11: Northern Lights

How I Got My Beauty Back

Our high school reunion was in the planning stage. The handful of high school friends I had on social media were messaging back and forth with offers to help, asking if anything was in the works. I was working with two former classmates on our event committee and was enjoying getting to know the people they were now. It was becoming a very enjoyable undertaking.

25 Years of Leaderships: Alumni Feature of Shanna Woods

In the summer of 1999, Elsie Churchill, who had recently relocated to Minneapolis from Chicago, noticed a group of neighborhood youth working in a garden right below her 16th floor window in the Charles Horn Towers. As a seasoned community organizer, it was a natural instinct for her to investigate – after all, she was eager to connect to her new South Minneapolis home.

PVA North Central Chapter provides a variety of adaptive sports and recreation opportunities during each calendar year.

The Chapter offers a wide variety of sports and recreational activities such as fishing, hunting, Trapshooting, bowling, boccia ball, handcycling and basketball. Sports & Recreational activities provides therapeutic benefits on the physical, emotional, and social level. Encouraging our members to stay active through sports and recreation continues to be one of the primary objectives of our chapter. We hope that our sports and recreation programs will encourage all of our members to lead full and active lives, no matter what their interests might be.

Brea and Gregg: Love at First Sight

The concept of “love at first sight” is a cliché often reserved for fairy tales and overly sentimental romantic comedies, not real life. But for Brea and Gregg, nothing could be truer. Brea’s father, Cedar, still recalls the first time they set eyes on Gregg, during a meet-and-match session early last summer at Can Do Canine’s headquarters.

“We went in to meet a couple of dogs and Gregg immediately began responding to Brea’s communication device giving commands,” he marvels. “It was really cool to see. He was completely engaged with her and she with him.”

Meet Naomi, Wyatt & Sonja

Naomi is a 24-year-old mom to two beautiful children, a daughter, a friend and a member of our community. Naomi struggled with addiction which led to spending time in jail and losing custody of her son Wyatt. After her release, Naomi struggled with homelessness for several years – living in shelters and in what seemed like a never-ending cycle. While homeless she gave birth to her second child, a daughter Sonja. Shortly afterward, she also lost custody of her daughter. The barriers and hurdles seemed impossible to overcome.

Developing Youth Leadership

Developing youth leadership takes many shapes and forms, Troop 144 in Somerset engages its youth by asking them to plan, organize and lead a trip. The youth are led by Eagle Scouts and older boys. They are asked to help plan the trip, raise money to help plan the trip and engage the younger Scouts in preparing for the exciting and challenging opportunities that will present themselves.

Ending Hunger Together

Hunger throughout our region is quickly on the rise as COVID-19 continues to batter the economy. “Some of our agency partners have seen two to three times as many families needing support,” says April Rog, Director of Food Rescue at Second Harvest Heartland.