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Helping people help themselves

2006 Annual Report

Serving the community for

2006 Highlights
Housing &
PPL owns or manages affordable rental housing with on-site human

services, and creates affordable housing for ownership through both

SERVED new construction and renovation of existing homes.

& Job Training
PPL operates paid training and direct employment programs

through businesses and classroom instruction for adults dealing

SERVED with multiple barriers to successful employment.

Families, adults and children are assisted on a flexible, indi-
vidualized basis in setting goals, finding resources and building
skills necessary to be self-sufficient.

Contents From the Executive Director ................................... 1

Housing & Development ......................................... 2
Employment & Job Training ................................... 3
Celebrating 35 Years .......................................... 4-5
Human Services .................................................... 6
Financial Overview ............................................... 8
Board of Directors & Staff ...................................... 9
Emma B. Howe Learning Center ...........................back
Photos: cover, inside and page 7, Keri Pickett
Writing an Annual Report letter creates a rare opportunity for reflection,
From the both on what has transpired and what lies ahead. Let me take advantage.
My enduring memory from 2006 will be of Daws, Teresa and Ericka. Three
Director people who stepped into a somewhat intimidating dining room at The
Minneapolis Club, in front of 200 strangers no less, and simply blew the
doors off the place.

Their very personal stories of trial and struggle, receiving the right help
at the right time from staff, volunteers and other program participants at
PPL, and the confidence they found and hope they possess, were inspiring
and resonated throughout the room. They give true meaning to the statis-
tics we report in these pages, and exemplify why PPL is guided by the
core philosophy of helping people help themselves. The entire community
is better as a result.

My optimism about the future is fueled by the incredible network of

people and institutions supporting PPL. We head into our 35th year
adopting a new strategic plan calling for deepening our connection with
the families and individuals served, and extending the range of services
offered, so this network is more essential than ever.

This report contains facts and figures about creation of affordable housing
units, families served, jobs found, and funds raised and expended. I hope
you will take a few minutes to look it over. But what’s most salient about
PPL can never be captured by numbers alone.

Our work, supported by thousands of donors and volunteers, is funda-

mentally about offering respect and dignity, expecting it in return, and
celebrating the human potential unleashed as a result. No matter how PPL
grows and changes in future years, that reality will never change.

I say and mean it every year; thanks for the help you provide. We can’t do
what we do without you.
Steve Cramer,
PPL Executive Director

2006 Annual Report 1

“PPL’s been my landlord for years. We’re old friends and that makes me feel safe.”
—Resident of Elliot Park Commons, PPL-owned supportive housing
Housing &
Development 2006 Highlight Developing supportive housing continues to be a focus
for PPL. In spring 2006, a former motor lodge in north Minneapolis was
PPL Housing and Development
razed to make way for Camden Apartments — 23 units of permanent
Division develops, sells, and man- supportive housing for single custodial fathers who have experienced
ages quality affordable housing long-term homelessness. Developed by PPL and Emerge, an affiliate of
serving low-income families and Pillsbury United Communities, the complex supports dads in caring for
their families while overcoming the barriers that make it hard to escape
individuals through both new
poverty. Partial funding came from Department of Housing and Urban
construction and the renovation of
Development and Minnesota Housing money targeted for ending long-
existing structures. PPL’s rental term homelessness.
housing is service-enriched, with

family support available through Construction was also completed on Midtown Exchange Condos on the
PPL’s Human Services Division or a Greenway (pictured top left). The 57 for-sale condominium and town-

partner organization. home units are part of the Sears site redevelopment, on Lake Street in
south Minneapolis.

In 2006

PPL managed 747 units of housing in Minneapolis,

Saint Paul, and first-ring suburbs, including New Hope
and Robbinsdale.

45 units of affordable housing were completed and

another 122 units were under construction.

Homeowners in 69 households were helped through

the Emergency Repair Program; essential repairs were
made in their homes to stabilize their housing.

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“I want to thank you for all your help, especially with interviewing and letter
writing. I got a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant and I plan to go to nursing school.”
— Train to Work graduate
& Job Training
2006 Highlight PPL now offers customized job-training classes for PPL resi-
dents and for members of the Twin Cities’ growing Somali population. Both PPL operates paid, job-training

courses are variations of our successful Train to Work program. Resident programs that prepare individuals
training focuses on personal development skills, understanding workforce for good paying positions with
expectations, and finding resources. The Somali course addresses cultur-
benefits and opportunities for
ally specific employment barriers such as appropriate dress and negative
career laddering.
attitudes toward Muslims, along with challenges faced by low-income job
seekers regardless of ethnic or religious background.
Classroom instruction is offered for

individuals ready for employment

and advancement opportunities.

Two businesses—PPL Shop and PPL

In 2006
Industries—provide workers on-the-
2,195 walk-in clients used the services and resources at the new Emma B. job training and career advance-
Howe Learning Center to increase their employability. 824 used skill
assessment and educational software, participated in computer work- ment assistance.
shops, and/or received one-on-one assistance.

45 adults graduated Train to Work — a classroom-based program that

provides job skills training and job shadowing experience — 40 were placed
in employment with an average starting wage of $12.00; the majority of
positions include benefits.

38 incumbent workers received training to raise their income potential

through Health Career Partnership program in partnership with MCTC.

103 job seekers received remedial reading and math instruction at the
Learning Center, in partnership with Lehmann Center.

202 adults received paid training at PPL Industries and PPL SHOP, in
light assembly, warehouse work and customer service, and were given the
opportunity to take part in career development and job readiness training.

2006 Annual Report 3

PPL 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977

PPL was founded by a group

of volunteers concerned with in 1982
the diminishing quality of
PPL Industries opens
housing stock in the inner city
neighborhoods of Minneapolis. for business
Not long after, Joe Selvaggio
was named director and they
set up office in the YWCA. Early
activities included renovating old homes,
teaching construction skills, and operating
the Tool Lending Library.

1994 1993 1992

Starting in 1996, PPL


worked with Phillips

Partnership, which is made up of Minneapolis business and
community leaders to mobilize investments in the Phillips
neighborhood. PPL has completed major ownership and rental
projects representing more than $25 million of investment.
Train to Work (pictured left) and Health Career
in 1997 Partnerships have also helped over 800 adults gain
well-paying jobs.

Train to Work program

graduates first class.

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

in 1999
PPL constructs 57 new
housing units in Phillips

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1978 1979 1980 1981 1982

PPL began building a rental housing portfolio in Minneapolis

in the early 80s and St. Paul (pictured opposites page, center)

a few years later. As more low-income families moved into
first ring suburbs in the 90s, PPL
expanded its reach to provide
in 1983 affordable housing and support
Beginning of rental services in Bloomington, New
Hope, Robbinsdale, St Louis Park.
housing program
More recently, focus is on creating
supportive housing that will help
in 1986
put an end to homelessness.
Program is established

PPL SHOP opens

1989 1988 1987 1986 1985

Recognizing that families and individuals must sometimes overcome

complex issues in order to maintain stable housing, PPL established
the Self-Sufficiency Program and began providing residents with
links to social services. A natural outgrowth of connecting with
families proved to be helping children get a strong foothold in the
world and in school. And, as welfare programs changed, adults needed
more assistance with employment issues. These and other services
are now offered through PPL Human Services.

In the mid-80’s, PPL began establishing businesses to function as self-sustaining job-training venues. The PPL General
Store, on Chicago and Franklin avenues, was the anchor tenant of PPL-developed Chicago Crossings Mall (pictured just
above) for several years. PPL Industries (pictured opposite page, top) and PPL SHOP continue to offer on-the-job
experience to hard-to-employ adults.

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

in 2006
PPL successfully completes a capital
campaign for a new PPL Industries
building, the PPL Service Center and the
PPL Emma B. Howe Learning Center.

Photos: Train to Work: Keri Pickett. Industries and SSP: Jeff Grosscup
2006 Annual Report 5
“I want more for my children and myself. I’ve been setting and
achieving my goals - keep my job, care for my kids on a regular basis,
Human and work with their mom to be the best parents we can be.”
Services — Participant in the non-custodial Fathers’ Program

PPL Human Services Division 2006 Highlight More than 60 percent of the people living in PPL
apartments use our services to help further their housing, economic
supports families, adults, and
and family stability. With PPL’s increased focus on supportive
children — on a direct, flexible,
housing, many of our residents face a long and challenging path to
individual basis — in setting goals, greater self-sufficiency, complicated by issues such as mental illness
finding resources and building the and cognitive disabilities. To strengthen our capacity to serve them,

skills they need to be self-sufficient. we have added two full-time staff members with experience provid-
ing social services to individuals with mental health diagnoses.
Services include career and

education counseling, employment-

readiness classes, housing In 2006

stabilization, parenting information,

budget planning, youth academic 824 adults and 2,216 youth (total: 3,040) received cus-
tomized support services, more than 60 percent live in PPL
achievement programs and referrals
apartments, the others were referred by a PPL program.
to other community agencies. An additional 595 participants walked into the PPL Service
Center seeking affordable housing assistance and
received direct services.

317 people were served through Connections to Work,

PPL’s welfare-to-work program; 82 percent obtained paid
employment. 35 participants increased their earnings
enough to go off public assistance altogether.

650 program openings were filled by youth involved in

our neighborhood-based programs, College House and the
Community Partners Program housed at Partnership
Academy, the PPL-sponsored charter school.

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“ I really want to thank you for being my best friend and for being
there for me to talk to about my problems.”
— Youth participant, writing to her volunteer mentor

2006 Highlight PPL Youth Development effectively doubled the

number of hours each of our young participants spends with an
adult mentor—a change based on studies showing that more
contact hours increase positive outcomes. We also added more
academic content to all of our programs to help the young
people we work with succeed in life and succeed in school.

For decades, PPL’s capacity
PPL welcomes and relies upon the knowledge and experience to serve our
of neighborhood residents, other community organizations and participants has been ex-
community members at large. Every year, volunteers provide panded through
crucial services, skills and expertise to PPL’s programs including VISTA and AmeriCorps.
tutor/mentoring, painting, landscaping, planting and clean-up, AmeriCorps Members at PPL develop
serving as AmeriCorps Members, VISTA Volunteers, and serving after school programming, teach adults
on our Board of Directors. about computers and software, connect
residents to the larger community, and
perform important services.

Volunteers in 2006

909 volunteers contributed 39,269 hours valued

at $697,945, calculated by the Independent Sector's
hourly rate of $17.55 per hour.

2006 Annual Report 7

ASSETS 2006 2005
Cash & Cash Equivalents $ 4,186,458 $ 8,566,906
Marketable Securities 4,186,090 445,435
Receivables 2,313,674 1,792,487
Inventory 156,074 130,725
Prepaid Expenses 241,414 200,480
Property under development 2,130,706 3,000,284
Total Current Assets $ 13,214,416 14,136,317
2006 Financial Property & Equipment 31,855,593 18,582,416

Overview Less Accumulated Depreciation $ (4,281,062) (3,501,107)

Net Property & Equipment $ 27,574,531 15,081,309
The increased pace and size of Capital Campaign (CC)
PPL’s Housing and Development Cash Restricted - CC $ 2,490,946 2,914,553
projects are reflected in these Pledges Receivable - CC 664,143 1,868,540
unaudited 2006 financial results. Marketable Securities - CC 0 453,885
Responding to the affordable Other Assets 289,672 250,000
Total Assets $ 44,233,708 34,704,604
housing needs of the community
and fulfilling PPL’s mission resulted
in a record year for our real
Current Portion of Notes $ 0 $ 1,807,340
estate development work which
Mortgs. Payable 0 79,140
is reflected in the increase in the
Accounts Payable 355,311 261,267
Property and Equipment line item
Accrued Expenses 1,238,061 1,085,029
to the right. PPL’s 2006 audited
Escrows & Deposits 489,162 912,848
financial statements and 990 will
Deferred Revenues 1,406,952 400,000
be available in late June 2007.
Total Current Liabilities $ 3,489,486 $ 4,545,624

Notes Payable, Less Current Portion $ 23,611,015 $ 1,304,167

Mortgs. Payable, Less Current Portion 0 10,569,796
2006 OPERATIONAL Total Liabilities $ 27,100,501 16,419,587
Total before audited $ 17,133,207 N/A
TOTAL REVENUES $ 11,586,234 Unrestricted TBD 12,696,935
Temp. Restricted TBD 5,498,214
Earned Income 8,040,766 Permanently Restricted TBD 89,868
Grants and Contributions 3,439,044
Total Net Assets $ 17,133,207 18,285,017
Interest 106,424

TOTAL EXPENSES $ 11,664,419 Total Liabilities & Net Assets $ 44,233,708 $ 34,704,604

Program and services 10,489,671

Administrative 1,174,748

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About PPL
PPL is governed by a board of directors comprised of 37 business and community leaders, as well as program participants

and professionals who have experience with and insight into the organization’s work. The board is the overall policy-mak-

ing body of the agency. Constituent and board committees are responsible for overseeing the divisions of the organization.

Two-thirds of PPL’s $12 million organizational budget is supported through earned income, with the remaining one-third

dependent on the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations and, to

a lesser extent, public sources. As has been true throughout our history, we Mission
invest all but a small fraction of these dollars into programs: administrative PPL assists lower-income people

costs are held at less than 11 percent of the annual budget. and families who are working
toward self-sufficiency by
providing housing, employment
training and support services.

Board of Directors Staff

2006-2007 2006-2007
Pat Aylward (Chair) Ibrahim Noor Omar Abdi Gena Fisher Jeri Kish* My Ngoc Nguyen Aaron Keith Stewart
Linda Bryant Rachel Nsubuga Mabruka Abdisamad Kirsten Flaten ** James Klund Mary Novak Pinggy Stolee
David Byfield Sampong Tonicia Abdur-Salaam Jessica Frehse Sarah Koschinska Ken Ochocki Emily Stinnett
Steve Caskey David Orbuch Jenny Adams Laura Ford Dan Kramer Eric Oines Lora Stone
Mike Ducar Beth Parkhill George Adamson Adrienne Foreman- Jennifer Krause ** Tabitha Olson Steve Studt
Paul Parrish Zeinab Alol Jones Wayne Kuffel Dave Pederson Denise Strong
Jonathan B. Farber
Leslie Angel Jim Fournier May Kue Vikki Pedroso Mary Sufficool
J. Forrest Debra Paterson
Jami Awalt Leah Gardner Mason Lambert Sonia Perez Kristina Svensson
Evelyn Franklin Ron Poole, Treasurer
Susan Baldwin Dave Gavett Sarah Larson Wendy Poland Schuyler Tillson
John Grieman Toby Rapson Mark Geist*
Sabina Beg* Karen Law* Raymond Poole Sarah Trowbridge **
Catherine Gunsbury, Hazel Reinhardt* Johanna Bjork Robert Geist* Nick Leet ** Eddie Powers ** Susan Varness-Gunder
Secretary Jonathan Seltzer Rick Blackmon Kevin Gulden Leslie Lobaugh Arlene Raymond Raho Warsame
John F. Hetterick Chris Shaheen Cindy Bloom Reggie Harmason Steven Lommen Daniel Rivera ** Mary Anne Welch
Christine Hobrough Glen Skovholt Laura Bohen ** Jeffrey Hammon Ron Madsen* Kelly Rowe Genevieve Williams-
Jim Howard Rich Voreis Liz Bovee Amanda Herbst Holly Magdanz Megan Rozowski Murph
Daws Jackson* Candice Washington Bill Breazile Glenn Heisinger Jose Martinez* Susan Runholt Arletha Wilson
Carl Kent Jeff Zlonis John Burrell ** Judith Herrera Tanya McCaleb Terry Sanftner Chris Wilson
Julie Brekke Shalaunda Holmes Barbara McCormick Tony Schaden ** Libby Welch
Jay Kiedrowski
Matthew Busby Steven Hose Ann Marie McIntire Roberta Schultz Jamie Wolff
David Kloster
Brenda Cleveland ** Sheila Hughes Ryan Meyer Colin Schumacher ** Tina Wombacher
Karen Kraemer Tracee Hummel- Michael Yang
Zee Collaso Melanie Mills Kristen Scobie
Kathleen Larkin* Lindsoe Christine Zaccardi
Steve Cramer Amina Mohamed Michelle Seets
Marie Manthey* Rick Dallmeyer Fanta Hutchinson Christina Monson Leslie Seaberg
Richard Martens Pam Daly Abdirashid Isse ** Patrick Morley Michael Seal **
Kim Matheson, Vice Chris Dettling Caryn Jacowski * Olletha Muhammad Kristy Shannon * Retired or gone on
Chair Margaret Sue Jaqua Amina Muhammad Fadhil Shuriye to new employment.
Damu McCoy Dondelinger* Doug Jewett Kathy Munson Joe Skifter ** AmeriCorps
Matthew Duffy Molly John Sheryl Nelson* Matt Soucek or VISTA Member
Neeraj Mehta
Jo Ellen Duncanson Wendy Johnson ** Quang Ngo Jovita Stewart*
Wayne Eller** William Jones

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A new Learning Center increases public access
to training, education and technology for area

PPL’s Emma B. Howe Learning Center opened in 2006 at the cor-

ner of East Franklin and Chicago avenues, in south Minneapolis.
The technology-rich facility is home to a growing family of job
training programs and community resources, including a Com-
munity Access Lab with five computers and a Star Tribune job
kiosk available to the public for employment/education.

In its first year, the Learning Center provided intake

assessments and direct assistance or referrals to
2,195 walk-in visitors.

824 used a comprehensive library of skill assessment

and educational software, participated in computer
basics workshops, and/or received one-on-one
assistance from trained volunteers to advance their
employment options.

Photo: Chris Bonhoff

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