Family Values for Life began in 1999 as Youth Values for Life, a single-site program focused on helping youth make positive lifestyle choices. Youth Values for Life incorporated as a 501c3 in 2004, secured a five-year state grant and several foundation grants, and expanded to additional sites. Early experience showed us that effectively helping youth means serving the whole family. In 2010, leadership used a whole-family approach and results of a community needs assessment to clarify and define programming, and renamed the organization to reflect a focus on meeting the needs of both youth and families. We work with 50+ community partners.
All programming incorporates our four pillars of strong healthy families: physical fitness, mental alertness, spiritual empowerment (including emotional intelligence) and financial stability.
Our primary GOALS
- Promote sustainability of the family unit by assisting youth and their mothers to develop skills, tools and resources that will support their emotional, mental, physical, and financial needs.
- Reduce the level and impact of poverty on low-income, single-mother families in East St. Paul.
- Foster family community involvement by organizing youth and family participation in community activities and events.
- Guide single mothers in establishing a reliable support network for themselves and their children. Engage families with all relevant community service providers and resources to support their rise out of poverty.
During the last six months, we have seen a significant increase in requests for help meeting basic needs, along with families needing help accessing services and navigating community resources. Since March (beginning of COVID-19 impact), Family Values for Life has fielded 600+ households coming to us with needs ranging from toilet paper to a car (we have given three donated vehicles away since March). With support from individuals, local businesses, and many foundations, we have worked hard to meet the material needs of the people we serve, and have given away diapers (child and adult), sanitary supplies, household supplies, cleaning supplies, personal care items, oral hygiene kits, first aid kits (~125), and more. Our cultural (outreach/case manager) is logging 200+ encounters and adding 2-5 cases over each two-week period, which means managing up to 25 open cases at one time. This is a threefold increase from the pre-pandemic reality.
Our goal is to eradicate barriers underserved families experience and after identifying them we want to directly address the barriers. We provide ongoing resources and support, which mentors those whom we’ve brought through our programs. We are also committed to providing an ongoing continuing education component that keeps families aptly informed and encouraged in their quest to succeed.
We accomplish this through education, qualitative programming, and community partnership involvement with the goal of connecting families and individuals to resources which empower them to live a productive and successful life from generation to generation
Annual budget: $600,000 – Foundations, Individual Contributions, Government Grants or Contracts
Staff size: 9
Family Values for Life is seeking board members with skills in the following areas
- Facilities and Real Estate
- Marketing and Communications
- Strategic and Business Planning
The organization is strategically planning for growth and forward movement and looking for people who are forward thinking and connected to the areas in which we hope to grow. Board members could be or have experience with: Entrepreneurs, Commercial Real Estate, Fund Development (capital campaign), and a growth mindset.
- Number of board members needed: 6
- Number of members currently: 6
- Meeting time and frequency: 12 meetings annually
- Meeting location: St. Paul
- Time Expectation: Up to 5 hours/month
- Financial Contribution Required: Yes, at a level meaningful to the board member.
- Service on Committee Required: Yes
- Standing board committees: Executive, Finance, Governance, Fundraising, Other
- Length of Term: 3 Years
- Renewable: Yes
- Does nonprofit carry liability insurance? Yes