Wells Foundation Board Members Visit EMERGE
Inez Bergquist
Photo: Emerge's Link students perform a rap song they have written for the guests at Emerge's Link Showcase program May 29th. The Wells Foundation has been a supporter of the Link program for several years.

A current grantee of the Wells Foundation, EMERGE, is a vibrant nonprofit in North Minneapolis which provides affordable housing and support to families in North Minneapolis. Wells board members James Davies, Katherine Goodale, and Lee Brant recently attended the May 20 Link Showcase Program and Celebration of EMERGE’s Career and Technology Center in the newly restored and repurposed North Branch Library at 1834 Emerson Avenue North. The Link program provides educational support and recreation to children and youth living in their affordable housing.

The program, from 5-6 30, gave Wells board members a chance to meet staff and program participants. The youth provided a performance for their families and guests, and a chance to tour the restored historic building.

EMERGE is a place-based community development agency, open to helping all people ready to redefine themselves, with special expertise in serving ex-offenders, at-risk youth, homeless fathers and their families, and immigrants and refugees. In 2014, they were honored to be recognized as the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Non-profit of the Year.”

Wells Foundation’s current grant focus is solutions to homelessness with an emphasis on youth and veterans. 2015 proposals are due October 1, 2015.

Wells Foundation sponsors a yearly Veterans Day concert, this year on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at 2 pm at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Admission is free with an offering taken to benefit veterans who are homeless or at risk for being homeless.