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Eastside Progress 2014

Eastside Progress 2014

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Published by Lillie Newspapers
The Tales Behind The Sales - 2014 Progress. A publication promoting area businesses in the East Side of St. Paul and surrounding communities.
This edition features: AMERICAN LEGION #577 • REAL LIFE CO-OP • WEST SIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES (AKA EAST SIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES) • SANDEEN'S • MERRICK COMMUNITY SERVICES • TWIN CITIES ACADEMY • ST. PAUL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION • FLAT EARTH BREWERY • SCENIC HILLS ANIMAL HOSPITAL • ARCADE DENTAL ASSOCIATES (AKA PHALEN PARK DENTAL) • ST. PAUL CLOWN CLUB • KENDALL'S ACE HARDWARE • DENTAL ASSOCIATES OF ST. PAUL.
Progress is a Lillie Printing publication and supplement to the East Side Review newspaper.
www.eastsidereviewnews.com
www.lillienews.com
The Tales Behind The Sales - 2014 Progress. A publication promoting area businesses in the East Side of St. Paul and surrounding communities.
This edition features: AMERICAN LEGION #577 • REAL LIFE CO-OP • WEST SIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES (AKA EAST SIDE COMMUNITY SERVICES) • SANDEEN'S • MERRICK COMMUNITY SERVICES • TWIN CITIES ACADEMY • ST. PAUL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION • FLAT EARTH BREWERY • SCENIC HILLS ANIMAL HOSPITAL • ARCADE DENTAL ASSOCIATES (AKA PHALEN PARK DENTAL) • ST. PAUL CLOWN CLUB • KENDALL'S ACE HARDWARE • DENTAL ASSOCIATES OF ST. PAUL.
Progress is a Lillie Printing publication and supplement to the East Side Review newspaper.
www.eastsidereviewnews.com
www.lillienews.com

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THE TALES BEHIND THE SALES
Behind every amazing company is an extraordinary story to tell.
SUPPLEMENT TO THE EAST SIDE REVIEW • PUBLISHED BY LILLIE SUBURBAN NEWSPAPERS, INC.
 
St. Paul Federal Credit Union www.stpaulfcu.org
Taking care of your money can be a compli-cated business. Fortunately, St. Paul Federal Credit Union is here to simplify your financial well-being. Since “People Helping People” has been the long-time philosophy of St. Paul Federal Credit Union, members can trust their finances are always in good hands. St. Paul Federal Credit Union offers personal, auto, boat, motorcycle and real-estate loans at low rates and easy terms. For savings and investments, the credit union offers a variety of certificates, IRAs, money market and savings accounts, and on-site finan-cial advisors.Other services include a 24-hour call center (with “real” people answer-ing the phone), Internet and mobile banking, safe deposit boxes, direct deposit/payroll deduc-tion, one-stop notary ser-vice and a foreign currency exchange service. The Credit Union was originally chartered in 1953 by a group of St. Paul electricians to serve the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 110. Over the years the credit union has blossomed and now serves the com-munities of St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis, Local 110 Electricians, United States Federal Employees, and many other organizations, as well as their families. The credit union’s growth can be attributed to its philosophy of treat-ing all members like family and for offering customer service that goes above and  beyond. In fact, St. Paul Federal Credit Union recently received the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award, an honor given to the credit union best exemplify-ing the “People Helping People” philosophy. St. Paul Federal Credit Union received this award for its student-run credit union program at Como Park High School. As part of this program, students hone their saving tech-niques and financial lit-eracy. The credit union also  just put in a new location at Harding High School, providing students with valuable work experience working in a financial institution. The high school programs allow the credit union to play a larger part in the community. With students walking by them everyday, they become comfortable with banking. And the credit union gives back to the school in other ways — they have staff give lessons to stu-dents about financial lit-eracy, the benefits of using a credit union, and starting to save for the future.Partnering with the schools is just one of the many ways St. Paul Federal Credit Union helps their community members. There is no better time than now to reap the many benefits of being a credit union member. Give them a call today and you can rest-assured your money will be in good hands.
St. Paul Federal Credit Union thrives on “People Helping People”
Left, St. Paul Federal Credit Union employees Tahji, Ash, Iliana and Mai are pictured with some of the school supplies that were donated to the Family Values for Life “Back to School Event”. Right, neighborhood youngsters patiently wait in line for the “inflatable bouncer” at National Night Out. Each year St. Paul Federal Credit Union hosts a block party that attracts almost 200 friends and neighbors.
 
Merrick Community Services www.merrickcs.org
For those who don’t work in the food shelf world, 15 tons of food – or 30,000 pounds – sounds like an enormous amount of food.At Merrick Community Services’ Merrick Food Shelf at Woodland Hills, that only represents one month of food donations. And, that doesn’t even meet the demand from families who suffer through food insecurities.“Last year, we served 500 families per month at the food shelf, and this year we have been averaging between 600 and 650,” said Courteney Roessler, food shelf coordinator at Woodland Hills.For more than a century, Merrick has been fulfilling its mission to improve the lives of Saint Paul’s East Side residents through programs that address some of the more basic needs. Since its incep-tion, the local nonprofit has worked tirelessly to help community members find a path out of poverty, whether through job training programs, inde-pendent living support for seniors, or case management support for struggling families.And, with the food shelf, Merrick not only is providing food for hun-gry families on the East Side and in Maplewood, but it is helping to ensure children go to school with a nourished body ready to learn and adults go to work ready to produce and contribute.“People look at Merrick and see a non-profit, social service organization doing needed charitable work,” says Dan Rodriguez, executive director of Merrick Community Services. “More than pro-viding charity, we are helping to build capacity – an individual’s capacity to move themselves up the economic lad-der, and the East Side’s capacity to meet the needs of a diverse and challenged population.”The food shelf at Woodland Hills is part of that strategy. Unlike many food pantries that generally are able to only provide a variety of processed canned and boxed foods, Merrick Food Shelf operates a “Clients’ Choice” system, which closely resembles a typical shop-ping experience at the local grocery store. Customers pick out the items they want in certain categories and leave with fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, eggs, milk, meat and poultry, and other items in addition to the dried goods found at most food shelves.Merrick also makes an effort to stock food items that appeal to people of different ethnic backgrounds and serve those who have certain dietary restrictions, reflecting the community it serves.“It’s an approach that treats people with dignity, giving those who need the food shelf an experience that feels more like their regular shopping routine,” Rodriguez said. “It also cuts down on wasted product and is more efficient use of time for both the customer and staff. It’s a win-win.”For more information about Merrick’s Food Shelf, please contact Courteney Roessler at croessler@merrickcs.org or by calling 651-287-2088.
Serving Seniors
Merrick’s food capacity-building pro-gramming doesn’t stop at the doors of its food shelves, nor is it limited to just providing good.Merrick’s Senior Services Program provides services that allow older clients on the East Side to remain independent and living in their homes as long as pos-sible.“Seniors are happiest at home,” said Jennifer Anton, Senior Services Coordinator. “If we can keep them in the community, it’s better for the community as a whole.”Merrick delivers hot meals to resi-dents age 60 and older, and people of all ages who are certified disabled, through its Meals on Wheels program. More than 40,000 meals are delivered annually to senior on the East Side, five days a week. The Brown Bag program also helps seniors by providing a bag of food con-taining 10 to 12 items distributed twice a month at two East Side locations.Additionally, Merrick’s Chore Services program helps seniors with housekeeping, yard work, snow removal, and minor home repairs, provided on a sliding fee scale. It’s Elderly Waiver pro-gram funds home and community-based services for seniors who are eligible for Medical Assistance and want to stay at home, while the Senior LinkAge Line provides a free telephone information and assistance services that links older adults to other community services. For more information about Merrick’s Senior Services, please contact Jennifer Anton at janton@merrickcs.org or by calling 651-771-6327.
A Community Effort
“Obviously, as a non-profit, this is nothing we could do alone,” Anton said. “Delivering the meals to seniors at home, staffing the offices to respond to requests, and purchasing the food to stock our food shelves, this takes money, it takes dona-tions, and, most of all, it takes people power.”And, just as the traditional retail sea-son can ebb and flow, grabbing people’s attention, so does the charitable season. However, the difference, Rodriguez said, is that the need is always constant.“Hunger doesn’t wait for an end-of-the-year campaign,” Rodriguez said. “The on-going support we get throughout the year allows us to manage our demand much better and meet the ever-growing needs of families living in more complex, less forgiving economy.“What encourages me, though, are the stories you hear from volunteers and sup-porters. While we are not always top-of-mind for people who have many demands in their lives, when they come and dis-tribute food, and meet the seniors, and see how their dollars are working, there is a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that crosses their face. It’s uplifting,” he said.Merrick Community Services is part of the March is Minnesota FoodShare Month initiative. People who want to donate money that allows Merrick to purchase food at discounted rates can go online at www.merrickcs.org or send a check to Merrick Community Services, Poverty Relief, 965 Payne Ave., Ste 300, Saint Paul, MN 55130. Merrick also accepts food donations at Woodland Hills, 1740 Van Dyke St., Saint Paul. Volunteers put the face to Merrick, though, and are always welcome. Volunteer opportunities are available for both Merrick’s food shelves and Meals on Wheels programs. Call 651-771-9339 or email Angela Rankin at arankin@ merrickcs.org for more information.
Merrick Community Services: Leveraging FoodShare Month for Lifelong Impact
   H  u  n  g  e  r   D  o  e  s  n   ’   t   D   i  s  c  r   i  m   i  n  a   t  e
The faces of the people do.
They are
Seniors
. They are
Children
. They are
Veterans
. They are
Working Families
. They are our
Neighbors
.
At
Merrick Community Services
, we’re helping more than 16,000 East Side individuals with food shelf and other support.
With your help, we can do it successfully and do more.
Stretch our food dollars in March with a donation during Minnesota FoodShare Month.Online at
www.merrickcs.org
 or send a check to:
Merrick Community Services, Poverty Relief 
965 Payne Ave, Ste. 300 St Paul, MN 55130
164% increase in the number of visits to Minnesota’s food shelves in the past several  years don’t tell the full story.
 Volunteers stocking the  shelves at Merrick’s food  shelf at Woodland Hills with many items typically not found at other food shelves,  such as fresh fruit and veg-etables, yogurt and items for people with special dietary needs.

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