Heartland Community Action Agency

April 23, 2015 - Willmar, Minnesota

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Overview of Presentation

• General

overview of Heartland Community Action Agency
(Heartland)

• Learn

about programs at Heartland

• Answer

questions about presentation

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About Heartland
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About Heartland

• About

- Heartland Community Action Agency
is a nonprofit organization helping eliminate
causes of poverty in the Minnesota counties
of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker and Renville.

• Heartland
Minnesota  Coun,es  
• Kandiyohi  
• McLeod  
• Meeker  
• Renville

provides pathways to hope through
education, community engagement and
opportunities, with the goal to empower
families and communities to their fullest
potential, now and in the future.
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Heartland
Community Action Agency
About Heartland

helped in 2014: 

More than 10 thousand (10,771) people,
infant to elderly, were served in region.

• People

helped in 2014: 

Almost four thousand (3,860)

(Unduplicated households)

• Households
Minnesota  Coun,es  
• Kandiyohi  
• McLeod  
• Meeker  
• Renville

• View

2014 details at online, heartlandcaa.org

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Mission of Heartland

• Building

stronger communities by
providing opportunities that empower
people in need.

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More about Heartland

• For

over 50 years, Heartland has been offering
hope, help and change for families in poverty.

• Heartland’s

corporate office is located in
Willmar, Minn., and is operated as a registered
nonprofit called Heartland Community Action
Agency, Incorporated. heartlandcaa.org

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Overview of Locations

centers: 

Hutchinson, Olivia, Litchfield and Willmar

• Outreach
• Threads

of Hope: thrift store in Litchfield

• Administrative

offices: Willmar and Cosmos

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Locations by Counties

• Kandiyohi

County

Outreach Office and Corporate Office

200 SW 4th Street

Willmar, MN 56201

320-235-0850, 1-800-992-1710

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Locations by Counties

• McLeod

County

Outreach Office

218 Main Street South, Suite 108

Hutchinson, MN 55350

320-587-5244, 1-800-829-2132

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Locations by Counties

• Meeker

County

Outreach Office, 320-693-7911, 1-800-770-4081

Threads of Hope thrift store

320-693-881, 1-800-770-4081

120 North Sibley Avenue

Litchfield, MN 55355

• Administrative

office in Cosmos


(Note: Administrative only, not an outreach office.)

101 South Vesta Street, Cosmos, MN 56228

1-800-992-1710, 320-235-0850
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Locations by Counties

• Renville

County

Outreach Office

Renville County Courthouse

500 East DePue Avenue

Olivia, MN 56277

320-523-1842, 1-877-523-1842


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Resources and funding for Heartland

and Minnesota state funding: 

Minnesota Department of Education, 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 

U.S. Department of Energy and more

• Federal

• Private

and corporate donations

• Volunteers

donating their time and talents

Heartland: Volunteering opportunities or 

making a financial donation

• Contact

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Governance of Heartland

• Heartland

Community Action Agency is registered
as a 501© (3) corporation. 


• Established under the Federal Economic
Opportunity Act of 1964. The Act directs and
empowers Community Action Agencies to address the
causes and conditions of poverty at the local level.

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Governance of Heartland

• Heartland

is governed by a eighteen-member
board of directors in our four-county region.

• Board

members represent a low-income
perspective, elected public officials and diverse
sections of the private sector.

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Heartland Programs
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Overview of Heartland Programs

• Child

Education Programs

• Weatherization
• Community

and Energy Assistance

Services

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Child Education Programs
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Child Education Programs

• Early

Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS)


Who: Infants to children age 5, children with
special needs and pregnant women
• What:

Comprehensive programs from healthy
pregnancy to learning and development for
children, school readiness, family development,
assessment and more

• Income

guideline requirements
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Child Education Programs

• Child

Care Aware



Who: Families searching for child care
and childcare providers

• What:

Provides referrals of licensed child
providers and professional development to
child care providers

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Child Education Programs

• Family

Based Services


Who: Families with children
• What:

Home-based parenting and life skills
development program

Goal of strengthening families, available in
Kandiyohi County only, with referral required

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Child Education Programs

• Kitchen

Kamp


Who:Teen parents
• What:

Learn healthy cooking and nutritional choices with
monthly hands-on cooking opportunities and training.

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Weatherization and Energy Assistance
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Weatherization and Energy Programs

• Energy Assistance

Program (EAP)


Who: For low-income based renters and homeowners
needing assistance with heating costs, furnace repair
and replacement
• Locations:

Kandiyohi, McLeod and Meeker Counties

• Renville

County residents contact Renville County
Human Services, 320-523-5522, 1-800-363-2533
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Weatherization and Energy Programs

• Weatherization Assistance

Program

• What:

Home energy conservation and improvements
to reduce heating costs

• Details:

Attic insulation, air filtration, repair or
replacement of mechanical systems and more 


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Community Services
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Community Services

• Outreach


Provides personal contact with families and individuals,
information and referral about agency, community services,
advocacy and assistance in accessing services.
• Outreach

Offices: Hutchinson, Litchfield, Olivia and Willmar

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Community Services

• Parent

Support Outreach Program (PSOP)

Provides in-home services to assist families in accessing
resources to meet their basic needs

Provide information, parent education and financial literacy

• Locations:

Kandiyohi and McLeod counties only

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Community Services

• SOAR

Project

(SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery)

Assists low-income eligible families with
completing initial Supplemental Security Income
(SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
applications

• Details:

Helps with writing, obtaining medical
records, advocacy and appeal process

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Community Services

• Threads

of Hope, thrift store in Litchfield

Provides gently-used clothing and small household
items at minimal cost

• Vouchers

available on case-by-case basis through

outreach
• Profits

used for thrift store expenses

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Community Services

• Transitional

and Supportive Housing Programs


Provides rental assistance for homeless households
in the community
• Case

manager makes home visits about community
resources and setting goals toward stable and
permanent housing

• Portion

of income is contributed for rent by participant

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Community Services

• Crisis Assistance

Funds

Provides limited individual grants for emergencies
including bus tokens, rent, mortgage and
emergency shelter.

• Emergency

Food and Shelter Program Funds are
available at limited times in Kandiyohi, McLeod,
Meeker and Renville counties.

• Partners

with Salvation Army, churches and more
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Community Services

Services Program (ESP) 

Short-term emergency shelter to families and 

individuals experiencing homelessness

• Emergency

• Motel

vouchers and leased motel rooms available in
select communities

• Participants

agree to work toward goals and identify
permanent housing.

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Community Services

Homeless Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) 

Education and assistance in stabilizing households

• Family

• Includes:

Security deposits, rent for first month, mortgage payment
or past due rent

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Community Services

• Supplemental

Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Formerly called the Food Stamp Program

• SNAP

offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income
individuals and families.

Application assistance is available from Outreach staff


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Community Services

• Health

Care Enrollment

Provides eligibility screening for insurance assistance

• Medical Assistance

(MA), MinnesotaCare, Advanced Premium
Tax Credits and more

• Application

assistance is available from Outreach staff

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Community Services

People Get There 

(Transportation Donation Program)

• Helping

• Donated

vehicles are reconditioned by partners with
Minnesota Jobs and Training, WorkForce Center

• Vehicles

go to qualified Minnesota Family Investment Program
(MFIP) and Diversionary Work Program (DWP) participants


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About Heartland Community Action Agency

Heartland Community Action Agency is a nonprofit organization helping 

eliminate causes of poverty in the Minnesota counties of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker
and Renville. Heartland provides pathways to hope through education, community 

engagement and opportunities, with the goal to empower families and communities to
their fullest potential, now and in the future.

About Heartland Community Action Agency

Heartland Community Action Agency is a nonprofit organization helping 

eliminate causes of poverty in the Minnesota counties of Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker
and Renville. Heartland provides pathways to hope through education, community 

engagement and opportunities, with the goal to empower families and communities to
their fullest potential, now and in the future.

Heartland Programs


Heartland Programs


Child Education Programs 

- Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS): Infants to children age 5 and pregnant women

- Child Care Aware: Families searching for child care and childcare providers

- Family services, education, training and more

Weatherization and Energy Assistance

- Energy Assistance Program (EAP): For low-income based renters and homeowners needing assistance with heating costs, furnace
repair and replacement 

- Weatherization Assistance Program: Home energy conservation and improvements to reduce heating cost

Community Services


Child Education Programs 

- Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS): Infants to children age 5 and pregnant women

- Child Care Aware: Families searching for child care and childcare providers

- Family services, education, training and more

Weatherization and Energy Assistance

- Energy Assistance Program (EAP): For low-income based renters and homeowners needing assistance with heating costs, furnace
repair and replacement 

- Weatherization Assistance Program: Home energy conservation and improvements to reduce heating cost

Community Services


- Outreach: Information and referral about agency, community services, advocacy and assistance


- Outreach: Information and referral about agency, community services, advocacy and assistance


- Parent education, assistance filing for disability, Threads of Hope - thrift store in Litchfield, housing, crisis and emergency help, 


- Parent education, assistance filing for disability, Threads of Hope - thrift store in Litchfield, housing, crisis and emergency help, 


food assistance (SNAP), healthcare enrollment, transportation and more

food assistance (SNAP), healthcare enrollment, transportation and more

Contact:

heartlandcaa.org

320-235-0850, 800-992-1710

All original material by Jannet Walsh ©2015 jannetwalsh.com. All Rights Reserved.
All materials sourced from Heartland Community Action Agency, ©2015 Heartland Community Action Agency. All Rights Reserved. heartlandcaa.org

Contact:

heartlandcaa.org

320-235-0850, 800-992-1710

All original material by Jannet Walsh ©2015 jannetwalsh.com. All Rights Reserved.
All materials sourced from Heartland Community Action Agency, ©2015 Heartland Community Action Agency. All Rights Reserved. heartlandcaa.org

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320-235-0850
800-992-1710
All original material by Jannet Walsh ©2015 jannetwalsh.com. All Rights Reserved.
All materials sourced from Heartland Community Action Agency, ©2015 Heartland Community Action Agency. All Rights Reserved. heartlandcaa.org