What do we do?

CRNRP is a neighborhood organization based in the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood of Minneapolis in the Brian Coyle Community Center. As of December 2015, the West Bank community voted and approved our NRP plan modification to reallocate NRP funds into 3 key areas of focus identified through a multi-year community engagement process: 

Neighborhood Safety

As an organizational and community priority for years, CRNRP will continue to make neighborhood safety a top priority. Starting in the summer of 2016, CRNRP with the help of numerous community partners will encourage neighborhood safety and community bonding through weekly safety walks. Safety walks are an easy way for the community to encourage a presence of community safety, identify broken public utilities to report to the authorities, and to remove trash and graffiti littering our streets. On the first Tuesday each month the neighborhood safety committee convenes to hear issues and opinions from various community members. Police officers who patrol the neighborhood, business and community partners, and all residents of the West Bank are invited to join in the conversation to address and improve the safety of the community. Safety is an issue that affects us all; help us keep our parks and community spaces safe!

Immigrant Women's Wealth Building

With our community's strong refugee population brings the challenges of starting life in a foreign country. As a result our community faces one of the highest poverty rates in Minneapolis. The challenges of building wealth are particularly difficult for immigrant women who juggle household responsibilities on top of other challenges refugees face. Through a small cohort assembled from the community, immigrant women will identify the challenges and skills they deem necessary in order to develop their entrepreneurial skills and accumulate wealth for them and their families. CRNRP will coordinate with the cohort to locate and schedule culturally appropriate trainings and resources identified by the women themselves. Through these efforts, women will develop valuable skills to better prepare them for future wealth building and, in turn, improve the earning capacity of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.

Early Childhood Education

Our community is a vibrant and young community that unfortunately lacks the resources for young families to provide appropriate early childhood education. CRNRP is taking the initiative to convene community members and partners for an extensive engagement process with the Cedar Riverside residents in need of the resources. The engagement process necessary to identify the specific resources community members have expressed the need for in order to locate and connect those resources to the community in a culturally competent manner. The engagement process will take place over an 18 month period and needs strong community participation to accurately address our community's needs!

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