#Perspectives: Celebrating 40 Years, 6,000+ Women and Children and Countless Lives Changed Forever

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Since 1976, Perspectives outcome-based programs have helped homeless, recovering women and their children break cycles of addiction, poverty and hopelessness.

Jeannie Seeley-Smith

When I began working with Perspectives 35 years ago, I could only have dreamed that we would be able offer the many programs and services we currently provide to mothers and children struggling with poverty, chemical and mental health disorders.

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Perspectives is Minnesota’s largest therapeutic supportive housing program for women and children who have experienced long-term trauma through addiction, homelessness, mental illness and poverty. Perspectives systematically addresses the growing need for early intervention programming for children, while providing comprehensive services for mothers.

Perspectives' programs help recovering, homeless mothers and their children in establishing healthy lifestyles through a holistic, trauma-informed model. This includes moving families into fully furnished apartments. Specialized programs are designed to assist mothers in maintaining their sobriety, stabilizing their mental health, and increasing their awareness about nutrition. Employment counseling helps women secure employment and parenting skills-building is designed to reunite women with their children, in cases where social services has assumed custody of their offspring. Perspectives children’s services include a year round academic/social enrichment program and the Kids Cafe nutrition program.

“When I began working with Perspectives 35 years ago, I could only have dreamed that we would be able offer all the programs and services we currently provide to mothers and children struggling with poverty, chemical and mental health disorders,” says Jeannie Seeley-Smith, President/CEO of Perspectives. “I wish the need would diminish, but this population continues to grow as do their needs. Perspectives is committed to offering the best programs possible to break cycles and return families to the social and economic mainstream. Our success in doing this has inspired us for four decades.”

Senator Ron Latz, a St. Louis Park City Council member when Perspectives launched its Supportive Housing Program says, “We all know the need for outcome-based programs such as Perspectives currently outweighs capacity. I have been a supporter from day one and I continue to spread the word on the good work done by this incredible organization.”

About Perspectives:
In 1976, a small group of women came together, dedicated to addressing a deadly disease. Their goal was to increase community awareness around the issue of addiction and its systemic consequences on both the family and society. With committed hearts and a defined vision, Perspectives was founded. Forty years later, over 6,000 adults and children in our community have benefited from our programs. Perspectives’ mission to empower mothers and rebuild families continues to be the core of their work and will guide programming for decades to come. To learn more about Perspectives, please visit: http://perspectives-family.org/ or on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/PerspectivesFamily or contact Linda Domholt, Direct: 952-405-2529 Mobile: 612.710.6385, ldomholt(at)perspectives-family(dot)org.

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