2006 Annual Report
2006 CAPSH Annual Report
Table of Contents
1 From the Executive Director
2 From the Board Chair
3 About CAPSH
6 Six National Goals
12 Financial Statement
13 2006 Supporters
From the Executive Director
As I reflect upon the work that we have done at
Community Action Partnership of Suburban
Hennepin (CAPSH) this past year, several things
On the positive side, we are working with more
cities, to attend to the needs of their respective
communities and the needs of the larger
community of suburban Hennepin County. We have worked with
communities to address such things as housing,
transportation and meeting basic needs. We have increased
the number of people who have been able to increase their
assets, from participation in the Family Assets in Minnesota Our mission: To
(FAIM) program to getting the Earned Income Tax Credit by
having their taxes prepared through our Tax Assistance
improve the quality
Program. We have also increased the numbers of diverse of life in suburban
grassroots community groups with which we are working, to Hennepin County
help ease the transition into life in suburban Hennepin
County, be it through cultural experiences or assistance with by creating and
housing, obtaining basic needs or employment. supporting links
While much that CAPSH has done in the past year has been
positive, there have been a number of areas where CAPSH individuals and
has not been able to serve many in need. Last year, communities
foreclosures in suburban Hennepin County doubled from the
year before; currently, CAPSH simply does not have the through service,
capacity to work with all those who call for help. Similarly, education and
amid a growing problem with homeless youth in our collaboration.
communities, CAPSH cannot increase services enough to
meet even a portion of the need. And above all, the need for
all our services, and the services of our partners who also
work to reduce the causes and effects of poverty, continues
to grow, at a higher rate in the suburbs than in Minneapolis.
As the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow, we must
continue to focus our efforts on providing needed services in ways that are
cost-efficient and of true benefit to achieving self-sufficiency of people and
of communities. To that end, CAPSH needs the help of public and private
donors. There must be a recognition that poverty in suburban Hennepin
County has surpassed that of the city, and there must be commensurate
funding of programs to alleviate that poverty. But even that may not be
From the Board Chair
It is a common misperception that poverty only
exists in inner cities, and that it isn’t possible BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Community Action Partnership
to have poverty in suburban communities. of Suburban Hennepin Board of
Directors is composed of
That just isn’t true. representatives from three sectors
of the community: one-third
In fact, now more than ever, poverty is represent low-income residents,
one-third are public officials or their
increasing in suburban Hennepin County designees and one-third are from
communities—in our communities. In addition the private sector.
to a 35 percent increase in the poverty rate of
suburban Twin Cities communities, suburban Richard Zierdt
food shelves are reporting a dramatic rise in Executive Director
demand for assistance. COMMUNITY SECTOR
Many of our neighbors are a paycheck away GillEtte Kinnon
from disaster. A paycheck away from being Char Wilkinson
homeless and hopeless. Ruth Ruffin, Secretary
Rev. Arthur Treadwell
Organizations like Community Action Edwina Garcia
Partnership of Suburban Hennepin are what
restore hope for many families in need. Their PRIVATE SECTOR
different programs and services cater to a
diverse clientele with many diverse needs, and Bob Hall
help low-income individuals and families Mark Matasovsky, Vice Chair
become self-sufficient members of the Saundra Spigner
community. John Purdy
As poverty increases in our communities, so
does the need for help. Community Action
Partnership wouldn’t exist without public Erik Aamoth
support. (designee for
Commissioner Penny Steele)
Marty Kirsch, Chair
As we enter into a new year full of new
Marvin Johnson, Treasurer
possibilities, please consider how you can help Dennis Hogan
Community Action Partnership of Suburban (designee for
Hennepin improve the lives of those living in Commissioner Randy Johnson)
our communities. John S. Helling
Commissioner Linda Koblick)
About Community Action
Partnership of Suburban Hennepin
Community Action Partnership (CAPSH) is a
community action agency working in all of the 45
suburban Hennepin County communities to “The war on poverty is
improve the lives of low-income people by creating not a struggle simply to
and supporting links between individuals and
communities through service, education and support people, to make
collaboration. them dependent on the
generosity of others.
With a staff of 32, CAPSH provides services to
individuals and families, helping enable them to
become self-sufficient members of the community. It is a struggle to give
people a chance.
These services include First Time Homebuyer
Education, Financial and Employment Counseling,
Asset Development, Reverse Mortgage It is an effort to allow
Counseling, Foreclosure Prevention, Home Rehab
Counseling, Energy Assistance, Employment them to develop and use
Services, Tax Assistance and Planning/ their capacities, as we
have been allowed to
In 2006, CAPSH served 41,996 people with a develop and use ours, so
variety of programs and services. that they can share, as
In addition, CAPSH partners with over 100 others, in the promise of
providers and organizations to improve the lives of this nation.
low-income people throughout suburban Hennepin
We do this, first of all,
CAPSH’s work is more important than ever as because it is right that we
more and more people are living in poverty.
According to a December 2006 Star Tribune
article, there are now more low-income people — Lyndon B. Johnson
living in area suburbs than in Minneapolis or St.
Paul. From 1999 to 2005, there was a 35 percent
increase in the poverty of suburban Twin Cities
households, compared to 21 percent increase in
central-city Twin Cities households. Nationwide,
1.3 million more people live in poverty in the suburbs versus the number
who live in poverty in the central cities.
Now is a critical time to join together and fight the war on poverty.
CAPSH will be the preeminent poverty fighting
agency in suburban Hennepin County.
To improve the quality of life in suburban Hennepin
County by creating and supporting links between
individuals and communities through service,
education and collaboration.
Everyone in suburban Hennepin should be able to obtain life’s essentials.
Community is shared responsibility.
People should be involved and informed about their options, and that
with information and tools they will take steps to improve their lives.
In the strength of individuals, families, and organizations, and in our
collective coming together we create communities of action.
People are interdependent, and therefore we provide opportunities for
community service. Both the giver and recipient are enhanced through
this mutual exchange.
Institutions should work on behalf of their customers, and we remove
barriers that restrict access to decision making.
In providing high quality services— through creative initiatives, prudent
management, comprehensive responses, and respectful and
Low-income people become more
Transitional Housing Program (THP)
THP is a program that assists families, youth and individuals who are homeless.
CAPSH’s Case Manager provides participants with the services that they need to
become self-sufficient. Initially, the case manager helps the individual or family
locate and secure safe, affordable housing. After the move, the case manager
conducts home visits and helps assist clients with maintaining their housing and
basic needs (e.g. money management, clothing, food, health, school).
In addition, the case manager conducts a tenant training class every
quarter that is mandatory for all THP clients to attend. The
comprehensive training covers a wide range of information that is relevant and
important to clients.
In 2006, CAPSH served 22 households with the THP and another 207 individuals
with emergency family services and homeless assistance.
The mother of two children with a third on the way, Jenny moved to Hennepin County with
her children’s father to start over, determined to make a better life for her children.
Unfortunately, her children’s father had other plans. After he left, Jenny and her children
were forced out of his sister’s home and into a shelter.
Despite being a homeless, pregnant single mother, Jenny was not about to give up. To
help get her life on track, she called Community Action Partnership of Suburban
Jenny worked with Pat Longs, CAPSH’s Senior Case Manager on finding permanent
housing for her and her children. Jenny’s case manager not only found her a suitable
apartment and furniture to go in it, but she also helped Jenny find a job as a security
guard and connected her to affordable child care.
More determined than ever, Jenny worked the night shift as a security guard so she was
able to attend school during the day. When transportation became unaffordable, CAPSH
provided her with bus cards to get her to and from work and school.
In August of 2006, Jenny graduated from school and took a job as a medical assistant.
With the help of CAPSH, Jenny managed to get on her feet and start her journey
toward a successful future.
The conditions in which low-income
people live are improved.
Home Maintenance Repair & Rehab Program
CAPSH’s Home Maintenance Repair & Rehab Program assists low-income
individuals and families in prioritizing projects to improve their homes. More
importantly, this also improves communities by increasing housing, stabilizing
communities and making residents feel more connected to their communities.
The program includes inspecting homes for needed repairs and writing
specifications for renovations, locating grants and loans to finance home repair.
CAPSH’s home rehab advisor can also help a homeowner become familiar with
the bidding and contract process and with how to choose a qualified contractor.
In addition to the repair program, CAPSH also offers Home Buyer Education
classes, and reverse mortgage and foreclosure prevention counseling services to
help suburban Hennepin County residents successfully and affordably maintain a
In 2006, 417 households participated in CAPSH’s Home Maintenance Repair &
Rehab Program. 43 households qualified and received housing funds to
structurally improve their homes and 177 households were assisted with
emergency energy-related repairs.
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Hennepin County Votes
Hennepin County Votes is a program developed by CAPSH to increase voter
participation levels among historically underrepresented groups. CAPSH strives
to improve voting levels through a variety of strategies designed to inform and
empower potential voters to make their voice heard.
CAPSH believes that a more diverse electorate, one that reflects the
demographic composition of suburban Hennepin County as a whole, is essential
to the health of our democracy and a key component of giving voice to groups
that too often are ignored.
In 2006, 195 individuals took part in CAPSH voter registration and education
In a mid-term election year, civic involvement is
In 2006, CAPSH participated in several events
around suburban Hennepin County, educating the
community on voting rights and voter registration
In addition to Hennepin County Votes, several
CAPSH employees participated in Election Day Community Developer Troy
activities, including the Minnesota Participation Reynolds educates a group of
Project’s (MPP) nonpartisan Get Out The Vote Hennepin County Technical College
drive. MPP provides CAPSH with various students on the U.S. Constitution.
resources and is a partner in voter education.
MPP’s purpose is to support, encourage and
expand the capacity of nonprofit organizations to engage in voter mobilization efforts. On
Election Day, those efforts included making phone calls, knocking on doors, giving rides
to the polls and being visible in the public.
Troy Reynolds, Community Developer for CAPSH, and Brooke Gullikson, Communications
Coordinator for CAPSH, took part in Election Day activities by door-knocking in areas with
historically low voter turnout. “The people in the community were really receptive to the
message, understanding the importance of voting and how it can impact their lives,” said
Partnerships among supporters and
providers of services to low-income
people are achieved.
Providing resources and creating links within suburban Hennepin County is the
focus of CAPSH’s work. CAPSH’s success in this area is measured by its ability to
create and maintain partnerships with local community organizations.
CAPSH’s Planning and Development department is currently working with eight
organizations to help expand efforts in the community. These grassroots
community groups expand the provision of direct services to low-income people,
seniors, immigrants, youth and others in the community. These partnerships
exist to help eradicate the effects of poverty and move toward a more
In addition, CAPSH partnered with 99 organizations and emergency service
providers in 2006 to help maximize assistance efforts in suburban Hennepin
Five years ago, MIRA (Módulo de Información,
Recursos y Apoyo) was started by three Latino women
concerned about struggles of new immigrants to adapt
to a new country and culture. They established the
organization with the goal of being a Latino
resource center and an avenue for the Spanish
community to access social service agencies.
MIRA and CAPSH have been partners since 2004, when CAPSH supported MIRA’s efforts
by serving as an organizer, catalyst and resource for the organization. Support from
CAPSH has included technical and grant writing assistance, legal aid and event support.
In addition, Marcy Harris, CAPSH’s Planning and Development Director, helped MIRA
organize their board of directors when they first opened in April 2002.
Gretchen Valdez, a volunteer for MIRA, says that the help the organization receives from
CAPSH is priceless. “We feel like we have a partner in this. It’s like a huge weight lifted
off our shoulders. We feel like we’re not alone.”
Agencies increase their capacity to
CAPSH embraces the diverse cultures of suburban Hennepin County, and offers
programs and services that cater to the diverse community.
Cecilia Howard, Cultural Liaison for CAPSH, says this recognition of culture and
diversity makes a big impact on clients. Howard teaches the Homeowner
Workshop and Financial Literacy classes in Spanish and works to facilitate
self-sufficiency within the Hispanic community. “The suburban Hennepin County
communities are very diverse. I’m glad to be part of an organization that
recognizes this diversity, and tailors their programs for different cultures.”
Minority staff make up 40% of CAPSH’s employees,
and in 2006, 100% of the minority staff and board
members were retained. Through CAPSH’s
dedication to serving all people, it was able to meet Agency Impact
the language needs of program participants.
In addition, CAPSH attends several events and 41, 996 people were served through
works with different community groups that CAPSH programs and services.
represent the different cultures in the community.
746 people were served with
CAPSH’s website is available in English, employment and training services.
Spanish, Somali and Hmong languages. Partnered with 99 organizations to
improve services in suburban Hennepin
1,048 households participated in
CAPSH’s foreclosure prevention
420 households enrolled in CAPSH’s
health partnership program for
assistance in meeting their health
Staff and board members completed 8
strategic planning sessions.
Low-income people, especially
vulnerable populations, achieve their
potential by strengthening family and
other supportive systems.
CAPSH Energy Assistance Program (EAP)
The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) is CAPSH’s federally-funded
program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. The
program assists families who would otherwise be unable to pay the cost of their
In 2006, EAP provided 9,717 households in suburban Hennepin County with
energy-related assistance. 2,498 households received energy crisis assistance.
An additional 140 households received fuel fund assistance.
82-year-old Dick Flugum is an avid reader who loves to collect postcards
and ancient Greek silver coins.
Having lived in the same house in Minnetonka since 1969, the $929 a
month he receives from Social Security simply isn’t enough to handle all
of his expenses. “Social Security goes pretty fast,” says Flugum.
Last winter, when Flugum owed money to the fuel oil company and
couldn’t afford it, he turned to CAPSH for help. “The people at CAPSH
were so friendly and helpful,” says Flugum.
The Energy Assistance Program awarded him with funds so he was able
to pay his fuel bill. “If I didn’t have energy assistance, I wouldn’t be able
to afford it,” explains Flugum. “I’d probably freeze.”
for Year Ending December 31, 2006
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
Cash and cash equivalents $ 94,389
Investments $ 267,971
Grants receivable $ 259,817
Accounts receivable $ 5,881
Prepaid expenses $ 52,859
Total current assets $ 680,917
Property and equipment $
Furniture and fixtures $ 88,335
Accumulated depreciation $ (18,768)
Total property and equipment, net $ 69,567
TOTAL ASSETS $ 750,484
Liabilities and Net Assets
Accounts payable $ 51,472
Due to fiscal agents $ 42,707
Accrued expenses $ 76,928
Grant funds received in advance $ 8,706
Total Current Liabilities $ 179,813
Undesignated $ 502,334
Board designated for future initiatives $ 68,337
Total unrestricted net assets $ 570,671
TOTAL LIABIITIES AND NET ASSETS $ 750,484
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
Unrestricted public support and revenue
Government grants $ 2,461,633
Contributions $ 34,531
Total public support $ 2,496,164
Investment income $ 21,265
Other revenue $ 23,956
Total revenue $ 45,221
Total unrestricted public support $ 2,541,385
Community development $ 121,321
Housing services $ 582,536
Energy assistance $ 946,723
Other $ 270,309
Total program services $ 1,920,889
Management and general $ 579,536
Fundraising $ 42,559
Total expenses $ 2,542,984
Change in unrestricted net assets $ (1,599)
Unrestricted net assets—December 31, 2005 $ 572,270
Unrestricted net assets—December 31, 2006 $ 570,671
CAPSH in the community
CAPSH participates in the 2006
Eden Prairie International
Housing Specialist Denise Casper-Smith talks
with an attendee of the Fall 2006 Senior Expo
at Mystic Lake Casino.
CAPSH employee Bill O’Meara
takes part in CEAP’s annual Spring
Clean-Up, helping seniors prepare
their yards for summer.
Yee Vang and Opheous Randall help a
FAIM Counselor Rhea Manning client prepare her taxes during one of
conducts a class. CAPSH’s tax assistance sessions.
The help and vital support of committed individuals, organizations and businesses
throughout the area make it possible for CAPSH to continue to serve individuals
and families. They include our hardworking Board of Directors, dedicated staff
and many representatives of private industry and government who participate with
us in our efforts to combat poverty. Community Action Partnership of Suburban
Hennepin would like to express sincere gratitude to the following individuals and
Marcy L. Harrs ▪ Eric Keating Aamoth ▪ Janis A. Callison ▪ Kendall– Purdy Group, Inc. ▪
John K. Purdy ▪ Cheryl Gill ▪ Wright Hennepin Trust ▪ Debra Schmit ▪ Paul Sperduto ▪ St.
Philip The Deacon Lutheran Church ▪ Richard Plufka ▪ William and Mary O’Meara ▪
Brookdale Library ▪ Southdale Library ▪ Eden Prairie Library ▪ Westonka Library ▪ Rogers
Library ▪ Ridgedale Library ▪ MIRA ▪ CEAP ▪ Bloomington Civic Plaza ▪ Plymouth Creek
Center ▪ Mizpah Church ▪ City of Eden Prairie ▪ City of Maple Grove ▪ Oak Grove Lutheran
Church ▪ St. Alphonsus Church ▪ Parkhaven Apartments ▪ Church of the Assumption
In 2006, CAPSH volunteers provided 2,978 hours of service. Three program
services increased due to volunteer participation. A big thanks to all CAPSH
volunteers, who helped make 2006 a success!
Jeanne McTootle ▪ Char Wilkinson ▪ Ruth Ruffin ▪ Khadra Dale ▪ Linda Pearson ▪ Edwina
Garcia ▪ Dorothy Janssen ▪ Bob Hall ▪ Mark Matasovsky ▪ Saundra Spigner ▪ John Purdy ▪
Matthew Smith ▪ Erik Aamoth ▪ Marty Kirsch ▪ Marvin Johnson ▪ Dennis Hogan ▪ John S.
Helling ▪ Janis Callison ▪ Jim Nelson ▪ Mike Weiland ▪ Barb Graham ▪ Jennifer Rubenzer ▪
Jane Laird ▪ Allison Laird ▪ Aaron Miller ▪ John Ronan ▪ Annette Ronan ▪ Kevon Manning ▪
Latrece Foster ▪ Anthony Howard ▪ Arthur Howard ▪ Alexander Howard ▪ Joanna Taguinud
When Maria Sperduto discovered that energy assistance programs around the country
were facing the reality of reduced funds, she decided to do something about it.
The Orono High School 10th grader met with Scott Zemke, Director of Operations for
CAPSH. Zemke informed Sperduto about CAPSH’s Reach Out for Warmth program—
CAPSH’s local fuel fund, operated by the Energy Assistance Program.
After the meeting, Sperduto formed Youth Energy Assistance (YEA). She has brought in
hundreds of dollars for Energy Assistance and currently has several fundraising projects
“This impressive young lady is really making a difference for many families,” says Zemke.
“We are happy to partner with YEA to continue improving the lives of those that live in our
CAPSH is proud to partner with the following
organizations in the suburban Hennepin County
AARP ▪ AccountAbility Minnesota ▪ Alliance for Families and Children ▪ Amicus ▪
Bloomington Youth Coffeehouse Initiave ▪ Bridging, Inc. ▪ CAPLAW ▪ Carver
County HRA ▪ CEAP ▪ Centro Legal ▪ Children’s Mental Health Collaborative ▪
Christ Temple ▪ City of Bloomington ▪ City of Brooklyn Park ▪ City of Eden Prairie ▪
City of Edina ▪ City of Maple Grove ▪ City of Minnetonka ▪ City of New Hope ▪ City
of Plymouth ▪ City of Richfield ▪ City of St. Louis Park ▪ Communities in
Collaboration ▪ Community Action Partnership (national) ▪ Crisis Connection ▪
CROSS ▪ Dialog Line ▪ Eden Prairie Project Hope ▪ Edina Family Service
Collaborative ▪ Edina Realty ▪ Edina Resource Center ▪ Fair Housing
Implementation Council ▪ Faith Community Nurse Network ▪ Familink ▪ Garden &
Associates ▪ Get Connected ▪ Hennepin County ▪ Hennepin South Services
Collaborative ▪ HIRED ▪ Homeless & Refugee Children ▪ Homeownership Center ▪
Hopkins Area Family Resource Center ▪ HUD ▪ Intercongregation Communities
Association ▪ IOCP ▪ Kids Care Connection ▪ Legal Aid ▪ Lutheran Social Services ▪
Maple Grove Healthy Community Initiative ▪ Meadowbrook Collaborative ▪
Methodist Hospital Social Services ▪ Minnetonka Family Service Collaborative ▪
Minnetonka Heights ▪ MIRA ▪ MN Community Action Association ▪ MN Dept. of
Commerce ▪ MN Housing Finance Agency ▪ MN Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention
Association ▪ MN Office of Economic Opportunity ▪ Mizpah Church ▪ NEAR ▪
Necedah’s Pathway ▪ North Hennepin Mediation ▪ NW Hennepin Family Service
Collaborative ▪ Oak Grove Lutheran Church ▪ Orono Healthy Communities/
Healthy Youth ▪ Park Nicollet— Caring Clinics ▪ People Moving Forward ▪ Plymouth
Creek Center ▪ Plymouth/Orono/Wayzata Partners in Prevention ▪ PRISM ▪
Project Keeping the Faith ▪ PROP ▪ Ramsgate ▪ Resource Center of the Americas
▪ Richfield Community Council ▪ Ridgedale YMCA ▪ Robbinsdale Redesign ▪ ROMA
Teams ▪ Schools & Community in Partnership ▪ Senior Federation ▪ Sojourner ▪
St. Alphonsus Church, Brooklyn Center ▪ St. Anthony Family Service Collaborative
▪ St. David’s Childrens Services ▪ St. Louis Park Family Service Collaborative ▪
Sustainable Resources Center ▪ Thorson Family Resource Center ▪ Tri-Valley
Opportunity Council ▪ VEAP ▪ Walk a Mile ▪ WeCAN ▪ Wells Fargo ▪ West Central
Communities Action ▪ West Metro Voices for Children ▪ Westonka Community
Education ▪ Westonka Family Service Collaborative ▪ WHALT ▪ Wright Hennepin
having little or no money to meet the
basic necessities of life
to desire with confidence
Please help CAPSH eradicate poverty,
increase hope and change people’s lives in
suburban Hennepin County by making a
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