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Lifetrack Newsletter 2018 Spring Newsletter Spring Edition 70 YEARS STRONG 2018
Lifetrack Appoints A New CEO Lifetrack ‘s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Curtis Knutson as Chief Executive Officer.
70 Years Strong
Curtis has served as the interim CEO since the end of December 2017. He has proven his ability to lead the staff and achieve organizational objectives in the complex human services environment. Most importantly, Curtis demonstrates a passion for Lifetrack’s mission. The board is very confident Curtis will effectively lead the strategic objectives for continued support of the community and its families. Please join us in welcoming Curtis to the Lifetrack team!
Inside This Issue
Lifetrack Welcomes New Board Members In January, Lifetrack welcomed Craig Gray and Chuck Durant to the Board of Directors. We are excited they have chosen to bring their insights, experience and resources to Lifetrack.
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Welcome Craig & Chuck!
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Durant Business Advisiors
Individual Impact Nathan’s Success with Lifetrack
I LOVE my job!
“I LOVE my job!” was Nathan’s response, when asked how everything was going. This is a stark contrast to a few years ago, when he first came to Lifetrack; homeless and jobless. He had been fired from two long held jobs a few months prior for medical reasons. Without work, Nathan became depressed and turned to drugs and alcohol.
After being referred to a Peer Support Specialist, Nathan was able to obtain funding and housing. Finally he was beginning to experience some stability in his life. It was then that he was referred to Lifetrack, where he started planning for his next step; a job. Nathan felt he wanted to “give back”, by helping others through the types of crises he had experienced. The possibility of being a Peer Support Specialist was explored. Nathan ended up applying to this program, and was accepted into the next training cycle. He flourished in the program and in turn began experiencing more good times than bad. After weeks of training Nathan graduated from the Mental Health Peer Employment Specialist Program waving his certificate to the sky and saying, “this is for you Mama!” Nathan later returned to Lifetrack for support in finding a job, which he did within a month of graduation. This filled him with excitement for life in a way he had never before experienced; he had found his calling.
Lifetrack would like to shine the volunteer spotlight on our friends at Collegis Education. In the last few months, they have volunteered their time and expertise to assist us in launching our brand new website! When we asked Collegis what made them excited to continue volunteering with us on this project, we got some pretty great answers... “Helping Lifetrack with the new website has been invigorating!” “The process has been: collaborative and supportive.” “After working on the website project with Lifetrack, we are excited to continue our partnership with future website optimization projects and other volunteering opportunities, this is only the beginning!” We look forward to strengthening this partnership with future projects and volunteer opportunities. Thank you Collegis, we could not have done it without you!
Check out our new website at: www.lifetrack-mn.org
At this free two-hour event, you will enjoy hors-d’oeuvre, entertainment and moving stories from Lifetrack’s participants and supporters. Come curious, leave inspired! Register for this event at: www.lifetrack-mn.org/70thAnniversaryCelebration.html