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The Many Faces of Twin Cities RISE!

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The following companies have hired our participants into

The mission of Twin Cities RISE!

Final Placement jobs during the past ten years.

is to provide employers with skilled workers – primarily men from communities of color in the Twin Cities area – by training under- and unemployed adults for skilled jobs that pay a living wage of at least $20,000 annually.




African American



9% Multiracial/ Other 4% Asian 4%

American Indian 3% Latino/Hispanic 3%

73% male 27% female

AAA Minneapolis African American AIDS Task Force African American Family Services Airport Taxi, Inc. Alliance One Alliant Techsystems Inc. Ameriprise Financial (formerly American Express)* Ampco System Parking Apartment Services Plus Inc. Arc Greater Twin Cities Armstrong Subway, Inc. As Soon As Possible, Inc. Asplundh Tree Expert Co. Associates ITS AT&T Banta Corporation Bellcomb Technologies, Inc. B.F. Nelson Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities Bon Appetit Management Company Boston Scientific Corporation Breaking Free Inc. Bro-Tex Inc. Cable Imaging Solutions Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis Celestica Inc. Cheme Industries Comprehensive Services, Inc. Conseco Finance Securitizations Corp. Crompton Seager & Tufte LLC Crystal D Cummins Power Generation Data Recognition Corporation Deluxe Corporation The Design Group Dungarvin Minnesota Inc. Ecolab Electronic Communications Systems Experior Assessments, LLC Express Scripts Inc. Faegre & Benson LLP FBG Service Corporation Services Federal Bank of Minnesota Ford Motor Company Gavzy Group GCI Systems, Inc. General Mills Goodin Company Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Green Tree Financial Corporation Greyhound Bus Lines Hanson Spancrete Midwest Co. Hayes Residence H.B. Fuller Company Health Partners Inc. HealthEast Rice Street Clinic Hennepin County

Hennepin County Medical Center Hilton Hotel HIRED HMS Label Specialties Inc. The Hogan Company Holiday Inn Select & Suites The Home Depot Honeywell International Inc. I.C. System, Inc. Ikon Office Solutions Incorporated Independent Packing Services, Inc. ING ReliaStar IntelliRisk Management Corporation Iron Mountain Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Jacobs Trading Company Japs-Olson Company The John Roberts Company Keller Fence Company - North, Inc. Keystone Computer Solutions, Inc. FedEx Kinko's Kurt Manufacturing Lason Liberty Carton Company Liberty Diversified Industries The Link Lindquist & Vennum PLLP Lofton Label, Inc. Loring Nicollet-Bethlehem Community Centers Lowe Industries Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota Magnum Tire Corporation Minnesota Diversified Industries Meat Concepts MEDTOX Scientific, Inc. Medtronic Mental Health Resources, Inc. Merry Maids Midwest Special Services, Inc. Minneapolis Public Housing Authority Minneapolis Public Schools Minnesota Department of Transportation Minnesota Grinding, Inc. Mission Foods Minnesota Life Insurance Co. MN Wire & Cable Co. Modern Machine Shop Money Gram International, Inc. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Musicland Stores Corporation Nash Finch Company National Car Rental NCS Pearson North Memorial Hospital Northwest Airlines

Now Micro Inc. On Time Delivery Service Operation de Novo, Inc. Opportunity Partners Packaging Corporation of America Park Nicollet Health Services Partners in Pediatrics, Ltd. The Phoenix Residence, Inc. Presbyterian Homes & Services Prudential Insurance Co. Quality Machine Inc. RBC Dain Rauscher Recycle Technologies Regions Hospital Regulus Group LLC Reliant Energy, Inc. Ricoh Business Systems Room & Board, Inc. Sandcastle Child Care Center SCC Cleaning Co. Schroeder Company Scoville Press Inc. Seagate Technologies Second Harvest Heartland Securian Financial Group, Inc. Shadin Company Inc. The Sheffield Group Smith Foundry Co. Sprint/Nextel StarTribune Stein Industries, Inc. SterilMed, Inc. Strom Engineering Corporation Success Computer Consulting Sunrise Community Bank SUPERVALU Inc.* Target Corporation* TCF Bank Time Warner Cable Total Solutions Consulting, Inc. Turning Point, Inc. Twin Cities RISE! Twin Cities Stores Inc. Twin City Glass Co. Inc. U.S. Bank* Union Pacific Railroad UnitedHealth Group UnitedHealthcare United Resource Networks United Stationary Co. University of Minnesota University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview Valspar Corporation Velocity Express Inc. Verizon Wireless VerSaTil Associates, Inc. Viacom Outdoor Wal-Mart Way to Grow Wells Fargo* Western Bank * TCR!’s top five hiring partners based on total number of participants hired.


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Dear Friends,

Core Program

Twin Cities RISE!’s success is due to the hard work of hundreds of dedicated


coaches, teachers, volunteers, donors and employers who support our participants’ development, and of course the work of our participants themselves. On the following pages you will meet some of these individuals and learn how the many faces of TCR! work together to help families break the cycle of poverty. Graduate Earl Holmes tells you his extraordinary story

obtained jobs earning higher salaries than ever before.

of persistence, and volunteer Robin Gotler explains why she devotes so much time tutoring Awali Place participants like Karim Pierre. Liz Jordan tells us why she left the corporate world to teach our participants, and manager John Herbes of Wells Fargo reveals why he hires TCR! graduates over other candidates. Finally, Jim Frey shares his family’s reasons for supporting TCR! so generously over the years. More than any other group in our community, African American men face the most barriers to success and have few other options for their


development. We serve African American men through a continuum of programming that meets participants where their needs are. Awali Inside/Out provides Personal Empowerment to incarcerated men in correctional facilities. Awali Place is a first stop for men leaving

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incarceration or younger men trying to leave the street life, and this year we opened Awali Place East in Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood. Between these programs and our Core Program, which serves both men and women,

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TCR! provided coaching, educational training, vocational classes and



Personal Empowerment training to more than 1,600 individuals in 2007.


Despite experiencing an operating deficit, we were able to maintain


programming without interruption by borrowing from our board-designated



reserves. This allowed us to continue to fulfill our mission of placing





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participants into living-wage jobs. Our Core Program graduates in 2007 obtained jobs earning higher salaries than ever before: graduates earned an average of $25,279, more than five times their earnings the year they

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

entered TCR!.

Because some participants were served by multiple TCR! programs, 1,602 is the total unduplicated number served in 2007.

Also in 2007, Mike Bingham, our former CEO and President, returned to the business world after six years with us. His tenure was marked by strong

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Core Program Advancement Institute Awali Inside/Out Awali Place

growth across our organization. Mike will continue to serve on the board, for which we are grateful. 2008 is shaping up to be a challenging year because of the economy. However, TCR! is a strong organization ready to face those challenges. With your assistance, we will continue to meet our commitment to those members of our community who are most in need. Thank you for your ongoing support of our work.

Special thanks to departing board members Phil Davis, Mike Oesterreich, Mary Rosenthal and Sandy Vargas for their many contributions to our work.

Steve Rothschild Founder & Board Chair

Peggy Yusten Chief Operating Officer 3

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THE FACE OF THE CORE PROGRAM TCR! CORE PROGRAM The Core Program provides compre-

“You have to realize

hensive training and personal coaching leading to a living-wage job. We offer

that a person who

more than 25 courses in basic educa-

puts drugs and alcohol

tional skills, vocational skills and

in their body to excess,

Personal Empowerment. Two-thirds of

they’re not

able benefit from their training with us.

caring very much about

In 2007, participants obtaining their


Final Placement jobs earned an average of $25,279 annually plus benefits and a career path. This is a 565 percent increase





active participants achieve a measur-


income. “It’s kind of like you’re on a suicide mission, on an installment plan.”

$25,279 plus benefits

Average Final Placement Salary


Earl knows that life only too well. “My life prior to TCR! was drugs and alcohol,” he says. “I never stayed on a job any length of time.” After 17 years in and out of prison, Earl Holmes came to TCR! to change his life. Personal Empowerment quickly began to make an impact on him. “Empowerment was a big tool for me,” he says. “It helped me realize that I personally am important, valuable and lovable, and that other people are too. And once I started loving myself and other people, I didn’t want to live that old lifestyle any more.” Earl took courses in TCR!’s operations track and obtained his Final Placement position as a Material Handler with Mission Foods in April 2006. He credits Personal Empowerment with helping him navigate challenges at work. “Prior to that, [any problem] was grounds for me to hit the road,” he says. “But I hung in there. Empowerment gave me the confidence to believe that I could be successful in whatever I endeavor to do.” Personal Empowerment has also helped Earl reconnect with his family. “They’ve begun to trust me again. I can be a father to my children, a friend to my friends, and a husband to my wife — things I wasn’t able to do before.”

$4,472 Average Pre-Program Income


Earl is now preparing to start college and become an addiction counselor. “My thinking is that if I can help one person who was like me, I will have helped the world.”

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THE FACE OF PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT ABOUT PERSONAL EMPOWERMENT Personal Empowerment training is the backbone of TCR!. It is a cognitive

“My son lives in a

restructuring curriculum that helps parti-

good neighborhood. I’ve been able

cipants learn to control their states of mind. Most of our participants come from generational poverty, meaning

to actually save money

that they, their parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents have lived

over 15 years.”

in poverty for their entire lives. As a

2007 Robert Morris Empowerment Award winneR: Laurie Sanders


for the first time in

result, they have learned behaviors and beliefs that enable them to survive on the street but not become responsible or economically secure. Personal Empowerment helps participants look within themselves to

Laurie Sanders came to TCR! in June of 2006 in search of the skills to get

control their emotions and seek out

a job. “I was unemployed and unemployable,” she says. “I also had low

solutions to life’s challenges. Many

self-esteem and self-worth.”

participants for the first time in their

Like many TCR! participants, Laurie got more than the computer and

lives begin to have hope, because they

interview skills that had drawn her to our program. Personal

know that they can control their own

Empowerment became the most valuable set of skills she received at TCR!.

lives and futures. With hope, they seek

“I use Empowerment every day,” she says. “I use it to hold my head up

education, negotiate disputes, and

during times of stress both on the job and at home. It is an important

defer gratification. They begin believing

and valuable part of who I am.”

in their potential to be successful both

Personal Empowerment helped Laurie obtain the self-confidence and

professionally and personally, which in

equilibrium she needed to launch a career. She has now been employed as

turn leads to self esteem, responsibili-

a Sales Assistant with a computer consulting company for more than a year.

ty and accountability. It is these

“Working full time has enabled me to get off welfare and out of subsidized housing,” Laurie says. In the fall of 2007, Laurie was selected as the winner of the 2007

qualities that employers tell us they value even more than the academic and occupational skills we also teach.

Robert Morris Empowerment Award. She used the award money to purchase a computer for her son, who will be starting college in a few years. She put the remaining funds into savings and plans to use it to start a retirement account. And she sees herself continuing to grow her career with Success Computer Consulting. “It’s a perfect fit,” she says. “I couldn’t ask for more – I truly love my job!” The Empowerment Award is a monetary award given each year to one Final Placement who demonstrates Personal Empowerment in action and writing. It is named after former TCR! staff member Robert Morris, who played a major role in developing and piloting our Personal Empowerment curriculum. 5

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THE FACE OF AWALI AWALI PLACE Awali Place offers men assistance as they re-establish themselves in the

“Sure enough you can make mistakes, but you can

community after leaving prison or the street





participants become part of a supportive community of men who foster each

overcome those mistakes.”

other’s personal growth and encourage positive life changes. Men engage in Empowerment




preparation, with the goal of entering TCR!’s Core Program, obtaining steady employment or studying with another educational or training program. Awali Place has two locations in the Twin Cities: North Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood.

AWALI INSIDE/OUT Awali Inside/Out works in prisons to bring Personal Empowerment and transition support directly to incarcerated men. Participants begin to face the choices and challenges that have led them to prison, and they build selfworth and obtain new hope for the future so that they can give up their former lifestyles. Men are encouraged to go to Awali Place or the Core Program following their release so that they can train for living-wage employment. Some correctional facility partners allow participants to engage in a job search program conducted at Awali Place prior to release. In 2007, Awali Inside/Out worked in Ramsey County Correctional Facility and the Minnesota Correctional Facilities at Faribault, Moose Lake and Stillwater.


weekly work skills coaching, Personal

AWALI PLACE PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT: KARIM PIERRE When Karim Pierre got out of prison, all he had was $100 and some stateissued clothing. He came to Awali Place in search of a job, but at first it wasn’t easy for him to participate in the Personal Empowerment classes that are the backbone of Awali. “In prison you feel so secluded, so at first I couldn’t really open up. I would never talk,” he remembers. “But I started to feel close to people in the program and it started to motivate me.” Awali Place staff helped Karim get a subsistence-level job and his own place to live. Living alone, he says, “keeps me grounded. Before, I never really took time out for myself. And that’s maybe why my life went that way. Now I can focus on me.” Since Karim hadn’t finished high school, his coach encouraged him to take advantage of Awali Place’s GED instruction. “At first I never thought I could pass a test,” remembers Karim. “But I passed two of the five GED tests. And I started to see that Awali Place wasn’t all about just having a 9 to 5 job. It’s about finishing school and having a career, and being empowered at the same time, knowing that you can do it.” The support Karim has received from the staff and his fellow Awali Place participants has played a huge role in helping him start building a new life. And he wants to share this new life with his daughter. Although she’s only one year old, Karim is already thinking about how to help her avoid the struggles he sees in teenage girls dealing with pregnancy, drugs or abandonment. “I want to be with my girl all the time now,” he says. “I don’t want her to go through that.” Karim continues to study for his three remaining GED tests and hopes to continue his education once this goal is met. “I really want to get a degree. I want to have a voice in the community and say, ‘Don’t do what I did.’ I want to show youth that there’s a better way in life.”


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TCR! graduates featured in the 2006 Annual Report:


“My job has allowed me to grow and become independenT.”

“Working at TCR! has helped me

understand what service and personal satisfaction really mean.”

Kevin Stewart has been in his Final Placement job with U.S. Bank for two years, and he is still using the skills he learned at Twin Cities RISE! on a daily


basis. “I use my communications skills the most,” he says. “I still use them every day with co-workers.” Kevin also uses the Financial Empowerment skills that have helped him move out on his own and plan for future homeownership. He continues to enjoy his job and plans on being there for a long time. “There are a lot of things I can still learn from being in the corporate world,” he says. “U.S. Bank is a company that impacts so many people’s lives. I feel good about my role there.”

“Empowerment has given me the confidence to

perform in life. DANI WERNER

To be able to accept life on life’s terms and achieve my dreams.”

As an instructor – just one of her many roles at TCR! – Liz Jordan incorporates Personal Empowerment into the classes she teaches in order to help participants see their ability to succeed

It has now been three and a half years since Kelli Schnobrich obtained her Final Placement position in the banking field. Several raises and promotions later, Kelli is doing better than ever in her position as a loan processor. “I think my family’s greatest success over the past year has been keeping this home and becoming even more of a family,” says Kelli, referring to the house she purchased a year ago. “My kids and I absolutely love the house.” This stability came hard-won for Kelli. She battled addiction for years before finally achieving sobriety and coming to TCR!, where she gained self-confidence and vital office skills. “Obviously my customer service skills and computer skills are still used on a daily basis,” she says. “But the most important piece I still take with me everywhere I go is Empowerment.”

in areas like writing or customer service. “I help them turn failure messages into ‘I can, I will,’” she says. Prior to joining TCR!, Liz had a long career in corporate management and training. “The bottom line is people,” says Liz, explaining why she made the career change. “At TCR! I’ve realized that as a person of color I had a responsibility to share my gifts with others. I’ve become a better person as a result.”


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“We give the job to

Cities RISE!, and their hiring require-

the most qualified

ments help set our program standards. Wells Fargo is a longstanding and

candidate. And the best

valuable partner for Twin Cities RISE!.

candidates are coming through Twin Cities RISE!.”

They hire our participants, support our program financially, sponsor events and provide us with employee volunteers. TRAVIS ANDERSON

Over the past eight years, Wells Fargo has hired 37 TCR! participants into living-wage jobs – more than any other company with which we work.

Cash Vault Operations Manager, Wells Fargo: JOHN HERBES John Herbes has hired three TCR! participants since learning about the organization one year ago. What’s the difference between TCR! participants and candidates coming from other hiring sources? “Compared to other services, TCR! is exceeding expectations,” says John. “TCR! helps the employee know they have value and worth. And that to me as an employer


is good, because if they have value and worth, they’re more productive,

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more engaged, more willing to learn, and want to grow. This isn’t just a job for them. It’s the start of a career.” John has become so committed to TCR! that he even volunteers as a guest speaker. “Personally, I like to have more involvement with TCR! because it’s making a difference in the community,” he says. “TCR! isn’t just talking about the problem of unemployment or having the ability to get a job, they’re doing something about it. TCR! is an organization that really believes in what they’re doing, and the outcome of their program speaks for itself.”


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Annual Report to Stakeholders Luncheon The advancement institute “We’re not just

What is the Advancement Institute?

changing individual lives here,

Four hundred people can tell you, after having participated in our training sessions in 2007. The Advancement

but the lives of families, kids and generations to come – we realize there just can’t be a better bang for the charitable buck in the Twin Cities.” –Keynote Speaker, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman

Institute is a branch of TCR! that brings our life-changing Personal Empowerment training to all parts of the community. Participants walk away with a wide array of positive results: ■

Employees learn to strengthen their communication

Senator Norm Coleman with TCR! graduate speaker Tyanna Bryant.



management skills. ■

Managers discover how to effectively train and support their staff.

Students take responsibility for their schoolwork and their school attendance - and teachers notice a decrease in behavioral problems.

The 2007 Annual Report to Stakeholders Luncheon featured keynote speaker U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, who highlighted his longstanding

to cultivate self-worth in their

support of TCR!’s work. Board member Derek Hayes and employer John


Herbes of Wells Fargo told the crowd of more than 225 guests why they believe in TCR!’s outcomes. Finally, Founder and Board Chair Steve Rothschild spoke about TCR!’s newest initiatives, and TCR! graduates Tyanna Bryant and Andre Corbett told their stories of transformation. The Stakeholders Luncheon was sponsored by Wells Fargo, preceded by a reception sponsored by Faegre & Benson, with additional support from SUPERVALU and The Hogan Group.

Social service providers learn how

Parents learn skills to positively support their children’s developing minds.

The Advancement Institute generates income to offset costs of our programs and extends our reach to other organizations that can utilize our signature Personal Empowerment program. In 2007, groups that benefited from this training include the Jeremiah Program, The

The Hogan Group





Dubuque, Saint Paul Public Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools, and many companies in the Twin Cities. To contact the Advancement Institute about training opportunities for your business, school or organization, e-mail or call (612) 338-0295. 9

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THE FACE OF A TCR! VOLUNTEER GET INVOLVED WITH TCR! Volunteers play a critical role in suppor t i ng th e s u c c e s s o f T C R !

“I like that this is about more than just learning to read and write.

This is about changing lives.”

participants. Volunteer opportunities include: Conducting practice interviews with participants

Volunteer Robin Gotler teaches GED classes at both Awali

Tutoring participants (computer,

Place sites for four hours each week. “I focus a lot on

math, writing, resume, GED)

reading and writing, and a little bit on some of the other

Assisting instructors in classes

areas like social studies,” she says. “I try to make it

Speaking in a TCR! class about


business experience ■


Of the many organizations where Robin could have lent her skills, she

Helping with a TCR! event (logistics,

picked TCR! for our mission and focus on Personal Empowerment. “I was

mailings, public relations)

really impressed with what I read about Twin Cities RISE!,” she remem-

Providing general office support

bers. “It’s exciting to feel like you are making a difference. When you find volunteer work that is the right fit for you, it’s very personally satisfying.”

For information on how to volunteer,

Robin is inspired by the participants at Awali Place. “I’m so impressed

email or

with the work that the men are doing. I’m just showing up a couple of

call (651) 603-8520.

times a week and talking about how to write an essay,” she says. “These guys are doing the heavy lifting.”

TCR! thanks the many volunteers who donated their skills in 2007! David Abrams Jesus Aguirre Phil Allen Ruth Alliband Michelle Alm Toyin Alowonle Jerry Anderson Jen Antila Rebecca Aurit Trisha Barnsten Lois Bell Kim Bennett Craig Bentdahl Sabrina Berg Lynn Beutel Mary Bildsten Mike Bingham Paige Bingham Sarah Bjelland John Blackshaw Michael Boyle Dave Briscoe Carla Brown Gayle Bryant Tyanna Bryant Evan Buntrock Alvan Burman Scott Burns Andrea Buzzell Perry Carter Steve Chappell Yun-Mi Choi Bill Clark Angie Conley


Andre Corbett Pat Croal Ted Cushmore Leslie Davis Meghan Davis Phil Davis Lauretta Dawolo Anthony Dew Jackie Doehling Matt Drawz Judy Earling Paul Engleson Karl Eriksen Joan Estenson Shaun Evans Dan Farrar Rebekah Fawcett Elmira Fayizulina Grace Forciea Jack Forciea Michelle Ford Vincent Francoual Susanne Franklin Jessica Galvan Nate Gansen Chen Gao Alex Garske Megan Germo Brenda Gilmer Nicolas Giraud David Goldstein Morris Goodwin Erica Gordon Robin Gotler

Robyn Green James Hale Emily Hansen Mark Hansen Keith Hardy Jill Harmon Derek Hayes Peter Heegaard John Herbes Byron Hill Dave Hubers Shirley Hubers Elisha Huse Kristi Hykes Chelsea Jackson Sarah Jackson Neera Jain Doug Jandro Amy Johnson Margo Johnson Sandie Johnson Valeria Johnson-McCullar Ken Kendle Pamela Kivi Kelli Kitchen Maria Kirsch Megan Kordus Ambar Kumar Willianto Kurniawan Dan Laskey Diane Lawrence Houa Lee Bob Lehman Theresa Lenarz

Tony Leung Heather Little Rob Little Maggie Lockner Rachel Lueneburg Camhong Ly David Lyman Bob Macdonald BoNita Mahe Anita Messal Erin Miller Hassan Mohamed Kevin Moreau Meseret Negash Cristina Nenadov Jenny Nguyen Lonnie Nichols Amanda Norman Andy Nystrom Michael Oesterreich Meredith Olson Biddy Oluwole Rhonda O’Neill Nancy O’Shea Melissa Oszustowicz Nate Otto Christine Page Henry Padelford Karen Phillips Charlie Powell Theresa Powell Jessica Prochaska Dave Pylipow Monique Randolph

Umesh Rao Randy Rauwerdink Sue Ann Rodriquez Mary Rosenthal Marilyn Rothschild Steve Rothschild Dave Ruce Joe Ryan Kelly Ryan Sandy Ryan Don Samuels Laurie Sanders Kim Sapan Jennifer Sarteau Ann Scalzo Dave Schaal Jeff Schmidt Malana Schmidt Ben Schnabel Angela Schnaubelt Lyn Schnaus Tracie Schultz Karen Scofield Glenn Seager Sarah Seufert Cathy Sever Hank Shea Judy Smith Samantha Smith Chris Solberg Pam Spies Lisa Starin Ronette Stein Kevin Stoltman

Lidin Su Brian Sullivan Ron Sutliff Bill Svrluga Tom Swain Nate Swanstrom Bob Swisher Cindy Tauzell Dr. Hassan Tetteh Teresa Thielen Heather Thompson Erik Thorsell Ron Tortelli Sara Truesdale Paul Tucci Sarah Tuel Ruth Unger Sandy Vargas Stephen Venable Andrea Watkins Joan Watson Karen Watson Danielle Williams Brian Wipf Valerie Wolff Jennifer Wroe Pau Fu Yang Eriny Youssef Philip Zastrow

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2007 FINANCIAL STATEMENT Income statement – unrestricted*

Miscellaneous United Way

1.9% Financial gifts/support Government grants Earned income Miscellaneous income

$1,832,421 143,277 771,614 53,398

Total unrestricted revenue


Program service expenses Management and general Fundraising Non-recurring expenses

$2,460,066 308,937 275,360 123,735

Total unrestricted expenses



Government Grants

5.1% Earned Income Contributions & Grants



REVENUES Total unrestricted <deficit>


*does not include donated services of $273,513

Balance sheet Temporarily restricted Working capital Designated for special purposes

$1,112,028 673,924 482,046

Total net assets


Program Services


Management & General

9.7% Fundraising





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CONTRIBUTORS Leaders Circle—Visionaries ($50,000+) Bush Foundation Frey Foundation*; Eugene U. and Mary F. Frey Family Fund of The Saint Paul Founation General Mills Foundation* Emma B. Howe Memorial Foundation at The Minneapolis Foundation* Marilyn and Steve Rothschild* The Saint Paul Foundation* The Richard M. and Sandra J. Schulze Family Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation Greater Twin Cities United Way*

Leaders Circle—Ambassadors ($25,000 - $49,999) Ameriprise Financial Community Relations Program* F.R. Bigelow Foundation* The Caridad Corporation by Mari and Tom Lowe* Pierson M. and Florence B. Grieve Family Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation Jennifer and Hervé Sarteau Smikis Foundation* Target Diana and Ron Tortelli* Wells Fargo; Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota*

Leaders Circle—Stewards ($10,000 - $24,999) 3M Foundation* Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America The Barry Foundation Mary and Keith Bednarowski* Charles P. and Mary E. Belgarde Foundation Stephanie Simon and Craig Bentdahl* Buuck Family Foundation*

Charlson Foundation Ruth Stricker Dayton and Bruce Dayton* Julia W. Dayton* Claire and Jack Dempsey* Chuck Denny; Denny Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Jaye F. and Betty F. Dyer Foundation* Ecolab Foundation* Graco Foundation Hays Companies by Jim Hays* Shirley and David Hubers; David and Shirley Hubers Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Lyman Lumber Company Foundation* Dick and Joyce H. McFarland Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* McNeely Foundation John M. and Susan Morrison Foundation Sue and Ken Murray Casey Albert T. O'Neil Foundation* Opus Corporation* The Pentair Foundation* The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation Piper Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Carl and Eloise Pohlad Family Foundation* RBC Dain Rauscher Foundation* Soran Family Foundation Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation* SUPERVALU Foundation on behalf of SUPERVALU INC. and Cub Foods* Lucy Gerold and William Svrluga* Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation Travelers Foundation* U.S. Bancorp Foundation* The VCJ Foundation, by Verne and Carol Johnson* Women of Courage

Leaders Circle—Benefactors ($5,000—$9,999) Anonymous Paige and Mike Bingham; Michael and Paige Bingham Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Marlene and Ned Bixby Danis and Richard Byrd Kristi and Henry Cousineau Judy Earling The George Family Foundation* Greystone Foundation, by Walter McCarthy and Clara Ueland* Anita and Rick Leggott; The Leggott Foundation Sue and Bob Macdonald* Marbrook Foundation Kay and Mike McCarthy* McKinsey & Company, Inc. Marilyn and Glen Nelson* Bill and Barbara Pearce Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Mary and Dave Pylipow Schall Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Securian Foundation, supported by Securian Financial Group and its affiliates, Minnesota Life, Advantus Capital Management and Securian Trust Chris and Hank Shea* Mary W. Vaughan Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Watson Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Mary and Jeff Werbalowsky The Whitney Foundation* Margaret and Angus Wurtele*

*Has given continuously to TCR! for five or more years.

THE FACE OF A DONOR "We are very happy to be partnering with TCR! both because of the significant

change they are effecting and TCR!’s high level of accountability to us and the community." Jim Frey, President and CEO, Frey Foundation The Frey Foundation has been a key supporter of TCR! for the last six years. They have funded our work through a mixture of pay-for-performance contracts, challenge grants and outright grants. Their consistent support of our work has helped us grow from serving 400 individuals in 2002 to four times that number in 2007! 12

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CONTRIBUTORS Leaders Circle—Sustainers ($2,500 - $4,999) Anonymous Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation The Allen Family Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment* Julie M. and Douglas M. Baker, Jr. Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Shirley and Stanley Bingham* Will Bracken Family Foundation* Ellen and Jan Breyer* Elizabeth and Jay Cameron Chorzempa Family Foundation Michael V. and Ann C. Ciresi Foundation Tara and Timothy Clark* Carol and Ted Cushmore* The Emmerich Foundation by Karol and Richard Emmerich Faegre & Benson LLP* Joyce and Hal Field* Herbert and Janet Fisher and Family Philanthropic Fund of The Canton Jewish Community Federation Sharon and Bill Hawkins Megan and Derek Hayes Sara and Randall Hogan The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation* Mary Gerry and Tom Lee; Lee Family Foundation* Heather and Rob Little* John T. Machuzick Rhonda and Rory O'Neill Susan and Jeff Pease Karen Reierson* Aly and Rob Sayre* Bruce and Patricia Schadow Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Malana and Jeff Schmidt The Michael and Barbara Sill Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Mia and Brian Sullivan* Betsy and Mayer Tapper* Thomson West

Leaders Circle—Partners ($1,000 - $2,499) Anonymous (5) Monica and David Abrams* Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation* Linda and Jerry Anderson Jennifer and David Antila Gretchen and Mark Banks Bell Family Charitable Gift Fund of The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund* Alicia and Marc Belton Sue and David Bennett Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Broadwaters Foundation by Val and Ed Spencer and family* Bromelkamp Foundation Gretchen and Jeff Brown John Mark Bruton Burdick-Craddick Family Foundation Caliber Foundation by Nan Owen and John Lavander Alex and Joel Cannon Kathleen Glover and Daniel Carr Chubb Group of Insurance Companies Nathan Clark Kristen and Paul Commers Marilyn Dahl Bob and Joanie Dayton Sherry Ann and Edward Dayton* Mary Lu and Richard Dietz Maria and Kelly Doran Juli and Tom Erdmann Cecy and Wally Faster Judith and James Fetterly Martha and John Gabbert*

Scotty and Peter Gillette* Mary and David Goldstein* Donna Lindsay-Goodwin and Morris Goodwin Elizabeth and Michael Gorman Anne and Peter Heegaard Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Twanya and Byron Hill Michelle and Jeff Hinck Pat and Tom Holloran* Ann and James Howard* Hutter Family Foundation* Intercomp Co. by Connie Olson Margaret and Ilo Leppik John G. and Jeanne L. Lindell Family Foundation of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Jennifer and Tres Lund Marcus McCoy Foundation Barbara and Tom McBurney* Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Milroy Fund of The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Kathy and Joe Mucha Kim Jones and Stafford Nelson Linda and Jeff Noddle Oak Grove Foundation by Chris and Jack Morrison* Jane and Bob Oberrender

“I love my job today- I was placed by TCR! into an industry that I can always continue to grow in.” —TCR! graduate Pam and Mike Oesterreich* Martha and Steve O'Hara Ellen and Don O'Neill Nancy and John O'Shea Susan and Carl Platou Pratt Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Elizabeth and Brad Radichel Rachel and Mark Rahn Joanne and Bill Reiling Leah and Scott Rued Sharon and Bob Ryan* Sandra Ryan Karen and Steve Sanger* Saunders Family Foundation Ellen and Karl Schmidt Randall Schmidt Lee Sheehy Andrea Siegert Harriet and Edson Spencer; Harriet and Edson Spencer Foundation St. Victoria Parish Family Marie and Dick Stonesifer Success Computer Consulting by Erik Thorsell Arlene and Tom H. Swain* Jan and Ken Thome* Lesa and John Tieszen The Jill and John Trautz Gift Fund of Kingdom Oil Christian Foundation Twice the Gift by the Pohlad Family Foundation Jody Strakosch and William Umscheid

Ruth Usem Vantine Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* Sandy Vargas* Joanne and Philip Von Blon; The Von Blon Family Charitable Foundation Wahlstedt Family Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation Sheila and Pat Walsh* Ruth and David Waterbury Marjorie and Irving Weiser* Liz and Tim Welsh Peggy and Cy Yusten* Kathleen and James Zavoral* Nicki and Lew Zeidner Advocates Circle—Supporters ($500 - $999) Anonymous (3) Eleanor and Scott Ball Kenneth Charles Carolyn and Thom Chase* Jodi and Ralph Chu Douglas and Sands Coleman Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation The Collaborative Bonnie and Jeremy Cram* D'Amico & Partners Dolphin Staffing by Kathy Dolphin Suzanne and Fred Gobel Goldstein Gift Fund of The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Laurie and Ed Greeno Hawn Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Roger F. Heegaard Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Mary and Alan Hogg Family Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Kristi and Kevin Hykes Paul T. Johnson Dawn and Joe Keller Sarah and Bill Kling Catherine Lawrence Sherry Tsao and Tony N. Leung* Lynn Mattson Little and J.P. Little Peggy and David Lucas Ellen and Andrew Luger Elizabeth and David Lyman Leland T. Lynch and Terry Saario Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation Laurie and Bill MacLean Kathleen and Dave MacLennan Polly and Robert McCrea Betsy Buckley and Dennis McGrath McGrath Charitable Gift Fund of the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund Martha and Bill McLaughlin Family Foundation of the Minnesota Community Foundation Lori and Dave Millard Mindy and Fred Miller Marilyn and Gerald Mitchell Kingsley H. Murphy Family Foundation* Nelson, Tietz & Hoye, Inc. by Russ Nelson Lynne and Perry Pelos Tim Hansen and Kevin Reardon* Ruth Rothschild Sarah Lutman and Robert Rudolph Marge and Brad Schreier Ann and Mark Schulze Von Sheppard Dee and Gordon Sprenger Nancy and Bruce Thomson Torley-Leistiko Charitable Fund of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program Urban Adventure Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation* *Has given continuously to TCR! for five or more years.


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CONTRIBUTORS Kathleen and William Wanner Terri and Rob Webb Marty and Scott Weicht Dorene and Alan Wernke Sharon and Clark Winslow

Advocates Circle—Friends (up to $499) Anonymous (14) 21st Century Bank by Tom Dolphin Ansaf and Wagih Alexander Dana and Steve Alpeter Cathy Anastasion* Lynne Arnold Debra and Bradley Behr Joan and Reid Billig Bill Blanski Susan Boren Corey Bracken Aimee and Patrick Brantseg Heidi and Kirt Briggs Molly and Tom Broder Barb Brown Nancy Brown Carolyn and Philip Brunelle Judy and Peter Budreau Calhoun Insurance Agency by G. L. Dillon Missy Carbonneau Jacob Carolan Amy Carroll Gerald and Sarah Caruso Fund of The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund* Christina and Drew Catron Alex and Tom Clyde Bert Colianni Tiowa and Terry Collier Katie and Kevin Conneely Bev and Bob Cooper Andre Corbett Roberta and James Craig* Ellie and Tom Crosby, Jr.* Laura K. Daniels Phillip Davis* Lawrence Deeney Elizabeth Dehn Holly Denis Denise Dodson Kathie Doty Kathy and Steve Dougherty Jane Duncan Colleen and Jim Durda Sparky and Tom Eisenstadt Laura and Paul Ekholm Barbara and Jim Eppel Daniel Erklouts Cynthia and David Farmer Lugene Flores Nancy Fox Franklin Bank by Dorothy Bridges Kevin Franklin Mary Strand and Thomas Fraser* Sally and Gerald Friedell Laura and Lonnie Friesenborg Marie and Fred Friswold* Nicholas Gallus Kara Garbe Sara and Thomas Gavin Lois and Richard Gehrman Janet and John Gendler Stanley M. and Luella G. Goldberg Family Foundation Erica Gordon Robyn and Fred Green Liz and Dick Hanson


Ann and Greg Hauser Jessica L. Hays Michelle Heiland Tonya and Paul Hendrickson John Heydinger Megan Hockenberry Mark W. Hoffman The Hogan Group Nancy and Spencer Holmes Elaine and Jay Hromatka Beth Hvass Kathleen Iverson Amy and Chip Johnson Katherine and Barry Johnson Elisabeth and Walter Jordan Adrienne Jordan

“I realize now that

how I treat others is a direct reflection of how I feel about myself. I

am empowered. I can be kind to you, share with you, support you and treat you with dignity and respect.” —TCR! graduate Lisa Kane Audrey and Norman Kaplan Terry Kennedy-Lares Thomas Kirscht Colleen and Michael Kroening Maureen and Donald Kvam Mark Lange Peg and Dick Lidstad Cathy Liebman Margaret Schwarz and Walter Low Tiffany Lumpkins Sherry Lund Marina Lyon Teri and Gregg Mahalich Ruth Mickelsen and William Manning Nancy and Ron Marshall Andrea McCready Paula McEvers Shane McFadden Bert McKasy Ixchel McKinnie Janice McKinnie Mesna Plastic Surgery by Gregory Mesna

Anita and Todd Messal* Lynn and Mike Metz Minnesota Wire & Cable Charitable Giving Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation* Christopher Morris Lisa Naaktgeboren* John Nealon Julie A. Nelson Marian and Samuel Nichols Elizabeth and Duane Nordstrom Debra Novak Lynne and Jim O'Reilly Alexis Otterlei Denise and Michael Overline Julie and Brian Palmer Julia and Dave Peters Jeanne Pietrini Babette Pohtilla Edna Pointer Lori Pomroy Mary Ann and Scott Portnoy Frances and Richard Prien Val and Ralph Pruitt Public Strategies Group, Inc. Fund of The Saint Paul Foundation, by Laurie Ohmann Lawrence Pylka Ann and Kevin Quiring Nancy and Gary Renneke Josh Resnik Mary and J. Peter Ritten Angel Rodriguez Ellen and Bruce Rothschild Colleen Ruegemer Kelly Ryan Linda and Bob Ryan Susan and Gregg Sampson David Schaal Heidi Schellhas Lyn and Mike Schnaus Linda and Scott Schwefel Joe Selvaggio Brenda and Michael Senkovich Rikky S. Shaw Mariana and Craig Shulstad Vidya Sivan Charles Slocum Gayle and Roger Stech Fred Steimann* Debra and Craig Stephens Mary Kay and Gary Stern Shanna Swenson Jeannine and David Trousdale Emily Anne Staples Tuttle Fund of the Minnesota Community Foundation Hans Wanzenried Katherine G. Whittington Sandra Wilkins Gerald Wolf Will Wright Christy Yakel Grant Zinkl

*Has given continuously to TCR! for five or more years.

For information on investing in TCR! with a financial gift, email or call (612) 338-0295.

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CONTRIBUTORS Supporters of our Second Annual Gourmet Dinner at Vincent - A Restaurant Robert Alexander Mary and Keith Bednarowski Stephanie Simon and Craig Bentdahl Paige and Mike Bingham Heidi and Kirt Briggs Elizabeth and Jay Cameron Canoe Bay Jodi and Ralph Chu Kristen and Paul Commers Bill Coy Claire and Jack Dempsey Judy Earling Cynthia and David Farmer Vincent Francoual Kristi and Kevin Hykes Land Rover Minneapolis Anita and Rick Leggott Lindell Family Foundation JP and Lynn Mattson Little Heather and Rob Little Jennifer and Tres Lund Lunds & Byerly's Elizabeth and David Lyman Elizabeth and Duane Nordstrom Rhonda and Rory O'Neill Oppidan Investment Co. by Joe Ryan Elizabeth and Brad Radichel Rachel and Mark Rahn Marilyn and Steve Rothschild Ellen and Karl Schmidt and Maserati of Minneapolis Malana and Jeff Schmidt Corbin Seitz Andrea Siegert Sun Country Airlines Diana and Ron Tortelli Frank Vascellaro- WCCO TV Vincent - A Restaurant Lucia Watson and Lucia's Restaurant Mary and Jeff Werbalowski *Has given continuously to TCR! for five or more years.

Recognition Gifts In Honor of the Marriage of Jennifer Woods and David Antila Brenda and Michael Senkovich In Honor of Merle Kane's Birthday Lisa Kane In Honor of the Marriage of Wendy Lehman and Jeremy Peichel Ansaf and Wagih Alexander Cathy Anastasion Bev and Bob Cooper Laura and Lonnie Friesenborg Liz and Dick Hanson Megan Hockenberry Shane McFadden Linda and Bob Ryan Vidya Sivan Peggy and Cy Yusten On Behalf of their Children and Grandchildren Frances and Richard Prien In Honor of Steve Rothschild's Birthday Ellen and Bruce Rothschild Ruth Rothschild In Honor of Von Sheppard Anonymous In Honor of Bill Svrluga for the Awali Project John Heydinger

UnitedHealth Group U.S. Bancorp

Companies that Matched their Employees' Volunteer Hours Honeywell

Donated Goods and Services ADP Benesyst Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Bob Cozatt Catherine and Jay Crothers Bruce Dumke Faegre & Benson LLP* Charlie Gits, UBS Andre Guirard Jostens Kern DeWenter Viere, Ltd. Metropolitan Council Jobseekers Program* MicroGrants Steve Rothschild* Bill Svrluga* Toastmasters International* Beth Wagner Wells Fargo

Companies that Matched their Employees' Gifts

Additional Sponsorship Support Faegre & Benson LLP The Hogan Group Shirley and David Hubers Marilyn and Steve Rothschild SUPERVALU Wells Fargo

Alliance Capital AllianceBernstein; AllianceBernstein Foundation Fund of The New York Community Trust Ameriprise Financial BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota CarVal Investors Piper Jaffray Thomson West Trane

Twin Cities RISE! has taken every measure to ensure the accuracy of the list printed in this Annual Report. We apologize if we may have overlooked any organization or individual and ask that you please advise us of any errors so we may correct our records and recognize you appropriately.

In Honor of Terry Wade Judith and James Fetterly

Second Annual Gourmet Dinner at Vincent—A Restaurant TCR!’s Second Annual Gourmet Dinner was held at Vincent – A Restaurant in downtown Minneapolis on a pleasantly warm September evening. Chef Vincent Francoual paired fabulous French wines with each course. Diners heard from TCR! graduates on how far they had come and how Personal Empowerment has positively impacted their lives. An auction closed out the night with auctioneer Corbin Seitz. Many thanks to Vincent – A Restaurant, Lunds & Byerly’s, and Maserati of Minneapolis for their generous support, and to Chair Heather Little and Committee Co-Chairs Judy Earling, Kristi Hykes, Rhonda O’Neill and Mike Bingham.


2007 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mary Rosenthal* Labor Consultant

David Abrams, Secretary Vice President North Memorial Health Care

Steven M. Rothschild, Chair Founder, Twin Cities RISE!

Michael C. Bingham Persistent Health Phillip Davis* President Minneapolis Community & Technical College David J. Goldstein, Treasurer Attorney & Partner Faegre & Benson LLP Morris Goodwin, Jr. President & COO The Hogan Company Derek Hayes Senior Vice President Wells Fargo, N.A. Byron K. Hill Director Honeywell International

Malana A. Schmidt Vice President (retired) Greater Twin Cities United Way Brian F. Sullivan CEO SterilMed, Inc. Tom Swain Executive Vice President (retired) Travelers Ron Tortelli Senior Vice President (retired) SUPERVALU Sandy Vargas,* Vice Chair President & CEO The Minneapolis Foundation *retired from the board during 2007

Tony Leung Hennepin County District Judge Hennepin County Court System Michael Oesterreich* Vice President Ameriprise Financial Dave Pylipow Executive Vice President SUPERVALU

800 Washington Avenue North, Suite 203, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401 Phone: 612-338-0295 Fax: 612-338-0191 Saint Paul Office: 460 Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104 Phone: 651-603-8520 Fax: 651-603-1935 Awali Place West: 1011 West Broadway, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411 Phone: 612-767-2150 Fax: 612-767-2155 Awali Place East: 633 University Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104 Phone: 651-287-0133 Fax: 651-287-0174

2007 Twin Cities RISE! Annual Report  

The highlights and stories from Twin Cities RISE! in 2007.

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