Who we support
Perspectives Family Center
Who could have imagined in 1976, what would happen when a small group of committed women came together to increase awareness around chemical dependency and its systemic consequences, which include prostitution, (now often referred to as sex trafficking), homelessness and crime. Almost four decades later Perspectives, located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has grown into an award winning, multi-program, human service agency for woman and their children suffering from addictions, mental illness, and poverty.
Our Mission statement reads, “Breaking the Cycle for At Risk Families and Children for Total Family Recovery.” We’ve demonstrated that with appropriate opportunities, education and support; we can make a difference between a life having a promising future and a life that has none.
Perspectives is like no other agency in the nation. Our extensive services span from recovery and mental health programs to employment and parenting education. Perspectives is the only supportive housing program that provides a 12-month, in-house academic, social, and nutritional enrichment program for children. Our programs successfully return 83% of our residents to permanent housing. We have received 25 awards nationally and locally.
About Jeannie Seeley-Smith
Since 1981, Jeannie Seeley-Smith has been the President/CEO of Perspectives, Inc. A social entrepreneur long before the phrase was coined, she has used her vision, passion, entrepreneurial drive and exceptional fundraising skills to lift the agency from its grassroots beginnings to a national award-winning model. Over her tenure she has raised over $75 million to support the programs, purchased over $7 million worth of property, and is responsible for a $3,000,000 annual budget, a staff of 50 persons and at any given time is housing 53 families, including over 100 children.
“For nearly 40 years, Perspectives has been able to change countless lives; to provide women and children with the environment and the tools to become productive members of society. I am inspired by the SilverLining business model, which combines the joy of travel with the satisfaction of supporting organizations that are affecting real change in the world. I am delighted that Perspectives is a SilverLining affiliate and I am confident that together, we can do well, by doing good.”
President/CEO, Perspectives, Inc.