Programs Overview

Located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Perspectives is an award-winning human service agency. As a multi-service organization, Perspectives provides life-changing programming based on evidence-based best practices to successfully address some of our community's most critical social issues: homelessness, poverty, trauma, child abuse, mental health, recovery, nutrition, as well as racial disparity, including academic and social achievement gaps. We provide furnished apartments, case management, mental health/recovery services, employment assistance, food, nutrition education, family reunification, and children's programming.

 
 
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Supportive Housing

Target Population

Homeless mothers suffering from co-occurring disorders. All of the women referred for services meet criteria for serious mental illness diagnoses. Their children exhibit symptoms of mental health disorders caused from the trauma of continual exposure to addiction and mental illness. 100% of families enter our Supportive Housing Program directly from Hennepin County homeless shelters.

Summary

Perspectives Supportive Housing is an integrated, evidence-based model that not only supports the mother's success in maintaining her housing and sobriety but also addresses the family's core issues around trauma. All families arrive to Perspectives directly from homeless shelters. Within two weeks of their entry, the whole family works with our multidisciplinary team to develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique and specific needs. This plan includes case management, relapse prevention, mental health assessments/treatment, wellness, life-skills, and a 12-month academic/social/nutritional enrichment program for children grades K-8.

 
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Kids Connection

Target Population

Homeless and at-risk children kindergarten through eighth grade who reside in St. Louis Park, both at our supportive housing campus and within the larger community.

Summary

Kids Connection is a program designed to close academic achievement gaps and to provide social enrichment through activities that include drug/violence prevention, mental health services, arts, music, and technology programming. Kids Connection removes barriers, providing accessibility and affordability to young students who have experienced significant trauma caused by homelessness and/or living in families that suffer from addiction, mental illness, abuse, and poverty. Over 88% of students are children of color. All program components are based on best practices and taught by licensed school teachers.

 

 

 
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Kids Cafe

Target Population

Homeless and at-risk children kindergarten through eighth grade who reside in St. Louis Park, both at our housing campus and within the larger community.

Summary

Perspectives Kids Cafe, is a licensed commercial kitchen/dining classroom, provides integrated services to homeless and low-income families and children for the purpose of improving access to nutritious food. Our program is designed to increase healthy food consumption for children while providing hands-on nutrition curriculum that addresses healthy food choices. In addition, we provide parent engagement, access to low-cost nutritious foods, and we continue each year to expand services and reach more families.

 
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Parenting Time

Target Population

Children who are at-risk to be traumatized through their parents’ inability to formulate a safe visitation with noncustodial parent; families are referred through the Family Court system for supervised visitation.

Summary

Our Parenting Time Program provides a trauma-informed environment for children whose parents are court-ordered to have supervised or monitored visitation and exchanges, fostering the opportunity for parent and child to reunite. A vital resource to the Hennepin County Court Services, as there is no other agency within Hennepin County that provides this critical service to family court system.

 
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Substance Use Treatment

Target Population

Homeless mothers, children, and families within the supportive housing program and women with extensive backgrounds of homelessness, poverty, and trauma suffering from co-occurring disorders. All of the women are referred for treatment by their case managers, child protection workers, or adult probation and are diagnosed with substance use and mental health disorders.

Summary

Perspectives is a licensed outpatient substance use treatment program, offering groups four days a week, both afternoon and evenings. Staff consists of licensed substance abuse counselors and mental health professionals. The curriculum for groups is trauma-informed and offers various focus topics, such as relapse prevention, self-care, emotional skills, and trauma processing. Additional components include one-to-one substance use counseling, peer recovery coaching, and individual and family therapy.

 
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Mental Health

Target Population

Homeless mothers, children, and families within the supportive housing program and women with extensive backgrounds of homelessness, poverty, and trauma suffering from co-occurring disorders. All of the women are referred for treatment by their case managers, child protection workers, or adult probation and are diagnosed with substance use and mental health disorders. Children are referred through case managers, Kids Connection and classroom teachers. Children are all struggling with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Summary

Perspectives provides women, children, and families with individual, group, and family psychotherapy.   In addition to a wide range of treatment approaches, staff expertise includes trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for children, 0-3 infant/toddler mental health, play therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).