Subject: Two Important Visits
August 2013

Dear Friend,

Whether you're on a school calendar or not, August is a time of transition. If you're looking to transition to a new job helping people take control of their finances, we've got two great LISC AmeriCorps job opportunities for you. We're seeking a Financial and Homebuyer Education Specialist and a Tax Preparer/Tax Volunteer Recruiter. Applications for both positions are due before Monday, August 26th. If you're interested, check out our website for details.

Angie Miller
Executive Director

Lt. Gov. to visit LP Farmers Market

Yvonne Prettner Solon is the Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota. She's also a strong advocate for healthy food access for all. She's in town for the Food Access Summit happening at the DECC right now, and she'll visit the Lincoln Park Farmers Market on Thursday afternoon at 3:15.

Stop by to say, "hi." While you're there, check out the great produce from our own Seeds of Success urban farming program and other local growers, bakers, and artisans. The market happens every Thursday from 3-6 PM at the Harrison Community Center, 3002 W 3rd St. It's open to everyone, but if you get SNAP benefits, you can double your money when you buy up to $10 worth of food per week.

MN Dept of Ed coming to Big View

This month's Big View features Debra Landvik, Educational Specialist from the MN Department of Education. She's involved in state-level administration of the Federal Title I program and she'll speak about how parents can become more involved in public schools. There will also be a presentation from local parents on how they've gotten engaged, break-out sessions, and a summary of how you can help to develop a parent-driven plan to support educational excellence for our kids.

We encourage you to invite school board members, administrators, and most of all, parents. The meeting is August 29th at 5:30 in the lower level of our office. Childcare and a meal will be provided; please register online to help us plan for attendance. For more info, contact Kaprice Brown 218-726-1665 x38.

A Quick Turnaround

Bobbi (not her real name) took maternity leave from her job as an in-home Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Unfortunately, when she was ready to return at the end of June, she wasn't able to work out a schedule with her employer that let her work and take care of her new baby. As a result, she had to give up her job.

Fortunately, Bobbi had been participating in employment and financial coaching at CAD for some time and she was able to turn to her coaches Deb Eagle and Dan Nynas for help. Working together in person and over the phone, they were able to deal with an immediate threat: a garnishment that would have cut her cash assitance check by a quarter. With this taken care of, they started working toward the long term by revamping her resume and tracking down job leads.

Bobbi had a lot of rejections along the way; more than one employer claimed to have "lost" her job application and she often felt lost herself. Yet through it all, her CAD coaches provided encouragement and a safe place to talk about her challenges and find a way around barriers to employment. At the end of July, one month after her firing, Bobbi found a new job. Now she's back at work, and proud to be providing for her growing family. We work with dozens of people like Bobbi at a time; your support helps make these kind of turnarounds possible.

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August 15th, 3:00pm Lincoln Park Farmer's Market
August, 27th, 1:00 PM Agency Orientation
August, 28th, 5:30 PM Agency Orientation
August 29th, 5:30pm Big View