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Monday, April 26, 2021

2021 Week of May 3, Annoucements

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Stairstep Foundation | 2115 Plymouth Ave. N, 2115 Plymouth Ave. N,
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Vaccine Slots Available 1st Week of May!
Stairstep Foundation/His Works United in collaboration with Messianic Care and Black Nurses Rock TC, M Health Fairview, and Ramsey County will provide COVID 19 vaccination events in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Please share with your congregations, family, neighbors and friends. Everyone needs to be vaccinated!
New Creations Ministries COGIC - 5144 13th Ave. So.,
Minneapolis, Mn 55417                   
Pfizer Vaccine will be administered from 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday, May 1 (1st dose) - Saturday, May 22 (2nd dose)
Unity Temple COGIC - 4801 63rd Ave N, Minneapolis, Mn 55429   
Pfizer Vaccine will be administered from 2 – 7 pm
Monday, May 3 (1st dose) - Monday, May 24 (2nd dose)
Pilgrim Baptist Church - 732 Central Ave. W,
St. Paul, Mn 55104
Moderna Vaccine will be administered from 12 pm - 5 pm
Tuesday, May 4 (1st dose) - Tuesday, June 1 (2nd dose)
Urban League Twin Cities – 2100 Plymouth Ave. No.,
Minneapolis, Mn. 55411
Moderna & Johnson & Johnson Vaccine will be administered
from 1 - 7 pm
Wednesday, May 5 (1st dose) – Wednesday,
June 2 (2nd dose)
  Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church - 501 Lawson Ave. W.,
St. Paul, Mn 55117                                  
Moderna Vaccine will be administered from 12 pm - 5 pm
Thursday, May 6 (1st dose) - Thursday, June 3 (2nd dose)
Gethsemane Lutheran Church - 4656 Colfax Ave. N.,
Minneapolis, Mn 55412                                 
Moderna Vaccine will be administered from 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday, May 8 (1st dose) - Saturday, June 5 (2nd dose)
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccine is available to individuals 18 years of age and older, and the Pfizer Vaccine is available to individuals 16 years of age and older. Eligible individuals who wish to receive the COVID-19 vaccination must schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted.
To Schedule an Appointment
Call the Stairstep COVID-19 Hotline – 612-254-1228
Stairstep Foundation | 2115 Plymouth Ave. N, 2115 Plymouth Ave. N,
Minneapolis, MN 55411

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Disability Services eList announcement

Date: April 22, 2021
To: Lead agency staff and all interested stakeholders
From: DHS Aging and Adult Services and Disability Services divisions on behalf of MN Housing
Purpose: To announce that RentHelpMN is open and accepting applications to help eligible renters get caught up on overdue rent and utilities
Contact: Visit RentHelpMN or call 211

Forwarded on behalf of Minnesota Housing

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RentHelpMN is Now Open for Applications

Minnesota Housing is pleased to announce that RentHelpMN is now open and accepting applications. RentHelpMN makes it possible for eligible renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please note that RentHelpMN is in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.

To apply for RentHelpMN, please visit or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Visit to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements and to apply.


Visit CBSM – What's new often for a list of policies/pages we've recently updated
in the Community-Based Services Manual.

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Now, more than ever, it is important for our communities to support youth in their education and learning. Help provide important supplies and equipment to Friendship Academy of the Arts, to empower scholars to be lifelong leaders and learners. From now through April 30th, Thrivent will match every dollar donated, up to $10,000.

Empower a scholar today:


Friendship Academy of the Arts, a tuition-free, K-8 charter school, welcomes one and all to share their public-school setting with a private school feel. Friendship Academy of the Arts is committed to empowering scholars to be lifelong leaders and learners by developing the whole child socially, emotionally, academically, and artistically. Help us provide important supplies and devices to Friendship Academy of the Arts, and their teachers and scholars. 

Learn more about Friendship Academy of the Arts 

All donations made through the fundraising page will be matched $1 for $1 - up to a maximum of $10,000. * Thrivent pays the online processing fees so 100% will go directly to the cause.**

*InFaith Community Foundation will provide a $1 for $1 match on donations made during this online campaign. This match will run until the $10,000 cap is met or until 4/30/21, whichever is sooner. Donations must be made through Thrivent's online giving platform.

**Thrivent will pay up to $100,000 in online processing fees per calendar year for personal donations made through Thrivent's online giving platform.
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Stairstep Foundation | 2115 Plymouth Ave. N, 2115 Plymouth Ave. N,
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Stairstep Foundation | 2115 Plymouth Ave. N, 2115 Plymouth Ave. N,
Minneapolis, MN 55411
COVID-19 Community Corps - April 13, 2021

An Update on the Johnson and Johnson Vaccine 

As a valued COVID-19 Community Corps member, you are a trusted messenger of COVID-19 information in your community. Your voice is critical to clearly communicating about the safety and efficacy of all COVID-19 vaccines. 

That said, we want to provide you with an update on the recommended Johnson and Johnson (J&J) vaccine pause.
As of April 12, nearly seven (7) million J&J doses have been administered. The U.S. Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating six (6) cases of an extremely rare type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the J&J vaccine.

As CDC and FDA noted in join their statement, right now these adverse events appear to be extremely rare.

Out of an abundance of caution, and as they review these rare cases, CDC and FDA are recommending vaccine providers pause on administering the J&J vaccine. 
As FDA noted this morning, FDA and CDC hope to review this quickly over the next few days. This pause is important so that we have time to review the cases and help healthcare providers understand how to treat any individuals who may experience these rare events.

This announcement will not have a significant impact on our vaccination plan: J&J vaccine makes up less than five (5) percent of the recorded shots in arms in the United States to date.

Based on actions taken by the President earlier this year, the U.S. has secured enough Pfizer and Moderna doses for 300 million Americans. You can read the full statement from White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator, Jeff Zients, on the impact on supply 

We will be back in touch soon to share additional resources and messaging on this issue, as well as our broader efforts to advance vaccine confidence and protect America’s health.

Thank you for helping us get the word out.

We can do this!

The HHS COVID-19 Community Corps Team

Hi all –

Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced that additional savings and lower health care costs are available for consumers on The American Rescue Plan (ARP) has increased tax credits available to consumers, helping to reduce premiums and giving consumers access to affordable health care coverage. The Department also announced an additional $50 million in advertising to bolster the Special Enrollment Period outreach campaign. The campaign will run through August 15, 2021.
“We’re delivering lower health care costs to more Americans because everyone deserves access to quality, affordable health care. Today help is here and millions of Americans can start saving money on their health insurance premiums thanks to the American Rescue Plan,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “The Biden Administration is committed to bringing down health care costs for families. Consumers can save money by visiting and choosing a plan that works for them and their budget. HHS will be reaching out to encourage Americans to use the Special Enrollment Period to sign up for quality, affordable coverage through”
For more information, read the materials below:
Marvin Figueroa, Director
Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, D.C.

From: Faith 4 Heart
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:26 AM
Subject: Thank you for participating in the FAITH! Emergency Preparedness Project! Save the Dates!

Hi everyone:

Thank you so much for your willingness to participate in this new and improved Emergency Preparedness Initiative! We are so excited to have your church within our network and as one of our partnering churches! Below are important dates for this initiative including orientation, the seminar series and next steps moving forward. All meetings are open to the entire church but we would like the church pastor and designated FAITH! Champion to attend. Zoom links to all meetings will be provided in the near future; please feel free to distribute to your church members. Each participating church will receive a $500 incentive to develop or enhance their church emergency preparedness team!

SAVE THE DATES and Mark Your Calendars:

April 10th @ 11am, Initiative Orientation by Dr. LaPrincess Brewer

This meeting will kick off the initiative and provide important information regarding the goals and expectations of the project. This will be the best time to get all of your questions answered by our team.

Seminar Series

Seminar #1 May 22nd @ 11am

Topic: Disaster Preparedness: Readiness is a Lifestyle

Featured speaker:

Seminar #2 June 12th @ 11am

Topic: Building Resilient Churches

Featured speaker:

Seminar #3 July 10th @11am

Topic: Partnerships for Preparedness: From Hurricanes to Pandemics

Featured speaker:

Once again thank you so much for your willingness to participate. Please look out for the orientation Zoom link as it will be coming soon.

All the best,

Dr. LaPrincess Brewer & FAITH! Study Team


Job Openings at The State


The State has several job openings, a few of the positions are listed below. If you are interested in applying for one of these positions or would like to know about others, please send an email to

  • Maintenance Assistant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Curator - Archeology
  • Sales Assistant
  • Interpreter
  • Infrastructure Support Technician
  • Program Specialist - Volunteer Services
  • Museum Guide
  • Site Manager - Charles Lindbergh House & Partnership



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Sr. Provider Investigator | Surveillance & Integrity Review Section (SIRS)

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St Paul, MN 55155

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DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

On March 24, FEMA released the interim policy guidance on the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program. It will be a reimbursement program for eligible funeral expenses for deaths related to COVID-19 that occurred after January 20, 2020.

Please see the press release for more information about the newly released policy: FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths.

The program is not yet active, but is anticipated to begin in early April. This bulletin is simply a notice to provide awareness of the impending launch, allowing individuals an opportunity to begin to gather documentation and case workers time to gain familiarity. If your organization provides funeral assistance please take a look at how your program may interact with the FEMA's COVID-19 Funeral Assistance program to avoid duplication of benefits. For those accustomed to conventional natural disaster responses please note that FEMA intends to establish a dedicated toll-free phone number for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance, separate from

For those looking for more specific details about the program please go to the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance website.

DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

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