Better Jobs. Better Lives. Better Community.

About us

Based in North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside, EMERGE helps people facing significant obstacles redefine themselves. Every year, we help thousands of adults and youth access jobs, financial coaching, supportive housing, and other key services, along pathways to brighter futures. We are committed to creating better jobs, better lives, and better community.


We were thrilled to be recognized as 2013 Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit of the Year.

Our History

EMERGE was established as a 501c3 non-profit in 1995, as an arm of Pillsbury United Communities. In 2006, EMERGE spun off as an independent entity, with the purpose of creating jobs for hard-to-employ adults through innovative enterprises. 

In 2007, EMERGE opened a supportive housing facility (Camden Apartments) and established a new corporate headquarters in a formerly-blighted building, at 1101 West Broadway in North Minneapolis. 

In 2015, we opened the EMERGE Career and Technology Center in what was once the historic North branch library building, expanding training opportunities for those who need them. The same year, we merged with Momentum Enterprises, taking on three new social enterprise businesses. Our four social enterprises now include EmergeWORKS, Second Chance Manufacturing, Second Chance Recycling, and Furnish Office and Home. 

Today, EMERGE is a place-based community development agency, open to helping all people ready to redefine themselves, with special expertise in serving ex-offenders, at-risk youth, and homeless fathers and their families. Our staff and AmeriCorps service members serve more than 3,000 low-income people (91% people of color) every year. 

Overall, we are passionate about confronting injustice, closing the racial jobs gap, and helping to fight the ‘digital divide’ between low-income people and others with higher level technical skills. In 2014, we were honored to be recognized as the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Nonprofit of the Year.” In 2015, we were named Bank of America's Neighborhood Builder. We have been re-accredited by the Charity Review Council, having met all 27 standards of accountability.

EMERGE Community Development    |    1834 Emerson Avenue North    |    Minneapolis, MN 55411

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