We are Better Futures Minnesota, part of the solution!
Better Futures offers a proven approach for combatting systemic racism and social inequities. Please help fund our pathbreaking enterprise.
Who We Are:
Since 2007, Better Futures Minnesota has stood as one of the most impactful social justice enterprises in our community. We intentionally embrace, support, and employ at-risk African American men recently released from incarceration. Over 1,300 of these men have benefited from our trauma-informed care, stable housing, coaching, and a job. Our employment and child support payment rates are high; our return to prison rates are very low.
How You Can Help:
· Donate to support our financial needs as we recover and prepare for future success.
· Promote our products and services to homeowners and businesses.
· Contract with us to deconstruct a building instead of demolition; this reduces emissions and landfill waste while used products are repurposed.
· Shop our retail ReUse Warehouse store for used materials
The Impacts of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism on the men and staff of Better Futures:
COVID-19 struck fear our men and their families. We had to close our warehouse, stop recycling appliances and eliminated five jobs. The lockdown cut our monthly earned revenue by about $15,000. Worse yet, we still have $26,000 in fixed costs to cover.
Then we experienced the murder of Mr. Floyd. The following day, Calvin Horton, the father of a staff person’s children was shot twice in the back and killed. Our staff and men are traumatized and very sad. And as a result of the violence that occurred in our neighborhood, the men have lost access to essential resources as their grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, bodegas, and the Post Office were all burned to the ground.
Some of our men have scars from bullets delivered by police. Most have been abused by the police. These events are tearing open old traumas, and they are angry. Most are also resigned to the fact that all this turmoil will not likely lead to long-term change.
But the men are also inspiring, and so is our staff (almost all African Americans). The systems are unjust, there are no credible leaders, but we can move forward as a tight community and fight for a bigger piece of the financial pie. The men want to help rebuild their neighborhoods. Please help Better Futures Minnesota continue to support our men and our community.
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