Madeleine Roche & CoA Mission of Social Love

Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) is a community-based, non-profit agency dedicated to providing information, referrals, advocacy and assistance to low-income families and individuals, senior citizens and adults with disabilities.

Brooklyn Center resident, Madeleine Roche, founded CEAP in April of 1970 in response to the growing need for human services in the Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park area. She, and other community women, joined with local churches to bridge the gap in assistance for those in need. In 1971, CEAP was incorporated as a tax-exempt charitable organization and elected its first Board of Directors.

Since its inception, CEAP has operated out of several locations with its first office in St. Alphonsus’ rectory. With the help of Brooklyn Center Jaycees and the Bicentennial Commission, CEAP moved into the old Brooklyn Center City Hall until it burned down on New Year’s Eve in 1977. CEAP operated temporarily out of two houses until it moved into a building in 1980 on land donated by a community resident. That building was located on Brooklyn Boulevard. For the next seventeen years, CEAP occupied that building until it moved into its current location in Brooklyn Park in February of 1997.

In 1987, CEAP opened an office in Coon Rapids and expanded its services to include all of Anoka County and part of Ramsey County. In 1991, that office moved into its current location in the Anoka County Human Services Building in Blaine. Today, CEAP’s service area includes East Champlin, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, part of Camden in Minneapolis, all of Anoka County, and Mounds View and New Brighton in western Ramsey County.

In 1971, CEAP distributed approximately 20,000 pounds of food. Today, CEAP distributes approximately 1,000,000 pounds of food from the food shelf each year. In 2007, CEAP served over 22,000 clients (unduplicated count), approximately half of which were children. Virtually all of the clients that CEAP works with fall into the categories of low-wage families and senior citizens, persons with disabilities, persons of color, the working poor, immigrants and/or refugees.

CEAP’s mission began as one of “social love.” CEAP’s current mission is to serve individuals and families in financial distress and to maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity.



What is CEAP? Mission Statement: Vision Statement:
CEAP (Community Emergency Assistance Program) is a community-based charity that has partnered with other resources to assist people in need in the Twin Cities area for 40 years. Want to learn more? Check out the About Us tab. The mission of CEAP is to stabilize individuals and families in financial distress and to maximize their ability to live independently and with dignity. Individuals and families in the northern Twin Cites area will have their basic needs met with dignity and will secure the skills and resources to achieve self-sufficiency. The community will be stronger, more stable, and more cohesive as a result of CEAP's leadership and services.