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Minnesota Department of Human Resources Honors Volunteers of America - MN for its Work in Health Equity With Circle of Excellence Award

DHS Commissioner Emily Piper presents award to Dorothea Harris as President and CEO Paula Hart looks on

(St. Paul, August 3) — The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) this week conferred one of its top honors on Volunteers of America – Minnesota (VOA-MN) — the Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award. Commissioner Emily Piper presented the award at the DHS offices in St. Paul.

The DHS citation reads, “Your organization was nominated for its work to serve diverse populations at risk of or facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Thank you for all that you do.”

The Minnesota Board on Aging nominated VOA-MN for its Caregiver Support and Dementia Services . The innovative service supports more than 1,000 individuals and families, with evidence-based caregiver education, support groups, family assessments, care planning, caregiver coaching and other services for the African American, East African and Hmong cultures.

In accepting the award, Program Manager Dorothea Harris said, “We are grateful for this honor and the light it shines on those we serve. We’re excited about our service expansion to St. Paul, thanks to support from DHS and funding support from many sources.” Please see our social media coverage — Facebook | Twitter — on this award.