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HRA’s Mission Through innovation, the Washington County Housing & Redevelopment Authority promotes community and economic development, and provides and maintains affordable, decent and safe housing opportunities in Washington County.

Resource Connection Tornado Safety (adapted from

HUD-The Resident Newsletter)

If a tornado warning is broadcast by a local television or radio station, take cover immediately. If a television or radio is not available examine the sky: if it is dark or green-colored, has large dark low-lying clouds, showers large hail, or has a loud roar that sounds like a freight train take cov er immediately. The best places to seek cover:  House or Apartment – Interior part of the basement, if there is not an available basement then the lowest room of the building. Avoid windows, take cover under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a workbench or table, and cover yourself with a blanket or mattress to prevent against injury from flying debris.  Outdoors – If there is no shelter available, find a gully, ditch, or low spot on the ground and lie down flat protecting you head with your arms. Avoid trees, cars, buses, and trucks as vehicles can become airborne in a tornado.  School – Schools often have tornado drills,

make sure your children pay attention and follow directions given by teachers. They should know to walk in an orderly manner to the designated shelter area and crouch as low as possible while protecting their head from debris. Church, Mall or Theater – Get to the lowest point in the structure away from windows. Do not use elevators as they could become trapped individuals inside after a loss of. A tornado shelter designation should be present in these public places but if there is no time to get there or there is not one available seek cover under a door frame or under a sturdy object to avoid falling debris. Remember to protect your head.

Sit down as a family and discuss where everyone goes in the event of a tornado and conduct a practice drill once a year. Take notice of tornado shelter designations in the public places. Make sure friends and family who visit are also aware of this plan. Preparation can be the difference between a few bumps and bruises and serious injury.

Community Resources

Community Activities

Training to Serve Provides education, tools and resources to improve the quality of life of LGBT people as they age. To download a LGBT Aging Resource Guide, go to:

Festival of Nations Friday, May 6, 2016 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday, May 8, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. St. Paul River Center

Senior LinkAge Line 1-800-333-2433 A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors This is a place to:  Plan for long-term care  Help with government agencies to solve your problems  Fight fraud  Health insurance counseling  Learn what is available to help you remain independent in your community  Arrange for services for an aging parent You can also go to for resources connected to the Senior LinkAge Line

Cinco de Mayo West Side St. Paul May 7th 9am - 6pm Embracing the colorful history and rich traditions of Hispanic/Latino culture, this awardwinning, family-friendly experience features over six blocks of food, music, dancing, children's activities, a lowrider car show, colorful parade, a "People’s Choice" salsa tasting contest and more. Hastings Car Show The season kicks off on Saturday, May 28, 2016, with cruise-ins held every other Saturday from 5pm-9pm on 2nd Street East in downtown Hastings until October 1, 2016.

May 2016 Special points of interest:  The HRA will be closed May 30th in observance of Memorial Day  HRA office is open Monday—Friday, 8-4:30pm

Resident Council Second Tuesday of the month Tuesday, May 10th from 5:30-6:30 at the HRA office, 7645 Currell Blvd. Woodbury All residents welcome (children always welcome too)

*Light snack served Agenda:  Healthy Lifestyles HRA Staff Contact: Ann Lindquist Direct Number: 651-202-2813 Email: [email protected]

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Serves: 4

½ cup mint leaves shredded


½ cup sliced almonds, toasted

1 pound spinach farfalle or penne pasta

Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper

½ pound asparagus spears, blanched and cut into 1 inch pieces

Instructions: Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and cook pasta to package directions until al dente. Drain and return to warm pan. Add asparagus, peas, spinach and mint. In a small bowl mix olive oil, lemon juice and lemon zest until well blended. Add to pasta and vegetables and combine. Garnish with ricotta fresca, parmesan and almonds and top with kosher salt and cracked pepper. Enjoy!

1 cup peas, blanched or thawed 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, blanched and drained of all water 1 cup ricotta fresca ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated

4 tablespoons olive oil Juice of one lemon 1 tablespoon lemon zest

Recipe and images courtesy of http:// -ricotta-pasta/

Order A Minnesota Grown Directory The 2016-17 Minnesota Grown Directory is filled with 1,028 places to buy direct from the producer, family-friendly activities, regional local foods restaurant suggestions and recipes for your family to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a farmers market, winery, meat producer, berry farm, garden center, CSA farm, Christmas tree farm or a specific Minnesota Grown vegetable or fruit – we probably have a farmer who grows it and who will sell it to you directly. The Minnesota Grown Directory is printed annually (each April), so the information is always current and it’s FREE! Just fill out the order form below and we’ll send it directly to you.

Fare for All Fare For All works hard to offer value, variety, quality and nutrition in our food packages. The exact contents of the packages change throughout the month. Please contact us at 763-450-3880 or find us on Facebook if you have additional questions about the specific foods we distribute. Fare For All accepts cash, credit, debit, and EBT cards. We do not accept personal checks. Packages are available at all locations: Produce Pack $10 – Often contains potatoes, onions, carrots, along with additional varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. Mini Meat Pack $11 – (Formerly known as Meat Only) Includes a variety of 3-4 frozen meat items, such as: turkey, beef, chicken or fish. This pack is most often pork free. Combo Pack $20 – (Formerly known as Regular Pack) Save an extra $1 by combining the Produce Pack and the Mini Meat Pack.

Mega Meat Pack $25 – Includes a variety of 7-8 frozen meat items, such as: beef, chicken, fish, pork or turkey. Washington County Locations: Cottage Grove — All Saints Lutheran Church 8100 Belden Blvd. Cottage Grove Thurs. 4-6:00pm: May 12, Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11

Forest Lake — VFW 556 SW 12th Street Forest Lake Wed. 4-6:00pm: May 25, Jun 22, Jul 27, Aug 24 Oakdale - Grace of God Lutheran Church 420 Hayward Ave N, Oakdale Mondays 3:30 - 5:30pm: May 23, June 20, July 25, August 22, September 26, October 24, November 21, December 19 Stillwater — Stillwater Junior High School 523 W Marsh St. Stillwater TIME CHANGE! Tuesday 4:00 — 6:00pm: May 17, Jun 14, Jul 19, Aug 16

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Employment Resources JobNow! Free Resume & Job Help! JobNow! is a real-time resume and interview online coaching/career advice resource now available through your metro public libraries from either in the library or from your home or wherever you have internet access. All you need is your library card barcode to log on and begin accessing the services and connecting for a one-to-one live session with a carefully-screened job coach. Live sessions can be conducted in English or Spanish. Free online services include:

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Expert resume assistance, feedback, templates, and tips. Live interview coaching plus tips and resources.

Resources for your job search and career tips. Available 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Our guide provides the sound insights and practical advice you need to plan and launch a successful job search.

Applications and References Learn how to make the best of these tools and present yourself and samples of your work with polish and professionalism.

Career Planning If you've lost your job, want to change careers, or are a new job hunter, you've got decisions to make. Here we help you decide what comes next.

How People Find Work We take you through the most common hiring processes and explore some of the places you might look for work.

Preparing for the Job Hunt Successful job searches almost always start with a plan. Here we offer tips on getting organized and doing your research before you begin.

The Internet and Social Media Using social media is a growing part of today's job search. Learn which tools are the most useful and how to use them effectively.

Identifying Your Skills Understand your skills and how they can be applied to a variety of different jobs and work tasks. Learn to communicate those skills to employers.

Facing Unemployment Over 50 Job seekers over age 50 can encounter some unique obstacles. Learn to anticipate them, work around them, and see the opportunities ahead.

Resumes and Cover Letters Business cards, resumes and cover letters, portfolios are the basics that should be in every job seeker's toolkit. We provide samples and ideas for each.

The Job Interview From the first handshake to the parting words, we cover everything you'll want to do to make the best possible im-

Creative Job Search Guide

pression during your interview. Finishing Touches Every job search needs finishing touches — those often overlooked actions likely to impress potential employers even if you don’t get the job. Case Studies Sometimes it helps to get practical advice from people who've been in your shoes. See how other Minnesotans handled their job searches. Order a Creative Job Search Guide Guidebooks are available for sale, or sign up for a Creative Job Search Course at your local WorkForce Center to get your own copy. Job Search Training Looking for work takes skills and effort - skills that you can learn through this series of job search classes.

MN Workforce Center Creative Job Search Guide online: job-seekers/jobguide/index.jsp

For Public Housing Contact: Ann Lindquist Direct: 651-202-2813 [email protected] For Section 8 Contact: Lucy Chaves Direct: 651-202-2806 [email protected] Eric Schumacher Direct: 651-202-2812 [email protected]

Washington County HRA 7645 Currell Blvd. Woodbury, MN 55125

Washington County Workforce Center

WCHRA 7645 Currell Boulevard Woodbury, MN 55125 Phone: 651-458-0936

Woodbury Location: 2150 Radio Dr, Woodbury Forest Lake Location: 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake Cottage Grove Location: 13000 Ravine Parkway S, Cottage Grove Boot Camp (4 day workshop) May 10-13 9-4 Woodbury LinkedIn - Hands On May 17 9-4


Job Talk May 2, 9, 16, 23 9-11 Cottage Grove

Creative Job Search May 11 9-4 May 26 9-4

Forest Lake Cottage Grove

Navigating May 4 2-3 Woodbury Career Exploration May 3 9-1


Interviewing Lab May 19 9-12 May 25 9-12

Cottage Grove Woodbury

Resume 101 Computer Lab May 19 1-4 May 25 1-4

Cottage Grove Woodbury

How to Start Your Own Business May 9 1-3:30 Cottage Grove Age as an Advantage May 24 9-4


Financial Literacy May 24 9-4 May 27 9-4

Woodbury Woodbury

On-site Hiring Event May 3, 4 1-3 May 10 1-3 May 11 11:15-2:30 May 11 1-3 May 17 10-12 May 25 1-3

Woodbury Cottage Grove Forest Lake Cottage Grove Cottage Grove Cottage Grove Career Fair Wednesday, May 4th from 10am-2pm Goodwill-Easter Seals MN -- St. Paul Campus 553 Fairview Ave. N