The bonding bill was signed by Governor Dayton early this morning and our bonding request of $10 million for the Building for Better Futures was included. Also, included in the bill, was language allowing us to access $1.6 million allocated to The Family Partnership in 2017, for planning and preconstruction. We are thrilled and inspired by this bi-partisan show of support!
The Family Partnership Building for Better Futures, to be built at the corner of East Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue South, in South Minneapolis, will be more than a brick and mortar project that will help transform the neighborhood. It will serve as a model for organizations across Minnesota by designing and adapting programming that values the connection between a parent’s economic, psychological and social well-being and a child’s healthy development. The new facility will allow us to expand our multicultural therapeutic preschools with cutting-edge language immersion classrooms; increase our support for victims of sex trafficking from all over the state; use new technology to enhance programs such as telehealth counseling, with the goal of extending programs and practices to children, families, and professionals throughout Minnesota.
This investment from the State of MN underscores how urgently our project is needed. But we are only partway there. We have raised $2.5 million from private foundations, corporations and individual donors, and more is required to support our strategies which effectively break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, trauma, and adversity.
We are excited by the forward momentum of this project. Over the last decade, The Family Partnership has seen a 60% increase in demand for services. By bringing all of our services under one roof, we will create unique opportunities for children and their parents or caregivers together and complete our vision for a two-generation model in serving children and families in crisis. For more information on the Capital Campaign click here.