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2012-2013 Foundation Grant Recipients

In 2012-2013, the Ramsey County Bar Foundation gave more than $119,000 to organizations that serve our community. In the fall of 2012, the foundation presented Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services with a check for nearly $30,000. In the spring of 2013, over $45,000 in grants were awarded to 19 organizations.

If you would like to support these and other worthwhile organizations, please consider making a donation to the foundation. Contact Cheryl Dalby at 651.222.0846 or cheryl@ramseybar.org.

The Advocates for Human Rights received a grant to support its work representing indigent asylum seekers living in Ramsey County. Dispute Resolution Center received a grant to provide accessible, effective, and affordable alternative dispute resolution services to residents in Ramsey County. The organization provides mediation in community, family, landlord/tenant, small claims and business/consumer matters. Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans received a grant to provide legal services for homeless and in-crisis veterans and their families in Ramsey County.
Asian Women United of Minnesota received a grant to support its programs that offer shelter to Asian victims of domestic violence, and a community advocacy program for victims trying to navigate the legal system. HOME LINE received a grant to support its tenant hotline and education programs. The programs educate high school students, social workers, landlords, police officers, and transitional housing residents regarding legal problems related to housing. Minnesota Justice Foundation (MJF) received a grant to support the MJF Summer Clerkship fund, which works to sustain pro bono legal services in Ramsey County.
Breaking Free, Inc. received a grant to support its programs that aim to improve the quality and accessibility of justice to victims of sexual exploitation. Immigrant Law Center of MN received a grant for general support of its programs that provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrants/refugees of all nationalities. The program’s goals are to reunite and maintain immigrant families and to free immigrants from persecution and abuse in their home countries. Neighborhood Justice Center, Inc., an organization that provides comprehensive criminal defense and crime prevention services to low-income persons, received general operating support.
Bridges to Safety Victim Service Center, a comprehensive, centrally located domestic abuse service center in St. Paul, received general operating funds. Innocence Project received a grant to support its public outreach and legal education programs that address the issue of wrongful convictions. Northern Star Council/Boy Scouts of America received a grant to support the Juvenile Diversion Program, which offers motivated, first-time juvenile offenders positive alternatives to formal court proceedings.
Call for Justice, which strives to improve access to justice by connecting low-income people to existing legal resources, in partnership with United Way 2-1-1 and others, received general operating support. Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers (LCL), an organization offering free, confidential help to lawyers, judges and law students with chemical dependency and other mental health issues, received a grant to continue advertising in the Barrister, and to expand its free counseling services. Tubman Center received a grant to support its Legal Services in Ramsey County program, which provides legal representation, advice, advocacy and information addressing domestic violence and family law issues.
Children’s Law Center of Minnesota received a grant to support direct representation of children in foster care, advocacy of systems reform, education and outreach. Legal Corps received a grant for general support of its pro bono legal services, and workshops for small business owners and non-profits.  
Civil Society received a grant to provide legal services to domestic and international human trafficking victims in Ramsey County, and to offer consultations to immigration attorneys serving human trafficking victims. The Loan Repayment Assistance Program of MN received a grant to assist the funding of a loan repayment award to an attorney serving low-income residents in Ramsey County.