CEAP - Community Emergency Assistance Program
The Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) is a Community Based Agency which was founded in 1970 in response to the growing need for human services in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. In 1987 CEAP opened an office in Anoka County to aid residents in that area.
CEAP is a non-profit agency that partners with other resources to assist people in need. The agency provides emergency support and facilitates personal skill-building and self-sufficiency while enhancing self-esteem. CEAP accomplishes this in a caring and respectful manner, with an overall objective of building a stronger community.
Family Services are offered to prevent crisis from occurring by providing food, clothing, financial assistance and other emergency services. Families living in CEAP service areas may be eligible for the following programs:
- Back to School Program
- Career Clothing Program
- Celebrate the Children - A Community/Social Fair
- Holiday Program to Brooklyn Park
- Community Advocacy
- Family Loan Program
- Financial Assistance
- Food Shelf - appointments required
- Free Clothing closet - Brooklyn Park
- Information and Resources Referral
- Job Resources
- MACS/NAPS Distribution Site
Senior Services are available to persons 60 years of age or older with disabilities. The programs' goals are to enhance the ability of individuals to maintain their independence while living in their own homes. The Brooklyn Park office currently offers the following programs:
- Meals On Wheels - provides hot nutritious meals at noon to home-bound individuals. All meals are delivered by volunteer drivers.
- HandyWorks - a chore service program designed to help individuals with housekeeping, yard work, snow removal, and minor home maintenance.
Volunteers are central to CEAP's mission of service. Their donations of time, knowledge, experience and caring is vital to CEAP's success and its ability to serve those in need. CEAP currently provides the following opportunities for those wondering how they can contribute:
- Back to School Program
- Board of Directors
- Clothing Closet
- Holiday program
- Data Entry
- Food Shelf
- Meals On Wheels kitchen assistant
- Meels On Wheels Driver
- Office Assistant
- Reception Desk
- Quilting program
- Spring and Fall Clean-up
For those unable to give of their time, CEAP gladly accepts donations of money and food at both offices. Clothing donations are only accepted at the Brooklyn Park office.
Funding for CEAP is provided by:
- Local Congregations
- Cities in our Service Area
- Greater Twin Cities United Way
- Hennepin and Anoka Counties
- Foundations and Corporations
- Federal and State Governments
CEAP is receiving a record number of requests for food and housing assistance. They need increased resources to be able to serve these additional families. As government takes a diminished role in assisting people, our community members and congregations are being asked to assume an increased role in assisting these neighbors in need. Please reflect on how you have been blessed over the past year and how you can share these blessings with your neighbors in need.