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Letter: Faith in Action finds itself at risk

To the Editor:

Faith in Action Central Goodhue County is a non-profit organization serving the rural communities of Kenyon, Wanamingo, Zumbrota, Mazeppa, Bellechester and Goodhue.

Our services include transportation to medical, dental, vision, pharmaceutical, grocery, senior dining and monthly delivery of the food bank supported NAPS/MAPS boxes, respite care, friendly visiting, light chore services and library delivery to shut ins.

Our programs were put into place after a GAPS analysis showed a great need for these types of service in the rural communities of central Goodhue County.

Faith in Action Central Goodhue County relies heavily on Minnnesota Department of Human Services grants. We have great concern regarding Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget plan.

According to a report March 10 from Minnesota Public Radio, more than half of the governor's budget cuts will come from Health and Human Services.

This proposal would cut $187 million from the budget and cut long-term care funding.

According to the document, Preparing Minnesota for the Age Wave and Beyond-Transform 2010, the number of Minnesotans over age 65 will double with the large baby boom generation beginning to reach age 65 in 2011 and by 2030 over 20 percent of the Minnesota population will be older people.

Programs such as ours will continue to see a rise in the needs for our services as the baby boom generation turns 65. Without the continued and growth of financial support from the Department of Human Services, programs such as Faith in Action Central Goodhue County will cease to exist.

This will most likely result in a much larger need for persons in the rural population to require assisted living and/or nursing home beds in order to meet their non-medical needs.

Candace Ballstadt

Goodhue

Candace Ballstadt serves on the Faith in Action Central Goodhue County Board.

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