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November 13, 2013 in Caregiving, Conversation, Event, United Front Blog Archives

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College: Is it worth it?

May 17, 2013 in Conversation, Education, Poverty, United Front Blog Archives

According to data collected on the cost of Minnesota education, the average student loan debt is $29,793 – the third highest average debt in the country, especially when 58% of the open jobs in Minnesota don’t require any education beyond high school. So, what do you think?

Is college really worth the expense?
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Talking About Barriers to Employment, a conversation exploring the various employment obstacles facing Minnesota’s would-be job seekers.

CaregivingNOW

May 17, 2013 in Caregiving, Conversation, Health, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives

United Front is pleased to announce the launch of a new online caregiving community, CaregivingNOW, A Network on the Web for MN Caregivers. Meet some of the CaregivingNOW members who are sharing their stories and caregiving journies and learn more about the community here. If you know someone who would be interested in joining, download this CaregivingNOW flyer or email caregivers@unitedfrontmn.org.

Unemployed. Unwanted.

May 3, 2013 in Conversation, Jobs & Training, Poverty, United Front Blog Archives

If you work for a nonprofit, how are you reaching out to the long-term unemployed?

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Talking About Barriers to Employment, a conversation exploring the various employment obstacles facing Minnesota’s would-be job seekers.
 

CaregivingNOW

May 2, 2013 in Caregiving, Collective Impact, Conversation, Health, United Front Blog Archives

United Front is pleased to announce the launch of a new online caregiving community, CaregivingNOW, A Network on the Web for MN Caregivers. If you’re interested in joining or would like more information, please email caregivers@unitedfrontmn.org. Then meet some of the CaregivingNOW members who are sharing their stories and caregiving journies.

Are you a caregiver? Do you know someone who is caregiving? Join tpt’s Next Avenue Experience to get information and real resources that will help you in your caregiving journey. Hear from experts and get support from organizations providing caregiving resources in Minnesota, such as the Wilder Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota, Minnesota Board on Aging, Living At Home Network/Block Nurse Program, along with others.

The Science and Humanity of Caregiving
Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

 

United Front Connects Caregivers

April 3, 2013 in Conversation, Health, United Front Blog Archives

United Front is pleased to announce the launch of a new online community of highly active caregivers, on and offline. These individuals make up a group of dedicated individuals who will be a supportive presence in Caregiving NOW, an online community for caregivers throughout Minnesota. In the coming months we’ll introduce other caregivers from the group and share their stories. If you’re interested in becoming a part of this online community, or would like more information about Caregiving NOW, please contact United Front.

Mary Margaret Lehmann’s Story

“Alzheimer’s was not part of the future my husband, Ken, and I visualized, as we looked forward to our anticipated retirement, in CA. Ken had had a long career in the furniture industry, as an interior designer and executive of a large furniture company. In addition, he was a college professor of interior design and history of furniture. I was very busy as a mother, as well as speech pathologist for 30 years. I went back to school at age 59 to get another degree at U.C. Davis, to become a Literacy Coach and ultimately an adjunct professor at UCLA. During this very busy time, I had noticed some changes in Ken’s personality, behaviors and memory, here and there, over a period of several years, which I questioned. Our doctor said he felt they were signs of normal aging. As time went on, however, Ken was withdrawing more and more from our friends and social situations. Then, one day, in October 2009, Ken told me that he could not remember how to access our bank account online. Read the rest of this entry →

Faces of Poverty: Talking About Barriers to Employment

April 3, 2013 in Conversation, Jobs & Training, Poverty, Uncategorized, United Front Blog Archives

Finding a job, even in an improving economy, has gotten much more complicated. Once upon a time, the get-a-good-education mantra held true for most Americans seeking upward mobility and a middle class existence. Increasingly, though, finding a life-sustaining career that justifies a costly education is a tough proposition for many young people.

Later this month, we’ll explore the various employment obstacles facing Minnesota’s would-be job seekers in United Way’s continuing online conversation series, Faces of Poverty. REGISTER NOW

Talking About Poverty and Education

January 23, 2013 in Conversation, Education, Events, Poverty, United Front Blog Archives

Join us for an online conversation focused on children in poverty and the importance of education.

Nearly 200,000 children ages 0 to 17 are living in poverty in Minnesota, a 60 percent increase since 2000. Not only are the numbers of children in poverty growing, the depth of poverty is growing as well. In that same time period, the number of children living in extreme poverty ($11,525 for a family of four) increased by more than 100 percent (Children’s Defense Fund—Minnesota, 2012). Education and poverty form a close and complex interrelationship for children in our community.

Building on United Way’s Faces of Poverty 2012 report, the new briefing illustrates how education can improve children’s lives, and also outlines the work United Way is leading to help children in our community succeed. DOWNLOAD BRIEF

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There’s Still Plenty to Talk About.

December 18, 2012 in Conversation, Health, Homelessness, Jobs & Training, Poverty, United Front Blog Archives

Last March when United Way launched its conversation series, Faces of Poverty, our goal was to have an open and honest discussion about how living in poverty impacts the lives of individuals and families in our community. And while we weren’t sure where the conversation would take us, we felt a sense of responsibility as one of the largest funders of social service programs in the Twin Cities whose very mission is to build pathways out of poverty, to lead by example. Read the rest of this entry →

Conversation LIVE

October 11, 2012 in Conversation, Poverty, United Front Blog Archives

Think about this:  Between 2010 and 2030, the number of adults age 65+ is expected to nearly double, while the number of younger residents will increase only modestly. (State Demographer)

Once seniors fall into poverty, it is much tougher for them to escape than it is for younger people. Among the 65+ population that falls into poverty, 31% remain poor for 10 or more years compared to 11% for the younger population. (Public Policy Institute, 2003)

As the baby boomer generation ages, this huge demographic shift will affect our state’s workforce, health and human services agencies, and beyond.

Setting the stage for the demographic trend of aging baby boomers, United Way will release its third poverty brief and online conversation on United Front in October.

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