By Liz Collin

By Liz Collin, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Neighbors helping neighbors: It’s the secret for success at a South St. Paul non-profit.

From donated clothes they sell in their clothes closet, to a stocked food shelf and medical transportation, Neighbors, Inc. in South St. Paul is a broad-based social service agency.

Linda Franke is one of more than a thousand volunteers each year who give their time to the program that dates back to 1972.

“The people are amazing to work for here at Neighbors,” Franke said.

John Kemp, the Executive Director and C.E.O., says it’s about making connections.

“We’re a conduit between those people who have something to give whether it’s time or food or clothing or funds to those people in the community who need it,” Kemp said.

That need has spiked since the beginning of the year. Food requests are up more than 25 percent.

As their services grow, space has been shrinking. Soon, they’ll move into a new building a mile away that’s twice the size.

“We store our stuff in multiple places and right now we’ll be able to put them away and have some space to move,” Franke said.

To volunteer at Neighbors or to contribute to their capitol campaign, visit their website.

Comments (3)
  1. Mr. Brown says:

    Why does it always refresh? I’m trying to use it for my class, which you would appreciate, but it keeps refreshing, and I have to watch the ad for Perham over and over again. I like Perham; I’ve been there and it’s nice, but this is really hindering my first hour educational experience.

    1. Dave says:

      Hello Mr. Brown, I totally agree. Perham is lovely but I mean, really, why must we be subjected to these commercials, especially at the expense of an education? It makes no sense.

  2. Stephen says:

    I don’t know this Mr.Brown but he sure seems like a swell guy.

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