Our Mission

Our vision is to be a vibrant leader with strong
partnerships in a community where people of all ages
and cultures are able to live, learn, work and play in a
healthy and safe environment.

About Us

Sabathani Community Center was founded in 1966 by concerned residents and members of Sabathani Baptist Church in South Minneapolis. These were caring folks who wanted to provide recreation for kids in the neighborhood. The youngsters were well-meaning but restless. At the time, there were few and inadequate facilities to serve their needs.

Sabathani has a new Interim Executive Director

Mary Merrill.   Mary comes to us with 30+ years of leadership, administrative and managment experience with the MInneapolis Park and Recreation Bd.

Sabathani is in the process of looking for a new Executive Director, look for more information here as the search begins.

A Letter to Our Community

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Programs for everyone from
children to seniors.

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Find out about our building operations,
including current space for rent.

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Donate to Sabathani, and help
families in your community.

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Join Sabathani Community Center in the Community Room for the opening of our Minneapolis Sound (and more) Exhibit! Options include general admission on the 15th, and a VIP experience (including selfies and signings with our special guest and artifacts) on the 13th. Activities include trivia and music!



August 2020




Come join a fun, full body workout lead by Zumba instructor Nadvia Davis. Nadvia’s drive to give back to the community and lead a healthier lifestyle motivated her to become a certified Zumba instructor. Nadvia has been teaching and actively subbing Zumba across the Twin Cities for 2 years. During the weekly Thursday workout, participants can expect to dance while engaging in both high and low impact cardio movements. All exercise movements are set to a variety of music including Salsa, Pop, Reggaetón, Soca and R&B. Modifications are offered. Nadvia presents a Zumba boot camp style workout with lots of energy and enthusiasm. Nadvia encourages participants to add their own flare to make the workout much more fun. Positive feedback to make the class better is always welcomed. Following the workout, free apples are occasionally offered to participants. We hope to see you and a friend at a Zumba class at Sabathani soon!


The Unity Opportunity Collaborative (UOC) is a unique partnership of five key Minneapolis community-based institutions working together to overcome the appalling economic disparities that African Americans and African immigrants face. Recognizing that existing programs and strategies don’t work for many of our neighbors, the Unity Opportunity Collaborative is committed to the development and deployment of new and innovative approaches to education and workforce development that will overcome the specific barriers to success with which many people of African descent are confronted.

UOC Partners

UOC is comprised of five agencies, including EMERGE, Minneapolis Urban League, Sabathani Community Center, Stairstep Foundation and Minneapolis Public Schools. Each of the partners in the Unity Opportunity Collaborative has a long history of commitment to the community, as well as significant experience delivering programs that help people succeed. EMERGE is the lead grant recipient on behalf of the partnership responsible for fiscal management and reporting on behalf of the collaborative. Minneapolis Public Schools Adult Basic Education program is offering customized GED preparation and other customized adult learning experiences.

UOC Services

The UOC offers services at six different sites in north and south Minneapolis, including the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. The $4.25 million funds education and career training that will help prepare African Americans and Africans to achieve success in the work place and assist them as they transition into the workforce. To this end, UOC has identified six key components to a comprehensive plan with a two-year timeline, July 2016-June 2018.

Sabathani: How We Operate

Sabathani is a non-profit multi-service organization serving a diverse community in four program areas:

  • Building Strong Healthy Families
  • Creating School Success for Children and Teens
  • Keeping Seniors Active and Healthy
  • Community-based Health Resources

Core Values

  • Advocacy – We champion and advance the best interests of community residents
  • Civic Engagement – We encourage and support individual and collective actions
    to identify and address issues of public concern
  • Collaboration – We engage in innovative partnerships that promote community
  • Diversity – We value all individuals, cultures and communities
  • Empowerment – We provide programs and services that build upon people’s
    assets and promote self-sufficiency
  • Inclusive – We welcome everyone to Sabathani Community Center
  • Leadership – We are dedicated to excellence, continuous improvement and
    accountability in all that we do
  • Stewardship – We deploy our resources efficiently, effectively and ethically
  • Strong programs – We partner with others to deliver programs that fulfill our
    mission and vision
  • Trustworthiness – We conduct ourselves with integrity and expect the same
    from others

Sabathani Programs

Sabathani programs serve 30,000 people a year with a food shelf, free clothing and household goods, after-school programming for
kids, a senior center and health and wellness services for all ages. Sabathani leverages resources with nonprofits and small
businesses in its building to serve even more needs.

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