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Our Purpose: Creating Change

June 13, 2014 in Blog Post, Health, United Front Blog Archives

The rising income and opportunity disparities hurt us all. All of us contribute to help the 1 in 4 people in our community that live in poverty, so that everyone can reach their full potential through greater access to education, jobs and safety net services. Learn More

CaregivingNOW

May 17, 2013 in Caregiving, Conversation, Health, Uncategorized

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.

CaregivingNOW

May 2, 2013 in Caregiving, Collective Impact, Conversation, Health

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 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 →

Minnesota FoodShare Month

March 4, 2013 in Health, Hunger, Poverty

One in 5 families with children in the metro struggle to put food on the table. Since 2000, food shelves have experienced a 125% increase in usage. Greater Twin Cities United Way invests $5 million annually on hunger relief. Currently, 26 hunger programs (55 sites) are receiving multi-year grants including, food shelves, on-site meal programs and food banks. United Way has strategically looked at the emergency food system to determine how to meet the growing hunger need in the metro. In addition to United Way partnership with hunger relief organizations, we strategically partner with the government, food corporations, faith community, public health and the agricultural. READ MORE about what United Way is doing to support the campaign.

There’s Still Plenty to Talk About.

December 18, 2012 in Conversation, Health, Homelessness, Jobs & Training, Poverty

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 →

FROM THE HEALTH BLOG

October 11, 2012 in Health

New Report Highlights Progress and Challenges for Older LGBT Adults

Reposted from Philanthropy Potluck

The LGBT Aging Initiative
, a partnership between MCF members Greater Twin Cities United Way and PFund Foundation, just released the 2012 Twin Cities LGBT Aging Needs Assessment Survey Report. It shows that over the past ten years there has been tremendous change, both nationally and regionally regarding LGBT aging, but that significant gaps still exist. Read the rest of this entry →