The Community OutPost
The first-of-its-kind in the state of Minnesota, the Community OutPost is being modeled after a similar program in Racine, Wisconsin. In Racine, they experienced a 70 percent reduction in violent crime in the area surrounding their first house. They now have seven houses in their program and an ongoing 20-year endowment.
Our organization will own real estate in troubled neighborhoods for the purposes of combating the deterioration of these communities by becoming a positive alternative center that provides quality after school programming for children, space for community members to interact with public safety officials and provide a place for community volunteers to positively engage with the neighborhood.
The Community OutPost team will collaborate with residents, community groups, businesses, and St. Cloud State University, in an effort to assess community needs; build and maintain relationships; and improve access to needed health, wellness, and other services. Gold Cross Ambulance, CentraCare Health, and Stearns County Social Services will have designated space in the new facility.
How We Will Measure Success
- Crime statistics
- Health measures
- EMS response times
- Reduction in calls for service from police, fire, and EMS
- Neighborhood perceptions
- Number of people served at the Outpost
Project Made Possible By:
The open house is the culmination of two years of work between the St. Cloud Police Department, the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation, numerous service organizations, educational partners and local companies. The total cost of the project is an estimated $400,000 with $250,000 coming from in-kind services and $150,000 in cash donations. The Rotary Club of St. Cloud provided the lead gift of $75,000.
We’re celebrating our Grand Opening from 3 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 at our new Community OutPost, 600 13th St. S., St. Cloud.