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History: Southside Services was established as a 501 c3 non-profit in 1974
Mission and goals: Southside Services mission is to enhance the capacity of adults with cognitive and other developmental disabilities to become increasingly active, contributing members of their community. Southside Services is rooted in a strengths and relationship-based programmatic framework that recognizes peoples’ abilities and values full community integration. Key organizational goals include: (1) assisting participants in becoming healthy, active and contributing members of their community; (2) meeting participant’s immediate independent living needs; (3) promoting participant’s community integration and social skill development; and (4) enhancing participant’s economic position.
Services are available to any individual without regard to race, age, gender, national origin or disability.
Current programs: Southside Services offers three programs including:
· Community Connections provides critically important crisis intervention, advocacy and navigation services that enable adults with disabilities to continue to live independently. Services address and resolve a wide variety of issues and obstacles our participants encounter including: basic needs issues such as housing, food, clothing and personal safety; school and legal problems; access to medical and chemical dependency support; day care arrangements; public benefit eligibility; medication administration issues; and more. Each year, this program helps approximately 90 individuals resolve barriers and continue to live independently. The program connects participants to many other service providers and collaborates with others to facilitate periodic resource fairs to ensure adults with disabilities are connected to community support systems.
· Therapeutic Recreation Services fills a significant gap in consistent, free and/or low-cost social/therapeutic recreation services that are available to adults with disabilities in Minneapolis. We provide transportation to activities and to people’s homes. More than 150 adults regularly participate in a wide variety of activities including: 7-8 different adaptive/competitive league team sports (i.e. basketball, softball, bowling, volleyball, kickball, several Special Olympics team sports, etc); overnight camping trips; day trips; cultural and sporting events; dances and much more. Much more than just “social outings”, recreational activities are a critically important vehicle for building social skills and confidence, reducing social isolation, building a family of support, promoting community integration and creating numerous “teachable moments” that support healthy behaviors and independent living.
· Economic Stability enhances participant’s economic position via referrals and connections to employment providers, financial counseling and support in accessing a variety of income supports.
Sanika Brown, TRS
Josh Munsch, TRS