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Organized in 1915, East Side Neighborhood Services is a nonprofit human service agency that provides social and other services to individuals, families and the communities of primarily Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. Our purpose is to assist people of all ages and backgrounds in realizing a higher quality of life.

Minneapolis, MN

May 3, 2017

 East Side Neighborhood Services Announces New President

East Side Neighborhood Services, a nonprofit human service agency providing social and other services to individuals, families and the communities of Minneapolis, has announced the selection of Kristine Martin as its new President. Martin will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of long-time President Bill Laden.

Martin comes to East Side Neighborhood Services from her role as Vice President at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in St Paul, where she leads a large division overseeing leadership programs, public policy, and community engagement programs.  At the Wilder Foundation, she was brought on in 2011 to   build the organization’s Center for Communities, which has since doubled in size and scope. “We are delighted to announce the selection of Kristine Martin as President,” said John Thompson, chair of the East Side Neighborhood Services search committee.  “Her background includes leadership positions in both nonprofit organizations and within Hennepin County, which is a unique fit for our organization.   Our organization will benefit from her strategic abilities as we look to the future.”

A trusted leader in the nonprofit community, Kristine Martin is known for her holistic approach and her ability to bring groups together to build successful partnerships, and teams to create integrated strategies.  Prior to joining the Wilder Foundation, Martin was Director of Research and Planning within Hennepin County.  She holds a BA in Social Work and Spanish from Concordia College and an MSW in Social Work Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota.  Martin began her career as a clinical social worker at Hennepin County Home School, where she says her roots in attending to the whole family and the community and systems that surround them were planted.

“I am thrilled to join and lead East Side Neighborhood Services. There is a rich tradition of responsivity to the community, along with the value of serving people where they are.  I hope to position ESNS as a premier provider and partner to the changing communities of both Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis.” said Martin.

Martin is an active community leader, serving on the boards of Nexus Community Partners, Minnesota Campus Compact, St. Paul Promise Neighborhood and Advisory Board of Youthlink.  She chairs the board of Minnesota Uruguay Partners.


Upcoming Events: 

  • Mill City Charity Golf Tournament
    August 3, 2017
    Please join us for the 22nd Annual Mill City Charity Golf Tournament, a benefit for East Side Neighborhood Services. Individual Golf Package - $105 ($45 tax deductible). Tournament registration includes: 18 holes of golf, golf cart, patio party at Elsie's, awards & drawing for prizes.
  • Sheridan Memorial Park Improvement Meetings
    May 24 and June 21, 2017
    Residents from the Sheridan, Bottineau, and St. Anthony West Neighborhoods have been invited to three meetings to help the MPRB plan improvements for Sheridan Memorial Park that includes a playground and picnic facilities.  On
    May 24, a consultant will provide concept alternatives for how the site might be organized, with options for playground and picnic facility design. On June 21, a preferred concept will be discussed and the participants will be asked for final input on the design of all elements. 

  • Elder Law Clinics
    10:00 - 2:00 pm, April 29, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, September 30 and October 28.
    Neighborhood seniors can meet with an attorney for a half-hour consultation at no charge! Issues covered can be estate planning, probate, landlord/tenant issues, social security or miscellaneous issues. Seniors will be able to do actual work on basic wills, health care directives, and statutory short form for power of attorney. Call the front desk at 612-781-6011 to make an appointment, or email Laura at lmurphy@esns.org. 

  • Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance
    Mondays and Wednesdays, June 5 - August 30 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 
    This Tai Chi class reduces risk of falls by improving balance, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility through mindful movements in a slow, flowing motion. All classes are held at East Side. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call 612-787-4045 or email Empowering Vital Aging at TeamEVA@esns.org.

  • Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic
    Saturday, June 10, Noon - 4:00 PM Last items accepted at 3:30 p.m.
    Bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics and more. With free guided assistance, you can disassemble, troubleshoot and fix your item. No pre-registration required. Items must be carry-in-sized. Bring any parts and supplies that might be helpful. This event is family friendly!

Ongoing Events:
  • Living Well with Diabetes
    May 18 - June 22, Thursdays, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at East Side
    ain skills to live a healthier life! Living Well with Diabetes is an evidence-based, self-management workshop that covers many topics including techniques to deal with symptoms of diabetes: fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycemia, stress, depression; healthy eating; exercise; medication usage; and working effectively with health care providers. Participants will set goals, share experiences, and help each other to solve problems they encounter. Cost is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call 612-787-4045 or email Empowering Vital Aging at TeamEVA@esns.org.

  • A Matter of Balance
    May 9 - June 27, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    In A Matter of Balance, you will learn how to view falls as controllable, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, perform exercises that improve strength and balance, and set goals to increase physical activity. This eight week workshop includes group discussion and exercise. Classes are held at East Side. The cost of these classes is based on ability to pay. No one will be turned away due to financial constraints. To register, call 612-787-4045 or email Empowering Vital Aging at TeamEVA@esns.org



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