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Q: Resource has a lot of different programs. How do they work together?
A: A person might come to us because they’re looking for a job, but they also have access to a whole continuum of services. We get public funding for most of what we do, and with that comes a lot of requirements and paperwork, but how do we make sure that we excel and exceed that, and also connect them with what they need? For instance, many times people aren’t able to work because of mental health and other issues with their children. Their issues are really related to their children’s health issues, so we did just get a new grant to help expand a program to do preventive services for their children. How do we help the whole family?
Q: Why should people concerned about the economy care about Resource’s work on mental illness and drug addiction?
A: It’s really about improving all of our quality of life in the Twin Cities metro region, and being able to attract businesses to the region. Keeping families together, preventing kids from going into foster care. The other thing that happens when women and children can’t be in treatment together is that women don’t get treatment. So then they become homeless, or they go to prison. ... And then their kids aren’t being successful in school. Right now, women are getting 24/7 support. Is it an expensive model? In the short-run it’s expensive. In the long-run, it’s a 7-to-1 investment.
Q: How do people who need help get in touch with Resource?
A: They can call (612) 752-8400 for employment services, or visit our website at www.resource-mn.org.
Adam Belz • 612-673-4405 • Twitter: @adambelz