Care Partners’ Big Year!

2015 was a banner year for Care Partners. We incorporated as an independent nonprofit, received our tax exempt status, developed by-laws and policies and recruited and trained a new board of directors —all while continuing our programs and services.

Here’s a few highlights:

  • Marnie Hovland was hired in March as our new RN Care Coordinator. 
  • Over 100 people attended the programs Dr. Barclay presented on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias ! 
  • Initial funding was received to pilot a Senior Chore Program. 
  • Caregiver Coffee programs were started in Tofte & Grand Marais. 
  • A new marketing & fundraising effort resulted in a new website & brochure. 
  • The 7th Annual Light Up a Life Program at the East Bay raised $1300. 
  • For our first annual appeal we set a goal of $5000 and raised almost $10,000. (Thanks everyone!)

Calling All Chore Volunteers!

Interested in helping your senior neighbors with occasional chores around the house? Our goal is to help at-risk elders to stay safely in their homes when no other help is available. Volunteers receive a short training, mileage reimbursement and choose their assignments. Activities might include short-term housekeeping, shoveling, seasonal yard work, gardening, organizing, minor home repair or household maintenance projects. What do you enjoy? Our new Senior Chore Program depends on finding volunteers willing to lend a hand! Please contact our Chore Coordinator, Kelly Holtzman, at 387-3788 or by email at if you are interested.

Marnie with volunteer Jean Perkins & former Coordinator, Jeannette Lindgren
Marnie with volunteer Jean Perkins &
former Coordinator, Jeannette Lindgren

103 Clients Served in 2015:

  • 36 for Caregiver Coaching 
  • 38 for Care Coordination (13 of these for End-of-Life) 
  • 15 for Volunteer Visits 
  • 35 Senior Rides clients received over 300 rides!

51 Volunteers in 2015

  • Contributed over 2000 hours
  • 37 Companion Volunteers
  • 20 Senior Rides Volunteers
Care Partners is pleased to welcome Kelly Holtzman as our new Chore Coordinator.
Care Partners is
pleased to welcome
Kelly Holtzman
as our new
Chore Coordinator.

Care Partner Services

Care Coordination

Support to stay in your home, maintaining your health and quality of life, arrange help, and plan for care.

Volunteer Visits

Companionship, check-in, presence at end-of-life, and respite for caregivers.

Caregiver Coaching 

Help assess needs, reduce stress, gather support to cope with a loved one’s illness.

Caregiver Programs 

Events & education to learn from caregivers, gain skills & find resources. 

Resource Coordination

Assistance finding resources that work for individual goals. 

Advanced Care Planning 

Coaching to complete a health care directive and communicate wishes to family. 

Senior Rides

Rides for those 60 + to Duluth for medical appointments & medical & wellness activities in Cook County. Call 387-3788 for more information.

Heidi and Ingeborg’s Story

Heidi & InkyWhen Heidi first connected with Care Partners, it was because of an interest in geriatrics. She jumped on board the organization’s second-ever training class, and immediately began making connections that would eventually change her life.

In 2010, Heidi’s mother, Ingeborg, joined her in Cook County at age 89. “It was always part of the plan for her to move in with us,” Heidi reflected.

During this time, Heidi continued volunteering with Care Partners, visiting an elderly woman to give her caregivers a break. Ingeborg would accompany her, and Heidi was delighted to see the way her client and mother connected. The two women would tell stories and laugh. “It was just the coolest thing.”

When Care Partners piloted a Group Respite program, Ingeborg became a beloved member of the group. As Ingeborg's needs grew, Heidi left her full-time work to care for her. At times, she’d wake up three times a night to tend to her mother. “There came a point where I just couldn’t do it anymore. I contacted Care Partners, they put a call out, and people responded. It was amazing.”

Heidi noticed that each volunteer who visited with her mother had a unique impact. “They related in a different way than a family member could. It was such a break for us and for her normal routine.”

Eventually, with the help of Care Partners, Ingeborg got her wish to be at home through end-of-life, which was a gift to both Heidi and her mother. Heidi expressed, “It was amazing, and it could not have happened without Care Partners.”

Heidi and her mother’s experience with Care Partners is similar to that of many families caring for a loved one experiencing end-of-life, aging, or serious illness. Not only does Care Partners strive to provide life-affirming care and connections for clients and care givers, but it also fosters deep relationships between clients and community volunteers.

“As a volunteer, most of us feel honored,” Heidi explains. “You’re invited into somebody’s life, and you get as much out of the visits, if not more. It’s a rich, valuable, relational experience where you get out there and make a difference.”

Whether you or a loved one could benefit from additional care giving, or you’d like to make a difference as a volunteer, Care Partners hopes you’ll reach out and let yourself be a part of this journey.

Companion Volunteer Training

April 8-9: Friday 4:30-8 pm
Saturday, 9 am-4:30 pm

Volunteers are the core of Care Partners services, giving back to the elders in our community in so many ways. Each finds their niche: checking in by phone, a weekly visit at the Care Center or someone’s home, recording stories, playing cards, going for a drive, relieving a caregiver, reading lessons or histories, or sitting at a hospital bed. These kindnesses mean so much, and yet most volunteers claim they receive more than they give. Volunteers receive extensive training in safety, comfort measures, end-of-life, dementia, elder awareness, spirituality and communication. Call 387-3788 for more information or to register.

Become a Senior Rides Volunteer!

More volunteers are needed from all parts of Cook County. Volunteers receive a two-hour training and mileage reimbursement. Drivers choose their own schedule and whether to do local or Duluth rides. Call Debi LaMusga if you are interested at 387-3788.

Caregiver Coffee

These programs are held monthly in Grand Marais and Tofte. Join us to meet other caregivers, share resources and discuss caregiving. All are welcome. Call Care Partners for more information.

Carol Harris’ quilt raised $1660 through our quilt raffle in 2015. Local resident, Lori Thompson (right) was the luck winner. Look for another Care Partners Quilt Raffle this summer!
Carol Harris’ quilt raised $1660 through our quilt
raffle in 2015. Local resident, Lori Thompson
(right) was the luck winner.
Look for another Care Partners Quilt Raffle this

Thank You to all who helped fund Care Partners in 2015!


a 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 Business Leaders Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Scott Hawkins Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Cook County Community Foundation Mardag Foundation North Shore Health Care Foundation Northland Foundation


Doug & Katie Anderson
Bethlehem Lutheran Women
Chel Anderson
Paulette Anholm
Trig & Denise Axtell
Timothy & Berta Bauer
Tracy Benson & Pete Kavanaugh
Patricia Bernhjelm
William Christ & Beryl Bissell
Nora Bockovich
Ed & Kathryn Bolstad
Jim Boyd & Jetty St. John
Thomas & Penny Bradovich
Richard Buchheit
William & Joan Burkhardt
Burns Family Foundation
Mike Carlson
Evalyn Carlson
Susan Carlson
Charles & Dorothy Carpenter
Barbara & Christopher Collins
Lynn & Scott Corwin
Nancy Daley
Nancy Dalbec
Suzanne Davies
Scott DeHart
Jennifer Delfs
Terrence Demos
Fred & Heather Derewenko
Carol Desain
Don & Sue Dittus
Renee Elsen
Polly Ann Erickson
Lois Eyinck
Judith & Richard Fields
Dan and Diane Fitzgerald
Maryl Skinner & Denny Fitzpatrick
Hillary Freeman & Carol Mork
Charles & Susan Futterer
John & Nancy Gerbozy
Bernard & Mildred Gestel
Glenn & Chelly Gilyard
Leonard & Louise Goodell
Janet Grahek
Grand Marais Lioness Club
Grand Portage Elder Committee
Kathy Gray-Anderson
Judith Gregg
Kay Grindland
Karen Halbersleben
Harris Family Fund

Shelly Havens
Alyssa & Jonathan Hedstrom
Gerald & Joan Lilja
Henry & Audrey Holien
Carolyn Hollstadt
Barbara Wagner & Bernice Howard
Tyler Howell
Peter & Mary Igoe
Cynthia Imsdahl-Ceo
Frances Jarchow
Geraldine Jensen
Gerald & Janet Johansen
Beverly & Erik Johnson
Jayne & Rick Johnson
Patricia Johnson
Robin & Mark Johnson
Nancy Johnston
Beth Kennedy
Kathleen Kippley
Karen Kobey
Karen Kritta
Philip Kruse
Mike & Kathy Lande
Jay & Laura LaFavor
Debi LaMusga
Don & Carla LaPointe
Ralph & Geraldine Latham
Mary Liebsch
Jeannette Lindgren
Rolf & Layne Lindquist
Robert Mattson
Jack McHugh
John & Mary McElevey
Judy Meath
Minneapollis Foundation
Elizabeth Murray
Hyla Napadensky
Margy Nelson
Randi Nelson
Sue Nordman
Floyd & Diane Pearson
Elizabeth Peterson
Irene Peterson
Judy & Gary Peterson
Jean Perkins
Sandy Petty
Lou & Inger Pignolet
Rita Plourde & James Holman
Sarah & Aaron Poznanovic
Helen Muth & David Quick
Jeffrey Reihle

Dennis & Judy Renkeiwicz
Sandra Sue Riley
Larry Ryden
Susan Scherer
Kurt Schierenbeck
Carol Schmidt
Craig & Lynn Schulte
Rhonda Silence
Maria Sheehan
Anne Skaarhaug
Fred & Fran Smith
Cynthia Weiland & Robert Smith
Fritz Sobanja
Heidi Sobanja
Nancy Starr & Steve Neilsen
John & Maxine Strange
Lee Steward & Karl Hansen
Ellen Stubbs
Stanley & Sally Suck
Emily Ulhorn
Michael Valentini
Patrick Vaughan
Russ & Kathleen Viton
James & Ruthanne Vos
Jerry & Eleanor Waha
Seamus Walsh
Karin Westgate
Timothy & Clara Weitz
John & Evelyn Wick
Ken & Donna Wielinski
James & Rebecca Wiinanen
Patricia Winchell-Dahl
Susan Wolff
Kimber Wraalstad
Patricia Zankman


Bette McDonnell
Mary McElevey
Betty Meyer
Fred Rohlfing
Alice Rudh
Dorothe Vaughan

Business Sponsors

Angry Trout Café
Birchbark Books & Gifts
Bluefin Bay
Blue Water Café
Cobblestone Cabins
Edwin E. Thoreson, Inc.
Johnson’s Big Dollar
Joyne’s Ben Franklin
North Shore Federal Credit Union
Sivertson Gallery
Sjogren Enterprises
Surfside on Superior
Walker, Giroux & Hahn
White Pine North

Your Donations Matter!

Care Partners depends on community support
to provide its services.
Please consider a tax deductible
donation, memorial, celebration gift or
bequest to Care

Care Partners Presents: Effective Communication Strategies

Jenna Herbig, Alzheimer’s Association

May 4, 4-5:30 pm, lower level of the Sawtooth Mtn Clinic
Communication is more than talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect.

Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

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