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The unemployment rate is 60% higher for people with disabilities; the poverty rate for families of color is 3 times that of white families; women face pay inequality, earning 15% less than men in similar roles. We help bridge these gaps and connect people to jobs every day.

  • In 2019, GESMN served people in 73 of Minnesota’s 87 counties. 
  • We help nearly 2,000 Minnesotans understand the impact of work on their disability benefits annually.
  • Our Reentry program’s reincarceration rate is 13%; the statewide 3-year average is 35%. 
  • We partner with over 50 schools to expose students to work, ranging from Elk River, St. Cloud, Willmar, Mankato and more.
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Minnesotans generate nearly 3 million tons of waste every year; our retail stores divert 65 million pounds of materials from landfills annually and keep Minnesota greener.

  • GESMN diverts over 65 million of pounds from landfills annually, the equivalent to 150 blue whales (the heaviest animal on Earth) 
  • In 2019, our stores handled over 2.5 million donations, using proceeds to fund our services. 
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GESMN has served Minnesota and western Wisconsin for over 100 years, and partnering with others in the community makes us all stronger.

  • We pick up over 6,000 pounds of clothing from the Twin Cities Marathon route for a greener Minnesota.
  • Over 3,000 winter coats are given annually to Ramsey and Hennepin County Corrections for people coming out of incarceration.
  • A partnership with Operation Gratitude and distributed over  2,500 pounds of donated Halloween candy to community partners.
  • GESMN is active at the state capitol with several coalitions and regularly engages with officials around workforce policy.