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Community Thread, in partnership with the United Way of Washington County-East, will host the 4th annual Building Better Lives Volunteer Expo on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The expo will take place at Stillwater High School and will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Expo attendees can shop for volunteer opportunities from more than 20 nonprofit organizations around the St. Croix Valley.
Extra immunizations offered before school
The Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment is offering extra appointments for children who need their immunizations updated before the start of the school year. The clinics are for school-age children who do not have medical insurance or whose insurance doesn’t cover immunizations.
A $12 administration fee is requested for each immunization, but no one who is eligible for the clinics will be turned away if they are unable to pay the cost, the county said.
• Monday, Aug. 26: Cottage Grove Service Center, WIC Clinic, 13000 Ravine Parkway, Cottage Grove, by appointment only, 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Call 651-430-4036 to schedule an appointment.
• Wednesday, Aug. 28: Washington County Government Center. fourth floor WIC Clinic, 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater, by appointment only, 2 to 5 p.m. Call 651-430-6655 to schedule an appointment.
For any questions, call 651-430-6655 to speak with a public health nurse.
Company addresses disability foster care
Washington County will contract with M.R. Welty Homes to provide foster care in Scandia for up to four people with disabilities. The company provides corporate foster care to clients eligible for home and community-based services through medical assistance.
Although there has been a moratorium on corporate foster care development since 2009, the Scandia site is being created using “banked beds” that Washington County had set aside for future development. Two of the four clients who will move into the home are living in a M.R. Welty Home elsewhere and have asked to move back to Washington County.
M.R. Welty Homes operates two other sites in Carver and Wright counties.
Oak Meadows hires home care provider
Lifesprk CEO and Founder Joel Theisen has announced that Edina-based Lifesprk is now partnering with Oak Meadows in Oakdale. The senior living housing — which provides independent, assisted living and memory care services — contracted with Lifesprk as its new in-house home care provider for tenants as of July 1.
“In today’s market it is more important than ever to break the roller coaster of crises for people because it not only helps prevent costly and preventable hospital readmissions, but also is the right thing to do to empower more people to remain in control and living life on their terms,” Thiesen said.