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January Newsletter


Some of the most noteworthy news from January was the weather. Since we are all pretty tired of that topic by now, I won’t report on any of the challenges brought on by said weather. I will say thank you to all staff for staying safe during inclement weather while continuing to provide service to people that need our help. After much delay, the new Family Partner Project is underway. Recall this is a System of Care grant that we are operating through Norman County Social Services. The project will place workers in two area schools (Ada-Borup and Win-E-Mac) to help children with mental health concerns to better navigate existing resources and improve educational and family outcomes. We are excited about this project and hope that the data gathered during the pilot (the project ends September 2021) will suggest that our area would benefit from a larger project that wouldn’t have to be so tightly focused on mental health. Maureen Hams and Nancy Ramon are leading the project at Tri-Valley. Tri-Valley continues to work with the fledgling NW Minnesota Housing Consortium to look at building affordable single-family homes in the area. We are currently bidding out 2019 packages. For now, Tri-Valley’s Board of Directors has agreed to help facilitate the work of the group at no charge. That is a big deal as there is no margin built into the sale price of the houses and the group has no other funding. After a seasonal lull, lease up at Agassiz Townhomes is picking up steam. It is looking more and more like we will meet our goal of 100% occupancy by the time we see green grass. We have unfortunately experienced heating issues that the architects, engineers and installers are working on but we have implemented a short-term fix that has largely addressed the issues for now. The Fiscal Department and all of our housing partners are busy with year-end activities. Head Start is finally starting to see light at the end of the federal grant tunnel just in time to start planning for state grants and the start of Migrant and Seasonal programming. Senior Programs are working to digest changes just implemented at the federal program level. Community Services are busy keeping folks housed and warm along with our Family Partner Project and addressing childcare shortages. Transportation is working hard to keep buses on the road and volunteer drivers connected with those in need of rides. Tri-Valley is busy! I will end the update for the month with a heartfelt thank you to LeRoy Vonasek for his long and distinguished service to Tri-Valley’s Board of Directors. LeRoy decided not to run for the Marshall County Commission in 2018 so his time on the county commission, and therefore our board, ended in January. He will be missed.

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

* CEO News and Notes * Thank you LeRoy * Thank you Norma * St. Cloud Hosts Ties and Tiaras Dance * Crookston Center Hosts Meet & Eat * Region V Policy Council Makes Voices Heard

* MNsure Event at Northern Dental Access Center * Tri-Valley Wins Lighting Contest * Agassiz Townhomes Now Renting * February Fitness Fever Schedule * Tri-Valley Board of Directors

Thank You LeRoy! On Wednesday, January 2, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. staff went to visit LeRoy Vonasek at the Marshall County Court House in Warren, Minn. They were there to extend their gratitude and thanks to LeRoy for his commitment and service to the TriValley Board of Directors. LeRoy is retiring after being a representative of the Public Official Sector in Marshall County for 16 years. While on the board, LeRoy served as the Chair of the Board from 2015-2018. Thank you LeRoy for your dedication to Tri-Valley’s mission and all those we serve! Pictured (L-R): Domita Mack (Public Official Sector Board Member, Marshall County), Jason Carlson (CEO Tri-Valley), LeRoy Vonasek

Thank You Norma! Norma Martinez has been working as a substitute teacher at the Crookston Head Start center since July of 2017. Her dependability, qualifications, and willingness to help out wherever needed are just a few of the qualities that make her a valuable asset to the center. She is a devoted advocate of young children and the Head Start program. This December she took it upon herself to gather donations of blankets, hats, and mittens. Through her generosity, the children in our program will be able to enjoy the winter weather this year and many years to come. We are very fortunate to have such a thoughtful person on our team!

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St. Cloud Center Hosts Ties and Tiaras Dance The St. Cloud center held a Ties and Tiaras Dance on December 15. It was the last parent activity for the season and celebrated another great year of serving families in St. Cloud and the surrounding communities. Center manager Graciela Cisneros and office staff organized the event to thank all the families they served for their support. Everyone had lots of fun dancing and taking pictures with family and friends.

Region V Policy Council Makes Their Voices Heard Thank you Region V Policy Council for all that you do! The Region V Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council ensures parents are able to participate in policy-making and will have a voice in the decisions of the Head Start program. Pictured are the members of the Region V Head Start/Early Head Start Policy Council Executive Committee. (L to R) Jessica Rodriguez (Vice President); Juanita Wilkes, (President); Casandra Myers, (Secretary); Ashley Johnston (Ad Hoc to the Board).

Crookston Center Hosts Meet & Eat Event On Friday, January 18, the Crookston center held a “Meet & Eat” for their ReadyRosie Parent Meeting. Families had bagged lunches while they visited about building a math rich home environment. After the meeting, the parents were encouraged to check out different stations in the gym focusing on math activities that can be incorporated at home with young children. Everyone had fun exploring with water and measuring utensils, playdough and pipe cleaners, math literature, and board games.

Upcoming Calendar Items: * Feb. 4 - HS/EHS Policy Council meeting * Feb. 12 - Board of Directors Meeting * March 7 - Individualized Education Programs training - Tri-Valley Transit Building

MNsure Event Held at Northern Dental Access Center Nancy Ramon (Tri-Valley Community Assistance Program Coordinator) and Courtni Bertram (Northern Dental Access Center Office Manager) hosted a MNsure enrollment information booth at the Northern Dental Access Center in Halstad, MN on January 23.

Tri-Valley AO Wins Lighting Contest Tri-Valley’s Administrative Office in Crookston took part in the Crookston Chamber’s “Chamber Cheers to the New Year” lighting contest. Through lots of imagination, Tri-Valley was able to take home one of the top prizes. Great work Ali, Ashlee and Missy!

Agassiz Townhomes are Ready to Rent Agassiz Townhomes have units ready to rent! If you or somebody you know is looking to relocate to Crookston, be sure to check them out! Two and three bedroom units available. Call 218-547-3307 for more details or check us out online at www.dwjonesmanagement.com/crookston.

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January 2019 Tri-Valley Newsletter  

January 2019 Tri-Valley Newsletter