FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 31, 2015
Contact: Ann Gaasch, Executive Director, 612.877.7827
This month FamilyWise received a $75,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust in support of our mission to break cycles of poverty and family violence, and to stabilize families, helping them become productive and engaged community members. We accomplish this through several integrated programs which build skills rooted in each individual’s inherent strength and potential. FamilyWise programs serve children, youth and families with the goal of strengthening families by encouraging self-determination, self-sufficiency and healthy family lifestyles.
The Otto Bremer Trust has been a longtime supportive partner to the mission of FamilyWise—since 1997—and the Trust is keeping step with our growth. From 2013 to 2014 FamilyWise served 30% more individuals who reported positive life outcomes after receiving services.
This funding will support general operations with respect to our growth. It will enable FamilyWise to boost program and referral coordination which allows us to quickly minimize waiting lists and move referred clients into services. Timeliness of services is essential to families in crisis. It will allow program managers to focus on the sustainable growth of programs such as High Fidelity Wraparound for youth with mental health issues and our teen parenting services. The Otto Bremer Trust investment helps us to leverage government funding and provides the additional administrative support needed to accomplish growth that will be sustainable.
Created in 1944, the Otto Bremer Trust (formerly Otto Bremer Foundation) assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. The Trust strives to help build healthy, vibrant communities in the places that are homes and neighbors to Bremer banks—communities where basic needs are met, mutual regard is prized and opportunities for economic, civic and social participation are within everyone’s reach. The Otto Bremer Trust owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank, and receives an equivalent share of the bank profits that are paid out as dividends. This means that a large portion of bank profit is invested back in local communities through grants and program-related investments.