MN Transition Coalition News - October 12, 2021

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Share Your Experiences with Using CareerForce

The Olmstead Implementation Office’s Workforce Shortage and People with Disabilities workgroup would like your feedback! This workgroup makes recommendations to the Olmstead Subcabinet on ways to improve the Olmstead Plan's goals around competitive, integrated employment for Minnesotans with disabilities.

Join us on Saturday, October 2 at 9:30 am to share your experiences with using CareerForce (formerly Minnesota Workforce Center) resources. Some stories you could share include:

  • Have you used CareerForce before? Did you have a positive or negative experience and why?
  • At what age did you begin using Vocational Rehabilitation Services? Were they helpful?
  • What has been your experience using State Services for the Blind?
  • Have Transition Services helped you find work?
  • What other supports or services have you used to find and keep a job?

Learn more and register at

Two Housing Events This Week

OCTOBER 12: Open Office Hours for Housing Stabilization Services with the HSS-TA Team

Housing Stabilization Services TA Learning Sessions

“Open Office Hours for Housing Stabilization Services with the HSS-TA Team”
The HSS team will hold open office hours for any questions or assistance that is needed on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10-11am. Come with the current challenge and the team will offer support, suggestions, tools or if we don’t know the answer, research the answer for you as we are able. The time is open to both direct service providers and COCs, counties, tribes or other entities looking to implement HSS system wide in their communities. Next session is October 12 (the series started on April 22nd) and continuing throughout 2021 so mark your calendars.

OCTOBER 14: Housing Consultation: What is it? How do you Become a Housing Consultant?

9am – 10:30am With guest speaker Brian Bozeman

Coming Soon:
“Share your successes in implementing Housing Stabilization Services”
Every Fourth Thursday of the month from 11am-12pm, the HSS TA Team is creating a virtual space for providers to come together and support each other; Share your triumphs with others who need to learn what you have already mastered! Next session is October 28 (the series started on April 22nd) and continuing throughout 2021 so mark your calendar.

Click Here for More Information


Promoting Justice - Supporting Families: The Healthy Start Act

What: Supporting Families: The Healthy Start Act
When: Tuesday, October 12, Noon - 1:30
How: Zoom
Agenda and Special Guests: 

Introduction and Strengthening Families Report - Ombuds Mark Haase
Remarks - Representative Becker-Finn and Senator Kiffmeyer
Overview of Bill and Implementation - Commissioner Schnell, Safia Khan
Affected Parent  - Autumn Mason
Panel and Questions - Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, Autumn Mason, Safia Khan, Kelley Heifort, and Lori Timlin

The Minnesota legislature recently passed the Healthy Start Act, the nation’s first post-conviction incarceration alternative for mothers, allowing the Commissioner of Corrections to place new mothers into community alternatives. Minnesota Department of Corrections staff, state legislators, advocates, and impacted individuals who supported the bill will speak about the background of this legislation, how it will be implemented, and what its impact will be. The Ombuds for Corrections will also provide information on the recent OBFC report on strengthening families of the incarcerated.

The presentation is from noon to 1:00 PM so people are able to return to their day if needed. Questions and discussion will be from 1:00 to 1:30 for those who are able to stay.

Register for the Zoom event here.


Save the Date: Re-Imagining Justice Conference November 16 & 17

Join the Minnesota Justice Research Center (MNJRC) for a conference that elevates opportunities to re-imagine parts of the criminal legal system. Over two days we will convene virtually to hear from researchers, legal professionals, people directly impacted by the system, advocates and leaders from within the system who are working towards reform.


Minnesota Engagement on Shelter and Housing Training Opportunities

We are happy to announce registration is now open for our next online training utilizing Zoom to finish out 2021 including a new offering on Generational Trauma and our 101 series.  Click on the button below to get more information and to register.  We hope to see you!


  • November 3: Generational Trauma
  • November 4: H101: Client Engagement
  • November 5: H101: History of Homelessness
  • November 18: H101: Boundaries & Ethics
  • November 19: H101: Principles of Housing First & Harm Reduction
  • December 2: H101: Trauma Informed Care
  • December 9: H101: Cultural Awareness


  • October 20: Self-Care Soul Series "I Think, I Feel, I Act"

We would love to hear what topics you would like to see (or see more of).  And if you are a trainer or would like to explore becoming a trainer, please email Michele!

Email Michele at if you have questions about trainings, membership or scholarships.

Project Turnabout’s Willmar Campus Open House

November 10th, 2021 from 3-7 PM at:


309 7th St. NW

Willmar, MN 56201

Come visit our newest building on the Campus; a 16-bed Inpatient Center for Women, including Men’s & Women’s Outpatient Offices and Staff Offices. Take our tour of the Willmar Campus grounds that also include Cheri’s Place Sober Living Residence, The Alcove Meditation Gazebo, and The Townhome Apartments for Women in Recovery pursuing educational and vocational goals.  Refreshments will be provided. No RSVP needed


“75% of people who abuse prescription pain relievers get them from friends or relatives.”

The Ramsey County OPUS Coalition, Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and Saint Paul Police Department, are collaborating to host a Drug Take Back Day event in Ramsey County in alignment with the DEA’s National Drug Take Back Day. The event will be a drive-through drop-off for safe, and easy disposal of unused and unwanted prescription medications and needles. In addition to collecting unused and unwanted medications, there will also be a resource fair for community members to connect with local community resources. This is really exciting, as it is a way to make direct impact on the amount of drugs available in homes and on the street.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 23rd 10:00am-2:00pm

Location: Faith Lutheran Church Parking Lot – 499 Charles Ave, St. Paul, MN

For more info: Click here!

Can’t make it on Saturday the 23rd? Click the link above to view Ramsey County’s permanent drug take back sites.

If you have any questions about the event or the OPUS coalition, please reach out to

NorthStar Regional for our Riverwood Campus Open House

Please join NorthStar Regional for our Riverwood Campus Open House on Wednesday, November 17th. NorthStar Regional is excited to share with you our new Riverwood Campus. Take a tour! Enjoy snacks! Meet our Team! Explore this beautiful space!

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 17th from 1-5 pm

Location: NorthStar Regional | 10990 95th St. NE | Otsego, MN 55362

Click Here for More information and to Register



Currently Hiring

Cummins in Fridley, Shoreview, White bear Lake and Duluth are currently hiring for multiple position's

WestRock in St Paul is hiring

Warehouse Order Selector at Sysco Asian Foods, Inc. the location is 55117.





What do Youth Facing Homelessness Really Need?

We all need love—and young people who are fending for themselves with no stable place to call home especially need love. Of course they also need a roof, and a diploma, and a job, but what they most need is a caring adult who believes in them and will be there for the long haul.

And here’s the thing: those caring people are already in their lives. They’re the adults they turn to that first night they can’t sleep at home—their best friend’s mom, their neighbor, the cousin who lets them crash on a basement couch. We believe these relationships have staying power, and we’re catalyzing system change in order to invest in them.

Click Here for More Information


Ready to help make recovery possible for others? We're excited to partner with Recovery Corps and are looking for great people to join our team as Recovery Navigators and Project Coordinators! Service with Recovery Corps launches careers.  Apply today to begin making a difference in November at


Minneapolis Non-Profit Auto Repair - The Lift Garage

The Lift Garage is an affordable, non-profit auto repair service for Minnesotans of limited means. It's an innovative idea that meets a pressing need. Since opening our doors in 2013, support from our community has made it possible for us to expand the services we provide.