Spotlight Stories

Tubman Family Alliance: A Safe Place
during a Crisis

On a busy but unsuspecting street corner in the Lyndale neighborhood, you’ll find a building with welcome signs written in several languages. This building, Tubman Family Alliance, is a place where lives are changed.

In 2016, the MAR Foundation provided a grant to Tubman that supports transitional housing to women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence. Ruthie, one of the Tubman residents, moved in two years ago with a 12-year-old daughter and was days from giving birth to her second child.

Ruthie reflects, “Tubman was exactly what I needed because I was fearing having my baby and having to bring her back to the shelter. It felt good to be able to leave the hospital and actually bring her home. Even though it wasn’t permanent, it felt great. A few months after I had her, I found a job, and that’s where I’ve been working for almost two years.”

“It’s been everything for me,” says Ruthie. “I moved in with a couple bags and nothing else, and I’ve come a long way from the day that I moved in. I know that’s because of Tubman.”

Housing We Support

In 2018, the MAR Foundation was proud to support the following local organizations: 

Angel Foundation 
City of Lakes Community Land Trust
CommonBond Communities
Cornerstone Advocacy Service
Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation
Jeremiah Program 
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans  Oasis for Youth Prism Project for Pride In Living Senior Community Services St. Stephan’s Human Services
The ARC Greater Twin Cities
Tubman Family Alliance Center  University of Minnesota Mapping Prejudice Project


Past Organizations

Since 1988 MAR Foundation has given back over $1 million to the community, proudly providing funding for organizations that include:

AEON • African Development Center of Minnesota • Alliance Housing • Avenues for Homeless Youth • Beacon Interfaith Outreach • Cornerstone Senior Services • CROSS • Emerge Community Development • Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans • MN Adult & Teen Challenge • PRG • Rebuilding Together Twin Cities • Spare Key • The Bridge for Youth • The Link • Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity • Youthlink