For nearly six years, Quincy House has been a haven for young people in the Mounds View School District who face difficult issues such as depression, poverty, substance abuse, absenteeism and homelessness.
With a background in social work, Tami Moberg began working at Irondale High School as a quiet voice to work with students who were struggling in school, both academically and emotionally.
“While I was in high school, I noticed that these kids were struggling. I started hearing their stories, and the last thing on their minds was doing their homework and getting good grades,” Moberg said. “They were really worried about their home life, where they were going to eat their next meal and where they were going to sleep at night.”
Moberg, a resident of Mounds View for 30 years, said she would come home from work and tell her husband David that they had to buy a house on the other side of the school district because some of the boys and girls with whom she worked at school didn’t want to go home at the end of the day. This is one of the reasons she started the Quincy House program.
Moberg and Wayne Anderson of Shoreview founded Quincy House, a nonprofit, in 2015. Anderson left the program two years ago. “He didn’t feel like he could keep working and moved on,” Moberg said.
They bought a house for the organization on Quincy Street in Mounds View on the Irondale side of the school district, which gave the children a place to go and have something to do after school.
“We served family-style dinners to the kids two nights a week. These are kids who told me they had never dined at a table in their entire lives,” Moberg said. “Many of them lived in poverty, lived in trailers and 99% are black or brown. In addition, 95% of our children in our program are fatherless.
Eventually, the program moved past the Quincy Street house. They began using a church space to house the children while trying to find a new home for the program.
“I found this house on Red Oak (Drive), and it was amazing,” Moberg said. “There was already an old basketball court and it was a big house. But it was not in our budget. I was sitting in the aisle praying that if this could be our Quincy House the kids would love it and it would be perfect,” she said.
“The next morning I got a call from a donor I hadn’t spoken to in six months, and she asked me if we had found a house, and said she just thought to me. I went to her house in North Oaks that day, and she wrote a check for $360,000 for the house. It was like the parting of the Red Sea and a helping hand from God.
The house on Red Oak has been used since 2018 for all children growing up in the Quincy program. They also meet twice a week at the Mounds View Community Center after school from 4-6 p.m.
Recently, Quincy House partnered with non-profit organization 180 Degrees to create a new transitional living program for young men aged 18-24 who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
Quincy House held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for the Transitional Living Program on April 28. Director Richard Coffey of 180 Degrees said the young men they assist are something the organization is deeply passionate about. “We really want to help these young men take their lives to the next level. We want to help them find out what their true passion is and their true destiny on this earth,” he said.
The future looks bright and hopeful for these young men at Quincy House who, according to Moberg, are striving to live a better life.
“I really wanted this house to be a house. We provide housing for these young men so they don’t end up in the prison system, and they don’t end up wandering the streets and getting into trouble,” Moberg said.
“Some of these young men who are going to live at home have been in our Quincy program since they were kids, and it’s important for our young Quincy kids to see that we didn’t just leave when you finished school. .. we are always here for you.