Project for Pride in Living: Minneapolis Agency Teaches Self-Sufficiency, Tackles Unemployment, Affordable Housing And More

ACCESS Press has long felt that Project for Pride in Living represents something very extraordinary in community service organizations.  Inspired by founder and director Joe Selvaggio’s optimistic approach to inner city problem solving, the organization has grown in many directions since it’s beginning in 1972.  

Recognition of the complexity of low income living in our cities has led to this growth in new services and enterprises as the agency matured.  The problems encountered in helping people become self sufficient have been insurmountable to many others.  Not so with PPL.  Each problem is another challenge, and their staff obviously enjoys challenges.

We asked the agency for a resume of their current programs and they obliged with the following report of today’s programs.  We know there are others in the works, including a new neighborhood shopping area slated for the northwest corner of Franklin and Chicago Avenues which will be another employer in the area.  We are also reproducing a map and history of achievement from their 1989 Annual Report.  ACCESS PRESS says congratulations to Mr. Selvaggio and his crew of employees and volunteers.  Their enlightened approach to the real problems facing a lot of our citizens ought to be emulated in our legislatures. 

The staff reports: PROJECT FOR PRIDE IN LIVING HELPS INNER CITY RESIDENTS