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Friends of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. Thank you for your interest in Tri-Valley! We are pleased to present the 2018 Annual Report on behalf of our Board of Directors. In this report, you will see the data and read the stories that encapsulate the activities our organization undertook this past year. 2018 was no different than many other years with numerous challenges around funding. So much so that whole programs were again threatened to disappear. However, our dedicated staff and volunteers remained mission-focused and produced some outstanding work, as evidenced by the information in this report. We thank all staff and volunteers for their contributions that generate the information contained in this report. It is remarkable when one takes the time to think of Chief Executive Officer what it takes to accomplish everything in our Annual Report. Enjoy reading!

Board Chair

Mission & Beliefs Our Mission: To provide opportunities to improve the quality of life for people and communities. We Believe . . . ~ All people have value and potential; ~ In treating all people with dignity and respect; ~ Diversity enriches the quality of life; ~ All people have the right to be informed of choices, opportunities, and responsibilities; ~ Effective communication and teamwork are essential for success; ~ Partnerships are essential in delivering quality services; and, ~ There are opportunities in change

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Tri-Valley Programs and Services Community Services Programs

• Community Assistance Programs - Helps qualified low-to-moderate income families with rent assistance, security deposits, foreclosure prevention, mortgage and budget counseling, home buyer training, housing counseling, and financial assistance for utilities, food, and clothing. • Energy Assistance Programs - This program helps income eligible households with their home energy bills. Assistance may include bill payment assistance, emergency assistance and energy related home repairs. • Child Care Aware - Assists the early childhood community in expanding and improving the quality and availability of child care. Parents looking for child care can receive a list of licensed providers tailored to meet their specific criteria. • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach - For more than 40 years, SNAP has served as the foundation of America’s national nutrition safety net. It is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger and offers a powerful tool to improve nutrition among low-income people. • MNsure Navigator Assistance - A one-stop health insurance marketplace where individuals, families, and small businesses will be able to get quality health coverage at a fair price. • Financial Literacy - Offers information and assistance to help clients achieve financial stability by providing the Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) program and a variety of financial trainings based on the Four Cornerstones of Financial Literacy curriculum. The FAIM program is a matched savings project to help Minnesota low-wage earners build assets through the purchase of a home, pursuit of higher education, or launching of a small business. • Multi-Family Housing - Income-based multi-family housing units are available in Crookston and Fisher, MN.

Transportation Programs

• Tri-Valley Heartland Express (T.H.E. Bus) - Provides public transportation in handicapped accessible buses. Curb-to-curb service is available. • Rural Transportation Collaborative (RTC) - Coordinates volunteer drivers to transport individuals for medical appointments, education or work activities, child visitations, or other personal matters.

Housing Programs

• Minnesota Urban and Rural Homesteading Program (MURL)Allows low-income, at-risk families to purchase a home with no down payment and no interest. Monthly payments are based on affordability and are adjusted as income increases. 2018 Tri-Valley Annual Report

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Tri-Valley Programs and Services Head Start, Child and Family Programs

• Head Start - Provides comprehensive, family-oriented child development services designed to meet the diverse needs of low-income children and their families. Services provided include early childhood education, medical and dental examinations, immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, speech and developmental screenings, disabilities services, referrals, and parent education. - Head Start - Provides services to children ages 3 to compulsory school age in West Polk, West Marshall, and Norman counties. - Early Head Start - Provides services to pregnant women, infants, and toddlers in West Polk, West Marshall, Norman, and Steel counties. - Migrant and Seasonal Head Start/Early Head Start - Provides services to Migrant and Seasonal pregnant women and children ages 6 weeks to compulsory school age throughout the states of Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota. • Migrant Education Program (Health and Nutrition) Provides physicals and dental exams to  Title 1 children  and provides nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch. • Migrant Education Program (Identification and Recruitment) Identifies and recruits migrant children ages 0-21 who have not received a high school diploma or equivalent. • Migrant Child Care - Funds are utilized to enhance the services provided at our Migrant Head Start centers and provide direct child care to children who need services longer than centers offer.

Senior Programs

• Foster Grandparent Program - Recruits individuals age 55 and over to volunteer in schools, child care centers, Head Start centers, group homes, and other non-profit facilities to support children with special needs. • Caring Companion Program - Recruits individuals age 50 and over to help others live independently by assisting with grocery shopping and other daily tasks. 2018 Tri-Valley Annual Report

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The People We Serve In 2018, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. served an unduplicated count of 4,815 individuals and 1,953 families. Including the transportation estimate, the total served is 11,464 individuals and 2,730 families.

People Served by Poverty Level

% of Poverty

Up to 50% 51% to 75% 76% to 100% 101% to 125% 126% to 150% 151% to 175% 176% to 200% 201% and over Unknown


214 (11%) 276 (14.1%) 216 (11.1%) 216 (11.1%) 143(7.3%) 84 (4.3%) 80 (4%) 206 (10.7%) 515 (26.4%)

People Served by Family Size Family Size


One 678 (34.8%) Two 331 (17%) Three 204 (10.4%) Four 218 (11.1%) Five 159 (8%) Six or more 77 (4%) Unknown 286 (14.7%) 2018 Tri-Valley Annual Report

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The People We Serve People Served by Age Age

0-5 6-13 14-17 18-24 25-44 45-54 55-59 60-64 65-74 75+ Unknown


808 (16.8%) 950 (19.7%) 334 (7%) 250 (5.2%) 1,100 (22.9%) 353 (7.3%) 210 (4.4%) 155 (3.2%) 219 (4.5%) 240 (5%) 196 (4%)

People Served by Race

Race Total

American Indian/Alaska Native 244 (5.1%) Asian 6 (.1%) Black or African American 352 (7.3%) White 3803 (79%) Other 62 (1.3%) Multi-race 120 (2.5%) Unknown 228 (4.7%

People Served by Gender Gender

Male Female Unknown


2,146 (44.6%) 2,573 (53.4%) 96 (2%)

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2018 - A Year in Review Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. strives to meet three national goals. Here’s a look at our accomplishments in 2018...

Goal 1: Individuals and families with low incomes are stable and achieve economic security. • Provided transit services (e.g. bus passes, bus transport, support for auto purchase or repair) to 62,652 individuals. • Provided 187,956 rides. • Provided Financial Literacy Education to 86 individuals. • Assisted 432 people to obtain SNAP benefits. • Assisted 6 individuals build their assets through Saving Accounts/IDAs and other accounts. • Provided home repairs (e.g. structural, appliance, heating systems, etc.) to 109 individuals. • Provided Family Skills Development parenting classes to 62 individuals. • Provided 87 childcare payments for income eligible families. • Assisted 2,218 individuals with disabilities maintain independent living situations. • Provided rental counseling to 202 individuals and eviction counseling to 66 individuals. • Provided programs and activities to 3,359 seniors to maintain their independent living. • Provided emergency rent or mortgage assistance to 87 individuals. • Provided referrals for temporary shelter to 60 individual. • Provided preschool activities to develop school readiness to 1,103 children. • Ensured that 1,190 parents and other adults learned and exhibited improved parenting skills. • Ensured that 1,190 parents and other adults learned and exhibited improved family functioning skills. • Assisted 87 individuals in obtaining care for their child or other dependent. • Assisted 87 individuals with rent payments (includes emergency rent payments) and 42 individuals with security deposit payments. • Assisted 110 individuals obtain safe and affordable housing. • Helped 1,663 obtain LIHEAP energy assistance.

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2018 - A Year in Review Goal 2: Communities where people with low incomes live are healthy and offer economic opportunity. • Assisted 36 individuals to increase skills, knowledge, and the abilities to enable them to work with Community Action to improve their leadership skills, social networks, and to enhance their ability to engage others. • Provided 250 individuals with assistance to improve their mental and behavioral health and well-being. • Assisted with Health Insurance options to 265 individuals. • Provided programs and activities to 2,218 individuals with disabilities to maintain their independent living. • Provided food assistance to 1,843 individuals. • Assisted 1,100 infants and children obtain age appropriate immunizations, medical, and dental care. • Assisted 1,057 infants and children obtain physicals. • Improved the health and physical development of 1,190 infants and children as a result of providing adequate nutrition.

Goal 3: People with low incomes are engaged and active in building opportunities in communities. • Established or maintained relationships with the following partners: - 399 Nonprofits - 40 Faith-Based Groups - 31 Local Government Entities - 2 State Governments - 1 Federal Government Agency - 152 For-Profit Businesses or Corporations - 19 Consortiums or Collaborations - 11 State-Wide Associations or Collaborations - 102 School Districts - 32 Institutions of Post Secondary Education - 4 Financial/Banking Institutions - 309 Health Service Institutions • Volunteers donated 718,307 hours of capacity building (program support, service delivery, fundraising) to the agency. Of that, 554,290 hours were donated by individuals with low-incomes. • Provided 25 hours of capacity building (training, planning, assessment) to 17 Board members. • Provided 1,663 hours of capacity building (training, planning, assessment) to agency staff. • Provided 23 Family Development Certified staff. • Provided 224 Child Development Certified staff. • Provided 2 Pathways Reviewers. • Provided 6,250 information and referral calls.

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Audited Statement of Revenues, Expenses, and Changes in Net Assets Year ending December 31, 2018


Grant Revenue $18,804,073 Program Contributions $2,300,609 Tenant Rents $438,820 Interest Income $14,520 In-Kind Contributions $891,448 Other Income $899,299 TOTAL REVENUE $23,348,769


Child Education $14,386,093 Family and Community Services $927,269 Energy Assistance and Weatherization $325,877 Senior Services $471,978 Transportation $3,178,041 Housing and Housing Rehabilitation $125,335 Homeless/Shelter Programs $383,189 Food Programs $561,062 Rental Activity $580,954 Corporate Activities $480,568 TOTAL PROGRAM ACTIVITIES


Management and General Expenses $1,358,260 Fundraising $11,639 TOTAL EXPENSES $ 22,790,265 CHANGES IN NET ASSETS $558,504 Net Assets - End of year $7,322,109 2018 Tri-Valley Annual Report

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Tri-Valley In The News Tri-Valley Gives a Tour of the Agassiz Townhomes as Part of CHEDA Meeting The Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority (CHEDA) brought the board, city council, Crookston Chamber of Commerce, and other interested parties on a tour of housing options in Crookston after their meeting on Tuesday morning. One of the stops was at the Agassiz Townhomes on the north end of Crookston. The tour was led by Jason Carlson, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council CEO, who showed off a two room and a threeroom townhome. Carlson said the townhomes are well built. “We are really proud of it. We feel this will be a wonderful addition to the community, utilizing that brownfield site first and foremost is going to be a big deal and the quality of units we are bringing online is going to be a benefit to the community,” said Carlson. “We are held to some very high standards with the framing, insulating, and air sealing which demonstrate how well built these buildings will be when they are complete.” Two of the townhome buildings are up with work being done on the inside while the framing of a third building is currently being worked on. “When the foundation is complete (on the third building), they will move to the south side of the property and build three more buildings which will generally be the same orientation with smaller buildings close to the middle of the property and a larger on the south end of the property line,” said Carlson. There will be 18 three-bedroom units at 1,568 square feet and 12 two-bedroom units at 1,322 square feet with attached garages. “There will be at least a half-bath on the main floor of all the units, a full bath upstairs,” said Carlson. “All of the units will have heating and cooling and everything a family would need.” The estimated rent for the two bed room townhomes is $680 per month with an estimated utilities cost of $110 per month. The three-bed room rent will be $745 with estimated utilities at $131 per month. “This absolutely was targeted to the lower income workforce, that is why there are so many three bedroom and two-bedroom units. There isn’t a single bedroom or studio units,” said Carlson. “We are hoping families that work in town will choose this new development and have children for the school district and make their home in Crookston.” They are hoping to start leasing units on the north-end of the property sometime in August or September and the rest of the units in October. The project was made possible by the work of many entities working together. “It has been a wonderful partnership between the city and CHEDA and a lot of local employers that contributed and Tri-Valley and I am going to preach about that until the folks are tired of hearing from me,” said Carlson. “It is a community project and I was very happy to show off some tangible progress. We all have different resources we can bring to the table and work to combine those resources, we can do a lot more together than we can individually.” (Photos courtesy of KROX Radio)

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Tri-Valley In The News Opioid Crisis – Tri-Valley Will ‘Definitely Explore’ Any Available Funds (Crookston Times Report)

Carlson, Tri-Valley leaders still trying to hash out the details behind the broad brushstrokes Representatives Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and Lloyd Smucker (R-Pa.) last week introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize $250 million in federal funding over five years to help communities respond to the needs of low-income people and families in crisis because of the opioid epidemic. “Community Action Agencies” like Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. in Crookston are eligible to pursue funding through the legislation, and Tri-Valley CEO Jason Carlson tells the Times that the Crookston-based agency “will definitely explore putting in an application for any funds that may be available.” The Community Action Opioid Response Act, H.R. 5124, establishes a competitive grant program to expand and support effective community efforts to identify and respond to the causes and consequences of opioid misuse and addiction experienced by low-income individuals, families, and communities. Uniquely positioned to address these needs, Community Action Agencies would compete for three-year grants ranging from $50,000 to $1 million per year. Grants under the Community Action Opioid Response Act could support a wide range of activities designed to prevent and treat addiction, stabilize the lives of addicted individuals and their families, and support the children of addicted individuals. Grant applicants would undergo rigorous screening by a 15-member review panel under the Department of Health and Human Services.

Congressman Walz’s Staff Visit Tri-Valley’s Elysian Area Learning Center On Monday, March 26, Josh Syrjamali, Chief of Staff for Congressman Tim Walz, and five of Congressman Walz’s staff visited the Elysian Area Learning Center. The purpose of their visit was to learn more about the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program as well as the needs of early childhood programming in the rural service area. In addition to Congressman Walz’s staff, Tri-Valley’s staff of Lindsay Vokaty, Edna Tudon, Cindy Strand, and Anita Swift were joined by Migrant and Seasonal Head Start parents: Monica Garcia and Juanita Picazo and Policy Council members, Diana Escamilla and Sondra Gongora, as well as one of our star toddler students from last summer. The discussion covered a variety of topics that were important to Head Start and Migrant and Seasonal Head start. Diana and Sandra shared information about the role of Policy Council in Head Start as well as some of their personal experiences as a PC member. Parents discussed how much their children benefited from the Head Start school readiness program – stating that when their children entered kindergarten teachers were so impressed with the knowledge, social skills, and confidence the children brought with them. Concerns that we heard from all parents was the difficulty in finding qualified teachers, transportation, funding, and length of services. Discussion also included the impact of stricter immigration enforcement, the lack of funding for the agriculture bill, school readiness, professional development, and several other issues that affect people living in rural areas. 2018 Tri-Valley Annual Report

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Tri-Valley In The News Tri-Valley’s Hedden and Young Graduate from UCLA’s Head Start Management Fellows Program Melody Hedden, (Family and Community Services Manager) and Christine Young (Identification and Recruitment Manager) at Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. in Crookston recently completed training at University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA) Head Start Management Fellows Program. They were two of 38 graduates from UCLA’s intensive leadership program. “The Head Start Management Fellows Program played a vital role in moving me from a “shouldn’t have been to a look at me now.” I was a Head Start child who transitioned into a Head Start parent and later a Head Start staff person,” states Hedden. “Head Start has been loyal in supporting and encouraging my professional development, which led to applying to the fellowship program. Through the classes at UCLA, I developed and sharpened skills that will be vital in supporting children and families,” Hedden adds. Throughout the program, participants are taught how to lead effectively and deliver developmental services in changing environments, secure funding, implement programs and network with other Head Start executives across the nation. Since the program’s inception, 1,560 executives have graduated with enhanced management and leadership abilities. Designed from a strategic planning perspective, the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for Head Start executives to participate in a 12-day, intensive leadership and management development training session at UCLA Anderson School of Management. Since 1991, the program has trained over 1,400 Head Start directors and managers who provide comprehensive services to nearly 1 million economically disadvantaged children and their families each day. Photos Top: Melody Hedden, Bottom: Christine Young

Glencoe Center Holds a Mini Farmers Market for Children The Glencoe center held a mini Farmers Market for children on August 10 as part of the Farm to Early Care Initiative in celebration of National Farmer Market Week (August 5-11). Local produce was donated from the Farm of Minnesota located in Hutchinson, MN. The Farm of Minnesota is one of the local farms that will be supplying some of TVOC’s Head Start Centers with fresh, organic, and locally grown produce. Members of Glencoe’s fire department and police department came out to volunteer as well. Tables were set up in the parking lot with samples of different fruits and vegetables. The children were able to walk around to each table and sample produce such as purple beans, peppers, squash, watermelon, raspberries, tomatoes and so much more. Jami Lee, Child Nutrition Manager, also read stories about vegetables to the children after they finished with the Farmers Market. All children were able to bring home a bag of corn on the cob and apples! 2018 Tri-Valley Annual Report

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Tri-Valley In The News Poverty Simulation Held in Crookston A poverty simulation was held on Thursday, September 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. The event was sponsored by PolkNorman-Mahnomen Community Health Services, including Polk County Public Health and Norman-Mahnomen Public Health, and Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. The simulation was facilitated by Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP). The poverty simulation tool was utilized since decreasing persistent poverty is one of three Polk-Norman-Mahnomen Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) priorities. We know that poverty level is one of the most critical characteristics that contributes to the number of people experiencing preventable chronic diseases. The collaboration between agencies allows communities to solve problems that cannot be solved, or easily solved, by single organizations. A poverty simulation is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family. The object is to sensitize audiences to the realities faced by low-income people. In the simulation, participants assume roles of up to 20+ different families facing poverty. The task of the families is to provide for necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute “weeks”. Throughout the event it is stressed that it is a simulation, not a game and those involved should take it very seriously. If you would like more information on the poverty simulation, please contact Leah Pauletti at leahpauletti@ minncap.org.

Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership Team receives Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Public Health Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm praised the recipients for their service to their communities as well as their work to improve health and reduce health inequities. “We are fortunate in Minnesota to have so many talented and dedicated people working to protect, maintain and improve our health,” Commissioner Malcolm said. “These awards recognize our public health professionals, elected officials, and volunteers for the many ways they help make Minnesota’s residents and communities healthier.” At this ceremony, the Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities Leadership received a Certificate of Recognition for their commitment and contributions to advance public health locally. In its 20 years of operation, the MMS Healthy Communities Leadership Team works to coordinate health promotion and maximize its resources. It serves as the community health board’s SHIP community leadership team, provides competitive mini-grants to community projects focused on priority health issues, and coordinates a joint community health needs assessment with local hospitals. Through collaboration, the group tackles priorities together, like creating portable breastfeeding stations and addressing barriers to preschool transportation. Allie Elbert, Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Community Health Services, and Nancy Mellesmoen, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, accepted this award on behalf of the MMS Healthy Communities Leadership Team. 2018 Tri-Valley Annual Report

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Tri-Valley In The News Boudreaux Receives Years of Service Recognition from MinnCAP Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. staff attended the Minnesota Community Action Partnership (MinnCAP) Annual Training Conference held on July 31 – August 2 at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, Minn. Staff took part in legislative general sessions, listened to speakers on various topics, and took part in several educational breakout sessions. In conjunction with the annual training conference, 25 Year Honorees were recognized for their dedicated service and commitment to Community Action. Tri-Valley’s Cindy Boudreaux (Health Services Manager) was honored for her 25 years of work with Tri-Valley in Crookston. (A short bio on Cindy from the event): Cindy started her Head Start experience as a Head Start child where she was introduced to new and exciting things she had never seen before. For the past 25 years, Cindy has undeniably impacted countless children and families through her work. Cindy has been instrumental in providing high quality, innovative health services and health education to children and parents. Her team provides CPR training, educates Pregnant Women and performs Child and Teen check-ups, which generates income for the program. Admirably, while doing this, Cindy is a strong advocate for families and staff, displaying empathy and compassion in everything she does. (Photo L-R): Arnie Anderson (MinnCAP Executive Director), Cindy Boudreaux, and Francie Mathes (Office of Economic Opportunity)

Stakeholders, Partners and Reps of Crookston’s New Agassiz Townhomes Gathered Thursday to Celebrate the Near Completion of the Project (Courtesy of the Crookston Times)

Although a scheduling conflict led to the postponement of public tours of Crookston’s new, 30-unit townhome complex on North Broadway, various stakeholders, partners and representatives of other agencies who helped make the project a reality gathered in the U of M Crookston’s Bede Ballroom on Thursday to celebration the (near) completion of the project.

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Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. PO Box 607 102 North Broadway Crookston, MN 56716 Phone: 218-281-5832 Toll Free: 800-584-7020 Telecommunication Relay Services: 711 Fax: 800-475-9021 Website: www.tvoc.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/TVOCInc Twitter: @TriValley_TVOC Instagram: trivalleyopportunitycouncilinc Tri-Valley is a non-profit community action agency. We believe in the value of all human beings. It is that belief that drives our efforts to identify needs, seek resources and provide opportunities for people to thrive. Our work is also committed to strengthening our communities so that its citizens have better places to live, work, worship and enjoy.

Service Area

Primary Service Area

(West Marshall, West Polk, Norman Counties)

Services in Minnesota Services in North Dakota Note: Tri-Valley has services in 84 counties in Minnesota and North Dakota. This information is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by contacting us at 800-584-7020 or by calling the Telecommunication Relay Service at 711 or (800) 627-3539. Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer / provider. EOE/M/F/D/V.

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Profile for Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

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