RGI Newsletter Vol. 5
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Local Non-Profit Highlight
In 1973 Edward Pompeian received “the gift of life,” a kidney, from his mother, Helen. Ed’s personal experience with transplantation led him to believe that the health and well-being of transplant patients and their families would be better served by living in a home-like setting. For years after his transplant, Ed searched for a suitable home, finding it at 624 W. Center St. in August, 1984. Working with three Mayo Clinic Rochester employees, Mary Davie, Dr. Sylvester Sterioff, and Greg Warner, the 1st Board of Directors, Ed was able to raise community support and the funds for a down-payment. In December 1984, Gift of Life, Inc., officially opened its doors. The three-story, eight-guest-room, Craftsman-style house at 624 West Center Street, Rochester provided accommodations for 16. Requests for rooms grew quickly.
In 1988, the convent at St. John’s Catholic Church, Rochester, was leased to help meet needs. Guest-room capacity increased to 21. In 1991, an executive director and a facilities manager were hired, and plans for a larger home were drafted.
In 1994, Gift of Life’s Board of Directors purchased the Judd house, near downtown Rochester and five blocks from Mayo Clinic. Renovations along with adding a north-side wing to the house began immediately. In 2000, a west wing was added, bringing the total guest room count to 48. December of 2002, this wing was renamed in honor of our friend and benefactor, Norman L. Gillette, Jr., owner of Pepsi-Cola Bottling, Rochester/LaCrosse. By this time, Ed was being tested for a 2nd kidney transplant and received his 2nd kidney from his son in 2004.
The need for affordable lodging continued to grow and in November 2009, a second house opened across the street from the main campus. The additional 36 guest rooms at the Anne and Henry Zarrow Home made the Gift of Life Transplant House the largest transplant house program in the country at 84 rooms. From the beginning to today, almost 35 years later, providing a supportive home-like environment for transplant patients and their caregivers to heal has been the inspiration.
The story doesn’t end here. Each guest who makes Gift of Life Transplant House their ‘home away from home’ reinforces the vision of Ed Pompeian. Their courage, gratitude and appreciation inspire us every day and the same determination that Ed Pompeian had to provide affordable accommodations continues today.
Nathan Hoover wanted to contribute to The Landing MN because as we all know homelessness is an issue in our world. We would like to thank Dan Fifield, his wife Holly, and many others like Nathan who have donated their time serving and bringing awareness to an underserved community. Nathan has served with The Project Hope movement at many community outreach and service events over the last couple of years. Nathan intends to continue his service in the community in the future.
Throughout the next year, The Landing MN sat dormant as just a dream, as the timing didn’t present itself to bring this dream to fruition. Then, in November 2018, a series of events occurred that turned the tables and put the wheels in motion. The sheet was pulled back on the extensive homeless community in Dan and Holly’s hometown, and they were exposed to the vast reality of the in-need population surrounding them. They realized how much their community desperately needed a place for those who are suffering – not just homeless individuals, but anyone in any place of physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual distress.
Bolder Options was established in 1993 as a response to a community needs assessment that determined there was an urgent need for mentoring programs in the Twin Cities. The St. Paul location was officially launched in January of 2007.
A few years later, They expanded their program to the city of Rochester which was officially launched in July of 2010.
In 2018, Bolder Options expanded the alumni program, leaning on new partnerships with alumni mentor-run Quetico Foundation US to support week-long trips to places like the BWCA and Montana.
Bolder Options has been recognized as an Expert Partner in mentoring by Mentor Minnesota and the National Mentoring Partnership since 2010.
Boys & Girls Club of Rochester
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Provide a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Our Commitment to Inclusion
They believe every kid has what it takes. The mission and core beliefs of Boys & Girls Clubs fuel our commitment to promoting safe, positive and inclusive environments for all. Boys & Girls Clubs of America supports all youth and teens – of every race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, and religion – in reaching their full potential.
Our Great Past
Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Connecticut - Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. With character development as the cornerstone of the experience, the Club focused on capturing boys interests, improving their behavior and increasing their personal expectations and goals. A cause was born.
In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations – this marked the start of a nationwide Movement and our national organization.
Joe Sveen wanted to donate to the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Quarterback Club. Once upon a time, Joe was a PEM Bulldog and he believes the Plainview-Elgin-Millville Football program provides a strong foundation to prepare young men for the real world. The PEM football team was the 2021 Minnesota Class 3A State Runner-up!
Collider activates, connects, and empowers our local early-stage entrepreneurs.
They believe there should be zero barriers to entrepreneurship for everyone in Rochester with a great idea and a passion to see it grow.
WHAT WE DO
Collider activates, connects, and empowers Rochester’s early-stage entrepreneurs and small businesses with 1:1 ecosystem navigation, education, space, and storytelling to help foster an inclusive, diverse, and healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem.
They believe that entrepreneurship should be accessible to EVERYONE in Rochester.
Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, MN
The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester, Minnesota, provides a home away from home and gives support to families seeking medical care for their children.
In 2018, The Ronald McDonald House® of Rochester provided a home to 467 families from around the United States and the world. The House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Governed by a volunteer board of trustees, the House hosts 70 families each night and has been in operation since 1980.
Compassion – We are mindful of our families’ needs and demonstrate the utmost concern and care for each family.
Hospitality With Heart – We provide a warm, welcoming environment where children feel safe, comfortable and loved and their families gain strength and hope.
Mutual Respect – We respect and serve with dignity our families, volunteers, staff and community; honoring and valuing the talents and diversity of all.
Community Partner – We collaborate creatively in order to advance our mission, foster volunteerism and unite and enrich our community.
Sound Management – Our programs are sound, safe, and well-maintained. Our management of resources is efficient, accountable and responsible.
Excellence – We are committed to the highest quality services marked by compassion, integrity, innovation, honesty and unparalleled teamwork.
ABOUT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES®
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of nearly 290 Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions and its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. RMHC keeps families with sick children close to each other and the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit rmhc.org.
Gift of Life Transplant House
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