Pine City Horizons Team
Monday, December 21st, 2009
5:00 pm Pine Tech
Purpose: Sustain the vision of building prosperity, reducing poverty – keep the “fire alive”- and coordinate Work Team activities in the community.
Vision: Welcome to Pine City where people live, work and play. Our beautiful city offers many recreational choices, community events and an active arts community. Youth are healthy, active and drug-free and a part of a positive multi-generational culture. Energy is renewable & sustainable. We welcome change that makes our community better and we welcome you to visit or stay and live here with us.
Present: Cyndy Cohen, Kathy Doenz, Kris Engh, Marcia Howard, Becky Schueller, Becky Macki, Jennifer Peterson, Jennifer Erdmann.
Absent: Kayla Defenbaugh, Jan Nettleton, Sydney Rydberg, Lezlie Sauter.
Marcia presented on Crisis Transportation Funding for low-income households who are receiving services from Isanti, Chisago, and Kanabec Counties. Pine County has yet to sign up. To make inquiries regarding Pine County participation in the program call Pine County Human Services. The following Transportation –related expenses covered:
• Necessary auto repairs, auto insurance payments, auto loan payments, licensing fees, repair related towing expenses, gas vouchers/card, transit passes and costs associated with obtaining a Drivers license (excluding fines or penalties).
Minutes from 11/16/09
No changes needed.
Work Team Reports (Activity since last meeting)
• Everything Pine City: Met the week of December 14th. They have given the Pine City Pioneer the information that they had already collected to incorporate into the existing “Pine City Pioneer Information Guide” as published by the Pine City Pioneer. The information guide should be published sometime in January or February. They will also be holding a “Networking Luncheon” in January/February with local businesses and service groups. Will promote increased membership, advertising for upcoming events/fundraisers and co-ordination of services.
• Looking Forward – Youth: Becky & Becky reported attending the last PTO meeting. Over the next few months the PTO will be piloting the Enrichment Classes on Thursdays. In January grades 5 & 6, February grades 3 & 4 and in March grades 1 & 2 will have enrichment classes from 3:00 to 4:30 for a minimal fee of $10.00 for the month. When completed the teachers, parents and students will be given a questionnaire which will let the PTO know if the program was a success and of any suggestions for the next year. Discussion was had on how the Initiative Foundation might assist in the possibility of having a student intern from the University of MN earn credits while working with the PTO and the enrichment program.
• People Helping People: Kris reported that Evergreen Church had completed the application for Angels Food Ministry program and the application was accepted. They had training at the Living Word Christian Center. They expect to start taking orders in January for a February food distribution. There was a $50.00 application fee. Judy Lawhon will be writing an article in the Pioneer. The following volunteers will be needed: help with serving, carrying bags to vehicles, directing people where to go, un-loading trucks.
• Pine City Prospers: Marcia reported that Sarah from Rural American Bank agreed to conduct the More $ More Sense on Tuesday January 19th. Every other month the classes will be held in the evening. PCP team will put the class in the Happenings section of the newspaper. Marketing for the class also included passing out flyers.
Our Fiscal Agent has still not been determined. We have received an extension until mid January. Becky will be attending a meeting tonight at Evergreen Church to discuss the possibility of their being our fiscal agent. We can use a temporary fiscal agent until a permanent one can be found, however we will not be able to change the fiscal agent again until after our final check comes through in April/May. Becky Maki reported after speaking with Dennis Fischer she did not feel that the Pine City School system would be a good fit. Other suggestions for a fiscal agent: Lakes and Pines and the Pine City Food shelf.
Becky Maki – nothing to report.
People Helping People:
• Love Inc
• Interfaith (church members with families helping families in need)
• Contact Pine County Housing Authority and ask if there are 1 or 2 places to serve as temporary/emergency housing (guest rooms or apartments)
• Evelyth Horizon community
• Greater MN Housing Fund (form a task force first).
Pine City Prospers:
• Community Center Feasibility Plan “Healthy Communities”, Don Frank @ the Initiative Foundation completed one for Braham at no cost.
• Conference call meetings set up by the foundation to ask questions.
• Get information from the St. Paul Foundation, Starbeck and Hoffman Horizon communities, Mountain Lake Alumni community.
• There is money available to communities who have limited “Disaster Areas” Oberstar’s office will help get the funds.
• Guaranteed Loan Program: work with Local banks to secure emergency loans for low-income residents of pine city.
Looking Forward – Youth:
• Curriculum for Dollars 2 Works program, Ring of Engagement, Youth Works Institute, Adults Engaging Youth.
Everything Pine City: Has no need at the present time for any outside resources.
Grant Writing Workshop Debrief and Follow-up
Everyone should be looking for grant applications. Start utilizing the information from the grant training. Contact Lori Ann for review and critique of applications.
MN Nonprofit Conference: Passport Program
Statewide Horizon Communities to host events in which other Horizon Communities would visit and network. Each community will have a passport that they will have signed, contacts noted. This would ensure that there will be a strong network in place for all Horizon Communities.