Emma Norton Services

Focus Area: Youth Development

Grant Amount: $10,000

Based in St. Paul, serves St. Paul and Maplewood. ENS supports women and their families who are recovering from homelessness and experiencing the challenges of mental and/or chemical disabilities at two housing facilities: Emma Norton Residences in downtown St. Paul, and Emma’s Place in Maplewood. Most of the clients at Emma’s Place are women with large families in which at least one member has some kind of disability. In 2019, ENS began to pilot after-school programming with a focus on social-emotional learning for 40 children ages 5-12 living at its sites.

Grant supports implementation at Emma’s Place of the Second Step SEL curriculum. Emma Norton will also purchase a new component on bullying and, if conditions allow, expand the afterschool program into the summer. Emma Norton continues to operate its housing programs during the Covid-19 crisis and is finding ways to support the residents. The families served by the program, the majority of whom are African American, have suffered extreme trauma during the time they spent without homes, and the Covid-19 crisis has deepened that trauma.