Stevens Square Foundation Announces $549,500 in Grants to Support Financially Vulnerable Older Adults to Age at Home and in Community

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Stevens Square Foundation (SSF) today announced $549,500 in grants to 26 Twin Cities organizations that utilize cutting-edge approaches to address the complex needs of diverse seniors. These innovative approaches include comprehensive and culturally responsive services supporting underserved elders from a wide range of communities including Native American, Karen, Latine, East African (primarily Somali), Hmong, African American, and South Asian, among others.

These awards help community-based organizations provide essential services that enable financially vulnerable older adults to live well and independently in their homes and communities where most wish to stay. Services include Care Coordination, Social Engagement, Caregiver Support, Food Security, Chore/Homemaker (including minor home repair and modification), and support to maintain Housing Stability for those most at risk of becoming homeless.

“The SSF Board was awed and humbled by the dedicated staff and volunteers who work with passion and purpose to support seniors in our community who have tremendous need, especially given the ongoing pandemic. We celebrate the incredible resilience, adaptability, and fortitude of these critical organizations.” said Beth Stafford, President of the Board of Stevens Square Foundation. “We know that older Americans are one of the fastest-growing demographics in the country and Minnesotans age 65 and older are expected to eclipse the state’s K-12 population, for the first time in history. The Foundation believes that by supporting these community-enhancing efforts, which are cost-effective and largely volunteer-based, we can help to foster dignity and hope as we all age.”

The grants announced today will support these organizations:

Name of Grantee

Program/Project Name

African Community Senior Services

Community-Based Resources & Supports for African Seniors


Hmong Seniors Program

Centro Tyrone Guzman

Centro's Wise Elders

CommonBond Communities

Advantage Services for Older Adults with Low Incomes

Community Emergency Assistance Programs, Inc. (CEAP)

General Operating Support

Community Emergency Service, Inc.

Senior Support Program: Equipping Low-Income Homebound Seniors to Live Independently

Conflict Resolution Center

Housing Stability via Eviction Prevention for Older Adults


FamilyMeans – Caregiving & Aging Program

Hearts & Hammers - Twin Cities Inc.

General Operating Support

Help At Your Door (Formerly known as Store to Door)

General Operating Support

Karen Organization of Minnesota

Karen Elders & Caregivers Programs

Keystone Community Services

Keystone Senior Services

Longfellow/Seward Healthy Seniors

General Operating Support

Metro Meals on Wheels

General Operating Support - Metro Meals on Wheels 2022

Minneapolis American Indian Center

Native Elders Support Team (NEST)

Minnesota Jewish Community Center

Minnesota JCC Supportive Services for Older Adults

Neighborhood Network for Seniors

General Operating Support.

North End-South Como Block Nurse Program

General Operating Support

Open Arms of Minnesota

Open Arms’ Nutrition Program Supporting Community Older Adults

PRISM - People Responding In Social Ministry

Homelessness Prevention for Seniors (55+)

Senior Community Services

General Operating Support

Sewa-Aifw Inc

Awaz a senior journey continued

Southeast Seniors, LAH/BNP

General Operating Support

Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA)

SACA Delivers

The Sanneh Foundation

Sanneh Senior Support Services

Touchstone Mental Health

Minnehaha Commons


INITIATIVE GRANTS (By Invitation Only – awarded earlier in 2022)

Name of Initiative Grantee

Program/Project Name


Artful Aging Program

Elder Voices Family Advocates

Elder Care IQ Program

Giving Voice Initiative

Giving Voice to Dementia in the Latine Community

Northcountry Cooperative Foundation

Affordable Housing for Seniors through Cooperative Ownership


About Stevens Square Foundation: Stevens Square Foundation (SSF) is a leader in supporting community-based programs that leverage grassroots resources and address the complex needs of diverse elders. The Foundation’s grants support organizations that serve financially vulnerable older adults in the Twin Cities metro area so that they can age at home and in their communities with dignity and independence.