In Lake Elmo's mobile home community of Cimarron, half of the kids and teens who live there spend more than 2,000 hours each year at FamilyMeans' free youth programs. They come after school and during the summer. They might spend time with friends, enjoy healthy snacks, take a karate class, or receive homework help. But half of the kids don't come. There just isn't enough room. And these kids are missing out on potentially life changing opportunities:
88% of the children in Cimarron are eligible for free or reduced school lunches. Many families in Cimarron work multiple jobs to make ends meet, and struggle with basic things, like having enough money for groceries for their family. Families are worried about having a safe, and meaningful place in their community where their children can go to learn, grow, and thrive. FamilyMeans' Cimarron Youth Center offers this safe place, but right now, we cannot offer it to everyone because there isn't room.
That's why FamilyMeans is constructing a new building for its youth programs in Cimarron. There will be four times more space so more kids can participate. When more kids participate, good things happen:
More space will allow for more activities, and more opportunity for children to learn. The new building will include:
FamilyMeans has raised 90% of the funding needed to complete construction, but your help is needed to finish the building for the kids. Please consider making a contribution by calling or donating online to make your gift.
The Katherine B. Andersen Fund of the St. Paul Foundation will generously match your contribution.
Thank you for supporting the future of kids in Cimarron, and for supporting this community of families. Your gift makes a difference.