Living Proof MN

From Eating Disorders to Recovery

aka Living Proof MN   |   BLOOMINGTON, MN   |  http://www.LivingProofMN.com

Mission

Mission: Through peer guidance Living Proof MN empowers people to reclaim their lives and fully recover from their eating disorders, by supporting, instilling hope, and providing the connection needed for recovery.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Shira Charpentier

Main address

10106 CLINTON AVE S

BLOOMINGTON, MN 55420 USA

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EIN

84-2493495

NTEE code info

Eating Disorder, Addiction (F53)

Mental Health Disorders (F70)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Eating disorders are the most deadly of all mental health diseases, 1 person every 62 minutes dies as a direct result of their eating disorder. Living Proof MN is a nonprofit giving people struggling with eating disorders an alternative option to traditional treatment. Many people go in and out of treatment for years with no success. Living Proof MN has established a personal and values based program for instilling hope, self-empowerment and modeling a life in recovery. Through a variety of program offerings for both those struggling with eating disorders and those supporting people with eating disorders, the mission is to demonstrate that recovery is possible, everyone is worth fighting for, and guiding people on a self-discovery journey to establish an identity separate from their eating disorder. The sole purpose is to reduce the number of people dying from eating disorders and increase the number of people living life in recovery.

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?

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentoring

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of support groups offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Preteens, People with psychosocial disabilities

Related Program

Peer Mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of support group services offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Peer Mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients participating in support groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Peer Mentoring

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Living Proof MN's goals are to help those struggling with eating disorders achieve recovery from their eating disorder. Recovery is the absence of food, weigh, body obsessions, and experiencing freedom around food. Our aim is that people can live life without their eating disorder and be a fully functioning participant in the world, by being able to work, or go to school, or be a good friend, and part of the family. The re-integration into society is a big goal and will be achieved through the programs Living Proof MN provides.

Living Proof MN has a variety of programs and services we offer, in person peer mentorship and support groups, as well as virtual mentorship and support group meetings through Zoom. The other programs are short term residential support (people stay at my home and establish a normal eating routine and reduce destructive eating disorder behaviors), community events such as museum tours, the zoo, the horse races, and the sculpture garden. We also host meal outings at restaurants, fast food places, and cafeterias to help reduce the fear and anxiety around eating out and ordering off menus. And, a major component is experiential therapies; horse therapy, farm visits, hiking, art and photography, and reiki; these therapies are not currently offered in MN or any of the neighboring states. It is a way of healing that I found extremely beneficial when I was going through my own eating disorder recovery journey; and now I want to provide that to other people. This summer (2020) we will be taking 2 groups to the boundary waters to experience nature, build self-confidence, and develop newfound appreciation for what their boy is capable of doing.

Living Proof MN's capabilities of meeting the goals are through peer to peer mentoring and support. The founder has lived through an eating disorder and is living life in recovery and offers her perspective, knowledge, and experience to help other people live a life in recovery. This is done through time spent with the founder, one on one sessions, eating together, and having a safe space to turn to. Living Proof MN is capable to meet the goals and the hope is that as people achieve recovery they become the next peers to support the incoming people needing assistance and guidance.

So far, the progress of Living Proof MN has been remarkable. People's lives are changing each day. People are finding hope, inspiration, and freedom from their eating disorder. People have demonstrated their ability to heal, be resilient and have the courage to address something has kept them stuck for years.

Financials

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Operations

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Living Proof MN

Board of directors
as of 3/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shira Charpentier

Living Proof MN

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/10/2021

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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

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2021

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.