MN Transition Coalition News - April 4, 2022

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Associate Certificate

  • Classes run Noon-3pm Monday through Thursday beginning Monday, April 11th through June.  
  • Certified Instructor-led, classroom-based training to prepare for the MOS Associate Certificate (MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) exam. 
  • Also includes work readiness training in foundational reading, writing and math; ESL when necessary; as well as curriculum that is tailored to make work central to learning.

LOCATION: Central Park in Woodbury (South Washington County Community Education computer lab)

Basic eligibility:

  • Individuals who are age 18+, and
  • Authorized to work in the U.S., and
  • Not enrolled in any school at time of application

In addition to the basic eligibility criteria, individuals must also fit into one of the following groups:

  • Person of color
  • Lacking stable housing
  • Has a criminal record
  • Without a high school diploma or GED
  • Has a disability
  • Is long-term unemployed (26+ weeks in most recent 52 weeks)
  • Limited English or math proficiency
  • At or below 200% federal poverty guideline (FPG)

Training and supplies provided at no cost to eligible participants. For information & eligibility contact Sheng Xiong, Career Navigator 651-275-8701


What to know about exposure therapy and medications for treating eating disorders: A practical primer webinar

Rogers Behavioral Health invites you to join us for our next webinar, "What to know about exposure therapy and medications for treating eating disorders: A practical primer." By attending this free, interactive, live 90-minute presentation, you can earn 1.5 CE credits. "What to know about exposure therapy and medications for treating eating disorders: A practical primer"  will take place on Friday, April 22 from 1 to 2:30 pm ET (12 pm CT / 10 am PT). Led by Brad E.R. Smith, MD, and Kaitlin Hill, PhD, this webinar will build on attendees' existing knowledge of exposure therapy and demonstrate what response prevention looks like with eating disorders, examples of exposures, and pitfalls to avoid. Additional discussion will focus on empirically supported medications for eating disorders, including contraindications and how they impact treatment.

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Grab & Go Lunch Networking Event

Thursday, April 14 from 11:30–1:30 pm CT

People's Organic 2750 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435

Come enjoy lunch - our treat! Meet Newport Healthcare, Fusion Academy, and other local professionals for networking and learn about resources available in the area. Plan to pop in for a few minutes or stay the entire duration - whichever your schedule allows.

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Now Hiring Ombishkaakwewug Transitional Housing Coordinator

This position will undertake various responsibilities associated with delivering culturally appropriate care coordination within our Ombishkaakwewug Transitional Housing program. The transitional housing care coordinator will assist in connecting residents with NWICDC programming, they will create individualized care plans, make referrals, and maintain positive collaborative relationships with the residents, they will also assist residents in goal planning, re-entry to the workforce, and appropriate housing plans with the end goal of facilitating resources for sustainable permanent housing. The Ombishkaakwewug Transitional Housing coordinator will be the central person in linking residents and their reentry into their families and communities through an Anishinaabe worldview and a holistic approach to wellness.

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Forest Lake Contracting is Hiring

Forest Lake Contracting was founded in 1975 as a highway/heavy construction company. We have continued to grow through the years, but still place great value on the small company feel. Our work is primarily located in the northern-metro area, typically within an hour’s drive of Forest Lake. Most of our projects are on MNDOT highways, county roads, and city streets. Forest Lake Contracting takes great pride in the work that is done, and is known for great quality and dependability.

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Seeking Your Feedback on Pending Budget Proposals

As the Legislature considers the Walz-Flanagan Budget to Move Minnesota Forward, which proposes over $1 billion of investments for housing stability over the next three years, we are preparing for how these game-changing investments can be deployed to make the biggest impact on homelessness in Minnesota. Step one in that process is to hear from our stakeholders – YOU! – about the best ways these funds can go to work in your communities and with your partners.

Over the next seven weeks, we will be using our weekly webinar (every Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm) to solicit your guidance and advice about these budget proposals. Your feedback will provide critical insight that helps shape the processes for these funds to be requested, for allocations to be determined, and for expectations to be set related to the use of these resources.

Because the budget contains 36 proposals from six different State agencies, we’ve organized these conversations by topic area. Below is the proposed schedule for topics for each week. Please note that this schedule is subject to change, pending other demands including any pandemic-related issues.



April 6

Shelter, outreach, and crisis response

April 13

Transitional housing and transitional supportive housing

April 20

Health and behavioral health interventions

April 27

Homelessness prevention and economic assistance

May 4

Affordable and supportive housing

May 11

Ending Veteran homelessness

May 18

Summary of feedback

Join the weekly webinar from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. to hear more about this plan and ask any questions you may have. We would also greatly appreciate your help spreading the word about these discussions over the next two months, to make sure that we collect the best guidance and recommendations about these funds ahead of final decisions being made at the Capitol.

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Glen Creek Lodge Residential Program has Immediate Openings

Glen Creek Lodge offers gender-responsive and trauma-responsive residential treatment with fully integrated substance use, mental health and psychiatry services.

Glen Creek Lodge is designed to create a peaceful setting where men can begin to heal. The program offers a safe, structured and supportive environments with curriculum developed specifically for men. Everyone in our programs receives individualized, personal attention and customized treatment plans that meet their goals as they become a member of a healing community.

To learn more visit or call 952-894-7722


Rainbow Research is Seeking 8 Consultants

with Lived Experience of Homelessness

Rainbow Research is recruiting people with lived experience of homelessness to bring their expertise and knowledge to our team as temporary, paid consultants to guide us as we strive toward racial justice, housing justice, and health justice for people experiencing homelessness. Rainbow will be hiring eight consultants. 

Help us spread the word about this opportunity! You can share the following information: 

If you have any questions, please contact Lateesha Coleman, or call/text 612-685-8332.

The New Beyond Backgrounds is OPEN!

Are you denied housing because of a criminal background, low credit score or recent eviction?

Do landlords ask you to pay a double deposit, or extra money up front, because of issues in your background?

If so, Beyond Backgrounds can help!

What is Beyond Backgrounds? Beyond Backgrounds makes it more likely that a landlord will relax their screening criteria and rent to you! When a landlord rents to you, they get up to $2,000 of financial assurance if something goes wrong like damage to the unit or legal fees. 

How do I use Beyond Backgrounds?

Step 1 - Join Beyond Backgrounds for free.

Step 2 - Learn how to talk about Beyond Backgrounds with landlords in our 5 minute training.

Step 3 - Access our Portal with housing search resources and support.

Step 4 - Enroll in the assurance program (if the landlord requires it). You pay $300 to Beyond Backgrounds if the landlord requires our assurance program to provide you housing. You only pay if the landlord requires it for housing!

Using all Beyond Backgrounds housing search resources is completely free. You only pay the $300 if the landlord requires the financial assurance to offer you housing. 


April is Second Chance Month

Second Chance Month Proclamation

Second Chance Month | National Reentry Resource Center

Second Chance® Month - Prison Fellowship

The Salvation Army - Total Facility Transformation

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center has completed renovation of its Minneapolis North Loop Program Facility and Thrift Store/Donation Center. New Program Spaces include:

  • Dorm Rooms (140 beds)
  • Showers and restrooms
  • Laundry rooms
  • Work out Center
  • Deck/Pavillion (smoking allowed)
  • Entertainment center
  • Game room
  • Food Service areas
  • Library/Resource Center
  • Lobby/Chapel
  • Group rooms and more!

If through your program and networks you are aware of men transitioning from correctional facilities, struggling with addiction or facing homelessness, we can help and we DO HAVE ROOM!

We are set up to take men in immediately without appointment.


The Recovery Academy

Highly Structured Supportive Living Program for Men

The Recovery Academy is a highly structured supportive living program for men. Anyone familiar with substance use disorder understands that the recovery process can be long and tough. For that reason, The Recovery Academy aims to support men during this time to ensure a successful transition to life-long recovery. Oftentimes, that means we work with our residents for 6-12 months.

828 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105

Minnesota seeking interviews with MA participants who access services via phone

The Minnesota Department of Human Services, in partnership with Wilder Research, is seeking individuals who are Minnesota Health Care Program enrollees and only access services via phone to participate in a one-on-one interview to learn more about their experiences and needs when they access services.

Participants will receive a $25 gift card for doing the interview, which will be conducted via phone or a video-conferencing platform such as WebEx or Zoom.

To be eligible to participate, individuals must:

  • Be currently enrolled in Medical Assistance and/or MinnesotaCare for at least 18 months
  • Have talked to a therapist, counselor, doctor or nurse on at least eight occasions in the past 18 months about their behavioral health or physical health concerns by phone only (this does not include teleconferencing or video platforms), and
  • Be at least 18 years of age.

Those interested in participating in an interview should contact Bunchung Ly at or 651-280-2725. The interviews are expected to take place in early April 2022.