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Helping More Minnesotans Climb Out of Poverty

May 14, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. - This is Community Action Month, a time to honor those who are helping the working poor in all corners of Minnesota. Carolina Bradpiece, executive director of the Community Action Partnership of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties, says it's all about providing a brighter future for those who are struggling.

"We are an organization that has as a mission to assist and empower people to achieve social and economic well-being. We think that we give a little help today and we put a plan in place that goes with that help, so that tomorrow can be transformed for that individual, or that community."

The help that's provided through members of the Minnesota Community Action Partnership, runs the gamut. Angie Theisen, who heads the Tri-County Action Program in St. Cloud, says each program is as unique as the towns and cities it serves.

"Some of the staple programs that you would find are weatherization programs, as well as energy assistance. Many of us do asset planning. You'll also find foreclosure prevention. There are a lot of different nutrition services and several of the different community action agencies provide Head Start as well."

And while the economy has slowly been improving, Theisen says there are still far too many people in the state who are just barely getting by and in need of assistance.

"As far as people coming in and inquiring for services, we are not seeing that slow down at all. What we're seeing as a trend is first-time users, and people who have never had to reach out before are coming forward."

The 28 community action agencies in Minnesota served nearly 650,000 people last year, with assistance ranging from job training and education, to finding health care and affordable housing.

More information is at www.mncaa.org.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN