INTERFAITH ACTION OF GREATER SAINT PAUL

aka Formerly Saint Paul Area Council of Churches   |   Saint Paul, MN   |  http://interfaithaction.org/

Mission

OUR MISSION We mobilize diverse faith and spiritual communities to engage in work that supports our neighbors’ stability and economic mobility. OUR VISION Opportunity grows and poverty recedes when people of faith invest themselves in effective action.

Ruling year info

1944

Executive Director

Ms. Randi Ilyse Roth

Main address

1041 Grand Avenue, #312

Saint Paul, MN 55105 USA

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Formerly known as

Ramsey County Sunday School Association

Saint Paul Area Council of Churches

EIN

41-0694741

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Department of Indian Work

In 1952, a group of church leaders from several denominations initiated ministry within the Twin Cities American Indian community. In 1968, this ministry became part of the Minnesota Council of Churches as the Department of Indian Work. In 1974, the Minnesota Council decentralized its Indian programs and the St. Paul Department of Indian Work (DIW) has operated as a part of Interfaith Action since that time. DIW has a proven record in developing and implementing programs based on needs and solutions identified by the American Indian community, and is now an umbrella for several key initiatives, including a food shelf and clothing closet, youth enrichment, and diabetes prevention and self-management education.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Economically disadvantaged people

Project Home provides safe, comfortable overnight shelter for homeless families. 40 beds are available every night. Congregations and other organizations provide space and volunteers to help operate the shelter. Project Home is an ongoing program, offering shelter 365 nights per year. Interfaith Action began providing shelter in 1997, and, our shelter program has only grown since its inception.

The families who stay with Project Home  literally have no where else to go. Project Home is a fundamental component of Ramsey County’s Continuum of Care plan. We are the only shelter for families when the County's primary emergency shelter for homeless families--Catholic Charities Family Service Center--is full (most of the time), or when families have come to the end of the 30-day time limit at the Family Service Center. Most of the families who stay with us stay less than four weeks, and during the last year, only five of the 580 families we served met the federal definition of "long term homeless." We serve a temporarily, transitionally homeless group of people who need a safe place to stay while they get back on their feet.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Families

Opportunity Saint Paul harnesses the transformative work of volunteers to strengthen economic mobility and reduce poverty in our city. This unique program matches dedicated volunteers with pre-selected nonprofits that have proven records of effectively addressing barriers to economic mobility. In addition, we provide these motivated volunteers with quality learning opportunities that build community and advance understanding of how to make a meaningful dent in poverty.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Financials

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INTERFAITH ACTION OF GREATER SAINT PAUL

Board of directors
as of 1/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Cynthia Lesher

Retired (Xcel Energy)

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Yohuru Williams

University of St. Thomas

Term: 2020 - 2023

Roger Katzenmaier

Wilkerson Guthmann

David Misemer

3M Company

Bill Brady

U.S. Bank Corporate Payment Systems

Jen Miller

Normandale Community College

Sharon DeMark

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners

Kirk Kleckner

Valuation USA

Bruce Nerland

Morgan Stanley

Steve Magistad

Charles Schwab

David Stewart

Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church

Chris McHugh

Therapeutic Services Agency, Inc.

Javen Swanson

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Lao Lu Hang

Propel Nonprofits

Diane Benjamin

Child Care Aware of MN

Nancy Burke

FuturePerfect Career Counseling

Joyce Esther

Normandale Community College

Marc Issaacson

Augsburg College

Suzanne Kelly

Minneapolis Public Schools

Seymour Mansfield

(Retired) Foley and Mansfield

Erin Murphy

Saint Catherine's University

Awale Osman

Bush Foundation

Eric Rutten

The Church of St. Peter Claver

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability