Since 1878, The Family Partnership has been “clearing the path for family success,” pivoting services with courage, innovation, and leadership, such as providing counseling for LGBTQ+ individuals and families along with services for victims of sex trafficking, preeminent issues still today. Now, they also focus on reducing poverty and expanding opportunities for immigrants and families of color. Their Minnesota Family Strength Project points to communication, health, time together, spirituality, and support while strengths unique to families of color, include respect for elders, unity, traditions, and extended family. The top four stressors can benefit from design interventions that ease house cleaning: Lack of time, uncompleted chores, arguments, and household tasks undone. The new building expands educational spaces, spaces for survivors of sex trafficking, and multi-purpose community rooms.

Landscapes of hope – East Lake Street – Services

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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The benefits of bilingualism have been well-documented–close to 23% of the U.S. population are bilinguals. Apart from enabling people to connect as they navigate traveling to another part of the world, bilinguals have been found to have better executive control than monolinguals and to be faster than monolinguals in applying new rules, translating to cognitive flexibility and self control. Lifelong bilingualism has been found to confer protection against the onset of Alzheimer disease due to its contribution to cognitive reserve. Jardín Spanish Immersion Academy™ on 3207 East Lake St is a place where a “child will thrive and grow into a healthy, happy, Spanish speaking student with cultural competency and blooming confidence.” Focusing on infants, toddlers and preschoolers the school prepares students for global citizenship.

Landscapes of hope – 3207 E Lake St – Educational

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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The Greek immigration to Minneapolis becomes tangible through Bill’s Imported Foods and the iconic “Its Greek to Me” across the street, located at the intersection of Lake & Lyndale. The Taste of Greece festival at St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church, which is a few blocks south of here, is one of the largest and most attended in the city, pointing to ways by which togetherness and dialogue can be strengthened by bringing people together to celebrate through food, music, dance, crafts, etc.

Landscapes of hope – 721 W Lake St – Retail

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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Anna Tsantir co-founded Two Bettys Green Cleaning Service over 10 years ago, and in 2017 was awarded the Minnesota Women-Owned Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. As an advocate for sustainable and healthy cleaning solutions, the eco-friendly company uses only non-toxic products: no bleach, no ammonia, and no petroleum-based irritants. The 120 employees, many of whom are artists, activists, students, and single parents, benefit from fair labor practices and the company’s stand for social justice– starting wages are $15/hr and a 50% health insurance cost share. Both of their refill stations are located in Longfellow, this one at 4010 E. Lake St. The side of the building hosts the Wall of Hope mural, a partnership with Climate Generation and local artists for the many successes of climate activists. Tsantir recommends using Environmental Work Group to check household products. 

Landscapes of hope – East Lake Street – Retail

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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When most supermarkets chased the suburbs, leaving Black Americans behind, Cub Foods, a Minnesota hometown grocer for over 50 years, stayed. And now, Cub Foods plans to rebuild both stores that were damaged during the protests. As CEO Mike Stigers said, “Cub is actively involved in our communities and it is our responsibility to roll up our sleeves and find solutions to help meet the needs of our neighbors, family and friends while our Broadway and Lake Street stores are under construction.” In the meantime, Cub will set up temporary, 13,000-square-foot community stores that will carry staples including fresh produce, meat, and dairy, serve pharmacy customer needs, provide free bus service to other Cub supermarkets in the area, and offer on-line grocery service. Rebuilding will rely on community input sessions where local residents share ideas for the new stores. Over a third of Cub’s 79 stores are franchised or minority-owned. 

Landscapes of hope – Lake Street – Retail – Grocery Stores

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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Amidst the rubble of what remained from Mama Safia’s Kitchen on the ground floor of the Coliseum, Saida Hassan found the sign she made for her mother when the restaurant first opened. It read, “Mama Safia’s Kitchen. Seasoned with Love,” “Because she always cooks with love.” Safia Munye, a Somali immigrant, opened the restaurant in 2018 with her retirement savings, adding another example of Somali entrepreneurship in Minnesota, particularly for women. Now, the destruction reignites the trauma many experienced fleeing war-torn countries. “My heart is broken. My mind is broken,” Safia exclaimed. As a mother, she could relate to Floyd calling for his mama: “I know I can’t come back from this. But this can be replaced. George’s life cannot.” During the pandemic, she had to choose between paying for insurance and paying staff–she chose her staff, leaving her with no funds to rebuild. See GoFundMe.

Landscapes of hope – 2700 E Lake St – Restaurants

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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At Dulce Mex on 325 E Lake St, the proud craft of making handmade piñatas passed from Grandma to Mom to son, “where kids birthday party dreams come true”! All size pinatas are available, from small ones for apartments to 6’ tall ones, from Dora the Explorer to Spider-Man, and the traditional seven point cones, which represent the seven deadly sins: greed, gluttony, sloth, pride, envy, wrath and lust. In the 16th century, Spanish missionaries appropriated Atzec and Mayan games of hitting a clay pot suspended by a string for religious instruction. The blindfolded participant represented faith, the leading force in defying evil. The piñata symbolized ‘Esperanza’, Hope, as people looked toward the sky yearning for the prize. The stick for breaking the piñata symbolized virtue, as only good can overcome evil. Once broken, the candies represented the reward for keeping faith and charity as everyone shared the gifts.

Landscapes of hope – 325 E Lake St – Retail

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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Eloy Bravo, 50 years old, and his staff of eight had been looking forward to reopening June 1 after closing temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Looters however, hauled away more than $10,000 worth of supplies and equipment, including the cash register from his Lupita Nail Salon. He started the salon after moving from his native Puebla, Mexico, 15 years ago. When neighbor Lauren Johnson pulled over to help Bravo clean up, he ended up helping her distribute water and snacks to passersby, many of them protesters like her. According to the Latino Chamber of Commerce Minnesota, the state is home to 9,000 Latino-owned businesses which enrich our state culturally and economically. 

Landscapes of hope – 1311 E Lake St – Retail

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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A former stewardess, Brenda Ingersoll says that running a coffee shop is essentially like running an airplane: “You’ve got to build relationships.” She co-owns Milkweed on 3822 E. Lake Street with Alex Needham. They opened the coffee shop in 2019 and just celebrated their one year anniversary! They use Fair Trade organic companies and sourcing supplies from local vendors, such as Tiny Footprint Coffee in Brooklyn Park, a company that combines small-batch artisan coffee with reforestation efforts in places such as Ecuador, making it the world’s first carbon negative coffee which also supports the regions’ economic stability. Ecuadorian farmers expect to lose 73% of their harvest due to the pandemic and the lack of roads. Design-wise, Milkweed’s renovation accounted for single users along with children, creating what neighbor Nikki Baker said, “a community place which is what people need.”

Landscapes of hope – 3822 E Lake St – Coffee shop

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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Located right before West Lake Street makes a bend over Lake Bde Maka Ska, Lake & Irving Restaurant and Bar uses its front facade to declare its commitment to both the movement for racial justice and the rebuilding of Lake Street. The WeLoveLakeStreet fund collected over $5,000,000 to rebuild Lake Street from more than 61,000 people. The committee will “…..focus on helping the hardest-hit and most vulnerable businesses in our community, which disproportionately includes immigrant and POC-owned businesses,” a prime example of how coming together can bring change.

Landscapes of hope – 1513 W Lake St – Restaurants

Twin Cities, Minnesota


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