Pillsbury United Communities
1201 37th Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412
Our purpose is to invest in each relationship in order to
demonstrate respect, generate reform, & stimulate reciprocity.
Access to Jobs Transportation Services
Adult Support Workshops
Anger Management Classes
Career Laddering Services
Charter School Sponsorship & Consultation
City Skills - Clerical & Office Skills Training
Community Youth Development
Cub Foods Grocery Shuttle Bus
Cultural Enrichment for Youth
Domestic Abuse Advocacy
Emergency Food Shelf
Employment Retention Services
Employment Support Workshops
EPIC (Employing Partners in Community)/Day Training
Program for adults with developmental disabilities
ESL & Citizenship Classes
FANS Project (Family Advocate Network System)
Fare For All
Fathers Support Groups
Health Insurance Enrollment
Home Buying Workshops
Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project
Job View Computer Link
Kids College Tutoring Program
Minneapolis Employment & Training Network (METP) Job Bank
Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) Tier I
New U Temps Temp-to-Perm Employment Staffing
Star Tribune Job View Kiosk
Summer Day Camp
Summer Enrichment Program
Summer Youth Program
Support, Consultation, Advocacy & Sponsorship of new immigrant / refugee non-profit organizations
Tax Assistance for Seniors & Low-Income Residents
Time Dollar Store
Ways to Work Family Loan Program
Youth Employment Program
Youth Work: AmeriCorps
Brian Coyle Community Center
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Box office: (612) 825-0459
Contact: Suzy Messerole
Camden Neighborhood Center
Unity House - Center for Employment
Oak Park Neighborhood Center
Pillsbury United Communities traces its roots to Minneapolis' Bethel Settlement, one of 400 settlement houses established between 1889 and 1910 across the nation to improve living conditions in city slums.
In late 19th century Minneapolis, conditions in the city were similar to those in other large cities like Chicago and New York. New immigrants and factory workers were living in crowded slums, poor sanitation caused by illnesses and even death, and there was increasing disparity between the rich and the poor. Prostitution, gambling, alcoholism and crime filled the neighborhoods. In 1879, Plymouth Congregational Church started the Plymouth Mission in an effort to address these concerns. Katherine Plant took over the mission in 1897 and reorganized it to become Bethel Settlement. Bethel offered a free kindergarten, industrial training, and sewing classes. A day nursery allowed mothers to go to work. The settlement grew, and by the turn of the century they needed more space.
In 1905, John and Charles Pillsbury, brothers who were greatly benefiting from the success of their flour mills, gave $40,000 towards the construction of a new facility. The building, located near the intersection of what is now Cedar and Riverside Avenues, was completed in 1906, and named Pillsbury House in honor of their parents. It then added a health clinic, a women's employment office, home economics and arts classes, and boys' and girls' clubs. In 1920, Pillsbury House purchased land in Waconia, Minnesota, and established Camp Manakiki, a place where children and their mothers could go to escape the city and enjoy the country.
Pillsbury United Communities is the result of many mergers during the past century. These mergers often occurred to streamline services, to increase capabilities, to save money, or to ensure a continued presence in areas of greatest need.
The original Pillsbury House building was torn down in the 1960s and rebuilt in South Minneapolis at 35th and Chicago. Waite House, located in the Phillips neighborhood, is the result of multiple mergers prior to 1958, and was named after Edward F. Waite, a well-respected juvenile court judge. United House and Wells Memorial merged with Northside Settlement Services in 1967, and Pillsbury House merged with Waite House to become Pillsbury-Waite Neighborhood Servces. In 1984, north and south Minneapolis were linked through the merger of Northside Settlement Services and Pillsbury United Neighborhood Services to form what is now Pillsbury United Communities.
Our mission is to create choice, change and connection.