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Manuscripts by Subject - Education - #11132

Title: Neighbors Network Program (Bismarck, ND)

Dates:   1983-2012

Collection Number: MSS 11132

Quantity: 1 foot

Abstract: Organizational records include minutes, agenda, membership records, correspondence, mailings, mission statement, policies, contracts, agreements, printed materials, news clippings, annual reports, material from events and activities, and photographs. The material is arranged chronologically at the folder level.

The Network was formed to provide early identification, prevention, and support services to Bismarck families that needed assistance. The Network program was administered by the Bismarck Public School System and affiliated with the United Way. The group formed in 1983 and disbanded in 2012.

Provenance: Beverly Patch Larson, former President, Board of Directors of the organization and Barb Evanson, co-founder, deposited the materials at the State Historical Society of North Dakota on May 23, 2012. Evanson signed a gift agreement to donate the collection on August 7, 2012. The collection was processed and this finding aid was created by Emily E. Schultz in August 2012.

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From “The Bismarck Tribune Jeans Day Application for Funding,” 2003 in the collection

Neighbors Network began in 1983 with start-up money from the Department of Human Services. A board of directors assumed responsibility for fund-raising and administrative direction. The Bismarck Public Schools hired and paid the part-time staff and part-time supervisor. The Neighbors Network Program reimbursed the school. In the fall of 2001, Neighbors Network was able to hire an additional full-time worker…services to families were thus enabled. Neighbors’ workers taught more than 1000 persons who attended parenting classes. Programs like Neighbors Network have been started in other North Dakota cities, using Bismarck’s program as a model.

The Neighbors Network Program’s mission was to enable children to succeed in school when problems in the home interfered with their learning or social/emotional development. The Neighbors Network provided support to families by strengthening their parenting skills, stabilizing family relationships, and improving their independent functioning in the community.

Neighbors workers would go into homes when necessary and assist clients at identifying needs and obtaining the services of an appropriate agency. They worked cooperatively with those agencies in serving clients and receiving referrals from community agencies. Neighbors Network worked closely with a variety of other agencies including Adult Learning Center, YMCA, Police Youth Bureau, Burleigh County Social Services, Aid Inc., Community Action, Legal Assistance, Village Family Services, Women’s Health Center, AA and Al-Anon, Food Pantry, Burleigh County Housing, churches and medical facilities.

The Neighbors Network Program ended in 2012 after nearly 30 years of service to the Bismarck-Mandan area.


Inventory note: the records are organized into folders by year. Each folder contains a combination of the following material: minutes, agenda, membership records, correspondence, mailings, mission statement, policies, contracts, agreements, printed materials, news clippings, annual reports, material from events and activities, and photographs.

Oversize (map case drawer) Computer generated print of members, ca. 1993

Box 1:
1              1983      
2              1984
3              1985
4              1986
5              1987
6              1988
7              1989
8              1990
9              1991
10           1992
11           1993      
12           1994

Box 2:
1              1995
2              1996
3              1997
4              1998
5              1999
6              2000
7              2001
8              2002
9              2003
10           2004
11           2005
12           2006
13           2007
14           2008
15           2009
16           2010
17           2011
18           2012

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