Appreciating our Support in 2016

Care Partners services were made possible by our many foundation supporters, donors, and business sponsors (listed below).  Our board members continued to invest their time in our nonprofit development with new policies, fundraising initiatives and program support.

57 volunteers donated over 2800 hours to provide companionship, give rides and help with chores. Our staff have responded to new situations and the many challenges of this work with good heart. Finally, we appreciate our clients—those facing the challenges of aging, illness and caregiving—for letting us support them and for sharing  their journey with us.  Here’s a few highlights:

  • Martha Olson was hired as our new Senior Rides Coordinator.
  • Kelly started our new Senior Chore program.
  • Over 50 people attended a “Being Mortal” screening.
  • Caregiver Coffee groups continued in Tofte & Grand Marais.
  • Our 1st Annual Ice Cream Social was held at Sydney’s Custard
AEOA booth 2016 (2) CPCC staff, Kelly and Martha at the Community Connect Event  

Clients Served

  • 119 Clients Served in 2016
  • 42 Senior Rides clients received over 379 rides
  • Volunteer drivers log over 11,000 miles
  •  36 caregivers received over 400 hours of coaching & support.
  •  34 clients received 178 of Care Coordination (including end-of-life care)
  • 24 clients received 174 Volunteer Visits


Upcoming Programs

Grief Group:   Learning Life after Loss

Care Partners is hosting a 6-session Grief Group led by Pastor Beth Benson and Care Partners Volunteer Jack McHugh. The group will be held April 11, 25 May 9, 23, June 6, 20 from 3:30-5 pm at the 1st Congregational Church. It includes sharing, facilitated conversations, readings and refreshments.   All are welcome.   Call Care Partners at 387-3788 for more information. RSVPs encouraged.

Caregiver Coffee  Meet other caregivers, share resources & discuss caregiving.  Held monthly in Grand Marais and Tofte. 

2nd Annual Ice Cream Social ,  Sunday, August 27, 2-5 pm  Sydney’s Frozen Custard

Complicated Grief:   HFA’s 2017 Living with Grief Program will be held Thursday, May 4, 2-4 pm, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, lower level classroom.  Most people can cope with loss and grief and eventually find ways to re-engage in their lives. However, some people experience more complicated grief.  This webcast looks at how to identify disabling grief reactions, therapeutic approaches and when to make referrals. CEU’s available.

Senior Spring Cleanup Day, Saturday May 20th

RakingGroups of all ages are invited to help elderly neighbors with spring outdoor clean-up.  It’s an ideal time for family, friends, & organizations to work together to help local seniors remain safely in their homes.  Volunteers rake leaves, trim bushes, plant flowers, and do general clean up in yards & garages.

Interested volunteers and seniors should call 387-3788 by May 5th. There is no charge to seniors; but  tax deductible donations are gratefully accepted.

Call Kelly at 387-3788 for more information.


Supporting Independence

Jan was spending most of the day hauling wood into her house a few pieces at a time. Medications made her arms bruise easily. Cancer treatments had left her with little energy. Exhausted, Jan realized she needed help but had no family in the area.

Now Jan has volunteers from Care Partners Senior Chore Program to assist with stacking and hauling wood, washing windows and shoveling her deck.

“The biggest impact for me,” says Jan, “has been the peace of mind. Now I can heat my house and have someone to call on when I need assistance.”  Jan also doesn’t have to worry about slipping and falling trying to do this all herself.Yvonne

Jan says her volunteer, Yvonne, does her work with such strength and kindness.  “She takes such a personal interest and offers to help with other needs I have.”  Jan says that Yvonne also sings when she works and is wonderful to be around.   “Everything is so nice when she is done.”

Yvonne joined Care Partners as a Chore Volunteer this winter, because she had more time. “There is more meaning to life when you can do something to help others.” 

“It’s a Win-Win for all,” she says.  “It helps Jan and also helps me get outside and exercise.  It’s self care for me by helping someone else.”  Yvonne says the hardest part is just getting started.  “Once you get out, it makes you feel good.”

More volunteers are needed. Choose activities that fit you and your schedule. Call Kelly at 387-3788 to get started.

Volunteer Opportunities

Care Partners Volunteers give back to the elders in our community in many ways.

Companion Volunteers provide friendly visits, check-ins, caregiver respite or presence at end of life.

Senior Rides Volunteers give rides locally or to Duluth and are reimbursed for mileage.  Trainings are ongoing.

Chore Volunteers help with occasional chores to keep seniors safe in their homes. Trainings are ongoing.

CPCC Board Members provide leadership and fundraising support for Care Partners.

Call Care Partners at 387-3788 for more  information.

Volunteer Trainings

Companion Volunteer  Training  June 9-10, Friday 4:30–8pm & Saturday, 9 am-3 pm.  Meals provided.

Chore Volunteer  Training  Tuesday, June 20, 4-6 pm Call 387-3788 to register or for more information.

Thank You to all who Funded Care Partners in 2016!


Federal Older Americans Act grant from the ARDC’s Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging,  Live Well at Home Grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services,  Scott Hawkins Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation,  Cook County Community Foundation,  Gary & Catherine L. Graham Foundation,  Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation,  Mardag Foundation,   North Shore Health Care Foundation,   Operation Round-Up

Celebration Gifts in Honor of

Jayne Johnson

Debi LaMusga

Ethel Leng

Jack McHugh

The dedicated volunteers


Dee Anderson

Nedetta Buchheit

John Costello

Janet Elsner

Ingeborg Garborg

Stephanie Hooper

Pat Histone

Claire Judd

Dorothy Kobey

Harry Lamson

Albina Lucyszyn

Annemarie Meissner

Donald Paplham

Fred Rohlfing

Alice Fox Rudh

Melvin Smith

Lou Terrizzi

Claire Yadron

Ann Zellner

Business Sponsors

Angry Trout Cafe

Birchbark Books & Gifts

Blue Water Cafe

Buck's Hardware

Cobblestone Cabins

Crecent Moon Acupuncture

Edwin E. Thoreson Inc.     

Grand Marais Super America

Grand Marais Veterinary Clinic

Hungry Jack Outfitters

Johnson's Big Dollar

Joyne's Ben Franklin

Lake Superior Trading Post

Lambs Resort

Lutsen Mountains Corporation

Lutsen Resort

Lutzen Reflections

Nordic Electric

North Shore Fed. Credit Union

Puttin' Pets

Red Pine Realty

Sawbill Canoe Outfitters

Sivertson Gallery

Sydney’s Frozen Custard

Tamarac Group

Timber Wolff Realty

Walker, Giroux & Hahne

White Pine North


Chel Anderson

Paulette Anholm

Lynn Arnold

Treg & Denise Axtell

Timothy & Berta Bauer

Beth  Benson

Andrea Berg

Patsy & Bill Bernhjelm

Bethlehem Lutheran Women

Vicki Biggs

Bill Christ & Beryl Bissell

Kaitlyn Bohlin

John & Barb Bottger

Ann Bracco

Thomas & Penny Bradovich

Mickey & Dee Brazell

Richard Buchheit

William & Joan Burkhardt

Evalyn Carlson

Margaret Carlson

Bob & Helen Carter

Teri Chilefone

Barbara & Christopher Collins

Paul & Kelly Dahl

Nancy Dalbec

Rollin & Georgene Daubanton

Emma Davidson

Jennifer Delfs

Terrence Demos

Fred & Heather Derewenko

Mary Deschampe

Don &Sue Dittus

Rain & Kris Elfvin

Brent & Marja Erickson

Polly Ann Erickson

Lois Eyinc

Anthony & Cindy Faras

Dan & Diane Fitzgerald

Denny Fitzpatrick

Carol Mork & Hillary Freeman

Lyle Gerard

Bernard & Mildred Gestel

Glenn & Chelly Gilyard

Grand Portage Elderly

Grand Marais Lions Club

Grand Marais Lioness Club

Donald Grant

Kay Grindland

John & Valerie Groth

Karen  Halbersleben

Joan Hall

Carol & Peter Harris

Nathan & Mattine Hartzell

Duane Hasegawa

Barbara Heideman

Carolyn Hollstadt

Kelly Holtzman

George & Gail Huschle

Heidi Jacobsen

Peter & Amy James

Barb Jansen

Frances Jarchow

Mike & Sharon Jerabek

Gerald & Janet Johansen

Jayne & Rick  Johnson

Robert & Nancy Johnston

Tracey Benson/Pete Kavanaugh

Shelly Kinzli

Karen Kobey

Stephen & Patricia Konecnik

Karen Kritta, CPA

Suellen Kruse

Marilyn & Don Kufahl

Skip & Linda Lamb

Debi LaMusga

Mike & Kathy Lande

Don & Carla LaPointe

Ralph & Geraldine Latham

Gerald & Joan Lilja

Jean Ljungkull

Lesa Lucyszyn

Donnis & Orvis Lunke

William Lurton

Gwen & John Marrice

John McElevey

Jack McHugh

Judy Meath

Regine Meissner

Walt Mianowski

Printha Moe

Betty Murray

B.J. Muus

Hyla & Arnold Napadensky

Nancy Starr & Steve Neilsen

Randi Nelson

Cathleen Nevers

Sue Nordman

Chris & Cameron Norman



Ellen Olson

Phyllis Parker

Floyd & Diane Pearson

Jean Perkins

Irene Peterson

Mark & Mary Peterson

Gary & Judy Peterson

Lou & Inger Pignolet

Ann Possis

Helen Muth & David  Quick

Jeffrey  Reihle

Dennis & Judy Renkeiwicz

Sandra Sue Riley

Donald & Gale Ring

Marilyn Rohlfing

Loretta Rosen

Kay Rosenthal

Ann Russ

Susan Scherer

Milan & Carolyn Schmidt

Craig & Lynn Schulte

Glen & Judith Siegle

Ray & Eleanor Sjoberg

Randy Sjogren

Jean Skinner

Fred & Fran Smith

Fritz Sobanja

M.L. Sorensen

Deb Steenbakker

Steven Pincus & Michelle Strangis

John Stearley

Becky Stoner

Ellen Stubbs

Stanley & Sally Suck

Clare Terrizzi

Carah Thomas-Maskell

Deloris Thompson

Kevin Treacy

James & Ruthanne Vos

Seamus Walsh

Sarah Warner(Warbuck)

Suzanne Weber

Karin Westgate

Ken & Donna Wielinski

Conrad Wika

Patricia Winchell-Dahl

Kimber Wraalstad

Lynn Wright

Patricia Zankman