A grant helped bring animal-assisted social emotional therapy to Glencoe-Silver Lake Elementary School this year. Each week, Phoebe the Aussiedoodle comes to GSL with her human handler, Anna Bull. Her visits are meant to help address increased social and emotional needs of students and support teachers and staff as they cope with the after-effects of the pandemic.
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Tyler DeCesare opened Functional Nutrition in December with help from Southwest Initiative Foundation’s Microenterprise Loan Program. The new small business on Luverne’s Main Street is a one-stop shop for vitamins, supplements, sports nutrition, protein shakes, ready-to-eat fit meals and smoothie bowls.
MacKenzie Dohmann opened the doors to Pink Apron Bakery in November, just in time for the sweet season of holiday treats. Southwest Initiative Foundation’s Microenterprise Loan Program provided working capital for the startup, which specializes in breads, bagels and unique cookies and confections.
Happy holidays! We are grateful for our partners, supporters and community members today and throughout the year. Together, we’re building a stronger southwest Minnesota where all kids, families, businesses and communities can thrive. Southwest Minnesota artist Deb Meyer of Madison created this beautiful watercolor portrait of her own home after a fresh coat of snow on a chilly winter day.
Maynard and Deb Meyer have called Madison home for more than 40 years. Together, they’ve made a big impact on their small town. Maynard is a founding board member of the Madison Community Foundation, and Deb is the artist for the 2023 Southwest Initiative Foundation holiday card.
Amy Brustuen with Southwest Initiative Foundation contacted crisis line staff to discuss what happens when a person calls, texts or chats. Crisis lines serve as a lifeline for those navigating challenging times, providing a safe space for expression, validation and support. By understanding what to expect when calling a crisis line, we can empower ourselves and others to seek the assistance.