at the Chicago Lung Association alongside her sister Rosa Nell until the 1980s.  Bennie was married for a time to Clarence Wilson. 

Reduce rent option offers more affordable housing to older adults

Reduce rent option offers more affordable housing to older adultsA new reduced rent program allows elders who cannot afford market-rate rentals access to one-bedroom apartments at Augustana Apartments, an independent and assisted living community for people age 55+ in Elliot Park. Individuals must qualify for this program according to their incomes and Augustana Care provides a worksheet which helps people determine if they qualify.

“It can be difficult for those on fixed incomes with little to no assets to find affordable housing,” says Julianne Holt, marketing director at the apartments in Minneapolis. “Yet we know many people would like to take advantage of the convenience and programs they can find here.”
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