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Tubman is excited to announce that three foundations from Minnesota Philanthropy Partners have chosen to support our Safe Journeys program.

Grants from The Saint Paul Foundation, F. R. Bigelow Foundation and Mardag Foundation will support the expansion of this program by adding more beds and staff to increase the number of people served. Together, these three partners have granted $110,000 for this expansion.

Safe Journeys provides shelter, housing and supportive services to young victims of exploitation and trafficking and their children. Located at Harriet Tubman Center East in Maplewood, this program offers customized individual and group support, as well as resources to help with safety, basic needs, school, parenting, legal, financial, spiritual, social, and other self-identified goals. This program, located at Harriet Tubman Center East in Maplewood, began in August 2015, and has helped more than 70 youth and their children. Currently, the program can house up to 24 youth and young parents at a time.

“Safe Journeys provides a safe place for young people to connect to resources and work on goals that they've identified. These are young people who are experiencing homelessness, stalking, domestic violence, assault, exploitation,” said Allison Stiver, Program Manager for Safe Journeys. “This support goes a long way in helping connect these young people to opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have.”

The Saint Paul Foundation has a mission of strengthening the East Metro as an integral part of a thriving region.

F. R. Bigelow Foundation promotes the health and well-being of mankind and supports the civic, educational, cultural and other needs of the community to strengthen and enhance the quality of life in the Saint Paul area.

Mardag Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in Minnesota for children, seniors and other at-risk populations, and for programs in education and arts.

Together—along with the Minnesota Community Foundation and more than 2,000 other charitable organizations and donors around the state—they comprise Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, a network of people, foundations and organizations across Minnesota that share knowledge and services to have the greatest possible impact through charitable giving. It has a vision of Minnesota as a place “where all communities and people thrive.”

We are grateful for their support and for making the expansion of this program possible.

Past News

Learn more about working at Tubman through our first-ever job fair Saturday, Feb. 11 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Jan. 23, 2017 – Are you looking to be a part of an organization committed to safety, hope, and healing for all? Where no two days are the same, and you can see the direct impact of your work changing lives? An organization that values integrity, respect, innovation, partnership, and social justice?

If this sounds like the place for you, we hope to see you at Tubman’s first-ever job fair Saturday, Feb. 11.

Tubman is hosting this event to fill a number of open positions, some due to staff turnover and some due to program expansion. These positions are primarily in our residential shelters and youth programs, with openings in both our Minneapolis and Maplewood locations.

Tubman Job Fair

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11

Where: Harriet Tubman Center East, 1725 Monastery Way, Maplewood MN 55109

Details: Please bring a resume; if you do not have one, an application form will be provided. Candidates will have an initial screening conversation with Tubman staff, and possibly a first interview. Selected candidates will then be able to schedule a second-round interview before they leave.

Open positions: More details about all of these positions can be found here.

  • Shelter House Manager, full time, to split time between both the Minneapolis and Maplewood shelter locations

  • Community Outreach Advocate, full time, to provide outreach to North Minneapolis and St. Paul’s East Side

  • Adult and Family Advocates, full or part-time, based in either Minneapolis or Maplewood

  • Youth and Family Advocates, full or part-time, based in either Minneapolis or Maplewood

  • Overnight Advocates; full time, part time, or on-call positions available; based in either Minneapolis or Maplewood

  • Follow Up Advocates, full time, based in either Minneapolis or Maplewood to work in greater Metro communities

  • On-Call Advocates, based in either Minneapolis or Maplewood

Tubman is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we encourage applications from people of color, multilingual speakers, people of all genders, veterans and people with disabilities. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information: Contact Thabo Shija, Diversity and Staffing Project Coordinator, at or 612-767-6683.

About us: Tubman’s philosophy is rooted in our inspiration and namesake, Harriet Tubman. Facing unrelenting adversities, Harriet Tubman encouraged others to simply "Keep going." Each year, Tubman offers safety, healing and hope to over 30,000 people of all ages who are facing violence, exploitation, homelessness, addiction or mental health challenges. Our culturally responsive services are rooted in decades of research, innovation, experience, and partnership. Incorporating feedback from the people we serve and the community, Tubman provides countless ways to help. To learn more, please visit

Statement from Tubman on the University of Minnesota’s recent EOAA investigation and resulting student-athlete suspensions

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Dec. 20, 2016 – The victim in this case is legally represented by Amy Isenor, a staff attorney with the nonprofit organization Tubman. Prior to joining Tubman, Ms. Isenor previously represented the victim during earlier civil actions resulting from this assault, and now represents her in the separate investigation by the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA). At this time, Tubman’s priority is the victim’s safety, privacy, and emotional support as she continues to cooperate with the University and future hearings on this sensitive matter. The victim appreciates those who are respecting her privacy and her desire to not comment publicly at this time.
Sexual assault on college and university campuses, its prevention, its investigation, and the rights of all students involved continue to be complex national issues. At Tubman, our role is to support victims and to help them find safety, hope, and healing.
In this situation, questions have been raised about the difference between violations of codes of conduct, campus-based investigations, criminal investigations, and the varying standards of evidence in these separate processes. For clarification on some of these issues, we refer to the recent statement from the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
We hope the high-profile nature of this case does not deter other victims of sexual assault from seeking the services they need and deserve. To find your local rape crisis center, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-HOPE or use the statewide online directory.

About Tubman: Each year, Tubman offers safety, healing, and hope to more than 30,000 people of all ages who are facing violence, exploitation, homelessness, addiction or mental health challenges. Our culturally responsive services are rooted in decades of research, innovation, experience, and partnership. Services include safe shelter, legal services, mental and chemical health counseling, elder abuse resources, youth programs, community education and much more. More information can be found at

Contact: Emily Truscott, Director of Communications,, 612-767-6696

Tubman awarded $15,930 grant for Imagination Playground in a Cart™ play system from Target and national non-profit KaBOOM!

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Sept. 21, 2016 – Target and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded Tubman a $15,930 grant to use toward the purchase of an Imagination Playground in a Cart™, an innovative playground equipment system.
KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve through play, is working with Target to increase access to play across the country. Grants for Imagination Playgrounds are helping to achieve that goal by bringing active play to more than 430,000 kids across the country.
Imagination Playground in a Cart™ is an innovative design in play equipment that encourages creativity, communication and collaboration in play. With a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts, Imagination PlaygroundTM provides a changing array of elements that allow children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination.
“The KaBOOM! playground equipment will help ignite the limitless imaginations of young people in a range of unique and exciting ways,” said Tamara Stark, Director of Youth and Family Services at Tubman. “The fun and creativity that comes out of learning through play lasts a lifetime.”
Tubman provides comprehensive services to more than 30,000 individuals each year, including shelter, safety planning, counseling, and much more. Many of the children who come to Tubman have experienced trauma, such as abuse, exploitation, or exposure to violence, and other major life disruptions. This play equipment will allow these children new opportunities to overcome the challenges associated with trauma through play.
“The children who come to Tubman need the opportunity to just be kids again,” said Alison Hobson, Tubman Director of Development. “We know physical activity is beneficial for everyone, but for kids especially, it’s crucial for healthy development and inspires creativity and imagination. This is essential to cope with their current situations and begin healing.”
Unstructured, child-directed play has proven to help kids develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to help make wellness more affordable, accessible and inspirational for its team members, guests and communities.

NorthStar Youth Outreach Center now open in Maplewood

Volunteers and Tubman staff officially opened the NorthStar Youth Outreach Center at Harriet Tubman Center East on Monday, June 6. On the afternoon of Sunday, June 12, an open house welcomed more than 60 people to see the center. 
According to a study conducted by Wilder Research, there are almost 10,000 homeless people in Minnesota, 35 percent of those people being youth. Because of the importance for young folks to have a place to go where they feel as though they are supported and loved, this space is specifically designed as one where young people without a home can feel safe and secure. 
The Social Justice Committee at the White Bear Unitarian Church joined forces with Tubman staff and other community volunteers to create this safe haven. Tamara Stark, Tubman's Director of Youth and Family Services, explained that it necessary that centers such as NorthStar exist within the suburbs, in addition to the city. 

"There was need in the suburbs that was going unnoticed," explained Stark. "A lot of homelessness goes unseen."      
In addition, NorthStar's location within Harriet Tubman Center East helps provide youth with access to a wider variety of services.
"We're unique in the way that shelter housing is attached if necessary. This way, we have a 24/7 infrastructure for safety planning and helping with immediate needs," said Stark. 
Tubman services allow young clients to know their rights in society, as well learn about where their personal interests lie and how they can use them in the future. 
"Teen years are very formative and people do not know the services that are available to them," explained Stark. "[NorthStar] gives them a chance to not only access these services, but also provides a space in which they can be creative."
The goal is that NorthStar will have a long-term impact on young people by giving them a space where they can feel safe and where they can prepare for their future.

NorthStar Youth Outreach Center is open 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about NorthStar or how to donate or volunteer, visit Tubman's website or call 612.825.3333.