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About GetLifted

GetLifted Neighborhoods Photo

GetLifted is a new initiative to create lasting financial wellness and reduce shame and stigma surrounding personal debt in the North Side of Minneapolis and East Side of Saint Paul.

LSS Financial Counseling is partnering with local organizations and individuals to provide training in financial education. Following their training in September 2017, attendees will pass on their new financial knowledge and skills to others in their communities.

GetLifted takes traditional financial education a step further. Community members are not only provided with knowledge, but also financially empowered and supported to be truly innovative as they share their financial knowledge. GetLifted is about taking risks and working together to find solutions to financial distress. There are so many creative people within both neighborhoods who want to help. This initiative will provide both the resources and opportunity to make a difference. Although LSS Financial Counseling is organizing this initiative, it will truly be driven by the passion and hard work of community members.

Organizations that operate in or serve a population from North Minneapolis or the East Side of Saint Paul, and individuals with strong ties to these two communities were encouraged to apply June 2017 through July 2017 to be a part of this innovative project. Following this one month application period, 14 organizations and 18 individuals will be selected to participate. Each selected organization has recruited an additional 3 individuals.

GetLifted Launch Organizations

North Minneapolis:

Brian D's Old School Barbers

Soy NG Church

Hawj United of Minnesota

Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC)

Black Women's Wealth Alliance

Visions Merging

Asian Media Access


East Side of Saint Paul:

Hmong American Partnership (HAP)

Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center

Family Values for Life

Planting People Growing Justice LLC

The Day Foundation

Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM)

Hnub Tshiab Hmong Women Achieving Together


Wells FargoThis unprecedented initiative, with a goal of reaching 2,500+ community members, is made possible through generous funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation on behalf of Wells Fargo.

About the GetLifted Financial Education Training

Individuals who were selected to participate in GetLifted will receive financial education training to share with their community. This will include all four aspects of real-life financial issues individuals and families face:

  1. Budgeting in a way that can create savings;
  2. Reducing debt and building assets;
  3. Building a good credit score; and
  4. Protecting consumers from scams and identity theft.

If community members have more in-depth financial questions throughout this process, LSS Financial Counseling staff will provide resources and referrals to assist.  

GetLifted Boundaries for the North Side of Minneapolis and the East Side of Saint Paul

Applications for this initiative were exclusively open to individuals and organizations in or with strong ties to these two communities. View the maps and guidelines below for more details.

North Side Boundaries

  • North – 53rd Ave N
  • South – Highway 394
  • East – Highway 94
  • West – Victory Memorial Drive & Theodore Wirth Parkway
About Us North Side Map


East Side Boundaries

  • North – Larpenteur Avenue
  • South – Highway 94, including Battle Creek area north of Upper Afton Road East
  • East – McKnight Road
  • West – Highway 35E
About Us East Side Map


Please direct any questions to Tonia Brinston at Tonia.Brinston@lssmn.org or 612.879.5225.