Highlighting Our Community Partner Grant Recipients – July

Accord

Westminster Presbyterian Church has been in partnership with Accord (formerly called Community Involvement Program) for its entire 50-year history when it was founded by Westminster members. Accord provides services to people living with disabilities and its mission is to help those who live with disabilities live their greatest lives. Accord is focused on incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into their programs focused on life skills, employment, supportive housing, and mental health assistance. A current grant from Westminster Church helps Accord invest in the technology that allows staff to work remotely with their clients as everyone emerges from the Covid pandemic.

Project for Pride in Living

Project for Pride in Living (PPL) is an equitable and inclusive organization whose mission is to build the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. Their strategic approach is rooted in the belief that housing stability and career readiness are fundamental to economic well-being and social mobility. PPL creates and manages affordable housing serving individuals and families who have heightened barriers to housing stability, such as a history of homelessness. Support services to help residents advance toward self-reliance are trauma-informed and culturally responsive. PPL also has career readiness programs that provide innovative, employer-driven job training. Two PPL alternative high schools prepare young people for adulthood. A wide array of workshops and coaching is available to help PPL residents and participants increase income and build assets.

Urban Homeworks

Believing home is more than housing, the mission of Urban Homeworks (UHW) is to perpetuate the love of Jesus Christ through innovative community development. UHW builds and renovates properties to create safe, affordable, dignified homes for rental and homeownership for individuals with low wealth. UHW keeps families in their neighborhoods and invests in strengthening communities around the Twin Cities. Their “People Oriented Development model” supports neighbors developing networks and learning advocacy and leadership skills. UHW uses an anti-racist lens with equitable housing as a platform to build a more just community. More than half of UHW’s renters and homeowners identify as Black, Indigenous, or other Persons of Color.

To see a complete list of Westminster’s current community partner grant recipients, visit our Community Partners page. Each month we will feature a few of our grant recipients and the work they do for our community.