Following thought provoking data shared by Minnesota’s State Demographer, Susan Brower, the Otto Bremer Foundation shared its response to Brower’s request to think more strategically and innovatively by sharing its elevated learning and strategic alignment with responsive grantmaking across the Bremer footprint.
The discussions revealed more questions and the need to really understand the systems and programs that are currently in place, how to scale programs that are effective, and increase education/communication between sectors as it relates to the topic of integration and employability. What do you feel could make the most difference to the future as it pertains to economic participation and the changing communities? What would it take to create change on these issues?
Kathy Grochow, NRS, St. Cloud
Teresa Biss, Senior Vice President and Bremer’s Director of Training & Organization Development moderated a panel with Maureen Gaedy, Mission Services Director of Goodwill/Easter Seals of MN (left) and Kim Dettmer, Director of Refugee Services at Lutheran Social Services as they shared programs that are offered locally to help address integration and employability in this changing environment.