Faith in Action is a national movement that was founded on the ideals of community volunteerism and built on a philosophy of neighbors helping neighbors. With more Americans living longer lives, many face the challenge of helping a family member, neighbor or friend who suffers from arthritis, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer's or other long-term health condition. These efforts have helped to create hundreds of interfaith volunteer caregiving programs across the country, which is now supported by a National Faith in Action Network.
In Minnesota, we have our own network of Faith in Action programs through the Minnesota Faith in Action. This network offers program support and advice on developing successful, sustainable caregiving programs that can serve their communities for many years to come.
Laura has worked in the senior care field for the past 16 years, starting as a Nursing Assistant transitioning to Therapeutic Recreation Assistant, to Service Coordinator, to Housing Manager, to the Director of Housing and Community Services. Laura has a bachelor degree in Community Health.
Mike Lamb has worked in health care since 1986; first as a licensed social worker and later as a chaplain in nursing homes. He gained his bachelor of social work from St. John’s University in 1984 and in 2011 his Master of Divinity from St. John’s School of Theology. Chaplaincy training was completed at both the St. Cloud Hospital and the St. Cloud VA.
Since joining the team in 2014 Mike has undergone additional training and certifications in advanced dementia capability training, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Tailored Care Assessments for caregivers, and caregiver consulting training.
Mike’s role is that of a caregiver consultant and support planner.
Kayla has over 11 years experience serving individuals with Traumatic Brain Injuries, Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities and aging populations in both rural and urban locations in Minnesota. Since joining the team in 2014, Kayla has been with the ACT on Alzheimer’s in Paynesville, MN and serves as its Caregiver Support Chair. Kayla is actively working on her degree as a Registered Nurse. Additional training includes Powerful Tools for Caregivers, dementia capability training, Dementia Friends facilitator, certified brain injury specialist training, and caregiver consulting training. Kayla successfully managed a two year Community Service/Community Services Development grant. The pilot project provided case management and cooperation between a variety of health care entities and community organizations to ensure that those transitioning from a healthcare setting would have the best outcomes to remain living at home.
Betty Johnson joined the Rural Stearns Faith in Action team as Volunteer Coordinator in September of 2017, after spending two years working as a therapeutic recreation assistant at Assumption Community. Betty grew up in Central Minnesota, graduating from Tech High School in St. Cloud and then obtained her degree in education from SCSU. Many of the people in Cold Spring are familiar with Betty; she was the manager and owner of the Red River Inn for 25 years.
Began with our program as an AmeriCorps VISTA, and has continued to be involved as a Service coordinator out of her home in Melrose and as volunteer for the program. Her passion of service and her connections with her own community has kept her striving to provide service coordination for her area and connect with those in need.
Belgrade Nursing Home shares in our model of providing quality care to people in their area. They share in the perspective that care needs to extend beyond their nursing home walls, and have been acting as a hub partner of our program for the past six years. Cheryl is the service coordinator of the Belgrade, Brooten, and Elrosa area.
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