As part of our mission to the community, we seek to serve and empower families by providing an early start program for preschool age children. Grant Community Nursery School is a nonprofit outreach that welcomes, at no cost, all children (ages 4-5, not yet in kindergarten). Class size is limited to 20 students.
The mission of Grant Community Nursery School is to help children develop basic school readiness skills while encouraging them to build positive self-identity and self esteem through creative play, art, music and other activities to enhance learning in a safe, supportive, healthy, Christian environment.
GCNS is located in Community Covenant Church (CCC), and began as a collaborative effort of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Edina and Community Covenant Church. Excluding the Head Teacher and Van Driver, all staff and other workers are volunteers.
The collaborative effort has been enjoyed by both parties for approximately thirty-nine years, making it one of the longest operating and quite possibly, the first joint-sponsored child care initiative in the Near-Northside Minneapolis area. The program focus, then and now, is to introduce children to school readiness skills in a safe, supportive, healthy environment.
Grant Community Nursery School (GCNS) is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), St. Paul, Minnesota, (651) 296-3971. Our license capacity is twenty. A requirement of the Department of Human Services (DHS) Rule 9503 for Child Care Centers requires a review of our center’s health and safety policies yearly. This is done by the Metropolitan Visiting Nurse Association (MVNA), telephone number (612) 617-4600.
GCNS is a church-based program located on the Near-Northside of Minneapolis. The program serves children, ages four and/or five years (not yet in Kindergarten) of age, living (or in full-day care) within the following Northside geographic areas: West Broadway (North), Theodore Wirth Parkway (West), Glenwood Avenue (South), and the Mississippi River (East).
The Food Shelf is a vital ongoing ministry of Community Covenant Church. The church comes together to provide personal care items and financial support in order to sustain the food shelf ministry. Most of the food items are purchased from Second Harvest Heartland. The acts of generosity of our church family serve as a witness to each other, neighbors, and the community.
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Over a four month period:
Number of family units served: 105
Total number of individuals served: 338
Number of pounds of food distributed: 3,091
Many volunteers help assemble and distribute food baskets at Thanksgiving.
Young Lives (Young Life)
More than 20 years ago, Young Life answered God’s call to run headfirst into the chaos of teenage motherhood with the hope of Jesus … and YoungLives was born.
YoungLives has never wavered from the original vision to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through YoungLives’ time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ.
The mission of Urban Homeworks is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development that produces equitable, dignified housing, a strategic network of good neighbors, and the redemptive development of real estate.