November 2016
U P C O M I N G 
E V E N T S 

Tuesday, Nov 15
Neighborhood Development Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Tuesday, Nov 15
Western District Police Department Community Meeting
Police Department,
367 Grove St

Thursday, Nov 17
Give to the Max Day! Don't forget to donate to SUPC!

Thursday, Dec 8
Community Forum Night
627 Selby, Suite A

Tuesday, Dec 20
Neighborhood Development Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

Tuesday, Dec 20
Western District Police Department Community Meeting
Police Department
367 Grove St.

Wednesday, Dec21
Community Safety and Improvement Meeting
627 Selby, Suite A

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SUPC Announces New Executive Committee
Summit University Planning Council elected its new Executive Committee and Committee Chairs at the October meeting.

Chair: Amy Michael
Vice-chair: Angela Burns
Secretary: Megan Jaunich
Treasurer: Katrina Mossser

Community Outreach/Communications: Rebecca Airmet
Community Improvement and Safety: Ross Callahan
Neighborhood Development: Jean Schroepfer

To see a complete list of our board members, please visit our website.

Our board meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Selby Ave SUPC offices. Board meetings are open to the public (note that public participation is limited to items already on the agenda). Please feel free to come to a meeting and learn how we get things done in the neighborhood!

SUPC Office
627 Selby Ave
(651) 228-1855
New Email Address for SUPC
Our website and email addresses have changed! Please take a moment to update your contact information.

You can find us on the web at

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Black Friday Alternatives
This year, skip the day-after Thanksgiving shopping rush and try something a little different. From holiday markets, to ice skating, you can find alternative activities and events.

Find some alternatives at MSP Magazine.
Of special note to our neighborhood is the Unity Church "Black Friday at Church Service", Rest for the Journey.

Also, Minnesota has named Black Friday Free Park Friday. Access to all Minnesota State Parks is completely free! Check out the DNR website for more information.

So, what are YOUR Black Friday plans this year?  
Updates from Hallie Q. Brown

Happy HallieWeen Party

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center held its annual Halloween Party put on with the Ramsey Hill Association for families in the community on October 30th.  137 children and 91 adults attended the fun free event dressed as their favorite characters and enjoyed candy, prizes, face painting, a spooky cupcake walk, pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating, a haunted house and more. Special guests included Sgt. Tina Kill from the Saint Paul Police Department who provided photos for families at our photo both and to Minnesota Superheroes United, The Royal Sisterhood and Costumers for a Cause for providing the characters at the event and Ramsey County Health Outreach.  You can check out the great pictures on the Hallie Q. Brown Facebook page

Hallie Q Brown Coat Give Away!

H allie Q. Brown will begin its annual coat give away on November 10 at the Clothing Closet.  Please contact our Food Shelf if you have a need for a coat or wish to donate for families in the community.  The distribution will continue ongoing throughout the Winter Season.  

Visit our website ( for more information.
Saint Paul Blast Off to Kindergarten
Blast Off To Kindergarten (BOTK) is a collaboration of community partners seeking to generate community awareness and action in Saint Paul by supporting schools, families and children in preparing for a smooth transition to kindergarten.

Choose the Best School for YOUR Kindergartner!

Thursday, December 8th, Galtier Elementary School
5:00-7:30 pm
1317 Charles Ave, 
Saint Paul, MN, 55104
  • Enjoy a light meal
  • Participate in fun, engaging activities for children
  • Take part in storytelling activities
  • Hear about school options for your family
  • Learn about resources in the community

For more information, call 651-744-2855

Call for Volunteers to Help Prepare Taxes
Prepare + Prosper offers free tax prep and financial services to low- and moderate-income Minnesotans every year. It's almost tax season, and we are in need of volunteers to help at our tax site at Hallie Q Brown Community Center--on Iglehart just off Dale.

You don't need to be an accountant - we'll train you! If you provide great customer service, enjoy working in a diverse environment, or want to build your tax preparation and finance skills, then sign up for an orientation today!

New Metro Transit Assistance Program: TAP PASS
TAP offers $1 rides to qualified residents

Ride more for less through the Transit Assistance Program (TAP) which offers $1 rides to qualified residents. This test program offers participants $1 rides on all buses and light rail, including transfers (one card per person). All participants who sign up will receive $5 for rides on their new card. To enroll you must be a low-income Twin Cities resident between the ages of 13 and 64 and have your income verified through a non-profit or another government agency and have a photo ID. For a list of documents that can be used for income verification visit

Sign up at one of the Metro Transit service centers (first come, first served - while supplies last):

Minneapolis Service Center - 719 Marquette Avenue (Store Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm)

Saint Paul Service Center - Skyway, US Bank Center, 101 E. 5th Street (Store Hours: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm)

Metric Giles Presented Karl Neid Award
Metric Giles, director of the Community Stabilization Project in St. Paul was presented the Karl Neid Award by Mayor Chris Coleman, October 21.

Metric's full-time job, for 30 years, has been with the Saint Paul Regional Water Services and for most of his life, was a resident of the Frogtown neighborhood. His community work, for which he was given the award, includes urban farming, fighting for additional stops along the Green Line during its planning, serving on the Metropolitan Council's Central Corridor Community Advisory Committee. He also sits on a number of boards of directors and does extensive volunteer work, from helping students build Little Free Libraries at Como Park High School, to turning empty lots across St. Paul into urban gardens, such as the Oxford Community Garden.

The Karl Neid Community Involvement Award, established in 1992, honors the late Karl Neid, a community activist and City Council member who died from a heart attack after devoting his entire life to serving the people of St. Paul. This annual award was established to recognize a city employee who has a record of outstanding public service both at work and in his or her personal life.

The Pioneer Press also published an article about Metric Giles and his work! Take a moment to check out this amazing community member.
Prior Crossing Opens its Doors to Homeless Youth
Nearly 1,000 young people experience homelessness in Minnesota on any given day, according to the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. That is why Beacon Interfaith, an interfaith housing collaborative, along with Wilder, House of Hope Presbyterian Church and other congregations, and Common Bond, built a five-story apartment building at 1949 University Avenue, with 44 studio apartments for homeless people age 16-22 with funding from a variety of public and private sources.

The first of its kind for St. Paul and Ramsey County, It opened its doors on November 6 with an open house. It is not "transitional" housing, but permanent, supportive housing for young people.

For more information, call 651-917- 0074 x21 to ask about vacancies and how to apply.
Senior Partners Care Fills Medicare Gap
Does the financial burden of the gap left between medical bills and Medicare keep you or a loved one from getting critical medical care needed to stay healthy? Stop worrying, there's a solution! Let Senior Partners Care (SPC) help you. SPC is a statewide program, which began in 1973, that helps low to moderate income Medicare beneficiaries limit their out of pocket medical expenses.

SPC has partnered with many of the major metropolitan area healthcare systems and hundreds of clinics and providers statewide. Some of our key metro providers are Fairview, HCMC, Park Nicollet/Methodist, North Memorial, HealthEast, and Minnesota Oncology. Partners agree to accept Medicare as full payment on Medicare covered services for SPC members.

Senior Partners Care members must be enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B, cannot have a supplemental medical insurance policy (though they can have a Part D Drug only policy), are not on Medical Assistance, and meet our program's financial guidelines: $1,961.00 in gross income per month for a single person and $2,655.00 per month for a couple, and liquid assets of under $48,500 per household regardless of size. This excludes a house you live in and one car.

Just look at the impact SPC has had on Jean's life,

"I've been retired for 20 years and have a fixed income. SPC has saved me thousands of dollars."
- Jean

For program details and applications  visit: 

Or call (952) 767-0665.

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Do you have a community concern or issue?  Do you have some ideas on how to make our neighborhoods safer or more vibrant?  If so please come to the SUPC Community Forum, Thursday, April 14 from 6-7:30 at the SUPC office, 627 Selby, Suite A.

Please consider becoming a board member. Districts D and E each have a vacancy.  If you are interested, contact

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