North Minneapolis is “a thriving and vibrant community that is a great place to live, work, play, and worship”
Hope United CDC is a “Catalyst of Hope in North Minneapolis – connecting people, organizations and resources to transform our community for Good
Dr. Eleanor Coleman
As a resident and former Minneapolis Public Schools educator, I have a deep commitment particularly, to seeing North Minneapolis become a thriving community where young people are nurtured and are provided the opportunity to Grow to their fullest potentials.
I have had a long interest in racial reconciliation, growing up in a military family in many diverse paces around the country. My interest in Hope United CDC's mission was born out of my concern for the persistent disparities in education and employment in North Minneapolis. I hope to use my experience in psychology, healing ministry and management consultation to advance the unique mission of Hope United CDC.
As the University of Minnesota's urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center's (UROC) assistant executive director of operations and programs, I am responsible for facilitating the work of UROC research and outreach programs, while making connections between those programs and community partners, Particularly in North Minneapolis. I have a passion for connect
The community of North minneapolis is a place that is very important and very close to my heart. I grew up in an area where justice was not balanced at all for minority citizens. My parents raised us to to be a family that focuses on what is right, just and equal for all. My father started a newspaper called the "Challenger" that exposed issues and challenged the status quo back in the seventies. This helped to shape my point of view. I have seen some of the inequities that have taken place in North Minneapolis. God has placed challenging the current system on my heart. I want to be involved in a Christ-centered movement that will enhance the current environment and opportunities in North Minneapolis
My interest in North Minneapolis- it starts in our name - "Hope united" - a vision of a community that inspires hope and collectively strives for all its members to experience their God given dignity and destiny, equal opportunity, purpose, health, and safety. It is also personal as North Minneapolis is home for me and my family.
The Reverend Cecilia Williams, a North Minneapolis homeowner is a national church leader serving as Director of LMDJ Ministry Initiatives for the Evangelical Covenant Church.