Tubman, an innovative organization dedicated to providing support and resources to individuals and families affected by domestic violence and trauma, is raising funds to add a pet shelter.
Tubman's CEO is Jennifer Polzin, who lives near Lake Nokomis.
This initiative will provide a safe haven for individuals experiencing domestic violence, allowing them to bring their pets with them. Recognizing the crucial link between pet safety and domestic violence, this new onsite shelter will further reduce barriers for people to get the support they need.
The Great Dreams Campaign fundraising effort is set to enhance the universal accessibility, safety, and utility of the Harriet Tubman Center East. In addition to the pet shelter, other key infrastructure improvements include accessible restrooms, an elevator for public and non-residential areas, electrical upgrades, new windows, partial roof replacement, fire suppression system, and more.
Tubman aims to transform its kitchen into a hub for community development, offering options such as partnering with nonprofits focused on food insecurity, workforce development, or a space for local entrepreneurs in the food industry. With added investment in security measures for domestic violence survivors, coupled with advancements in technology and an expansion in staff, Tubman seeks to strengthen its program delivery and access to better serve those in need.
For over 45 years, Tubman has aided individuals of all ages, genders, and backgrounds facing relationship violence, substance abuse, mental health issues, and trauma. Serving the Twin Cities, Tubman offers safe shelter, legal support, counseling, youth programs, and community education. In 2022, Tubman assisted approximately 17,700 people in the Minneapolis area with a mission to advance opportunities for change so that every person can experience safety, hope, and healing.
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