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The Phillips West Neighborhood Annual Community Meeting

The Phillips West Neighborhood Board Cordially invites you to attend”¦ The Phillips West Neighborhood Annual Community Meeting AGENDA INCLUDES: Annual State of the City Update given by Minneapolis City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren & Crime Update from Don Greeley. The Phillips West Neighborhood Organization is open to all people who live, work and play in the Phillips West Community. The Phillips West Neighborhood is defined as the geographical area between 22nd Street on the North; Lake Street on the South; Chicago Avenue on the East and I-35W on the West. This Community Meeting is an “Accessible Event” and accommodations will be made for those attending. The cost of Childcare will also be provided for those who request it. To ensure time for “Proper Accommodations” please contact Crystal Trutnau, Executive Director at the Phillips West Office (612-879-5383) at least 72 hours prior to the event. Thursday June 7th, 2012 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Located in the Centrum Room of the Center for Changing Lives building at 2400 Park Avenue (Free Parking is available at the rear entrance of the building located on Oakland & 24th) Chance to win Door Prizes & a Free Famous Dave”'s BBQ Catered Buffet will be served at 6 p.m.

Phillips West Neighborhood Upcoming Events

Phillips West Neighborhood Upcoming Events

February 2nd (Thursday) 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. ”“ Phillips West Community Meeting!  Agenda Items include; an update from the Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis Police Update, Minneapolis City Council Update, 35W Access Project Community Input & ANW Hospital Update. Free Pizza Dinner & Beverages Provided.  Meeting will be held at Lutheran Social Service Center for Changing Lives on the 1st Floor in the Centrum Room (2400 Park Avenue).   Free parking available in rear off Oakland Avenue. February 9th (Thursday) 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. ”“ Phillips West 15th Annual Winter Social!  Join Phillips West Neighborhood Organization, Community Partners and Hundreds of your Neighbors & Colleagues for a FREE Catered Dinner of Cultural Foods, Door Prizes & Entertainment at the Lutheran Social Service Center for Changing Lives Building (2400 Park Avenue, enter at west side of building free parking in lot off of Oakland Avenue)!!!!!  Neighborhood Recourses and networking opportunities will be available!  If you would like to get involved by having an information table or volunteering at the event please call Crystal Trutnau at the Phillips West Office @ 612/879-5383 or email her at pwno2005@yahoo.com

“Programs might die, but good ideas and community”¦ live” Phillips”' “Wellness Corridor”

“Programs might die, but good ideas and community”¦ live” Phillips”' “Wellness Corridor”

by Robert Albee For the past two years many of us in the Phillips Community have been working to resurrect the Phillips Community Center (PCC) and turn it into a centerpiece for rebuilding the fabric of the neighborhood””this time as Phillips people instead of edifices or individual programs. We want the PCC to become Phillip”'s hub of activity just like the Sabathani Community Center does for the Greater Central neighborhood. If you look below at the map of Phillips, 24th Street is the only street in Phillips that intersects all four Phillips neighborhoods: West Phillips, Ventura Village, Midtown Phillips and East Phillips. It connects LSS”' Center For Changing Lives on the west to Little Earth of the United Tribes on the East. In between is East Phillips Park”'s new building, Holy Rosary Church, AICDC”'s Townhomes, Center School and Open Arms. Then there is the Minnesota Indian Women”'s Resource Center, All Nations Church, 1ra Iglesia Apostolica De La Fe En Cristo Jesus, Habitat For Humanity homes, Indian Health Board, Phillips Community Center, the Somali Village Market, Hope Academy, Phillips Eye Institute, Our Saviour”'s Church and Shelter, Southside Family Nurturing Center, Sustainable Progress through Engaging Active Citizens, and of course Lutheran Social Services. WOW! (more…)

PCPI Pitches PCC Proposal to Park Personnel

PCPI Pitches PCC Proposal to Park Personnel

by Robert Albee After three months of waiting, the Phillips Community Parks Initiative (PCPI) finally had an opportunity to present its proposal to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) for leasing and participating in the operations of the Phillips Community Center. The actual written proposal was submitted July 9th and project organizers have been waiting ever since to formally address the opportunities face-to-face with Park Board staff and commissioners. Presentations were finally made on November 3rd and November 4th. MPRB staff members Don Siggelkow, Judd Reichert and Al Bangoura attended the two days of presentations provided by the Waite House, Soos Early Childhood Learning Center, Minneapolis Swims a “wellness” coalition including Native American Community Clinic, Running Wolf Fitness Center, Freeport West, A Partnership Of Diabetics (A-POD), Guri Nabad and Ventura Village neighborhood. The other three Phillips Community neighborhoods, East Phillips Improvement Coalition, Mid Town Phillips  and Phillips West Neighborhood Association were on hand supporting most of the other presenters and the notion of the MPRB and Phillips Community jointly supporting the Community Services Area (CSA), currently comprising Phillips Community and Eliot Park neighborhood. Soos represents a Day Care center seeking to move from South 33rd Street and Chicago Avenue and was not included in the group presentations but all the rest of the groups presented together as an applicant”'s coalition and then separately as the Pillsbury United Communities (Waite House), Minneapolis Swims and Soos. The response of MPRB staff was friendly and very responsive but stopped short of making any commitments to the applicants who will present their report and recommendations to the MPRB commissioners. Then the MPRB commissioners will then decide to approve or reject the request, which is expected to take place within the next four to six weeks. The [...]

Phillips Community Center Update “No, I”'ll take the stairs!” ”¦ Carl Peterson

Phillips Community Center Update  “No, I”'ll take the stairs!”  ”¦ Carl Peterson

by Robert Albee, Ventura Village It”'s finally done! Last week we sent to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for most of the organizations who want to work together with the Park Board in the reopening and ongoing operations of the Phillips Community Center. It”'s located at 11th Avenue and 24th Street in Ventura Village of the Phillips Community. In addition to prospective tenants, others who wish to have an ongoing presence in the building also have signed the agreement. Those seeking to be tenants and are signatories to this MOU are the Waite House/Pillsbury United Communities, Freeport West, Native American Community Clinic, Running Wolf Fitness Center, A Partnership Of Diabetics (A-POD), Ventura Village (Neighborhood), Guri Nabad, a No Child Left Behind After-School Program and Minneapolis Swims. Representatives from the other three Phillips Communities are also signatories to the MOU and include East Phillips Improvement Coalition, Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association and Phillips West Neighborhood Organization. Also participating as “non-tenants”, but strongly interested parties include Sergio Martinez from Messiah Lutheran Church, Hope Academy, Phillips Neighborhood Free Clinic and Access Chiropractic Clinic. (more…)

“On Behalf of” or is it “In Behalf of?”

By Robert Albee I consider myself a fairly experienced writer, though I wouldn”'t call myself a “man of letters” or anything as strong as that. You might have caught my story when I tried for a clever headline entitled, Five Separate Suitors Seek Space in the Phillips Community Center in last month”'s Alley newspaper. Two weeks later, I received a terse email from Crystal Trutnau of the Phillips West Neighborhood Association that was sent to me, the Alley editor, various neighborhood representatives and every Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner””indicating that I had falsely misrepresented the truth by stating “”¦ the Phillips Community Partnership proposal”¦was submitted by Ventura Village on behalf of all four Phillips Community neighborhoods and other long-term stakeholders.” The email said, “Phillips West made it clear they were supporting Waite House and not part of the proposal submitted by Ventura Village on behalf of the 4 Phillips Neighborhoods. It should have been the 3 Phillips Neighborhoods. I read the proposal submitted by Ventura Village yesterday . Phillips West is included in the entire proposal without our knowledge. My Board is not happy having our organization name associated with something they did not approve. As I stated yesterday Phillips West did not endorse the Phillips Community proposal and had no knowledge we were included in this proposal. I painfully realized that I had overstepped my boundaries both as a community organizer and as a writer for the Alley. I immediately responded with an apology. Then I thought more about the situation and decided to go to the dictionary. There, I learned a very valuable lesson: I was technically incorrect when I used the words, “on behalf” in my story and my submission to the MPRB and the Alley. Here”'s what it says, “On behalf of”¦ In behalf of”¦ Usage Note: A traditional rule holds that in behalf of and [...]

1st Anniversary of the Backyard Initiative

1st Anniversary of the Backyard Initiative

Update on the Backyard Initiative By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center 1st Anniversary of the Backyard Initiative Community residents celebrated the first year of the BYI at the Cultural Wellness Center (CWC) on January 30th. Atum Azzahir, CWC Executive Director and facilitator of BYI community meetings, reviewed the progress that has been made: A community-authored definition of health A set of guiding principles for BYI work in the community An understanding of community dynamics before and after engagement Attention paid to the history and culture of the people in the Backyard The formation and development of Citizen Health Action Teams that have been working on designing projects to improve health The work of the Assessment and Analysis Teams that has transformed conventional assessment into a community-owned process, and The concept of a Community Commission on Health was developed and the formation of the Commission was approved by community members. Participants left with a written report on results of the Listening Circles, a process in which community residents developed questions, were trained in facilitation and note-taking, recruited people for the Listening Circles, facilitated the discussion and took the notes, analyzed the notes using qualitative methods, and approved the report. Since the BYI began, close to 300 residents have been involved in ongoing BYI meetings hosted by the Center. In addition, approximately 250 residents, participated in the Listening Circles that were held in the community. In the BYI Walk Around, more than 650 residents were interviewed, either in person or via telephone. Quotes from people who have participated in the BYI throughout 2009: “There is more than meets the eye in the people on the street, in the stores, and in the cars passing by.” “The big institution is just people who have to be encouraged to come outside.” “People want to work together [...]

Health Assessment Leads to Health Action Teams

Health Assessment Leads to Health Action Teams

By Janice Barbee, Cultural Wellness Center Thank you to all the residents who participated in the Listening Circles and the Walk-Around door-to-door or telephone interviews. Gracias a todos los residentes que participaron en los grupos de pláticas y en la encuesta, en persona o por teléfono. Waxaan u mahadcelineynaa dhamaan dadki kasoo qeyb galeen fikrad isweydaarsigi iyo wareysi xaafadaha oo ka dhacay xaafadaha kamid ah Phillips, Powderhorn Park , Central iyo Corcoran. BYI Assessment Completed The implementation of the health assessment of Backyard residents is now complete. The Listening Circles were completed in September and the Walk-around, where community residents hired by Wilder Research interviewed community residents about their health, was completed in January. Over 650 interviews were completed, in person or by phone. In accordance with one of the principles that guide the Backyard Initiative community engagement, “Any assessment of needs or assets, strengths or weaknesses, must be done by residents or with residents,” the assessment process has been planned, guided by, and implemented from start to finish by residents of the Backyard area. For the residents who were involved in conducting the door to door and telephone interviews the process has been engaging and full of insight. Stories from this process and the information from both the Listening Circles and the Walk-around will be shared in upcoming reports. (more…)