About

For those moments of not knowing where to turn or who to call, you have an ally in PROP. 

This is invisible poverty

More than 40 years ago, People Reaching Out to People (or PROP) was founded on the principle of neighbors helping neighbors, by donating time, food, and money to those in need. More recently, we expanded our services to not only meet the basic needs of the 1,100 families we serve, but also provide skills to set clients on a path toward greater self-sufficiency.

Many services. One goal.

We offer support through an array of programs to help people get back on their feet, regain control, and live a life where they can thrive.

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Food Insecurity

76% visit our food shelf every month

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Housing Instability

Nearly half spend 50% of income on housing

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UnderEmployed

65% say income doesn’t cover basic expenses

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Limited Transportation

11% don’t have reliable transportation

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Health Barriers

Nearly 25% struggle with physical challenges

Our Approach

The first time a person or family approaches us for services – even if only for a short-term emergency food supply – they meet with one of our case managers for a comprehensive assessment of their situation. We first seek to understand the circumstances that have led to their need for food or financial help. We then provide assistance to alleviate the immediate crisis and connect clients with other resources, within and outside of PROP, to help them move toward stability. Oftentimes, what we give is hope, and ongoing support as our clients work towards achieving self-sufficiency.

Our case managers work with clients to design action plans to address barriers that prevent them from moving forward. Barriers could include unemployment, transportation, lack of affordable childcare, language skills, and lack of education or training. Quarterly check-ins provide an opportunity for clients to assess their progress.

STAFF DIRECTORY

Janet Palmer, Executive Director, janetp@propfood.org, 952-294-8380

Paul Harcey, Food Shelf Coordinator paulh@propfood.org, 952-746-1239

Tricia Ode, Case Manager, patriciao@propfood.org, 952-746-1891

Mary Brown, Development Director, maryb@propfood.org, 952-746-1890

Amy Konkoly, Case Manager and Employment Counselor, amyk@propfood.org, 612-361-9114 (Google Voice)

Kelli Steidle, Marketing Director, kellis@propfood.org, 952-746-1852

Jenny Buckland, Program Director, jennyb@propfood.org, 952-746-1853

Cindy McPherson, Operations Manager, cindym@propfood.org, 952-294-8378

Crystal Winston, Case Manager, crystalw@propfood.org, 952-746-0007

Board Members

CHAIR, JENIFER LOON, FORMER MN STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Board Member since 2015

Jenifer Loon lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, Doug have two daughters.  She graduated from Augustana College (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) in 1985 with a BA in Government and International Affairs. Representative Jenifer Loon was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008 representing Eden Prairie, District 48B. Now in her fourth term, Rep. Loon chairs the House Education Finance Committee and also serves on the Taxes, Ways and Means, and Commerce and Regulatory Reform committees. She brings 16 years of business and legislative policy experience to the MN House of Representatives. Currently, Loon is an active member of the Eden Prairie Morning Rotary Club and the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce. She is a parishioner and former council member at Prairie Lutheran Church. In her spare time, Jenifer enjoys cooking and reading, attending student drama and musical performances, and cheering on the local sports teams.

Jennifer Loon

VICE CHAIR, JENNIFER PAWELEK, MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL

Board Member since 2018

Jennifer and her family have been Eden Prairie residents for 6 years and have been impressed with the many opportunities to engage in the community.  Jennifer has worked in the consumer packaged goods industry for 19 years.  Currently, she works for Mondelēz International, the parent company for Nabisco brands as well as fun confection such as Sour Patch Kids and Trident. Jennifer has 6 years of board experience with non profits organizations primarily committed to leadership and development.

 

JENNIFER PAWELEK

PAST CHAIR, MICHAEL DOYLE, RETIRED US BANK

Board Member since 2015

Mike and family have lived in Eden Prairie for the past 15 years. Mike has operated Credit Risk Advisors, LLC for the past ten years and was previously an Executive with U.S. Bank. He brings over 37 years of corporate and financial experience to the board.

He has over 13 years of board experience with other profit and non-profit organizations. He has a deep commitment to help those who are in need of basic services.  “At some time in our lives we have all needed some type of help. I am no exception and  am delighted to have an opportunity to give back and help others. No one in our community or this country should go hungry”.

Michael Doyle

TREASURER, AARON SCHOENECKER, FLEX-ABLE SOLUTIONS, LLC.

Board Member since 2019

Aaron and his family have been residents of Eden Priarie since 2006. He and his wife started their family in Eden Prairie and continue to live and raise their three kids here. EP school events, the Community Center, EP parks, they enjoy the vast resources the EP community has to offer. That is why Aaron is passionate about PROP, where he has been a part of the finance committee for 4 years. PROP is a jewel in the Eden Prairie community; it is an important asset, enabling community members transition from “in need” to “healthy well-being.” He has worked in Accounting and Finance for over 20 years. He worked at Arthur Andersen, UnitedHealth Group, and now started Flex-Able Solutions (2013) where he is the Founder and President.

AARON SCHOENECKER

SECRETARY, ERIK MILES, TECHNICAL SUPPORT MANAGER AT STARKEY.

Board Member since 2017

Erik was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He moved to the Twin Cities in 1989 and began his work at Starkey. During his tenure at Starkey he has held a variety of positions. Currently, he is the Technical Support Manager for a staff of 16 customer service employees. He is very active in his church. At the Basilica of St. Mary’s, he is on the parish council and a core leader of an outreach program called Pathways. He is active as a mentor in a program called Kinship that is sponsored by the Minneapolis Greater Council of Churches. Erik describes himself as a “servant” leader that values helping others and valuing teamwork to meet the needs of the organization and others.ie. 

Erik Miles

MIKE BERGLUND, KONTOR REALTY GROUP

Past Chair, Board Member since 2015

Mike and family have lived in Eden Prairie for many years. Mike is the owner of Kontor Realty Group, a full service real estate firm that specializes in commercial and residential real estate transactions. He is a 33 year veteran of corporate America.

Mike believes in PROP’s mission – that for a community to thrive, everyone needs to volunteer their time, talent and treasure to ensure the viability of current generations and those that will follow.

Mike Berglund

TIM BEEKMANN

Board Member since 2019

This is Tim’s 27th year with Eden Prairie Schools where he currently serves as the principal at Eden Lake Elementary.  Prior to that he spent 21 years at Prairie View Elementary as a 1st –4th grade teacher for 15 years and six years in an administrative teacher on special assignment as Educational Coordinator. Tim now resides in Golden Valley along with his husband of 20 years, Patrick.

Tim is honored and excited to join the PROP Board because it is such a vital organization and resource that benefits so many of our families and students in Eden Prairie. Tim looks forward to learning more about how to make our partnership with the schools even stronger as he joins the board.

Tim Beekman

MOLLY KOIVUMAKI

Board Member since 2019 

Molly has served the Eden Prairie community for over 35 years as an employee of the City of Eden Prairie. Most recently, Molly served as the Manager of Housing and Community Services, a role in which she was active in affordable housing acquisition strategies as well as oversight human services grant programs. Throughout her career, Molly partnered with PROP and built a strong network of human services providers in Eden Prairie and throughout the region. Molly has passion for public service and civic engagement. Molly brings to the PROP Board an in depth knowledge of the history of Eden Prairie and numerous, treasured community connections.

MOLLY KOIVUMAKI

KIM RATHJEN, IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH

Board Member since 2015

Kim and her family have lived and worked in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen for 15 years.  She is the Coordinator of Outreach at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, a community of faith that has been a supporter of PROP for many years. Kim’s passion is to connect people with each other and with volunteer opportunities that help them grow in their understanding of our neighbors.

KIM RATHJEN

JULIE SIEGERT

Board Member since 2019

Julie and her family live in Eden Prairie. Julie grew up in Iowa and moved to Minnesota in 2002 to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America), where members live and work alongside community members to advance local solutions within organizations that help to eradicate poverty. After her year of VISTA service, Julie was hired by the Scott County Community Development Agency where she has held a variety of positions and currently has the privilege of serving as its Housing Director.
Julie believes in PROP’s mission and is committed to working alongside her neighbors to advance local solutions to help those in need.

JULIE SIEGERT

Financials

We are committed to transparency in how we handle donations and all other financial accounting.

Our legal name

People Reaching Out to Other People, Inc.

Our EIN (Tax ID#)

41-1430172

Audited Financial Statements

Financial Statements for 2019(pdf)

Financial Statements for 2018(pdf)

Financial Statements for 2017(pdf)

Form 990

Form 990 for 2019

Form 990 for 2018

Form 990 for 2017

Annual Report

2018-2019

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We are brokenhearted and distraught over the senseless murder of George Floyd and the pain and trauma the Black community are experiencing. PROP stands strong against racism, injustice, and inequality. We seek, in all we do, to be conscious of and address the deeply...

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Most Needed Items

September Most Needed Items: Dry Spaghetti (1 lb) Pasta Sauce Tomato Sauce Ready To Eat Soup Canned Beans such as Black, Kidney, Pork Mac & Cheese Canned Chicken and Tuna Potato Side Dishes Oatmeal Cold Cereal Peanut Butter Granola Bars Pancake Syrup (15-25 oz)...

Statement regarding George Floyd

We are brokenhearted and distraught over the senseless murder of George Floyd and the pain and trauma the Black community are experiencing. PROP stands strong against racism, injustice, and inequality. We seek, in all we do, to be conscious of and address the deeply...

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Welcome to PROP’s Virtual Employment Job Board. If you have any questions or need help, please contact PROP’s Employment Counselor, Amy Konkoly at 612-361-9114 or email amyk@propfood.org. ABC Millwork, conveniently located in Chanhassen, MN, is your one-stop-shop for...

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