Updated Schedule 9/28 – 2012 Conference Brochure Final
Monday, October 1 Workshops
Health Care Needs and Respite Care– Alicia Hauff (NDSU)
What are the health care needs of people experiencing chronic homelessness? This informational session presents findings from a formal health needs assessment of the Fargo-Moorhead homeless population. The specific evaluation of the need for a medical respite care program is addressed. 1. Understand and describe the effects of homelessness on health based on literature and local findings. 2. Understand and describe the concept of homeless medical respite care and its utility in homeless health care. 3. Understand and describe the implications of needs assessment findings for Fargo-Moorhead homeless population members and community at large. Learn how the F-M findings can be extrapolated to your community and how you could do a similar assessment.
Student-Organized Street Outreach – Catherine Glatz & Jenna Cook (UMN)
ISTOP (Interprofessional Street Outreach Project) is a group based out of the University of Minnesota Allied Health Colleges. Students are sent out to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and food shelves to deliver basic health care, offer referrals, and provide health and nutrition education. Join us to learn our methods, gain information about our partners, how we maintain sustainability, and how you might develop a similar program.
Community Living Supports Program Overview – Jane Lawrenz (MN-DHS)
Community Living Supports oversees General Assistance, MSA, SSI Advocacy, Long Term Homeless Supportive Services grants. This session will give a broad overview of each program. Attendees will gain an understanding of the different programs including eligibility that are part of the safety net for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
My Deficits Became My Motivation To Change – Mary Whitney (Women Planting Seeds)
This session takes you through the journey of an abuse victim who took her deficits and turned them into assets and marketable skills. Ms. Whitney has worked within many supportive housing programs delivering self-esteem/healthy relationships workshops. They will be able to serve their program participants better. Those who attend this workshop will leave with hands on skills that can be implemented immediately. Workshop attendees will understand the dynamics that go into keeping people trapped in abusive situations.
Laugh Out Loud-NO JOKE – Denise Mallory-Ellis (SMRLS)
In this session participants will learn how to recognize the symptoms of compassion fatigue. Laughter yoga, a strategy to combat compassion fatigue for crisis services providers will be introduced. Participants will gain physical and mental health benefits as a result of laughter yoga and learn how to share the practice with populations in crisis.
Denise Mallory Ellis’ career in battling social injustice has been persistent and relentless on behalf of marginalized, economically disadvantaged, and vulnerable children and adults, in an attempt to right the wrongs created by poverty, greed and racism.
In her work as a para-legal in the homeless prevention program “Project HOPE” with the Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Working with issues of sub-standard housing ,slum lords, evictions and homelessness. Denise has a Bachelor Degree from the College of St Catherine in Communications. Her study of Compassion Fatigue is part of a journey that began with being a Child Welfare Social Worker, experiencing homelessness, experiencing the welfare system, experiencing the ups and downs that are part of life as a single parent.
Mental Health Needs of Youth in School – Chris Ochocki (Headway Emotional Health Services)
Understanding mental health concerns of students and its impact on their overall success in schools, particular attention paid for youth in precariously-housed situations and their specific mental health needs and strategies to support them. Understanding mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustments and their impact on youth in schools. Find ways to engage youth in positive relationships to address psychosocial and emotional concerns within a school-based setting. Discuss how school-based model of delivery may be most effective when working with precariously-housed youth. Identify different strategies to engage youth in helping relationships using harm-reduction, stage of change, CBT and other models.
Reasonable Accommodations and Reasonable Modifications in Housing-How to help your clients – Bill Maxwell (LASNEM)
This session will focus on aspects of Reasonable Accommodations and Reasonable Modifications for persons with disabilities and what clients and service providers should know about requesting accommodations and modifications from landlords. Sample forms to help collaboration among providers of housing services and health care practitioners will be provided.
Bill Maxwell has practiced with Legal Aid Services of NE MN in the Iron Range office since August 1995. He advises and represents clients on a variety of cases with an emphasis on housing matters. He received his BA from University of North Dakota and his JD from William Mitchell College of Law.
Monday, October 1 Institutes
Reintegration of Mentally Ill Offenders: What do we do with them? – Jolene Rebertus, MA, LPC, NCC (MN-DOC)
The MN Department of Corrections offers a variety of reintegration services to special population offenders. Releasing from prison can be a difficult, critical time in an offender’s life. Release planning services are offered to SPMI, Chemically Dependent, TBI, Medically Fragile and Sex Offenders. This workshop will address the significant progress MN has made with reentry practices; as well as challenges offenders continue to encounter. 1. Provide introductory information on the MN Department of Corrections and Mental Health Services. 2. Discuss and dissect reentry services, through lecture and interactive exercise, currently offered to special populations within the MN Department of Corrections. 3. Explore current gaps in reentry, and deliberate on what “seamless” reintegration services would look like.
Psychology of Long-Term Homeless – Steve Carlson (Spectrum Homeless Project)
Participants will increase their understanding about why some of our clients refuse housing opportunities, preferring to live outside or in shelters. Participants will learn practical skills for engagement and strategies to assist in moving from homelessness to permanent housing. Research informs us that twenty-percent of the homeless consume eighty-percent of the available resources. Among these are the long-term homeless; men and women who are by far the most resistant to our efforts to house them. This interactive workshop will offer a look at who the long-term homeless are, why they are so challenging, and practical strategies for successful housing. Especially useful for shelter providers, outreach workers, and supportive housing specialists.
Taking Care of Yourself in a Stressful Work Environment – Sandy Griffin (Managing Life Ltd)
When attendees walk away from this session each person will have tools to balance life – ways to choose a good attitude daily, secrets of living in each moment, living a life in perpetual gratitude, ways to celebrate each day and make them extra-ordinary, and the importance of humor and how to laugh at life’s mishaps. Each attendee will learn easy-to-do changes that will teach how to look at – and deal – with life, and that affects EVERY part of their life. This will build up self-esteem, get you excited to get up every morning and do it all over again, and give yourself permission to take time to take care of yourself.
GRH – How It Can Work for Your Client –Kristine Davis (MN – DHS)
Overview of two community living support programs offered through the MN Department of Human Services. Group Residential Housing (GRH) and Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) Shelter Needy – how these supports could increase housing opportunities for people in your community. Participants will learn how GRH and MSA Shelter Needy can provide housing for people who are experiencing homeless.
Evidence-Based Practice in Supportive Housing and Homelessness– Gary Travis (MN-DHS)
Access to affordable supportive housing is critical for healthcare stability and mental health recovery for persons with mental illness who are homeless. Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is an evidence-based practice that has demonstrated the impact of its seven core principles. The presentation will examine the principles of PSH and how these principles help people to access and live successfully in the housing of their choice. An introduction to Critical Time Intervention (CTI) as an approach for engaging individuals in stable housing will be included.
Gary Travis is a Mental Health Program Consultant for the Minnesota Department of Human Services Adult Mental Health Division. In this role he acts as the Minnesota State Contact for Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) and is the Division lead on policy regarding homelessness and housing for persons with serious mental illness (SMI). In addition to PATH he oversees the State’s Crisis Housing Assistance Fund and Housing with Supports for Adults with Serious Mental Illness supportive housing programs. Gary is also the Division’s liaison with Minnesota Housing on the Bridges State rental assistance program for persons with SMI. As a regional consultant Gary provides technical assistance on State mental health policy in North Central and Northeast Minnesota. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a Master of Social Work from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
How Many People will Fall through the Safety Net Before we Replace it? – Jessica Webster (Legal Services Advocacy Project) & Liz Kuoppala (MCH)
Sixteen years after “welfare reform,” a record numbers of families are living in homeless shelters. Parents are jumping through endless hoops but are rarely given enough income assistance to afford secure housing and a healthy meal. Join us for a discussion about how we can creatively re-build MFIP in Minnesota. This is a session for people who are seeing families in crisis every day and are interested in tangible solutions to improving lives.
Jessica Webster is a staff attorney with the Legal Services Advocacy Project (LSAP). She advocates on behalf of low-income Minnesotans at the Legislature and with State agencies regarding the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), unemployment, and food support. For the past 10 years, Jessica has worked as a public interest advocate on issues related to affordable housing, public education, gender equity, HIV/AIDS in South Africa, and environmental protection. Prior to joining LSAP in 2006, Jessica worked at a Chicago public interest law and policy center fighting statewide exclusionary zoning laws. She has a B.A. from Purdue University, an M.P.P. from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.
Liz Kuoppala is Executive Director of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. She is charged with executing MCH’s strategic direction of moving upstream to change systems that are forcing people into homelessness rather than building an ever-increasing homeless response system. She has a Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership from UMD.
Exhausted and Needing to Renew – Susan Phillips (LSS)
Working with youth who have been traumatized is certain to eventually take its toll on even the most gifted of youth workers. This workshop is for the youth worker who feels the stress and fatigue of working in this challenging field. Participants will learn warning signs of burnout, ways that your workplace can help to alleviate compassion fatigue and strategies that can work in your personal life for taking care of yourself. If you feel worn out and worn down in your job, this workshop is sure to offer resources and a chance for renewal. This workshop helps participants explore symptoms of burnout and analyze what symptoms they have experienced in the past and are currently through individual reflection and small and large group discussion. Brainstorming sessions are used to develop a list of the stressors clients bring, our workplace environments bring, and those that we bring upon ourselves. Another individual reflection activity helps participants diagram their support and replenishment networks and as a group we discuss how to fill the blank spots. In order to fully explore workplace environments participants view a short video on the FISH! Philosophy and then participate in a variety of assessments and brainstorming activities to analyze their own workplace environment to the philosophy presented. Finally we create environmental change goals.
Susan Phillips is currently the Program Director for Lutheran Social Service’s Homeless Youth Programs in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. She has been with LSS in that capacity since 1993, overseeing street outreach, shelter and transitional programs that are grounded in youth development and harm reduction strategies. Ms. Phillips has worked since the mid ‘80s with at-risk and homeless youth both here in the Twin Cities and in Central America. A mother of 3, she volunteers occasionally at her kids’ schools, and has a BA in Anthropology and a MA in Leadership.
Making the Affordable Care Act work for People Experiencing Homelessness – Stacie Weeks (LSAP) & Christina Wessel (MNCN)
The Supreme Court ruled this summer that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. What does the ACA mean for our clients? For our organizations? What will look different in 2014? What decisions will be made between now and then? What should a consumer-driven Exchange look like? How can we help consumers/clients get health insurance? What happens to the GAMC population? The MinnesotaCare population? What can we expect in the 2013 Legislative Session? Join us for a fun and lively conversation!
Christina Wessel is the Deputy Director of the Minnesota Budget Project, an initiative of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN). Since joining the organization in 2001, Christina has been active in monitoring state legislative activity, lobbying on key public policy and budget process issues, providing analysis on various tax and budget issues that impact low- and moderate-income Minnesotans, and communicating this research and analysis to a broad range of audiences. Christina holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
Monday, October 1 Workshops
Medicaid Reform – What’s happening in Minnesota –Jane Lawrenz (MN-DHS)
With passage of the Affordable Care Act on the federal level and the expansion of Medicaid at the state level how and when Medicaid is used is changing. This workshop will share the result of planning efforts in Minnesota. Learn what is being proposed for Medicaid in Minnesota in the upcoming legislative session and how this could impact housing providers and people who are experiencing homelessness.
The Face of Homelessness: Health Care Challenges – Joyce Bredesen (Metro State)
This presentation addresses health disparities as it relates to homeless families in St. Paul. The participants were given cameras and instructed to take photographs of things that affect their health. The self-health care experience of the homeless participants elicited through the photovoice methodology was then compared with health care interventions identified in the national Guideline “Adapting your practice: general recommendations for the care of homeless patients” published in 2010. The overall aim of this project is to improve methods for delivery of care and services to meet the needs that are identified by the families experiencing homelessness within the community.
Medical Outreach to Urban American Indian Homeless –Kenneth McMillan, MD (KOLA)
KOLA has been providing medical outreach to the Urban American Indian Homeless Community for past 12 years. The lessons learned provide a factual look at how providing services to the population can have positive outcomes. Outcomes include a reduction in emergency room services, increased access to permanent medical care, treatment or counseling services and permanent supportive housing. Understand that providing preventative care to the homeless population is a cost saving measure as well as a life saving measure.
Know Thyself – Introduction to Personality Type (Part I) – Kenza Hadj-Moussa (MCH)
Even among people working for justice, personality differences can cause anger, frustration, and conflict. The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps individuals better understand themselves and the people around them by exploring personality type preferences. MBTI is used in corporate, nonprofit, government, and academic settings to gauge strengths and weaknesses in individuals and teams. MBTI is based on the identification and description of 16 distinct personality types. The 16 types are determined how people 1) absorb information 2) make decisions and 3) relate to structure. You should sign up for this workshop if you are interested in taking the certified test to discover your MBTI personality type. This workshop will provide an overview of type theory. The certified type indicator will be administered in the second half of this workshop. Participants will receive their indicator results on Tuesday. Note: Participants are required to attend Part I (Monday) & Part II (Tuesday) of this workshop. Limit – 25 people.
Together for Youth – Laura Kadwell (Heading Home Minnesota)
Join this workshop to learn more about working together toward a common goal and to answer questions like: How can my community develop a system from individual organizations? How do agencies align for maximum effectiveness? Participants will learn about components of a successful collective impact project and will have an opportunity to learn about the development of onesuch project in the field of ending youth homelessness. Presenters will provide ideas about how to design a project, including challenges that arise and tips on how to resolve them. Participants will be able to distinguish between “collaboration” and “collective impact.” They will also have an opportunity to discuss collective impact projects in which they participate.
Tuesday, October 2 Workshops
Point in Time Counts-Sheltered & Unsheltered – Beth Holger-Ambrose (MN – DHS)
This session will provide participants with a history and overview of both the sheltered and unsheltered Point in Time Counts in Minnesota. This session will also help participants to understand why we do these counts, what benefits our state gets from doing these counts and how to participate and do an accurate sheltered and unsheltered count of people experiencing homelessness. 1. The history and reasons for the Point in Time Counts. 2. How agencies and communities can support their Point in Time Counts. 3. Examples of effective methods for conducting the sheltered and unsheltered Point in Time counts.
Serving People with Serious Mental Illnesses Who Are Leaving Prison – Anna McLafferty, MPP (NAMI – MN)
Learn about evidence-based approaches to serving people who live with serious mental and are leaving jail. This session will present lessons learned from Northern Pines Mental Health Center’s work to provide services, including supportive housing and supported employment, for people returning to the community from correctional facilities. (1) Learn evidence-based ways to work with people involved in the criminal justice system (2) Gain knowledge of supportive housing and supported employment (3) Gain practical suggestions for how to work effectively with people with complex needs.
Improving Health and Well-Being with a Shelter Based Faith Community (Parish) Nurse – Lois Ustanko (Sanford Health)
This workshop will describe a sustainable parish nurse-shelter partnership for health care. Parish Nurses in a shelter setting empower the homeless to make informed health care decisions for themselves and their children. Nurses help those who reside in the shelter to obtain health insurance, find primary care providers, keep children current with immunizations, and manage chronic health conditions through planned care. Workshop participants will discuss possibilities for creating such collaboration in their own communities and ways to develop such a partnership. (1) Learn about the Faith Community (Parish) Nursing Model for addressing health concerns for those who are homeless. (2) Understand the mutual benefits of a collaborative partnership. (3) Learn the process for developing a sustainable parish nurse-shelter collaborative partnership for the provision of shelter based health care.
Health Benefit Exchange – The Role of Navigators – Liz Olson (CHUM) & Stacey & Trixie
Learn how to make the Affordable Care Act work for your organization and your clients. The role of navigators hasn’t made headlines but will play an essential role in enrolling people experiencing homelessness. Learn how your organization might play a role.
Stacey and Trixie are members of the CHUM organizing steering committee. Both have been active with CHUM for several years. Stacey and Trixie have first- hand knowledge of many of the issues faced by those at CHUM. Stacey and Trixie are using their voices and experiences to shape a health care system that works for all Minnesotans. Stacey has testified at the Health Reform Task Force and at the Health Benefits Task Force. Trixie has shared her story with legislative committees concerned with health care policy.
Elizabeth Olson is the Director of Congregational Outreach and oversees the Outreach & Organizing arm of CHUM. Elizabeth has a Master’s Degree in Congregational and Community Care from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Elizabeth’s experience lies in mobilizing faith communities in direct service volunteering and advocacy efforts. Elizabeth has worked in non-profits in varying capacity but all with a focus around organizing for a just and compassionate community. Elizabeth has been in her current role at CHUM for four years.
Tuesday, October 2 Institutes
What’s New with HUD’s Homeless Programs- Hearth Act Updates, New Oppurtunities and New Definitions – Tom Koon/Michele Smith (HUD)
Discussion on the application of HUD’s new definition of homeless by grant program including Emergency Solution Grants, Supportive Housing Programs funding transitional housing and permanent housing, and Shelter plus Care. HUD staff will present updated information on the Hearth Act and the potential impact on existing programs, Continuum of Care groups, and opportunities for new projects. Participants would understand which definitions would apply to HUD funded grants and which programs may be available to households that are experiencing homelessness. This session will update those funded under a McKinney Vento grant on new requirements and new opportunities. It will help those interested in pursuing HUD funding for the homeless understands how HUD funds may be used.
Real Health Care Reform – The Problems and Solutions Beyond the ACA – Erin Anderson (Health Care for All – MN)
Power Point presentation and discussion on the Lewin Study. Looking at the cost benefit analysis of a unified health care system. Analysis of today’s health care mess and how we can fix it. Discussion on the current health care crisis and how if effects the homeless population as well as the grassroots movement pushing for a single payer system. • Attendees will understand the cost and benefits of a unified health care system • Be given the tools to effectively advocate for true health care reform that would greatly benefit the homeless population. They will receive materials, data and context to become effective advocates.
Homelessness Prevention – Ji–Young Choi (MN Housing)
FHPAP (Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program) workgroup that is composed of 11 FHPAP coordinators representing metro and greater MN areas is working diligently to develop targeting strategies and outcome/measurement tools on FHPAP. We would like to share what this group has developed and identified as effective strategies along with future FHPAP program strategies. Also, this workshop will provide the workgroup and FHPAP staff an opportunity to get input and feedback from service providers for future ideas. 1) Share how to target prevention efforts/resources 2) Share how to set up prevention outcome and how to measure it 3) Collect feedback and suggestions from service providers 4) Achieve mutual understanding on prevention strategies and practices
“Garments for One Another” Video and Discussion on Ending Domestic Violence in Muslim Families – Linda Riddle (Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs)
This workshop will include video from “Garments for One Another”: understanding domestic violence and what we can do. Participants will also lean what Islam says about Domestic Violence; key phrases from the Qur’an responding to violence against women. Basic sexual abuse prevention and intervention information helpful to Muslim families will also be covered. Linda is not Muslim but will be presenting materials developed by Muslim advocates.
Know Thyself – Your MBTI Personality Type Indicator Results (Part II) – Kenza Hadj-Moussa (MCH)
Are you an introvert or an extravert? Do you take in information through your sense or intuition? Do you make decisions based objectively or subjectively? Do you prefer structure or flexibility? Discover your innate gifts and areas of growth in the second part of this interactive workshop. In Part II, attendees will receive will receive their MBTI personality results and a description of the 16 types. This institute will guide attendees through the meaning of their personality type and explain the functions of each type. We’ll explore how knowing ourselves and each other can enhance teamwork, organizational effectiveness, and personal development. Note: Participants are required to attend Part I (Monday) & Part II (Tuesday) of this workshop. Limit – 25 people.
Tuesday, October 2 Workshops
The Offender and Barriers – Dana Race (SOAR)
This presentation, would discuss the many barriers offenders face as they transition to the community of Duluth. I would also point out they are one of the most underserved members of our population. Evidence based practices as they relate to offenders successfully transition from being an offender to being a productive member of society would be presented. Provide housing opportunities; Provide employment opportunities; Have a greater understanding about what can assist an offender succeed.
Duluth Veterans Place Model –Steve Saari (MACV)
Discussion of the Duluth Veterans Place model which includes Transitional and Permanent Housing with Supportive Services all at one site in West Duluth. How we partner with the VA Health Care system and other area Veteran service providers. By connecting Veterans to benefits they have earned, they can get off of General assistance and Public Health Care like Medicaid/MN Care/GAMC, etc.
Our Girls are not for Sale –Kim Crawford (Life House)
Life House, a youth drop-in center, and PAVSA, a sexual assault program, both interact daily with victims of trafficking through crisis services, including therapy. At Life House, many youth are experiencing homelessness, are victims of abuse, and represent a minority population – all factors which make youth more vulnerable to trafficking. Based on research, the most effective way to intervene in trafficking cases is to have adequate shelter with supportive, comprehensive services. In Duluth, there is an overwhelming need for safe housing for young trafficking victims. Today, Life House and PAVSA are developing a strategic community plan to provide shelter and support services for young victims of trafficking. Join them in this very important discussion.
Using Action Research to Sustain Renter Education – Lori Hendrickson & Cindy Peterson (UMN Extension, Grand Rapids)
The project will be conducted with several community partners representative of agencies throughout the state which have and will continue to use the RentWise curriculum. These agencies will benefit by being mentored by extension educators, learning about the program and being able to share important information regarding the curriculum and trainings in order to create a better product for other community partners in Minnesota. Educators will share the process in which the agencies were involved to begin using tools and gaining confidence to sustain the program in their communities.
Legislative Advocacy – Darielle Dannen (MCCD) & Dan Kitzberger (MCH)
Get a review of the basics before delving into lessons learned from recent legislative victories and strategizing about the 2013 Session.
Darielle Dannen is a licensed attorney. She worked at HOME Line in several capacities including the positions of Housing Advocate and Development Director. Her duties included leading legislative campaigns around affordable housing advocacy and drafting legislation related to affordable housing issues. She also served with the Volunteer Lawyers Network as the Housing Law Resource Attorney where she helped enact legislation that prevents equity stripping and revised foreclosure legislation. Darielle also did a three month stint in Chiang Mai, Thailand working on development projects and legal education initiatives. In her current position, Darielle works with MCCD members to craft our policy platform and legislative agenda and works directly with local and state officials on implementing these policies on behalf of the membership.
Dan Kitzberger has experience as a researcher, organizer, and advocate in a variety of nonprofit organizations including the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Association for Nonsmokers, and Neighborhood Housing Services. Before joining the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Dan worked for the Minnesota House of Representatives as a legislative assistant and constituent services specialist. Dan serves as the Vice Chair of the City of Richfield Planning Commission. He holds a Master’s in Advocacy & Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota Duluth. As an undergraduate, Dan was a starting linebacker on the UMD football team. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication. In his free time, he can be found fishing, working out, or woodworking. Originally from New Ulm, Dan lives in Richfield.
Urban In-Reach and Camp Outreach to Youth – Zach Wolfgram (Safe Zone), Katie Kennedy (Safe Zone), Danielle Ronning-Wolfgram (Streetworks)
This workshop will discuss the methodology of youth in-reach to adult shelters in the twin cities. It will go over the basics of in-reach programs and the work being done to create new resources for older youth 21-24. We will also talk about outreach to youth that sleep out side and camp rather than stay at shelter and the barriers they face when accessing programs.
Zachary Wolfgram began as a peer outreach worker for Safe Zone drop-in center in St. Paul in 2009. He went on to study and received his associate’s degree this year. Zach holds a new and unique position at Catholic Charities of in-reach to youth in adult shelters and continues to do outreach for Safe Zone.
Katie Kennedy began as a peer outreach worker for Safe Zone in 2006. She is currently studying at MCTC for her teaching degree and holds a position as HIV Specialist at Safe Zone and continues to do street outreach to youth in camps.
Danielle Ronning-Wolfgram started doing outreach for StreetWorks in 2008. In 2009 Danielle was chosen for a special position funded by Hennepin County to do in-reach to youth in adult shelters. The position is currently housed at YouthLink. She also works with youth who camp.
Homeless is My Address, Not My Name audio/photo exhibition will be on display at the conference. It is a project of St Stephens Human Services.
Massage. Susan will do massages on Tuesday Oct. 2nd from 10 am to 2 pm. The rate is $1/min. She did not give the length of time for each chair massage but I think we could say each massage would be 15 minutes so that we could do scheduling. The information that I have is her business name is Ahhh Massage — Where Relaxation Begins (there are also symbols on her business card). She is a Massage Therapist, NCBTMB and offers Swedish, Injury, Deep Tissue, Pregnancy and Chair Massages. Her office is located in Virginia, MN.
REIKI – Will be available at the conference for $1/minute in fifteen minute sessions on Monday. The deep relaxation of Reiki energy promotes a host of benefits for the mind and body. Reiki energy allows muscles to relax and increases blood flow to treated areas, which in turn quickens the healing process. Practitioners and clients report help with stress, headaches, insomnia, upset stomach, sprains and other minor conditions. Occasionally, miraculous results are reported. Reiki also promotes psychological healing, including release of anger, fear, worry, sadness and other unhealthy feelings, and replaces them with self-worth, confidence and tranquility. In addition, relaxation has been shown to help restore immune function and improve circulation, enhancing healing throughout your body.
Jody Guy-Krulc, KRMT is a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher and owner of “RELAX WITH REIKI” in Virginia, MN which offers Reiki Sessions with optional Crystal Healing and Essential Oils, Animal Reiki Sessions and classes in all levels of Reiki Training for children, teens and adults. She recently completed the second year of training for Andean Shamanism. Jody Guy-Krulc is a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals and an affiliate member of the International Center for Reiki Training.