Case Studies & Testimonials

Family Wise

FamilyWise educates, empowers and enriches families who are struggling with poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues, homelessness, and domestic violence. FamilyWise worked with SCC’s Renae and Cheryl to update their strategic plan as well as their mission, vision, and values statements. Ann Gaasch, executive director, provides some feedback on the experience.



  • Adults and Children’s Alliance (ACA)
  • Advocating for Change Together (ACT)
  • African Reconciliation Project (ARDO)
  • American Indian Family Center
  • Asian United of Minnesota
  • Blake School
  • Breaking Free
  • Bridge for Youth
  • CAPI
  • Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf
  • CommonBond Communities
  • District 202
  • Families Moving Forward
  • FamilyWise
  • Friends in Need
  • Glencoe Area Food Shelf
  • Hennepin County - Human Services and Public Health
  • HOPE 4 Youth
  • MACC CommonWealth
  • MACC Alliance of Connected Communities
  • MAP for Nonprofits
  • Merrick Inc.
  • Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL)
  • Midwest Special Services
  • Minnesota Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association
  • Minnesota Subcontractors Association
  • Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center
  • Northeast Contemporary Services (NCIS)
  • Northwest Resource for Families, (NWRF)
  • Pathway Health Services
  • Person to Person
  • Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
  • People Responding in Social Ministry (PRISM)
  • Pillsbury United Communities
  • ResourceWest
  • SACA
  • Southeast Asian Ministry (SeAM)
  • Southern Anoka Community Assistance
  • Steve Rummler Hope Foundation
  • The Family Partnership
  • The Partnership Plan
  • Think Small
  • Wayside House
  • White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf
  • Wilder Foundation
  • Winona State University
  • Youth Intervention Programs Association


The Bridge for Youth

The Bridge for Youth, located in Minneapolis, serves over 800 youth, ages 10-21, each year through short-term emergency shelter, transitional living, permanent supportive housing, street-based outreach, a 24-hour crisis line, counseling and more. SCC worked closely with the organization for the past few years to fulfill multiple essential functions: serving in various interim roles as the organization went through turning around the nonprofit; strategic planning and board governance; and individual executive coaching, group team building and coaching, and diversity training.

White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf

In early 2015 the White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf was facing a great deal of organizational change: new space, high demand, new staff, and many long-time veteran volunteers. A board member reached out to SCC for guidance in working with systems that hadn’t kept pace with the growth and change along with increasing stress on staff and volunteers.

“SCC came in and assessed what we needed to do, brought stability to the organization, and had a calming effect on the employees, volunteers, and Board of Directors. You guided us through with understanding, encouragement, leadership and helped us in the hiring of our current Executive Director.”

- Carol Farley, Board President, White Bear Lake Emergency Food Shelf

“You created a way for us to work with you that was effective and affordable.  And, we were successful!  We are very excited about the new hire and we will think of you when we conduct future searches.”

- Susan Geller, Associate Director of Operational and Organizational Advancement, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners

HOPE 4 Youth

HOPE 4 Youth is a drop-in center serving youth experiencing homelessness. SCC helped the young but fast-growing organization transition to the next level by providing an interim executive director; moving toward transitional housing in addition to programs for youth; transitioning to a governing board model from an operational board; teaching the organization and board how to be a flourishing nonprofit organization; putting roles, responsibilities, policies and procedures in place; and hiring an executive director.

“I am so grateful for all of your help, wisdom and encouragement! You have put RW back on track!”

Patty Acomb, ResourceWest Vice-President, Minnetonka City Council

“You certainly have been the right person in the right place at the right time!! Many thanks for all you've done for ResourceWest and our community.”

- Barb Westmoreland, ResourceWest Executive Committee, Hopkins School District

"Working with SCC, I was able to realize my own potential and am now directing several homeless youth programs here at Pillsbury House. They helped me to see my own potential to grow from a competent youth worker to someone who was capable of managing and directing a successful program with a sizable budget."

-Matt Tennant, Street Survival Director, Pillsbury United Communities

Hennepin County: Waiver Finance

Before consulting with SCC, the environment at Hennepin County's Waiver Finance team was filled with controversial and toxic communication that resulted in delayed services, lack of services, and denial of services for eligible waiver recipients.  The team now has better communications that have led to transparent collaboration with  partners to make processes more efficient.

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