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The Northside Women’s Space

Kwanzaa Community Church (Kwanzaa) was chartered as the first African American lead Presbyterian congregation in the State of Minnesota in February of 2002 after four years of development. This project builds on previous CURA supported research looking at best practices for serving women who trade sex in a drop-in setting. Research participants were mostly African-American women who were unemployed, precariously housed, experienced multiple episodes of violence, and described many unmet health and mental health needs. Most participants said they used drugs and alcohol and over 75% had had children. The research found that trading sex was one strategy among many for making ends meet. The drop-in space at Kwanzaa is intended to connect women and teens who trade sex in North Minneapolis to both non-judgmental people who care and needed services. Megan Marie Alama, a graduate student in the School of Social Work, interviewed and conducted focus groups with service providers and women who have traded sex about service provision and the meaning of non-judgment. The results were used to establish the Northside Women’s Space in North Minneapolis.

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Kwanza Community Church
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