WCMCA, Inc. was honored by Rural Development with a 2017 Outstanding Housing Partner Award. This home in Elbow Lake was helped with assistance from the Small Cities, Weatherization and Furnace Replacement Programs.
WCMCA is completing construction of a new single family, split-level home at 1375 Rosewood Lane SE in Alexandria – completion is expected in the next few weeks.
The home is for sale to potential home buyers whose incomes range between 80 and 115% of the median income (see below).
The 1147 square feet on the main level features an open floor plan for the kitchen, dining and family room areas along with two (2) bedrooms and one (1) bath. The basement of the home will also include one (1) finished bedroom, one (1) finished bathroom, a carpeted recreation room area, one (1) unfinished room for future expansion, and walkout to a concrete patio with ample yard space.
Unique features included in the home design: window seats in the main floor bedrooms, stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and a designated lighted picture area to help prepare the new owner to turn this house into a home!
Interested parties need to fill out a West Central MN Communities Action, Inc. Affordable Housing Program application, and mail it to the address listed on the application along with a pre-approval letter from a lender.
|INCOME GUIDELINES – 2017|
|First 30 days after completion of home (80% of state median income):|
|If you have a purchase agreement signed before the completion of the home or after 30 days following the completion of the home (115% of the state median income):|
The Grant County Food Connection occurred on Wednesday, March 29 at the main office of West Central MN Communities Action, Inc. in Elbow Lake.
Nearly 10,000 pounds of food was distributed: 45 home deliveries were made to home-bound seniors and 68 households attended the food drop. Funding for the food distribution was provided by the Elbow Lake Community Healthcare Auxiliary.
Thank you to all of the volunteers from the local community and organizations (Wendell Fire Department, USDA, FSA, Grant County Social Services, Eagle Bank, WCA Schools, Vinco, University of Minnesota, Grant County HRA and the Healthcare Auxiliary).
Thank you to all of the volunteers for their hard work!
Volunteers from the Wendell Fire Department and Eagle Bank setting up for the food distribution.
Volunteers from the Elbow Lake community, USDA and Eagle Bank packing boxes for senior deliveries.
Student volunteers from WCA Schools (l to r): John Barber, Ross Anderson and Dawson Staples
A friendly lift for senior citizens
When Carolyn Navratil had heart surgery in January, she was told she wouldn’t be able to drive for three weeks. Yet the hospital in Fargo scheduled her for another appointment just two weeks later, which left Navratil in a bit of a predicament.
Then Navratil remembered a program she had heard of called Ready Ride, which matches volunteer drivers with senior citizens needing a ride in Douglas, Grant, Pope, Stevens and Traverse counties.
The program from West Central Minnesota Communities Action works in partnership funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Though rides to medical appointments are a common need, social obligations or other errands are also part of the program.
“They coordinated it and I got a call back in a couple days telling me what it would cost and how it would work and giving me the name of the driver,” Navratil said. “She called me and introduced herself and got directions to pick me up.”
Nelson says her experience being a volunteer for the program has been positive.
“Before getting involved with Ready Ride, I was thinking I should be doing more community service but didn’t want to be tied down to a schedule,” Nelson said. “This was the perfect thing because I can kind of work it around whatever else is happening. They call and if you can do it, you can do it. And if you’re busy, you say, ‘Sorry, I can’t.'”
“(After picking me up from the hospital) she asked if there was anything she could do, and I said, ‘Well, I do need a prescription they wrote for me at Target,'” Navratil recalled. “She stopped and we went in and got it. She went above and beyond.”
Ready Ride has about 35 volunteers, with some only available for nearby trips, while others are willing to drive to the Twin Cities or Fargo-Moorhead.
“We prefer a 48-hour advance notice,” said Nicole Melaaf, volunteer coordinator. “For a long distance, the more notice the better.”
Ready Ride drivers are reimbursed for their mileage at the rate set by the IRS, currently 53.5 cents per mile, or they can donate that money back to the program
To schedule a ride, call (218) 685-7433 (RIDE).
WCMCA, Inc. has MNSure navigators available to help those regarding special enrollment period eligibility. Please contact WCMCA and ask to speak with a MNSure navigator.
Legislators and other community partners gathered on Saturday, January 28, to celebrate the great work being done in support of transportation throughout the area. The agencies that were celebrated at the event were the Douglas County Car Care Program and West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc. (Family Loan Program and Ready Ride). Bremer Bank was awarded for being a stellar community partner, whose efforts include funding for transportation programs through the Otto Bremer Foundation and loan servicing and financial connection to WCMCA’s loan recipients.
Pictured (left to right): Dave Snyder, MN Asset Building Coalition; Keith Swanson, Grant County Commissioner and WCMCA Board; Sara Carlson, Mayor of Alexandria; Representative Paul Anderson; Missy Becker-Cook, WCMCA CEO; Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen; John Peshek, Douglas County Car Care Program Board; Jill Amundson, WCMCA staff; and Randy Anderson, Bremer Bank.
On Tuesday, November 29th, West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc held their annual meeting. Due to weather and rescheduling, one award recipient was unable to attend. Today, December 20th, 2016, Sarah was honored with the Allies in Action Award. This award is given to a client who has overcome adversity.
Sarah is a former House Keys client from Douglas County who has overcome many obstacles and gone through a great deal of hardship. Strongly motivated, she has put forward a large amount of hard work to get where she is now.
WCMCA congratulates Sarah on her success and determination to continue bettering not only her life but her children’s lives.