The program has been extended to July 1, 2016. Crisis amounts have increased to $1,000 per household. For seniors who are 60+, crisis funds can be used for past due or current balance with heat or electric vendors.
Workshops for home ownership education are provided through Catherine Anderson-Barnes of the University of Minnesota Extension. Classes are a total of ten (10) hours in length, held in Alexandria on two (2) evenings. The classes provide extensive education on the people and processes involved in purchasing a home. Cost for classes are $45 and a certificate is awarded at the end that assists participants in qualifying for various loan products.
May 17th and 19th
June 14 & 16
July 12 & 14
August 16 & 18
September 20 & 22
Douglas County Extension Office Meeting Room (located in the Douglas County Library building in Alexandria). All classes run from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
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.
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