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Oct 10th


Hennepin County Senior Volunteers Honored

Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions in the community were honored at special luncheons in the Twin Cities last month for their voluntary services to children and the elderly.

Foster Grandparents Program, along with its sister program Senior Companions, is part of the National Corporation for National and Community Service, which in Minnesota are sponsored by Lutheran Social Service.

Foster Grandparents, aged over 55, provide tutoring and one-to-one mentoring to children in schools, Head Start programs and shelters.

Merrick Community Services names new executive director

Merrick Community Services names new executive directorMerrick Community Services (MCS) has named Daniel A. Rodriguez as its new executive director. Rodriguez succeeds Francis Ivory, who is retiring after serving MCS for 15 years.

Rodriguez joined MCS on January 10th, and will lead MCS into its next chapter as the organization works to provide social services to people living in St. Paul’s increasingly diverse East Side. “I’m very excited to be associated with an organization that is so aligned with my values and principles,” said Rodriguez. “The more I learn about the organization and meet people, who have a connection to it, the more impressed I become.”

Park Board Officers, Committees, Representatives for 2011

Park Board Officers, Committees, Representatives for 2011The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board at their annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, elected officers for 2011—John Erwin as President, Annie Young as Vice President, Karen Robinson as Secretary to the Board, and Brian Rice as General Counsel.

President Erwin appointed the Commissioners to serve on Standing Committees of the Board (one-year terms). Park Board commissioners and three citizens were also appointed to serve on the external boards, commissions and panels.

Bennie Pearl Brown memorial fund supports black women in film, "Glory Days" project

Bennie Pearl Brown memorial fund supports black women in film, Bennie Pearl Brown was born April 4, 1925 in Peachtree, Alabama to the union of Benny Portis and Mamie Williams, who preceded her in death.  Bennie Pearl attended elementary school in Fulton, Alabama.  She left high school before finishing to marry Fletcher Wright. When they separated, she moved to Georgia. 

After 1947, Bennie Pearl relocated to Chicago where her sisters Rosa Nell Rutledge and Aquilla Pinkston resided, both of whom preceded her in death.  There she met M.T. Walton and together they had a child, Reece Rene (Wright) Bell.  In 1951, she married Edward McClaurin, with whom she had two children, Irma Pearl and Edward, Jr., the latter who recently passed. In 1959, she and Wilbur Brice Perkins together had a child, Rory McClaurin.  She finished her high school degree in 1969, while working as a cashier.  She later worked at the Chicago Lung Association alongside her sister Rosa Nell until the 1980s.  Bennie was married for a time to Clarence Wilson. 

Reduce rent option offers more affordable housing to older adults

Reduce rent option offers more affordable housing to older adultsA new reduced rent program allows elders who cannot afford market-rate rentals access to one-bedroom apartments at Augustana Apartments, an independent and assisted living community for people age 55+ in Elliot Park. Individuals must qualify for this program according to their incomes and Augustana Care provides a worksheet which helps people determine if they qualify.

“It can be difficult for those on fixed incomes with little to no assets to find affordable housing,” says Julianne Holt, marketing director at the apartments in Minneapolis. “Yet we know many people would like to take advantage of the convenience and programs they can find here.”

Robin Hickman keynotes CBM King celebration

“Unarmed Truth:” The Blueprint for Lasting Change.” is the Council on Black Minnesotans theme marking the 25th anniversary of the Minnesota’s adoption of the federal Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. 

Independent TV/film producer and social impact activist, Robin Hickman, a community engagement consultant and president of SoulTouch, keynotes the MLK Holiday celebration program at noon, Monday, January 17 at Concordia University in St. Paul.

Workshop to help individuals be successful renters

Lutheran Social Service to offer workshop on March 6 in Minneapolis

Keys to Successful Rental Living is a three-hour workshop that will be offered by Lutheran Social Service to help individuals learn how to be successful renters on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis, located at 2400 Park Avenue.

The class, funded by Minnesota Housing, is free and childcare is also available but pre-registration is required one week in advance of the workshop.
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