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Community Connections State Program Manager: Angela HansonAngela Hanson, Community Connections State Program Manager

This programming area was developed to assist and encourage MNWT chapters to become significantly involved in their local communities, resulting in "community connections," increase recognition of a chapter's joint ventures with local community organizations, and highlight the following areas: promoting national programming areas that do not fall under any MNWT programming area; promoting a community-focused area of the SPM's choosing; and honoring chapters who have established Community Connections awarded at the MNWT Annual Convention.

Living and Learning State Program Manager: Shirley ViesselmanShirley Viesselman, Living and Learning State Program Manager

This programming area not available prior to 2009-2010 was developed to encourage a member's personal growth: mentally, spiritually, civically and so much more. Highlights include: promoting the Living and Learning certification; promoting Personal Enrichment Program courses; encouraging USWT Certifications and Competitions (Speaking, Writing and Impromptu); and organizing fellowship services, invocations and benedictions at convention.

Priority Area State Program Manager: Jennifer AugerJennifer Auger, Priority Area State Program Manager

Crescent Cove

MAKING MOMENTS COUNT FOR KIDS & FAMILIES: The first and only Home in Minnesota and the third in the United States

Crescent Cove offers care and support to children and young adults with a shortened life-expectancy, and their families who love them. The Crescent Cove Respite & Hospice Home for Kids opened May 2018 on Twin Lakes in Brooklyn Center, MN. It is a vibrant and joyful home-away-from home for kids with life-threatening conditions, where each moment is embraced and celebrated. The home is utilized for short breaks of rest, or an option beyond the hospital or home environment for compassionate, end-of-life care. All services and stays provided at Crescent Cove to kids and families are at no out-of-pocket cost thanks to the generosity of donors who make this possible.

Kids and young adults, 0-21 years old, are able to stay in one of six bedrooms for overnight respite and, as needed, a sacred place at the end-of-life. Along with therapy rooms and recreational space, a family suite is available so that families may stay together while enjoying a temporary get-away from the constant demands of care giving. Nursing professionals trained in pediatric palliative care are on-site to provide daily care, meals, pain and symptom control, and Crescent Cove has a network of therapists to engage kids through music, art, or pet therapy, healing touch, spiritual care and hydrotherapy.

Our Priority Area changes every three (3) years; Crescent Cove is our 2021-2024 Priority Area. Click here to view other past MNWT Priority Areas.

Women's Wellness State Program Manager: Andrea SchueAndrea Schue, Women's Wellness State Program Manager

This programming area encourages women to become more involved with their health and well being; promotes health education by providing challenges to chapter members encouraging participation with the added benefit of feeling better; educates women that Domestic Violence is a health issue and reminds our membership that there are still numerous people, children and families, friends, their communities impacted by domestic violence; and participates in walks that benefit women’s health issues like March of Dimes, Breast Cancer, Diabetes and ending hunger. This area supports the Outstanding Women Who Impact program.

Youth Of Today State Program Manager: Sue BaySue Bay, Youth Of Today State Program Manager

This area covers a wide variety of projects whenever a service is provided to our communities, either directly or indirectly. It also promotes ideas and activities that allow youth to discover and experience the importance of volunteering, and also promotes foundations related to youth activities. A major emphasis in this area is Kid's Week held in August. The Outstanding Young Adult program is held annually at Winter State. Young people are honored for their contribution to the community, and scholarships are awarded by the Minnesota Women of Today.

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