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.
The Community OutPost team collaborates with residents, community groups, businesses, and St. Cloud State University, 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 have designated space in the new facility.
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.
At The OutPost:
To provide for our community, the OutPost has several tenants providing services. In addition, many other groups use the OutPost as a meeting or event venue.
Our Community Gathering space seats up to 45 people and is equipped with a 70″ TV. To inquire about usage, please use the form below.
St. Cloud Police Department
Provides professional proactive policing in the neighborhood. The officers of the house have become an integral part in connecting with residents in the south side neighborhood and are involved in several community outreach programs.
Stearns County Human Services
They provide WIC appointments every Monday from 8:30-4pm. They also assist with large scale programs, provide a public health nurse on Wednesday afternoons and coordinate the mobile dental clinic twice per month.
Assists with large scale health and wellness programming as well as provide a resource in community health to include child birthing classes and community paramedics.
They provide ambulance services in the neighborhood. Having an ambulance at the OutPost will allow for faster response times for paramedics in the neighborhood.
We track many key stats throughout the year. Here are a few highlights from 2018.
Backpacks Given Away Through Back-To-School Program
Patients seen at Children's Dental Program
Arrests for Gun & Drug Offenses, Robbery, Burglary, and Assault
Grams of Illegal Drugs Seized (Meth, Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin)
Community OutPost Calendar of Events
The Community OutPost is the result of many, many organizations and individuals donating their time, talent, and resources to create a safer community. Thank you to all who have helped!
St. Cloud Rotary
Mathew Hall Lumber Company
Metro Lions of St. Cloud
Thermo Tech Windows
Edina Realty – Heidi Voigt
St. Cloud Federal Credit Union
Clifton Larson Allen
Maselter Cabinets, Inc.
Knife River Material
Central Minnesota Community Foundation
Benusa Contract Sales
Office Furniture Solutions
St. Cloud Reading Room Society
Garage Tech Flooring
Fireside Hearth & Home
Garage Tech X-Treme
Rob & Darla Priebe
Brock White Company
Ernie Zehowski, LLC
Shingobee Builders, Inc
Central MN Builders Association
Tom Kraemer, Inc.
Kirby Vacuum Cleaner
Mike and Tammy McGee
State Farm – Ken Bellicot
Rick and Meg Lee
Janet and Jim Knoblach
Quinlivan & Hughes