By Jake Rossen
By Jesse Marx
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By CP Staff
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Rainbow Families is a membership organization working to organize, strengthen, and celebrate Minnesota families whose parents are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). We provide parent and family support through informal networking within our community, and public education and advocacy in the larger community. Rainbow Families, 310 E 38th St #204, Mpls. Voicemail: 612-370-6651.
World Pen Pals
World Pen Pals has been promoting international friendship and cultural understanding between young people around the world. Students, grades five through college, wishing to make a friend overseas may request an application from World Pen Pals by enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope to: World Pen Pals, PO Box 337, Saugerties, NY 12477.
Through June 2000
The Minneapolis Public Library's popular after-school Homework Helper program resumes this fall at ten neighborhood libraries across the city. Trained tutors will be available during afternoon and evening hours to help elementary through senior high students complete homework assignments and improve their skills. Students are encouraged to use this drop-in service as often as needed. Tutors work one-on-one and can assist with a variety of subjects, study skills and use of library resources. Basic school supplies provided and most locations have computers equipped with word processing software. Hours vary by location; please call for schedules nearest you. 612-630-6490.
CLUES-Chicanos Latinos Unidos En Servicio
CLUES was established in 1981 and is a private not-for-profit agency committed to enhancing the quality of life for Hispanics in the Twin Cities metro area. CLUES programming is designed to strengthen family life within a cross-cultural framework. CLUES offers services in mental health, employment, education, chemical health, and seniors programs. You can also receive a list of local and national organizations that have multi-ethnic materials to order, most of which are FREE. Some offer audiovisuals for rental and may charge a minimal price. CLUES - Chicanos Latinos Unidos En Servicio, 2110 Nicollet Avenue, Minneapolis. (612) 871-0200.
SafeJourney Support Group
North Memorial's domestic abuse program, SafeJourney is offering an educational support group for women who have experienced the effects of emotional and/or physical abuse. Trained hospital advocates who provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment facilitate the group. FREE! Pre-registration required. Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm. North Memorial Medical Center, 3300 Oakdale Avenue North, Robbinsdale. (612) 520-4151 or (612) 520-2639
Families of children who have been abducted by a family member, a stranger, or who have runaway no have a national support network. Project H.O.P.E. (Help Offering Parents Empowerment) has trained parents who have had a missing child, to assist and support families with a missing child. Project H.O.P.E. volunteers represent family abductions, non- family abductions, international abductions, and runaways. Patty Wetterling, who's son Jacob was abducted in 1989, is the Project Coordinator and helped train 18 other parents who have similar experiences and are available to support families with a missing child. Parents of missing children can contact Project H.O.P.E. by calling (800) 306-6311.
PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays)
Monthly program on LGBT issues, followed by small groups for discussion and support. FREE! Meets 2-5pm, every third Sunday of the month at Mayflower Church, Diamond Lake Road at 35W South. PFLAG: (612) 825-1660. www.pflag.org
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center
A nonprofit organization, founded in 1983, providing support, resources, and education on miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death. Our mission is to bring hope and healing to all who experience this painful heartache. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center, 1421 East Wayzata Blvd; #70, Wayzata, (612) 473-9372.
Maternity and Infant Clothes Closet
The Northwest Midway Family Center's Maternity and Infant Clothes Closet offers free, clean, used maternity and newborn clothes for families. Anyone is welcome to choose items from our closet. Please call to make an appointment to get clothing. We also sponsor monthly activities for families and children at multiple sites within our area. Northwest Midway Family Center, 1912 University Avenue West, St. Paul, (651) 917-3792.
MEDIA & ONLINE
Fall Harvest Contest for Moms
Through November 10
Over $1500 in prizes from Moms Network Exchange, the national organization for moms working from home. Join in the online Scavenger Hunt offered by work at home moms and their businesses at www.momsnetwork.com/harvest.shtml.
Families Like Mine
An exciting new web site for sons and daughters of LGBT parents. Dedicated to bringing voice to the experiences of these families and decreasing the feeling of isolation. In some communities these families are out and proud; in others, they are almost invisible. In the United States there are approximately 8 to 12 million kids who have at least one LGBT parent. Click on and feel welcomed!
MOM-bo, A Mom Show With Attitude
MOM-bo is a weekly RANT about motherhood, hosted by Nanci Olesen. Each week a different topic is addressed, and through interviews, commentary, music, and humor . . . MOM-bo delves into the topic. Above all, MOM-bo is a good-humored SUPPORT for moms! Tune in! Upcoming topics include Learning Languages, Birthdays, Holiday Preparedness,and Thankfulness. KFAI, 90.3 FM in Minneapolis, 106.7 in St. Paul. Every Wednesday at 3pm. MOM-bo!, 1808 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, (612) 341-3144.
Family Day Care Radio Show