Organization & Mission
Minneapolis Recreation Development is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization currently in the process of changing our namr to "Love One Another". Love One Another serves the homeless, poor, and disadvantaged families in the Twin Cities every night by providing food, clothing, personal care items, and on-the-street care and support. On any given night, there are an estimated 10,000 homeless people in the Twin Cities metro area, including 3,000 children under age 17. The primary focus of MRD is to feed, and provide emergency assistance to as many of them as possible.
MRD was founded in 1967 by Allan Law, a teacher in the Inner City Minneapolis Public School System for 32 years. Since its founding the Mission of MRD has been: "Love One Another" and the Guiding Principle is best captured in a quote by Hubert Humphrey: "Judge our society by how we care for our children and the disadvantaged." It began as an after school, weekend, and summertime program for Inner City Youth, but over the past 49 years the organization has grown and expanded in scope to include Four Core Programs:
1) Youth Builder: The Youth Builder Program was founded by Allan Law in 1967 to provide inner city youth with free after school, weekend, and summertime recreational activities. Over the years it evolved to also include personal development, educational, cultural, and community service activities. The focus was on preparing youth for the transition to middle and high school, and providing opportunities for advanced placement programming, college career exploration, and after school tutoring. The Youth Builder Program currently provides over 250 underprivileged children in need annually with backpacks filled with school supplies, school clothing, and funding for field trips. Over the past 49 years, the MRD Youth Builder Program has served over 15,000 at risk inner city youth, helping them develop the foundational skills to enable them to achieve their full potential.
2) Scholarship Program: In 2016 MRD launched a Scholarship Program. Over the years, Allan Law has seen numerous lives remarkably transformed from homelessness, hopelessness, and poverty to self sufficiency through education. His long term goal for several years was for MRD to be able to help deserving people begin that journey. The new program is a Scholarship Fund focused on assisting homeless adults, and underprivileged youth begin pursuing a degree at local Community Colleges, and Technical Schools.
3) Samaritans Outreach: The Samaritans Outreach Program provides basic living necessities for the homeless, poor, underprivileged children, and their families. Responding to several calls for help each day, Allan makes multiple stops to deliver basic food items, clothing, personal care & first aid kits, emergency funds, and on-the-street care and support to people in urgent need. He also provides referrals to agencies that help with housing, counseling, chemical dependency, job placement, financial aid, and healthcare. We also provide short term funding for people in need of temporary housing. Temporary housing has become a critical need in the Twin Cities over the past several months, because homeless shelters are over capacity on most nights, and affordable rental housing has become scarce. In addition, we provide bus tokens, sandwiches, and bottled water to homeless people living outside. Riding the bus provides them safe refuge from the city streets, and a place to get out inclement weather. We also distribute bus tokens for people without transportation to get to job interviews, and medical or counseling appointments.
4) 363® Days Food Program: When he retired from teaching in 1999, Allan Law decided to expand his community outreach efforts. Due to the rapid growth in the number of people living below the poverty level, he began feeding the homeless and families in need on a daily basis and the 363® Days Food Program became the cornerstone of that work. He initially received donated unsold bakery goods, and sandwiches from several stores and gas stations every night. In addition, some churches and organizations that were aware of MRD began to make and donate sandwiches. As a result of an incredible outpouring of donor support, for the past 10 years the 363 Days Food Program has received and distributed more than 550,000 donated sandwiches annually to the homeless and hungry! Sandwiches are donated by over 500 community groups, churches, schools, individuals, and companies. In total, each year more than 9,000 individual volunteers participate in sandwich making events, ranging in age from 4 to 97 Years Old! MRD distributes an average of 1500 sandwiches a night to the homeless and hungry living on the streets, and with the help of 14 Twin Cities partner organizations.
Target Audience: Potential Financial and In Kind Donors & Volunteers including individuals, Businesses, Schools, Companies, Foundations, and Affinity Groups.