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      Nick Coleman: An argument on behalf of the homeless
      NICK COLEMAN, Star Tribune

      Whenever I write about homelessness, I get avalanches of comments blaming the homeless for their situation. The homeless, I hear, "have made bad choices."

      Although research shows that most of the problem is due to such things as lack of medical care, untreated mental illness and joblessness, it is true that some very bad choices have been made. But not by the poor. By the rich, by the powerful, and by the politicians whose policies, heartless budget-cutting and blind eye to the effects of their decisions have sent the numbers of needy people soaring.

      Gov. AbsenTee-PAW, Tim Pawlenty, has been out of the state 41 percent of the time (it may be more) since the Legislature opened, according to a story last week from Minnesota Public Radio. The governor argues that he doesn't have to hang around because he has finished his chores while the stupid Legislature is still yammering. But there is more to being governor than babysitting 201 lawmakers, and Minnesota needs someone who will stay in the cockpit.

      Trying to stem the growing tide of homelessness is just one of many worthy obligations that might merit the full attention of our state's wandering leader.

      Back in the flush economy of his early years in the governor's office, Pawlenty seemed to be a passionate advocate for the homeless. In 2004, the second year of his first term, he even unveiled an ambitious plan to "end" long-term homelessness in the state by 2010. It hasn't worked. He isn't even trying anymore.

      Pawlenty blames the recession, but the recession didn't start until the end of 2008. The number of homeless in Minnesota had stagnated at between 7,000 and 8,000 for years, but last year, it surged by 22 percent, to 9,500.

      The governor's crusade to end homelessness has withered in proportion to the expansion of his national ambitions. With severe cuts to social services and welfare, billions in unallotments and his torpedoing of the General Assistance Medical Care program (forcing a rescue by DFLers who settled for an inferior replacement program), Pawlenty has worsened many of the problems that lead to homelessness.

      And if it weren't for millions in stimulus money from the Obama administration (which Pawlenty has derided) to keep more people from becoming homeless as they lose their jobs and their homes, the problem would be far worse. Tim Pawlenty owes Barack Obama a thank-you note, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

      On Thursday, the first day of April, the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul was crowded. That was a bad sign, because the first day of the month is normally quiet at social-service centers, a day when Social Security and other assistance payments arrive and the poor temporarily have money in their pockets. But there are no "quiet" days anymore. The center is constantly jammed, with 250 people a night sleeping on floor mats and 500 meals being served a day.

      Over in a corner that is called "the 'hood" by some of the clients who sit and chat while waiting for medical assistance or help trying to find housing, a guy named Randy Winn marveled at his fate. Winn, 44, worked in a butcher shop until it closed in December and eventually lost his apartment.

      "This is totally brand-new to me," he said, looking around the bustling shelter. "I've looked for work at a lot of places, but they all tell me they're sizing down, not hiring. I'm very versatile at work, but there is nothing for me and, every day, it seems like this place fills up more and more. Wow, what a change of life!"

      Life is changing for all of the homeless. For the worse.

      More are children (3,200, according to the Wilder Foundation); fewer have jobs of any kind (only one out of five; half as many as a decade ago); four out of 10 were evicted from their last home. Almost half suffer from mental illness; half have chronic (and often untreated) health problems; 62 percent are minorities.

      You may be able to ignore this if you are traipsing around the country running for president. But it's harder if you live here.

      Growing homelessness, says Becky Lentz, communications director for Catholic Charities, is just one troubling symptom of larger problems: A lack of jobs that pay a living wage; a lack of accessible and affordable health care; a lack of affordable housing convenient to public transit; the persistent effects of racism, poverty and neglect.

      "Homelessness is not going away," Lentz says. "It's not getting better. These are people who we've failed as a society."

      So. Do you want to blame homelessness on bad choices? Be my guest: There have been a lot of bad choices. But be fair: Let's start at the top.

      Nick Coleman is a senior fellow at the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy & Civic Engagement at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University. He can be reached at nickcoleman@....

    • Craig Brooks
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        Store curbs students��� curbside trash
        KARA McGUIRE, Star Tribune

        With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.

        The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters.

        Piles of furniture turned garbage dot the streets of college towns around the country come moving day. With money tight and going green all the rage, college campuses and neighborhood groups are working to curb the problem. Some schools, such as West Virginia University, collect items for a massive rummage sale with the proceeds going to charity. Others donate unwanted goods directly to charity. Minnesota State University works with a local thrift store.

        A neighborhood group bordering the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus created the MIMO free store (MIMO stands for move-in, move-out) to keep the curbs clean and appeal to budget-conscious students.

        It's moving week, and the furniture cluttering Wendy Menken's neighborhood could furnish many of the rented houses in the area. An upturned side table. A computer monitor. An assortment of tacky couches, all waiting for scavengers or the city's garbage trucks to make the rounds. Some years it's worse -- like when it rains, warping particle board shelves and fizzing electronics, or when vandals destroy perfectly usable items.

        "It gets to the point where the rest of the city is having a nice, long Labor Day weekend while we're sitting here surrounded by garbage," said Menken, 49, the neighborhood association's board president. "What a way to end the summer."

        With college debt at a record high and scant job opportunities for graduates, one would think students would hang onto their big ticket possessions. But that's not always a possibility, Justin Eibenholzl, MIMO's coordinator explained.

        Maybe the truck that the renters planned to borrow falls through and they can only move what fits in their car. The friend who claimed to want their desk never shows. A roommate with a nicer microwave moves in. Or a lamp doesn't fit with the new design scheme. Whatever the reason, "the end result is it ends up curbside," he said.

        The free store idea is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, plus funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeast neighborhood group. "Since about 40 percent of our nation's greenhouse gases are tied to producing products, it's really important that we get as much use out of the natural resources in those products as possible," MPCA waste prevention specialist Madalyn Cioci said. It also keeps furniture out of city incinerators and is a fairly straightforward model to replicate.

        This spring's effort kept 4,400 pounds of stuff out of landfills. For this round, volunteers picked up about 1,500 pounds of desks, lamps and coffee tables on Monday; hundreds of pounds more have been dropped off during store hours.

        MIMO is housed in the University of Minnesota's ReUse warehouse. The building always is a scavenger's paradise, filled with surplus office, lab and hospital equipment from around the University at low prices. It's open to the public every Thursday and will be open during the free store's 10-day run as well.

        Without the free store, Anna Fowler isn't sure what she would have done with the futon that she had inherited with her apartment but her landlord now insisted she discard. But before she even pulled away from the ReUse warehouse loading dock, her problem morphed into a solution for an international graduate student, who'd already called dibs on the black frame and mattress. Other items, like the Bing Crosby Christmas LP, were still there for the taking.

        Although the free store is designed for students and households in the neighborhoods bordering the university, the tough economic times have brought some shoppers from afar this year.

        In addition to keeping her neighborhood clean and ultimately keeping taxes lower, Menken hopes the free store will cause students to rethink the practice of taking back-to-school trips to the big-box stores with mom and dad and discarding the goods nine months later. "It's a very disposable mentality," she said." We're trying to intervene, to educate."

        Kara McGuire • 612-673-7293

      • Green, Deacon Justin
        Thank you, Craig, for circulating this article. Every spring, when the curbs are littered with furniture and household equipment discarded by Winona State
        Message 3 of 20 , Sep 1, 2010
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          Thank you, Craig, for circulating this article.  Every spring, when the curbs are littered with furniture and household equipment discarded by Winona State students, I hear people saying – there ought to be a better way.  Maybe we put this on the agenda for the Roundtable meeting on September 30.  Perhaps someone in the group is willing to take leadership and organize an effort to rescue these discarded items for use by neighbors who have less.

           

          Justin

           

          From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig Brooks
          Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 6:33 AM
          To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

           

           

          Craig Brooks wrote these comments: Might be an idea worth considering for a college town.


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          Store curbs students??? curbside trash
          KARA McGUIRE, Star Tribune

          With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.

          The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters.

          Piles of furniture turned garbage dot the streets of college towns around the country come moving day. With money tight and going green all the rage, college campuses and neighborhood groups are working to curb the problem. Some schools, such as West Virginia University, collect items for a massive rummage sale with the proceeds going to charity. Others donate unwanted goods directly to charity. Minnesota State University works with a local thrift store.

          A neighborhood group bordering the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus created the MIMO free store (MIMO stands for move-in, move-out) to keep the curbs clean and appeal to budget-conscious students.

          It's moving week, and the furniture cluttering Wendy Menken's neighborhood could furnish many of the rented houses in the area. An upturned side table. A computer monitor. An assortment of tacky couches, all waiting for scavengers or the city's garbage trucks to make the rounds. Some years it's worse -- like when it rains, warping particle board shelves and fizzing electronics, or when vandals destroy perfectly usable items.

          "It gets to the point where the rest of the city is having a nice, long Labor Day weekend while we're sitting here surrounded by garbage," said Menken, 49, the neighborhood association's board president. "What a way to end the summer."

          With college debt at a record high and scant job opportunities for graduates, one would think students would hang onto their big ticket possessions. But that's not always a possibility, Justin Eibenholzl, MIMO's coordinator explained.

          Maybe the truck that the renters planned to borrow falls through and they can only move what fits in their car. The friend who claimed to want their desk never shows. A roommate with a nicer microwave moves in. Or a lamp doesn't fit with the new design scheme. Whatever the reason, "the end result is it ends up curbside," he said.

          The free store idea is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, plus funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeast neighborhood group. "Since about 40 percent of our nation's greenhouse gases are tied to producing products, it's really important that we get as much use out of the natural resources in those products as possible," MPCA waste prevention specialist Madalyn Cioci said. It also keeps furniture out of city incinerators and is a fairly straightforward model to replicate.

          This spring's effort kept 4,400 pounds of stuff out of landfills. For this round, volunteers picked up about 1,500 pounds of desks, lamps and coffee tables on Monday; hundreds of pounds more have been dropped off during store hours.

          MIMO is housed in the University of Minnesota's ReUse warehouse. The building always is a scavenger's paradise, filled with surplus office, lab and hospital equipment from around the University at low prices. It's open to the public every Thursday and will be open during the free store's 10-day run as well.

          Without the free store, Anna Fowler isn't sure what she would have done with the futon that she had inherited with her apartment but her landlord now insisted she discard. But before she even pulled away from the ReUse warehouse loading dock, her problem morphed into a solution for an international graduate student, who'd already called dibs on the black frame and mattress. Other items, like the Bing Crosby Christmas LP, were still there for the taking.

          Although the free store is designed for students and households in the neighborhoods bordering the university, the tough economic times have brought some shoppers from afar this year.

          In addition to keeping her neighborhood clean and ultimately keeping taxes lower, Menken hopes the free store will cause students to rethink the practice of taking back-to-school trips to the big-box stores with mom and dad and discarding the goods nine months later. "It's a very disposable mentality," she said." We're trying to intervene, to educate."

          Kara McGuire • 612-673-7293

        • Admin WCF
          This would be a great program to be sponsored by Waste Management or local trash companies. I remember my mother-in-law talking about a city wide free day
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            This would be a great program to be sponsored by Waste Management or local trash companies.  I remember my mother-in-law talking about a city wide “free day” in Iowa  where people would put furniture or items in good shape out  that you could drive around and take what was needed.   What a win win.  It’s sad when you hear that people want to dumpster dive at the end of the school year with a risk of getting a ticket from the police.

             

            Jeni

             

            From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Green, Deacon Justin
            Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 8:49 AM
            To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

             

             

            Thank you, Craig, for circulating this article.  Every spring, when the curbs are littered with furniture and household equipment discarded by Winona State students, I hear people saying – there ought to be a better way.  Maybe we put this on the agenda for the Roundtable meeting on September 30.  Perhaps someone in the group is willing to take leadership and organize an effort to rescue these discarded items for use by neighbors who have less.

             

            Justin

             

            From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig Brooks
            Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 6:33 AM
            To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

             

             

            Craig Brooks wrote these comments: Might be an idea worth considering for a college town.



            This Article from StarTribune.com has been sent to you by CraigBrooks.
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            The full Article, with any associated images and links can be viewed here.

            Store curbs students??? curbside trash
            KARA McGUIRE, Star Tribune

            With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.

            The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters.

            Piles of furniture turned garbage dot the streets of college towns around the country come moving day. With money tight and going green all the rage, college campuses and neighborhood groups are working to curb the problem. Some schools, such as West Virginia University, collect items for a massive rummage sale with the proceeds going to charity. Others donate unwanted goods directly to charity. Minnesota State University works with a local thrift store.

            A neighborhood group bordering the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus created the MIMO free store (MIMO stands for move-in, move-out) to keep the curbs clean and appeal to budget-conscious students.

            It's moving week, and the furniture cluttering Wendy Menken's neighborhood could furnish many of the rented houses in the area. An upturned side table. A computer monitor. An assortment of tacky couches, all waiting for scavengers or the city's garbage trucks to make the rounds. Some years it's worse -- like when it rains, warping particle board shelves and fizzing electronics, or when vandals destroy perfectly usable items.

            "It gets to the point where the rest of the city is having a nice, long Labor Day weekend while we're sitting here surrounded by garbage," said Menken, 49, the neighborhood association's board president. "What a way to end the summer."

            With college debt at a record high and scant job opportunities for graduates, one would think students would hang onto their big ticket possessions. But that's not always a possibility, Justin Eibenholzl, MIMO's coordinator explained.

            Maybe the truck that the renters planned to borrow falls through and they can only move what fits in their car. The friend who claimed to want their desk never shows. A roommate with a nicer microwave moves in. Or a lamp doesn't fit with the new design scheme. Whatever the reason, "the end result is it ends up curbside," he said.

            The free store idea is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, plus funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeast neighborhood group. "Since about 40 percent of our nation's greenhouse gases are tied to producing products, it's really important that we get as much use out of the natural resources in those products as possible," MPCA waste prevention specialist Madalyn Cioci said. It also keeps furniture out of city incinerators and is a fairly straightforward model to replicate.

            This spring's effort kept 4,400 pounds of stuff out of landfills. For this round, volunteers picked up about 1,500 pounds of desks, lamps and coffee tables on Monday; hundreds of pounds more have been dropped off during store hours.

            MIMO is housed in the University of Minnesota's ReUse warehouse. The building always is a scavenger's paradise, filled with surplus office, lab and hospital equipment from around the University at low prices. It's open to the public every Thursday and will be open during the free store's 10-day run as well.

            Without the free store, Anna Fowler isn't sure what she would have done with the futon that she had inherited with her apartment but her landlord now insisted she discard. But before she even pulled away from the ReUse warehouse loading dock, her problem morphed into a solution for an international graduate student, who'd already called dibs on the black frame and mattress. Other items, like the Bing Crosby Christmas LP, were still there for the taking.

            Although the free store is designed for students and households in the neighborhoods bordering the university, the tough economic times have brought some shoppers from afar this year.

            In addition to keeping her neighborhood clean and ultimately keeping taxes lower, Menken hopes the free store will cause students to rethink the practice of taking back-to-school trips to the big-box stores with mom and dad and discarding the goods nine months later. "It's a very disposable mentality," she said." We're trying to intervene, to educate."

            Kara McGuire • 612-673-7293

          • Tina Anderson
            Maybe this would be something the Re-Store could coordinate in conjunction with maybe Red Box Plus? All that would really be needed would be a space, a time
            Message 5 of 20 , Sep 1, 2010
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              Maybe this would be something the Re-Store could coordinate in conjunction with maybe Red Box Plus? All that would really be needed would be a space, a time frame and a place that will take the left over items. Just a thought.

               

               

              Tina Anderson

               

              Tina Anderson

              President
              Winona Community Foundation
              507.454.6511 / preswcf@...

               

              Twitter: @wcfpres

              Facebook: Winona Comm-Found

               

              "If you want to go quickly go alone.  If you want to go far, go together." To learn how you can contribute to the Winona Community Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy fund, local grant-making programs or to create your own Fund to support your special charitable passion, go to www.winonacommunityfoundation.org or call the Foundation at 507-454-6511.

               

               

               

              From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Green, Deacon Justin
              Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 8:49 AM
              To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

               

               

              Thank you, Craig, for circulating this article.  Every spring, when the curbs are littered with furniture and household equipment discarded by Winona State students, I hear people saying – there ought to be a better way.  Maybe we put this on the agenda for the Roundtable meeting on September 30.  Perhaps someone in the group is willing to take leadership and organize an effort to rescue these discarded items for use by neighbors who have less.

               

              Justin

               

              From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig Brooks
              Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 6:33 AM
              To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

               

               

              Craig Brooks wrote these comments: Might be an idea worth considering for a college town.



              This Article from StarTribune.com has been sent to you by CraigBrooks.
              *Please note, the sender's identity has not been verified.

              The full Article, with any associated images and links can be viewed here.

              Store curbs students??? curbside trash
              KARA McGUIRE, Star Tribune

              With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.

              The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters.

              Piles of furniture turned garbage dot the streets of college towns around the country come moving day. With money tight and going green all the rage, college campuses and neighborhood groups are working to curb the problem. Some schools, such as West Virginia University, collect items for a massive rummage sale with the proceeds going to charity. Others donate unwanted goods directly to charity. Minnesota State University works with a local thrift store.

              A neighborhood group bordering the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus created the MIMO free store (MIMO stands for move-in, move-out) to keep the curbs clean and appeal to budget-conscious students.

              It's moving week, and the furniture cluttering Wendy Menken's neighborhood could furnish many of the rented houses in the area. An upturned side table. A computer monitor. An assortment of tacky couches, all waiting for scavengers or the city's garbage trucks to make the rounds. Some years it's worse -- like when it rains, warping particle board shelves and fizzing electronics, or when vandals destroy perfectly usable items.

              "It gets to the point where the rest of the city is having a nice, long Labor Day weekend while we're sitting here surrounded by garbage," said Menken, 49, the neighborhood association's board president. "What a way to end the summer."

              With college debt at a record high and scant job opportunities for graduates, one would think students would hang onto their big ticket possessions. But that's not always a possibility, Justin Eibenholzl, MIMO's coordinator explained.

              Maybe the truck that the renters planned to borrow falls through and they can only move what fits in their car. The friend who claimed to want their desk never shows. A roommate with a nicer microwave moves in. Or a lamp doesn't fit with the new design scheme. Whatever the reason, "the end result is it ends up curbside," he said.

              The free store idea is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, plus funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeast neighborhood group. "Since about 40 percent of our nation's greenhouse gases are tied to producing products, it's really important that we get as much use out of the natural resources in those products as possible," MPCA waste prevention specialist Madalyn Cioci said. It also keeps furniture out of city incinerators and is a fairly straightforward model to replicate.

              This spring's effort kept 4,400 pounds of stuff out of landfills. For this round, volunteers picked up about 1,500 pounds of desks, lamps and coffee tables on Monday; hundreds of pounds more have been dropped off during store hours.

              MIMO is housed in the University of Minnesota's ReUse warehouse. The building always is a scavenger's paradise, filled with surplus office, lab and hospital equipment from around the University at low prices. It's open to the public every Thursday and will be open during the free store's 10-day run as well.

              Without the free store, Anna Fowler isn't sure what she would have done with the futon that she had inherited with her apartment but her landlord now insisted she discard. But before she even pulled away from the ReUse warehouse loading dock, her problem morphed into a solution for an international graduate student, who'd already called dibs on the black frame and mattress. Other items, like the Bing Crosby Christmas LP, were still there for the taking.

              Although the free store is designed for students and households in the neighborhoods bordering the university, the tough economic times have brought some shoppers from afar this year.

              In addition to keeping her neighborhood clean and ultimately keeping taxes lower, Menken hopes the free store will cause students to rethink the practice of taking back-to-school trips to the big-box stores with mom and dad and discarding the goods nine months later. "It's a very disposable mentality," she said." We're trying to intervene, to educate."

              Kara McGuire • 612-673-7293

            • Beth Moe
              I believe the ReStore already does work with the colleges at the end of the school year to collect items. (Nancy or Stephanie, correct me if I m wrong.) And I
              Message 6 of 20 , Sep 1, 2010
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                I believe the ReStore already does work with the colleges at the end of the school year to collect items. (Nancy or Stephanie, correct me if I’m wrong.) And I believe they are able to salvage quite a bit.

                 

                Beth

                 


                From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tina Anderson
                Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 10:18 AM
                To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                 

                 

                Maybe this would be something the Re-Store could coordinate in conjunction with maybe Red Box Plus? All that would really be needed would be a space, a time frame and a place that will take the left over items. Just a thought.

                 

                 

                Tina Anderson

                 

                Tina Anderson

                President
                Winona Community Foundation
                507.454.6511 / preswcf@...

                 

                Twitter: @wcfpres

                Facebook: Winona Comm-Found

                 

                "If you want to go quickly go alone.  If you want to go far, go together." To learn how you can contribute to the Winona Community Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy fund, local grant-making programs or to create your own Fund to support your special charitable passion, go to www.winonacommunityfoundation.org or call the Foundation at 507-454-6511.

                 

                 

                 

                From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Green, Deacon Justin
                Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 8:49 AM
                To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                 

                 

                Thank you, Craig, for circulating this article.  Every spring, when the curbs are littered with furniture and household equipment discarded by Winona State students, I hear people saying – there ought to be a better way.  Maybe we put this on the agenda for the Roundtable meeting on September 30.  Perhaps someone in the group is willing to take leadership and organize an effort to rescue these discarded items for use by neighbors who have less.

                 

                Justin

                 

                From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig Brooks
                Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 6:33 AM
                To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                 

                 

                Craig Brooks wrote these comments: Might be an idea worth considering for a college town.




                This Article from StarTribune.com has been sent to you by CraigBrooks.
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                The full Article, with any associated images and links can be viewed here.

                Store curbs students??? curbside trash
                KARA McGUIRE, Star Tribune

                With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.

                The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters.

                Piles of furniture turned garbage dot the streets of college towns around the country come moving day. With money tight and going green all the rage, college campuses and neighborhood groups are working to curb the problem. Some schools, such as West Virginia University, collect items for a massive rummage sale with the proceeds going to charity. Others donate unwanted goods directly to charity. Minnesota State University works with a local thrift store.

                A neighborhood group bordering the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus created the MIMO free store (MIMO stands for move-in, move-out) to keep the curbs clean and appeal to budget-conscious students.

                It's moving week, and the furniture cluttering Wendy Menken's neighborhood could furnish many of the rented houses in the area. An upturned side table. A computer monitor. An assortment of tacky couches, all waiting for scavengers or the city's garbage trucks to make the rounds. Some years it's worse -- like when it rains, warping particle board shelves and fizzing electronics, or when vandals destroy perfectly usable items.

                "It gets to the point where the rest of the city is having a nice, long Labor Day weekend while we're sitting here surrounded by garbage," said Menken, 49, the neighborhood association's board president. "What a way to end the summer."

                With college debt at a record high and scant job opportunities for graduates, one would think students would hang onto their big ticket possessions. But that's not always a possibility, Justin Eibenholzl, MIMO's coordinator explained.

                Maybe the truck that the renters planned to borrow falls through and they can only move what fits in their car. The friend who claimed to want their desk never shows. A roommate with a nicer microwave moves in. Or a lamp doesn't fit with the new design scheme. Whatever the reason, "the end result is it ends up curbside," he said.

                The free store idea is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, plus funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeast neighborhood group. "Since about 40 percent of our nation's greenhouse gases are tied to producing products, it's really important that we get as much use out of the natural resources in those products as possible," MPCA waste prevention specialist Madalyn Cioci said. It also keeps furniture out of city incinerators and is a fairly straightforward model to replicate.

                This spring's effort kept 4,400 pounds of stuff out of landfills. For this round, volunteers picked up about 1,500 pounds of desks, lamps and coffee tables on Monday; hundreds of pounds more have been dropped off during store hours.

                MIMO is housed in the University of Minnesota's ReUse warehouse. The building always is a scavenger's paradise, filled with surplus office, lab and hospital equipment from around the University at low prices. It's open to the public every Thursday and will be open during the free store's 10-day run as well.

                Without the free store, Anna Fowler isn't sure what she would have done with the futon that she had inherited with her apartment but her landlord now insisted she discard. But before she even pulled away from the ReUse warehouse loading dock, her problem morphed into a solution for an international graduate student, who'd already called dibs on the black frame and mattress. Other items, like the Bing Crosby Christmas LP, were still there for the taking.

                Although the free store is designed for students and households in the neighborhoods bordering the university, the tough economic times have brought some shoppers from afar this year.

                In addition to keeping her neighborhood clean and ultimately keeping taxes lower, Menken hopes the free store will cause students to rethink the practice of taking back-to-school trips to the big-box stores with mom and dad and discarding the goods nine months later. "It's a very disposable mentality," she said." We're trying to intervene, to educate."

                Kara McGuire • 612-673-7293

              • Jill Johnson
                The very good news is that this kind of reclamation from campuses for reuse has been happening here in Winona in conjunction w/the ReStore for a number of
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                  The very good news is that this kind of reclamation from campuses for reuse has been happening here in Winona in conjunction w/the ReStore for a number of years. 

                  They are already totally on top of it!

                   

                  I’ll ask John, the ReStore manager, to send me a description of their procedure, and will then post it to this listserve so that everyone will be well versed in the what and when.

                   

                  John will probably have some ideas for support that their program could benefit from as well, in case people want to help out in some way.

                   

                  Thanks,

                  Anne

                   

                   

                  Anne Morse

                  Sustainability Coordinator

                  Winona County Environmental Services

                  225 West 2nd Street

                  Winona, MN  55987

                  Office  507.457.6468

                  Fax  507.457.6465

                  Cell  507.313.3171

                   

                   

                   

                  From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig Brooks
                  Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 6:33 AM
                  To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                   

                   

                  Craig Brooks wrote these comments: Might be an idea worth considering for a college town.


                  This Article from StarTribune.com has been sent to you by CraigBrooks.
                  *Please note, the sender's identity has not been verified.

                  The full Article, with any associated images and links can be viewed here.

                  Store curbs students’ curbside trash
                  KARA McGUIRE, Star Tribune

                  With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.

                  The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters.

                  Piles of furniture turned garbage dot the streets of college towns around the country come moving day. With money tight and going green all the rage, college campuses and neighborhood groups are working to curb the problem. Some schools, such as West Virginia University, collect items for a massive rummage sale with the proceeds going to charity. Others donate unwanted goods directly to charity. Minnesota State University works with a local thrift store.

                  A neighborhood group bordering the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus created the MIMO free store (MIMO stands for move-in, move-out) to keep the curbs clean and appeal to budget-conscious students.

                  It's moving week, and the furniture cluttering Wendy Menken's neighborhood could furnish many of the rented houses in the area. An upturned side table. A computer monitor. An assortment of tacky couches, all waiting for scavengers or the city's garbage trucks to make the rounds. Some years it's worse -- like when it rains, warping particle board shelves and fizzing electronics, or when vandals destroy perfectly usable items.

                  "It gets to the point where the rest of the city is having a nice, long Labor Day weekend while we're sitting here surrounded by garbage," said Menken, 49, the neighborhood association's board president. "What a way to end the summer."

                  With college debt at a record high and scant job opportunities for graduates, one would think students would hang onto their big ticket possessions. But that's not always a possibility, Justin Eibenholzl, MIMO's coordinator explained.

                  Maybe the truck that the renters planned to borrow falls through and they can only move what fits in their car. The friend who claimed to want their desk never shows. A roommate with a nicer microwave moves in. Or a lamp doesn't fit with the new design scheme. Whatever the reason, "the end result is it ends up curbside," he said.

                  The free store idea is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, plus funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeast neighborhood group. "Since about 40 percent of our nation's greenhouse gases are tied to producing products, it's really important that we get as much use out of the natural resources in those products as possible," MPCA waste prevention specialist Madalyn Cioci said. It also keeps furniture out of city incinerators and is a fairly straightforward model to replicate.

                  This spring's effort kept 4,400 pounds of stuff out of landfills. For this round, volunteers picked up about 1,500 pounds of desks, lamps and coffee tables on Monday; hundreds of pounds more have been dropped off during store hours.

                  MIMO is housed in the University of Minnesota's ReUse warehouse. The building always is a scavenger's paradise, filled with surplus office, lab and hospital equipment from around the University at low prices. It's open to the public every Thursday and will be open during the free store's 10-day run as well.

                  Without the free store, Anna Fowler isn't sure what she would have done with the futon that she had inherited with her apartment but her landlord now insisted she discard. But before she even pulled away from the ReUse warehouse loading dock, her problem morphed into a solution for an international graduate student, who'd already called dibs on the black frame and mattress. Other items, like the Bing Crosby Christmas LP, were still there for the taking.

                  Although the free store is designed for students and households in the neighborhoods bordering the university, the tough economic times have brought some shoppers from afar this year.

                  In addition to keeping her neighborhood clean and ultimately keeping taxes lower, Menken hopes the free store will cause students to rethink the practice of taking back-to-school trips to the big-box stores with mom and dad and discarding the goods nine months later. "It's a very disposable mentality," she said." We're trying to intervene, to educate."

                  Kara McGuire • 612-673-7293

                • Shari_Klippenstein@usc.salvationarmy.org
                  Yes the restore along with Salvation Army have a collection program on the WSU and SMU campuses these past two springs. As far as I know, we plan on doing it
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                    Yes the restore along with Salvation Army have a collection program on the WSU and SMU campuses these past two springs. As far as I know, we plan on doing it again. This past year we did not collect much. However, I hope to have more advertising this upcoming spring so students can recycle their stuff.

                    Dumpster diving is something that happens at our dumpsters every evening after the store closes. We use to lock our dumpsters, but we were running up such a bill to replace locks and repair our doors when people would vandalize them to break in. We even have parents putting their children in the dumpsters to throw them discarded items. It is such a safety problem we have to involve the police at times. The more we as a community can do to provide for the needy the better.

                    Shari Klippenstein
                    Salvation Army Thrift Store-Winona
                    Store Supervisor
                    507-474-2400




                    "Beth Moe" <bfmoe@...>
                    Sent by: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com

                    09/01/2010 01:26 PM

                    Please respond to
                    PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com

                    To
                    <PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com>
                    cc
                    Subject
                    RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com





                     

                    I believe the ReStore already does work with the colleges at the end of the school year to collect items. (Nancy or Stephanie, correct me if I’m wrong.) And I believe they are able to salvage quite a bit.

                     

                    Beth

                     


                    From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tina Anderson
                    Sent:
                    Wednesday, September 01, 2010 10:18 AM
                    To:
                    PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject:
                    RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                     

                     

                    Maybe this would be something the Re-Store could coordinate in conjunction with maybe Red Box Plus? All that would really be needed would be a space, a time frame and a place that will take the left over items. Just a thought.

                     

                     

                    Tina Anderson

                     

                    Tina Anderson

                    President
                    Winona Community Foundation

                    507.454.6511
                    / preswcf@...

                     

                    Twitter: @wcfpres

                    Facebook: Winona Comm-Found

                     

                    "If you want to go quickly go alone.  If you want to go far, go together."To learn how you can contribute to the Winona Community Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy fund, local grant-making programs or to create your own Fund to support your special charitable passion, go to www.winonacommunityfoundation.orgor call the Foundation at 507-454-6511.

                     

                     

                     

                    From:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Green, Deacon Justin
                    Sent:
                    Wednesday, September 01, 2010 8:49 AM
                    To:
                    PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject:
                    RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                     

                     

                    Thank you, Craig, for circulating this article.  Every spring, when the curbs are littered with furniture and household equipment discarded by Winona State students, I hear people saying – there ought to be a better way.  Maybe we put this on the agenda for the Roundtable meeting on September 30.  Perhaps someone in the group is willing to take leadership and organize an effort to rescue these discarded items for use by neighbors who have less.

                     

                    Justin

                     

                    From:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig Brooks
                    Sent:
                    Wednesday, September 01, 2010 6:33 AM
                    To:
                    PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject:
                    [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                     

                     

                    Craig Brooks wrote these comments: Might be an idea worth considering for a college town.



                    This Article from StarTribune.comhas been sent to you by CraigBrooks.
                    *Please note, the sender's identity has not been verified.


                    The full Article, with any associated images and links can be viewed
                    here.
                    Store curbs students??? curbside trash
                    KARA McGUIRE, Star Tribune

                    With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.

                    The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters.

                    Piles of furniture turned garbage dot the streets of college towns around the country come moving day. With money tight and going green all the rage, college campuses and neighborhood groups are working to curb the problem. Some schools, such as West Virginia University, collect items for a massive rummage sale with the proceeds going to charity. Others donate unwanted goods directly to charity. Minnesota State University works with a local thrift store.

                    A neighborhood group bordering the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus created the MIMO free store (MIMO stands for move-in, move-out) to keep the curbs clean and appeal to budget-conscious students.

                    It's moving week, and the furniture cluttering Wendy Menken's neighborhood could furnish many of the rented houses in the area. An upturned side table. A computer monitor. An assortment of tacky couches, all waiting for scavengers or the city's garbage trucks to make the rounds. Some years it's worse -- like when it rains, warping particle board shelves and fizzing electronics, or when vandals destroy perfectly usable items.

                    "It gets to the point where the rest of the city is having a nice, long Labor Day weekend while we're sitting here surrounded by garbage," said Menken, 49, the neighborhood association's board president. "What a way to end the summer."

                    With college debt at a record high and scant job opportunities for graduates, one would think students would hang onto their big ticket possessions. But that's not always a possibility, Justin Eibenholzl, MIMO's coordinator explained.

                    Maybe the truck that the renters planned to borrow falls through and they can only move what fits in their car. The friend who claimed to want their desk never shows. A roommate with a nicer microwave moves in. Or a lamp doesn't fit with the new design scheme. Whatever the reason, "the end result is it ends up curbside," he said.

                    The free store idea is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, plus funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeast neighborhood group. "Since about 40 percent of our nation's greenhouse gases are tied to producing products, it's really important that we get as much use out of the natural resources in those products as possible," MPCA waste prevention specialist Madalyn Cioci said. It also keeps furniture out of city incinerators and is a fairly straightforward model to replicate.

                    This spring's effort kept 4,400 pounds of stuff out of landfills. For this round, volunteers picked up about 1,500 pounds of desks, lamps and coffee tables on Monday; hundreds of pounds more have been dropped off during store hours.

                    MIMO is housed in the University of Minnesota's ReUse warehouse. The building always is a scavenger's paradise, filled with surplus office, lab and hospital equipment from around the University at low prices. It's open to the public every Thursday and will be open during the free store's 10-day run as well.

                    Without the free store, Anna Fowler isn't sure what she would have done with the futon that she had inherited with her apartment but her landlord now insisted she discard. But before she even pulled away from the ReUse warehouse loading dock, her problem morphed into a solution for an international graduate student, who'd already called dibs on the black frame and mattress. Other items, like the Bing Crosby Christmas LP, were still there for the taking.

                    Although the free store is designed for students and households in the neighborhoods bordering the university, the tough economic times have brought some shoppers from afar this year.

                    In addition to keeping her neighborhood clean and ultimately keeping taxes lower, Menken hopes the free store will cause students to rethink the practice of taking back-to-school trips to the big-box stores with mom and dad and discarding the goods nine months later. "It's a very disposable mentality," she said." We're trying to intervene, to educate."

                    Kara McGuire • 612-673-7293




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                    Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender, except where the sender specifies and with authority, states them to be the views of The Salvation Army.

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                  • Englich, Vicki L
                    I know that the universities have worked with the Re-Store and Salvation Army as well as the Catholic Worker Houses to give away usable goods that would
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                      I know that the universities have worked with the Re-Store and Salvation Army as well as the Catholic Worker Houses to give away usable goods that would otherwise find their way into the landfill. What I like about this article is that the items are free. I support the stores in town that use donations for their missions, but a location for free items could  reduce the vandalism that Shari discusses and provides for people who are in need.

                       

                      The idea needs a lot of planning, and I have corresponded with Justin that I would be interested in working on the project. I have also notified the WSU Environmental Club about the idea. They have contacts with the group who sponsors the Really Really Free Market that takes place once a month.

                       

                      I believe the Winona Housing Association also takes usable furniture to places like the Re-Store rather than letting it languish on the curbs.

                       

                      Vicki Englich

                      WSU Community Liaison

                      457-2949

                       

                      From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Shari_Klippenstein@...
                      Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 3:46 PM
                      To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                      Cc: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject: RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                       

                       

                      Yes the restore along with Salvation Army have a collection program on the WSU and SMU campuses these past two springs. As far as I know, we plan on doing it again. This past year we did not collect much. However, I hope to have more advertising this upcoming spring so students can recycle their stuff.

                      Dumpster diving is something that happens at our dumpsters every evening after the store closes. We use to lock our dumpsters, but we were running up such a bill to replace locks and repair our doors when people would vandalize them to break in. We even have parents putting their children in the dumpsters to throw them discarded items. It is such a safety problem we have to involve the police at times. The more we as a community can do to provide for the needy the better.

                      Shari Klippenstein
                      Salvation Army Thrift Store-Winona
                      Store Supervisor
                      507-474-2400



                      "Beth Moe" <bfmoe@...>
                      Sent by: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com

                      09/01/2010 01:26 PM

                      Please respond to
                      PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com

                      To

                      <PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com>

                      cc

                      Subject

                      RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                       




                       

                      I believe the ReStore already does work with the colleges at the end of the school year to collect items. (Nancy or Stephanie, correct me if I’m wrong.) And I believe they are able to salvage quite a bit.

                       

                      Beth

                       


                      From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tina Anderson
                      Sent:
                      Wednesday, September 01, 2010 10:18 AM
                      To:
                      PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject:
                      RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                       

                       

                      Maybe this would be something the Re-Store could coordinate in conjunction with maybe Red Box Plus? All that would really be needed would be a space, a time frame and a place that will take the left over items. Just a thought.

                       

                       

                      Tina Anderson

                       

                      Tina Anderson

                      President
                      Winona Community Foundation

                      507.454.6511
                      / preswcf@...

                       

                      Twitter: @wcfpres

                      Facebook: Winona Comm-Found

                       

                      "If you want to go quickly go alone.  If you want to go far, go together."To learn how you can contribute to the Winona Community Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy fund, local grant-making programs or to create your own Fund to support your special charitable passion, go to www.winonacommunityfoundation.orgor call the Foundation at 507-454-6511.

                       

                       

                       

                      From:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Green, Deacon Justin
                      Sent:
                      Wednesday, September 01, 2010 8:49 AM
                      To:
                      PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject:
                      RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                       

                       

                      Thank you, Craig, for circulating this article.  Every spring, when the curbs are littered with furniture and household equipment discarded by Winona State students, I hear people saying – there ought to be a better way.  Maybe we put this on the agenda for the Roundtable meeting on September 30.  Perhaps someone in the group is willing to take leadership and organize an effort to rescue these discarded items for use by neighbors who have less.

                       

                      Justin

                       

                      From:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Craig Brooks
                      Sent:
                      Wednesday, September 01, 2010 6:33 AM
                      To:
                      PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject:
                      [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                       

                       

                      Craig Brooks wrote these comments: Might be an idea worth considering for a college town.


                      This Article from StarTribune.comhas been sent to you by CraigBrooks.
                      *Please note, the sender's identity has not been verified.


                      The full Article, with any associated images and links can be viewed
                      here.

                      Store curbs students??? curbside trash
                      KARA McGUIRE, Star Tribune

                      With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.

                      The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters.

                      Piles of furniture turned garbage dot the streets of college towns around the country come moving day. With money tight and going green all the rage, college campuses and neighborhood groups are working to curb the problem. Some schools, such as West Virginia University, collect items for a massive rummage sale with the proceeds going to charity. Others donate unwanted goods directly to charity. Minnesota State University works with a local thrift store.

                      A neighborhood group bordering the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus created the MIMO free store (MIMO stands for move-in, move-out) to keep the curbs clean and appeal to budget-conscious students.

                      It's moving week, and the furniture cluttering Wendy Menken's neighborhood could furnish many of the rented houses in the area. An upturned side table. A computer monitor. An assortment of tacky couches, all waiting for scavengers or the city's garbage trucks to make the rounds. Some years it's worse -- like when it rains, warping particle board shelves and fizzing electronics, or when vandals destroy perfectly usable items.

                      "It gets to the point where the rest of the city is having a nice, long Labor Day weekend while we're sitting here surrounded by garbage," said Menken, 49, the neighborhood association's board president. "What a way to end the summer."

                      With college debt at a record high and scant job opportunities for graduates, one would think students would hang onto their big ticket possessions. But that's not always a possibility, Justin Eibenholzl, MIMO's coordinator explained.

                      Maybe the truck that the renters planned to borrow falls through and they can only move what fits in their car. The friend who claimed to want their desk never shows. A roommate with a nicer microwave moves in. Or a lamp doesn't fit with the new design scheme. Whatever the reason, "the end result is it ends up curbside," he said.

                      The free store idea is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, plus funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeast neighborhood group. "Since about 40 percent of our nation's greenhouse gases are tied to producing products, it's really important that we get as much use out of the natural resources in those products as possible," MPCA waste prevention specialist Madalyn Cioci said. It also keeps furniture out of city incinerators and is a fairly straightforward model to replicate.

                      This spring's effort kept 4,400 pounds of stuff out of landfills. For this round, volunteers picked up about 1,500 pounds of desks, lamps and coffee tables on Monday; hundreds of pounds more have been dropped off during store hours.

                      MIMO is housed in the University of Minnesota's ReUse warehouse. The building always is a scavenger's paradise, filled with surplus office, lab and hospital equipment from around the University at low prices. It's open to the public every Thursday and will be open during the free store's 10-day run as well.

                      Without the free store, Anna Fowler isn't sure what she would have done with the futon that she had inherited with her apartment but her landlord now insisted she discard. But before she even pulled away from the ReUse warehouse loading dock, her problem morphed into a solution for an international graduate student, who'd already called dibs on the black frame and mattress. Other items, like the Bing Crosby Christmas LP, were still there for the taking.

                      Although the free store is designed for students and households in the neighborhoods bordering the university, the tough economic times have brought some shoppers from afar this year.

                      In addition to keeping her neighborhood clean and ultimately keeping taxes lower, Menken hopes the free store will cause students to rethink the practice of taking back-to-school trips to the big-box stores with mom and dad and discarding the goods nine months later. "It's a very disposable mentality," she said." We're trying to intervene, to educate."

                      Kara McGuire • 612-673-7293




                      This mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the originator of the message.

                      Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender, except where the sender specifies and with authority, states them to be the views of The Salvation Army.

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                    • Green, Deacon Justin
                      Just speaking personally, I did not know that there was a campus program, I don’t get on either campus very much. I do know that, in the spring, the streets
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                        Just speaking personally, I did not know that there was a campus program, I don’t get on either campus very much.  I do know that, in the spring, the streets east of campus, where I work and live, are filled with discarded furniture and the like.  So, while there is a good and functioning program on the campuses, what might be a valuable addition to the community is a program to keep furniture, kitchen utensils, small appliances, etc. off the street, out of the landfill and put them into the hands of people who can use them. 

                         

                        In any event, Craig’s email and the followup amount to a very useful conversation, and that’s very healthy.

                         

                        Justin

                         

                         

                        From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Shari_Klippenstein@...
                        Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 3:46 PM
                        To: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                        Cc: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com
                        Subject: RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                         

                         

                        Yes the restore along with Salvation Army have a collection program on the WSU and SMU campuses these past two springs. As far as I know, we plan on doing it again. This past year we did not collect much. However, I hope to have more advertising this upcoming spring so students can recycle their stuff.

                        Dumpster diving is something that happens at our dumpsters every evening after the store closes. We use to lock our dumpsters, but we were running up such a bill to replace locks and repair our doors when people would vandalize them to break in. We even have parents putting their children in the dumpsters to throw them discarded items. It is such a safety problem we have to involve the police at times. The more we as a community can do to provide for the needy the better.

                        Shari Klippenstein
                        Salvation Army Thrift Store-Winona
                        Store Supervisor
                        507-474-2400



                        "Beth Moe" <bfmoe@...>
                        Sent by: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com

                        09/01/2010 01:26 PM

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                        To

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                        cc

                        Subject

                        RE: [PovertyRndTable] Craig Brooks sent you an article from startribune.com

                         




                         

                        I believe the ReStore already does work with the colleges at the end of the school year to collect items. (Nancy or Stephanie, correct me if I’m wrong.) And I believe they are able to salvage quite a bit.

                         

                        Beth

                         


                        From: PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PovertyRndTable@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tina Anderson
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                        Maybe this would be something the Re-Store could coordinate in conjunction with maybe Red Box Plus? All that would really be needed would be a space, a time frame and a place that will take the left over items. Just a thought.

                         

                         

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                        Thank you, Craig, for circulating this article.  Every spring, when the curbs are littered with furniture and household equipment discarded by Winona State students, I hear people saying – there ought to be a better way.  Maybe we put this on the agenda for the Roundtable meeting on September 30.  Perhaps someone in the group is willing to take leadership and organize an effort to rescue these discarded items for use by neighbors who have less.

                         

                        Justin

                         

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                        Store curbs students??? curbside trash
                        KARA McGUIRE, Star Tribune

                        With their husbands in school, Grace Huang and Lori Luo don't have a lot of money to spend furnishing their University of Minnesota apartments. But there they were Tuesday, struggling to carry a 45-piece china set, some crystal bowls, a photo album and a candelabra to student family housing. The price tag? There wasn't one.

                        The duo went shopping at the neighborhood free store, a pilot program developed by the Southeast Como Improvement Association in an effort to keep unwanted furniture and household goods left behind by students off lawns and out of dumpsters.

                        Piles of furniture turned garbage dot the streets of college towns around the country come moving day. With money tight and going green all the rage, college campuses and neighborhood groups are working to curb the problem. Some schools, such as West Virginia University, collect items for a massive rummage sale with the proceeds going to charity. Others donate unwanted goods directly to charity. Minnesota State University works with a local thrift store.

                        A neighborhood group bordering the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus created the MIMO free store (MIMO stands for move-in, move-out) to keep the curbs clean and appeal to budget-conscious students.

                        It's moving week, and the furniture cluttering Wendy Menken's neighborhood could furnish many of the rented houses in the area. An upturned side table. A computer monitor. An assortment of tacky couches, all waiting for scavengers or the city's garbage trucks to make the rounds. Some years it's worse -- like when it rains, warping particle board shelves and fizzing electronics, or when vandals destroy perfectly usable items.

                        "It gets to the point where the rest of the city is having a nice, long Labor Day weekend while we're sitting here surrounded by garbage," said Menken, 49, the neighborhood association's board president. "What a way to end the summer."

                        With college debt at a record high and scant job opportunities for graduates, one would think students would hang onto their big ticket possessions. But that's not always a possibility, Justin Eibenholzl, MIMO's coordinator explained.

                        Maybe the truck that the renters planned to borrow falls through and they can only move what fits in their car. The friend who claimed to want their desk never shows. A roommate with a nicer microwave moves in. Or a lamp doesn't fit with the new design scheme. Whatever the reason, "the end result is it ends up curbside," he said.

                        The free store idea is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, plus funding from the McKnight Foundation and the Southeast neighborhood group. "Since about 40 percent of our nation's greenhouse gases are tied to producing products, it's really important that we get as much use out of the natural resources in those products as possible," MPCA waste prevention specialist Madalyn Cioci said. It also keeps furniture out of city incinerators and is a fairly straightforward model to replicate.

                        This spring's effort kept 4,400 pounds of stuff out of landfills. For this round, volunteers picked up about 1,500 pounds of desks, lamps and coffee tables on Monday; hundreds of pounds more have been dropped off during store hours.

                        MIMO is housed in the University of Minnesota's ReUse warehouse. The building always is a scavenger's paradise, filled with surplus office, lab and hospital equipment from around the University at low prices. It's open to the public every Thursday and will be open during the free store's 10-day run as well.

                        Without the free store, Anna Fowler isn't sure what she would have done with the futon that she had inherited with her apartment but her landlord now insisted she discard. But before she even pulled away from the ReUse warehouse loading dock, her problem morphed into a solution for an international graduate student, who'd already called dibs on the black frame and mattress. Other items, like the Bing Crosby Christmas LP, were still there for the taking.

                        Although the free store is designed for students and households in the neighborhoods bordering the university, the tough economic times have brought some shoppers from afar this year.

                        In addition to keeping her neighborhood clean and ultimately keeping taxes lower, Menken hopes the free store will cause students to rethink the practice of taking back-to-school trips to the big-box stores with mom and dad and discarding the goods nine months later. "It's a very disposable mentality," she said." We're trying to intervene, to educate."

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                          JIM ADAMS, Star Tribune

                          Two Dakota County food shelves are turning down free federal food because of new rules that they say conflict with their goals of helping food recipients regain self-sufficiency.

                          Hastings Family Service and Neighbors Inc. in South St. Paul have declined to sign a new federal agreement requiring food shelves to serve needy people without requiring Social Security cards or income or address verification.

                          The agencies may be the only two among 270 food shelves receiving cheese, ground beef and other federal commodities to refuse to sign by October an agreement forbidding local food shelves from seeking to verify income or other recipient data, said Erin Sullivan Sutton, an assistant commissioner of children and family programs for the state Department of Human Services.

                          "It is unfortunate they have chosen not to sign," she said. It means "a loss of food otherwise available to families in their community." She said both food shelves doubled the federal food they received from 2008 to 2009, when Neighbors received 37,590 pounds and Hastings 28,195 pounds.

                          Hastings Family Service, one of the state's largest emergency food providers, has two social workers who help food recipients set up a budget to become self-supporting, said executive director Chris Koop. The agency needs evidence of recipients' income and expenses to do that.

                          "We could not ask for income verification, and that goes totally against our values of really working with families to get them on their feet again," Koop said. She said the declined food would cost about $15,000 a year at retail prices.

                          Churches say not to sign

                          Joan Rhodes, a Neighbors manager, said the community has been generous in supplying food and clothes for the needy. She said the agency asked its 32 member churches whether it should sign the agreement forbidding income verification, and the unanimous response was no.

                          "We just feel we need to be really conscientious of the donations entrusted to us," Rhodes said. "We feel we need to be good stewards."

                          Sullivan Sutton said requiring income data can be a barrier discouraging needy people from receiving free food. "Helping people gain more control over their finances is always a good thing," she said, "but they can work on budget issues on a voluntary basis."

                          The food is provided through the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program from the U.S. Agriculture Department's farm price subsidy programs and other sources. The government is a major supplier for area food shelves, providing 11.5 million pounds to state food and meal programs in 2009, officials said.

                          The state's largest food distributor is Second Harvest Heartland of St. Paul. It distributes the commodities to 195 food shelves in 41 counties and has asked the shelves to sign the agreement, said field director Barb Downs.

                          She said the agreement puts in writing the income "self-declaration" policy that food shelves have been aware of but never had to formally accept before. That policy allows people filling out eligibility forms to self-declare their income, address, whether they receive food stamps and other data, Sullivan Sutton said.

                          "Self-declaration has been consistent across the country for a number of years," she said.

                          Sorting out basic needs

                          Koop said her 40-year-old agency, which also provides clothes, furniture and other services, enjoys strong church and community support. She said the service has two social workers who sit down with repeat visitors and "get to the root cause of why they come." They sort out basic needs, which don't include expenses like cable television, she said.

                          "If we are not able to verify their income and expenses, we would be enabling them again," Koop said. "We are not about entitlement but about partnering and helping families make good choices so they can get on their feet."

                          Byron Laher, president of the Community Emergency Assistance Program serving Anoka County and part of Hennepin County, said he hasn't seen the new agreement yet. But he doesn't think it would affect their food shelf because it only uses client-reported income and expense data to help people better allocate their incomes.

                          Tonya, 42, who asked that her last name not be used, stopped Tuesday for Thanksgiving food at the Neighbors store in South St. Paul. The single mother, who has three children at home, said she's been out of work about two years. Her refrigerator died in the past week, spoiling most of her food, except the turkey.

                          "I called Neighbors and they said 'Come on in,'" Tonya said. "Thank God for Neighbors."

                          Asked about the new agreement forbidding food shelves from verifying income data, Tonya said they should be able to require such information to prevent "somebody shady from trying to get free food when they don't really need it." She added:

                          "The people that need the help should get it."

                          Jim Adams • 952-707-9996

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