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Faith in Action earns grant Great River Area Faith in Action recently received an award of Older Americans Act funds from the Central Minnesota Council on Aging. Funding will be used to provide professional and volunteer services to the elderly and family caregivers. Faith in Action works to educate and empower the families and individuals it serves, as well as volunteers and communities. Faith in Action also engages the community to help neighbors; this is how it strengthens communities one family at a time. In addition, Faith in Action also provides education through evidence-based classes such as Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Matter of Balance, and Chronic Disease Self-Management. Faith in Action serves more than 500 square miles in central Minnesota, with offices in St. Cloud, Becker and Princeton. Last year the agency served more than 1,800 individuals and families with professional coaching services as well as with coordinated volunteer services. Its volunteer coordinators mobilize more than 1,000 volunteers, coordinating over 20,000 hours of service annually. Volunteers help provide transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store or food shelf, and help with housekeeping, chores, minor home repairs, visiting and respite.
Ruff Start staff attends workshop Azure Davis, Kayla Boerma, Laurie Dinneen, Kelly Haas, Lisa Kertz Julie Lessard,Jackie Mabin, Jennie Stai and Shari Morris represented Ruff Start Rescue at a one-day workshop in St. Cloud, presented by Petfinder, the online database of adoptable pets. The workshop was sponsored by Petco and hosted by Tri-County Humane Society. Topics included marketing online, networking with other adoption programs, training dogs for adoptability, and feline upper respiratory conditions and treatment. Speakers came from across the country to present the program.