FamilyWise in the News

May 16, 2015

Founder and long-time board member Arlene Nystuen was honored with FamilyWise’s Lifetime Mission Award at April’s Appreciation Celebration. Several local media sources covered Arlene for her long-term commitment to the community. Links and full press release below.

Star Tribune

Lakeshore Weekly


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Local Woman Receives Lifetime Mission Award

(Minneapolis, MN) —FamilyWise, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit, awarded Arlene Nystuen with its prestigious Lifetime Mission Award on April 30, 2015.

Ms. Nystuen, longtime advocate for women and children, was one of the founders of FamilyWise in 1976 and has remained a vital supporter throughout the years. What started as an idea of helping women transition from prison, FamilyWise now serves nearly 2,800 of our community’s most vulnerable residents, with more than half of them children.

“I started FamilyWise because I saw the love that parents had for their children. Even though FamilyWise has been working hard to end family violence and keep children safe for the past 38 years, there is still much work to be done. It’s amazing to see what parents can achieve to give their children a better life when we all work together,” Arlene said.

As a member of the FamilyWise Board of Directors until December 2014, Arlene helped guide the organization and continues to volunteer and advocate for families. Her vision for teaching concrete “survival” skills to help parents create safe and stable families lives on in the current programming of FamilyWise. Smart Parenting Starts Here has become its tagline.

Arlene has also been a key player in the history of Sojourner Project, Inc. and has served her community for 40 years through various social service and political committees and board work.  Arlene volunteered to teach at the Women’s Workhouse, served as a consultant to battered women’s programs and is active in the League of Women Voters.

FamilyWise is a local nonprofit that has been keeping children safe and helping families lead stable, healthy and productive lives since 1976. We educate, empower and enrich families who are struggling with poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues, homelessness and domestic violence. Our programs vary, but the end result is the same: we take complex problems that affect families and work with them to create solutions that will sustain them throughout their lives.  Visit to learn more.

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