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Client Profile: Steve & Joan

October 2, 2014

Joan and Steve are trained MNsure Navigators who jumped into action to help the CAC enroll those in need of healthcare when the law changed earlier this year.

Steve-and-Joan-WebSteve is retired from the computer technology industry and put his skills to use with the online MNsure enrollment system. He says, “Healthcare is an extremely important issue to us. Being a Navigator for the CAC has been rewarding because each person has had a different situation, and the people we worked with really needed the assistance they found at the CAC. People know that the CAC is the place to go.”

Joan, a retired public health nurse who has volunteered with many of the CAC’s programs, says, “The CAC is caring and extremely responsive. They see a need and respond by developing programs that are important and necessary.”

Read other profiles in our 2014 Annual Report!

Client Profile: Mary

September 25, 2014

Mary hadn’t been able to take the CAC’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class in the past due to work conflicts, but when she found herself unemployed a couple of months ago, she decided to take advantage of the opportunity. To boost her confidence and complement her new skill set, the CAC staff suggested she enroll in the new Northfield WORKS program.

Mary smiling in front of green bush.Mary says, “I thought, ‘Why not?’ And the program was a great refresher with lots of information and support to help me get my new job. In addition to the classroom time that concentrated on topics like interviewing and résumé writing, the program provides a mentor, makes counseling and budget help available, and offers continuing education classes and lectures.”

Since graduating from Northfield WORKS, Mary has secured a full-time job as a CNA and will begin additional training to become a restorative aide and a trained medication aide in the coming months.

Read other profiles in our 2014 Annual Report!

Jane Greenwood’s Retirement Party

September 11, 2014

 

After 22 years of service Jane Greenwood, from the Clothes Closet, is retiring.  We are inviting everyone in the community to join us in celebrating this new chapter in Jane’s life.  She would love to see you there, you won’t want to miss it!

LINK:Jane Greenwood’s Retirement Party

When: Tomorrow 9/12/2014  2:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Clothes Closet 600 Water St. S.

Northfield WORKS Mentor Training Session: Wednesday, June 25 at 6 p.m.

June 10, 2014

The recent graduates of the job readiness training are Members of Northfield WORKS and, as promised, will receive support services toward achieving economic stability. Our staff is matching each graduate with an appropriate mentor who will meet consistently with the client to offer support and guidance. We invite individuals interested in serving as a mentor to contact Northfield WORKS Team Lead, Adele Porter, to set up an interview. Pre-screened qualified mentor candidates will participate in Northfield WORKS Mentor Training on Wednesday, June 25, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. To learn more about serving as a mentor call 507-664-3580 or email northfieldworks@communityactioncenter.org.

Dave Phillips Kicks-off Northfield Works

April 24, 2014

Dave Phillips, co-founder of Cincinnati Works, will visit Northfield on April 30 and May 1 to help the Community Action Center inaugurate our new employment program, Northfield Works.  In researching employment models,  Cincinnati Works stood out because the program is more than job training and placement.  The program offers physical, emotional, intellectual, and even spiritual support to lift members from poverty to self sufficiency.  The program assesses and addresses barriers to employment, so members are successful in gaining and retaining employment.   Members then  receive continuing mentoring and access to supports for as long as they choose. Dave Phillips will meet with area employers on Wednesday evening.  On Thursday morning Dave with have  breakfast with funders, colleagues, other providers followed by a noon meeting with Northfield Rotary.  If you would like more information on Northfield Works, please contact us.


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