February E-news

February 2022 E-News

EPNI February Calendar

There are no calendar events this month, join us in March as we celebrate transitions in the New Year!

On January 15th the board virtually attended a training and retreat where they spent time learning, listening, and planning. Motivational Consultants provided a 3-hour training about diversity and inclusion and led the board in exercises to engage with their own privilege and experiences. The board benefitted from the experience and is grateful to Motivational Consultants for guiding a meaningful discussion to facilitate growth. The board then spent time discussing the organizations future as the new funding structure from the city has led to many questions. They invited a neighborhood relations specialist from the city and were able to ask many questions, gaining guidance and greater understanding. With the insight gained the board then focused in on the most sustainable ideas for the neighborhood and created a plan to move forward.

There will be no BLUH Meeting this month, stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Elliot Park Neighborhood Inc is hiring a New Administrator

As Elliot Park Neighborhood is aware, there have been many changes in the last year as the organization works toward adapting to changes in the city and navigating the pandemic. Now, another change is on the horizon as Becca Thomas transitions out of her role as the Interim Administrator and the organization hires a new staff member to take on that responsibility for the foreseeable future. Becca was able to step in during the last few months as the board and organization made the difficult decisions regarding the future, her last day will be February 25th. She is grateful to have had the experience and will remain a part of the organization in other ways as she pursues her career goals.

The board is currently accepting applications and interviewing candidates and hopes to have the new hire start before the end of the month. Interested candidates may apply on indeed, search for Elliot Park Neighborhood Administrator.

House of Charity Fire

The Minneapolis House of Charity food kitchen served meals to 200-300 people a day for the past 40 years, but after a fire on Wednesday, January 26th the future of the organization is in question.

"We’re using the First Covenant Church kitchen at this time. As you know the Food Centre provides 400 meals to people experiencing homelessness - people living in shelter and people who are unsheltered, as well as a weekly food shelf. Our colleagues and community have step up in multiple ways. There is a lot of building damage to the front of the building the fire inspector has condemned the building at this time.  I am meeting the insurance structural engineer Monday morning and after we hear from insurance we will make decision on how we rebuild the food centre. It will be rebuilt and we’re committed to feeding our community.  

At this time we are requesting monetary donations for future building cost, food and a vehicle to transfer 70 meals 2-3 times a day from First Covenant Church to our 510 location. The food centre is moving in there temporarily and will begin operations Monday, January 31st.  We are also planning to restart our to go meals for the community mid-February.  A lot of the community members walk to us and going to Avivo and CC Frey Center can be a challenge."

- Cheryl Jensen 

If you and your organization want to help in any way to engage these needs, please reach out directly to Cheryl Jensen and Paul Varrette.

Cheryl Jensen, Interim Executive Director: 
[email protected]

Paul Verrette, Director of Advancement and Community Engagement: [email protected]

Community Connections Conference

Save the date! The 2022 Community Connections Conference will now be held on Saturday, May 21, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall B, Level One

The conference was originally planned for Feb. 12, 2022 but was postponed in light of high transmission rates of COVID-19 and uncertainty surrounding the omicron variant, which was detected in Minnesota in late November.

The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that connects residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government.This year's conference theme is "forward together." This theme welcomes all communities to reconnect with the City and get involved in moving Minneapolis forward.

Opportunities to get involved, exhibit or volunteer will be announced soon!

To stay up to date on this year's conference, you can visit the Community Connections Conference webpage. 

Needed: Park Patrol Agents 

The Minneapolis Park Police are looking to hire temporary Park Patrol Agents. They find the best candidates often come from within the city. Park Patrol Agents will provide assistance in a non-sworn role to the Minneapolis Park Police with the enforcement of laws, ordinances, rules and regulations within the parks. Scheduled to work up to forty (40) hours per week both day and evening hours including most weekends and holidays during May, June, July, and August Must be available to attend paid training in April and May in the evenings. Working hours are generally between 12:00PM and 12:00AM. This position is temporary in nature (up to 6 months) and does not carry medical benefits, paid holidays, or vacation.


  • Patrols assigned parks, beaches and recreation areas to deter criminal activity, prevent crime, provide building security and respond to emergency situations.
  • Supports the work of MPRB staff so as to promote safe parks, safe programs and safe facilities.
  • Enforces MPRB ordinances, rules and regulations as trained and directed.
  • Enforces Minnesota law and City of Minneapolis ordinances as trained and directed.
  • Carries out enforcement through use of verbal warnings, written citations and physical arrest.
  • Performs administrative work in the Park Police office including, but not limited to, answering telephones, typing, filing, preparing reports.
  • Assist MPRB in identifying and addressing the park and recreation needs of underserved and under-represented communities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Need to Have:

  • High school diploma or equivalent and at least one (1) year of college credits toward a degree in law enforcement, teaching, counseling or closely related field.
  • One (1) year of experience working in a closely related position in law enforcement, teaching, security, counseling or working in a role supervising children and/or adults.
  • An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be considered. (4 years of relevant military service may replace college and experience.)
  • Must possess and continue to maintain a valid Minnesota driver's license with good driving record at time application and during employment.
  • Must have current First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to obtain within six months of hire) and retain both certifications during employment.

Nice to Have:

  • Fluency in a second language preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to work in uniform patrolling on foot, bicycle or other vehicle.
  • Ability to jump and crawl over/under objects.
  • Ability to work in all types of weather conditions.
  • Ability to run and chase and wrestle and subdue suspects.
  • Ability to lift or drag heavy objects.
  • Must be able to pass a rigorous medical examination including drug and alcohol screening and a psychological examination.
  • Must have vision correctable to 20/40 in both eyes and be able to distinguish red, yellow and green colors.
  • Must have a standard hearing average threshold without correction of no least than 40-decibel loss on the average at 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 Hertz frequencies in the better ear.

Skills Crucial to Success in This Role:

  • Knowledge of arrest procedures and investigative techniques.
  • Ability to learn, understand and correctly interpret Park Board ordinances as well as related city and state statutes.
  • Ability to understand and follow work rules, policies and procedures related to Park Police safety protocol.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals and groups of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to work in a team environment, demonstrate flexibility and patience in adapting to changing conditions and situations.
  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices and standards for a diverse customer base.

Application and Selection Process:

  • To apply for this temporary position, applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at www.minneapolisparks.org/jobs. Applicants are encouraged to include a cover letter or resume with their application. Late applications will be rejected.
  • References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered.
  • Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, the applicant will be asked to sign an informed consent allowing the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain their criminal history in connection with the positions sought. View the MPRB Background Check Policy at www.minneapolisparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Background-Check-Policy.pdf
  • Applicants must also pass a pre-employment physical examination including drug and alcohol screening and a psychological examination.

Child & Teen Check-ups

Child and Teen Checkups services are for young people who receive healthcare benefits through Medical Assistance, including independent teens and young adults up to age 20, as well as young parents. A free Child and Teen Checkup will make sure that your child is growing up healthy and strong. The checkups are at your child’s clinic with the doctor of your choice.

  • Make sure your child’s development is on track
  • Get hearing and vision checks
  • Important mental health and education

To learn more please visit the Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Program's website: https://freechildcheckups.com/#home

Center Point Energy Bill Assistance

If you or someone you know is struggling to pay their home heating bill during these colder months, The Energy Assistance Program helps pay for home heating and water costs and furnace repairs for income-qualified households.

What is the Energy Assistance Program

  • The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) is a federally funded program
  • Grants are paid directly to your energy provider, or utility company, for your bill.
  • Grants range from $300 - $2,000
  • Grants are available to renters and homeowners.
  • Grants are based on energy cost, household size, and income.
  • Grants may be given to households with income at or below 60 percent of the state media income.

How can they help?

  • Payment of energy bills.
  • Payment of water/wastewater bills.
  • Help with utility disconnection or fuel deliveries.
  • Education on efficient and safe use of energy.
  • Advocacy with energy suppliers and human service providers.
  • Repair or replacement of homeowners' broken heating systems.

To Learn more & Apply please visit: mn.gov/commerce/consumers/consumer-assistance/energy-assistance/