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Elderly Service Program

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

The primary goals of the Elderly Service Program are the coordination of access to needed supportive services, and the strengthening of community through Elders. Work is being done to reach the Elders who are not presently served by any other agency in the St. Paul East Metro area. Earthstar coordinates and provides transportation services to American Indian Elders for congregate dining, shopping, medical, and dental appointments, prescriptions, and the food shelf. Elders are assisted with crisis intervention and medications. Earthstar is working in conjunction with several other agencies to deliver culturally sensitive health care that will be accepted by Elders and providers. The assessment program attempts to ascertain Elders' unmet needs for services. It coordinates home chore services for Elders such as housekeeping, yard work, shopping, errands and other light chores provided by American Indian youth who are respectful of Elders. Earthstar organizes and arranges for Elders to make field trips to reservations, ceremonies, pow wows, leadership conferences, meetings and spiritual retreats. Craft supplies, bead work, basketry and materials, books, video tapes, and game equipment are available at Earthstar to be used by the Elders for intertribal and intergenerational educational programs. Also, the Native American Council of Elders/the Elders Circle discuss various issues with regard to strengthening the Elders circle, “Circle of Life.” The Elders play an extremely important part in completing this circle, since they have knowledge of traditions and can speak their native languages.

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Name: Melanie Tobin
Site or Location Name: Earthstart Project, Inc.- Elderly Service Program
579 Well St
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 793-3803