Celebrating and developing each person’s God-given potential to contribute to our world.
We envision communities where relationships are forming and where people are connecting with resources and opportunities to improve their lives.
Who We Are?
We will seek to collaborate and not compete with other non-profits.
We will listen to community residents to identify felt needs.
We will offer services, resources and opportunities in a way that leads to empowerment not dependency.
We will engage and help to develop indigenous leaders.
We will promote reconciliation, first people to God and then people to people.
My motivation is two fold. First to share love, hope and care with individuals who are struggling. Second is to equip and engage the people of God in sharing the blessings they have been given with those who are struggling.
Susan Hewitt | Executive Director | [email protected]
Jesus Lifted Me!! I once needed a hand across and God sent people my way, I choose this work because I want to be that Hand in someone’s life.
Kevin L. Saunders | Program Manager | [email protected]
I believe helping the unemployed and underemployed to find jobs, and having the opportunity to coach them in regards to their goals and life, help them to live a more abundant life, and is a tangible way to show them the love of Jesus.
Dan Haupt | Strategist/Trainer | [email protected]
Seek the peace and prosperity of city, has been my motto. Part of what I love about the work we are doing is we are empowering others to gain access and the keys to abundant life that was promised by Jesus.
Nina Coleman | Communications & Program Administrator | [email protected]
I’ve always had a heart for kids and schools so it’s exciting to have the opportunity to support churches to connect to their local schools and share God’s love in a tangible way.
Susan Timmerman | Director of Church-School Partnership | [email protected]
I’ve been involved in recruiting and employment activities for many years and UpWorks offers me a leadership opportunity to support a Christian endeavor that will help many disadvantaged individuals as they navigate the job market.
Charles (Chuck) Squires | Robert Half International VP/Sales Development
Through UpWorks we are advancing the Kingdom of God by extending a hand to those in need.
Lynn Henry | Apple, Inc., Minnetonka, MN | Technical Support/Training
Assisting and serving in the process of moving people from employment to self-sufficiency would be a joy and a blessing for me…and hopefully a blessing to others
Kurt Fuhr | Minnesota South District-LCMS | Vice President-Lutheran Church Extention Fund (LCEF)
I am honored to be part of the UpWorks organization whose mission, vision and values resonate with my own. My professional experience is in accounting and finance and I am excited for the opportunity to give back by serving as Treasurer for the board.
Karen Miller Hartje
I am serving on this board because of UpWorks’ dedication to removing hopelessness from those who are economically disadvantaged. UpWorks may find someone a job, but at its core it will provide that individual with a holistic approach that can improve their life.
Jared Kemper | Schwan’s | Attorney
Through my background in community and economic development, I have witnessed God’s restorative work carried out in our communities. I am excited to help advance UpWorks in its mission to walk alongside those who are entering or reentering the workforce.
Sean O’Neil | Minnesota Chamber of Commerce | Business Development Coordinator
In my nearly 40 years of experience working with non-profits serving the underprivileged, jobless, mentally disturbed and poor one of things I have learned is that much of society as we know it lives in a bubble. Whatever we who live in the bubble can do to support the work of touching people in relationships that may lead to better life outcomes is not only important, it is a calling we must answer.
Bruce Manzey | President Vision Ministry Partners
I believe in empowering individuals through mentoring and skill development to help them lead their best life.
Debbie Ackerman | Hennepin County | Human Services Program Manager