A New Beginning for Neighborhood House, Wellstone Mission

By Shirlene Perrin

“We all do better when we all do better” Those words resonated on April 29 when Neighborhood House was officially designated as a Congressional Memorial to Senator Paul Wellstone and his wife, Sheila, and renamed the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center for Community Building. On April 30 the center opened its doors to a community celebration.

As speakers at the memorial event recalled the Wellstones’ lives and contributions to the community, they also described how connected their vision is to the vision of the neighborhood house. The vision of Neighborhood house is to “Be the community-building resource for an increasingly diverse Minnesota.” Over and over again the audience heard about the Wellstones commitment of community building.

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