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Yes, There Are Homeless People in West Central MN

On the coldest day so far this November, a number of people took to the streets of Alexandria to raise awareness about homelessness.  It is National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness week.  Kelli Winter was one of the people out trying to make a difference.  She says this “Cardboard Brigade” was positioned at several intersections with random statistics related to poverty in Minnesota.

Visit the Voice of Alexandria article here: Cardboard Brigade Hits the Streets To Raise Awareness


It Takes A Community To Make A Difference!


Praise Band Members Grace Free

Grace Free Praise Band (From left to right) Steven Thompson, Andrew Holmes, Mike Swenson (drums), Megan Holmes, Pat Gerhke, and David Benjamin.

Thanks to Elbow Lake Area Churches we will!

On Sunday, November 15th, The Elbow Lake Area Churches hosted a benefit concert to help fight homelessness in Grant County. This concert came together through the cooperation of Elbow Lake area congregations after being made aware of the homelessness plight by West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc.

Homelessness is a Grant County issue. The face of homelessness looks significantly different in rural areas of Minnesota than in the metro areas of our state. There are no shelters to house those experiencing homelessness. Families are forced to live in fish houses, cars, stairwells, churches, abandoned buildings and farm sites, on couches and floors of friends and family, and many other non-shelter areas just to keep warm.

Pastor Jean Ohman from United Lutheran church was instrumental in organizing this concert. Over 100 people attended the concert at WCA Secondary school.   Musical groups from local area churches performed “to let our music make a difference in the lives of others.”

The gifts of music raised $3922.29 to support Salvation Army in Grant County’s fight against homelessness. This is a huge step towards making a difference in our communities! If you wish to donate please make check or money order payable to:

Grant County Salvation Army mail to:

Grant County Salvation Army ATTN: Robbie
c/o West Central MN Communities Action, Inc
411 Industrial Park Blvd
Elbow Lake MN 56531

Holiday Train will be in Elbow Lake MN on December 14th

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be in Elbow Lake MN on December 14th at 4:15 p.m. 

CP’s Holiday Train is ready to brighten communities and warm hearts for the 17th year. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Every year, our Holiday Trains travel through dozens of communities, raising food and cash donations for North American food banks.

Again this year, the Holiday Train program is encouraging people attending events to bring heart healthy donations. Heart health education and awareness is a tenet of CP’s community investment program, CP Has Heart, which focuses on improving the heart health of men, women and children in communities across North America.

The two brightly lit trains will kick off in the Montreal area on November 27 and 28 on their way to visit approximately 150 communities. The “Canadian Train” travels west across Canada finishing its journey in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. The “US Train” visits communities across the U.S. Northeast and Midwest, and returns back to Canada for shows in Saskatchewan and Alberta.​​

The concerts are always free, but you’re encouraged to make a donation to the local food bank — either a non-perishable food item or a cash donation. All contributions will stay within your local community.​​

​​​​Decorate and donate activity ​​​pages

Print off eight pages of CP Holiday Train PDF themed coloring and activity pages. Once the sheets have been colored, have kids use them to decorate boxes to be filled with donations to your food bank. It’s a great activity to teach kids about the importance of giving before they attend our event.


Runestone Telecom Association Donates to WCMCA

Runestone Telecom donation

Runestone Telecom Assoc. General Manager, Kent Hedstrom,  presents the check to Dianne Buck representing WCMCA

A huge thank you goes out to Runestone Telecom Association for their $500 donation to West Central MN Communities Action, Inc. !!


Benefit Concert to Help Fight Homelessness in Grant County Nov. 15

Concert The Ministerial Society is putting on a Benefit Concert to Help Fight Homelessness in Grant County on Sunday, November 15th at 4:00 p.m. at the West Central Area Secondary School in Barrett. 

This concert will last about one hour and features music by members of the congregations of Elbow Lake churches. All proceeds from this concert will go to fight homelessness in Grant County.  The Ministerial Society started meeting recently to support one another and to do some good in the area.  They are trying to raise awareness that there are homeless in our rural areas and they need help. If you cannot attend,  but would like to make a donation please mail check or money order to:
The Grant County Salvation Army, ATTN: Robbie, c/o West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc. 411 Industrial Park Blvd, Elbow Lake, MN 56531.  Put “Homelessness” in the memo.

WCMCA to host Art in the Halls Exhibit

Born and bred in rural Minnesota, Kirsta Anderson has had a strong sense of wanderlust as long as she can remember.  Some of her earliest memories are traveling around the country with her parents, Les and LeAnn Anderson; a disposable camera as her companion.Kirsta

As time progressed, with it – so did Kirsta and her cameras.  After work she would find herself wandering the rural countryside, carrying numerous analog cameras and taking photos of anything and everything she could find.

As the years went by, she found herself wandering more frequently and further from home; in this, digital photography, playing an ever more instrumental role in pursuing her passion.

Having no formal education in photography, except for a few local community classes; Kirsta prides herself in finding the beauty and wonder in places and objects where most would turn a blind eye.

When she is not working or taking photos, she spends most of her time with her father learning the art of handcrafting barn wood frames.

If there’s two things Kirsta has learned from her experience in travels and photography, they are:  Never stop wandering. Never stop wondering.IMG_0900







The West Central MN Communities Action, Inc. office in Elbow Lake will be showcasing Krista’s works from November 3- December 18, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 am-4:30 pm.


WE-Haul Groceries Is Ready For Business!

WE-Haul Groceries is ready for customers who want to patronize Darrel’s Full Service Foods! Please, if you know of anyone that could use help in shopping and grocery delivery in the Hoffman, Herman and Barrett areas, let them know that we have volunteers ready, willing and able to assist them!! Please share!

411 Industrial Blvd,