Closure of St. Paul center leaves seniors without help

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 22, 2011 - 10:06 PM

St. Paul Senior Chore Service, which provides some 500 seniors free- and reduced-price help around their homes, closes Dec. 31.

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ziggymDec. 23, 11 1:15 AM

Why NOT reapply? To just hope that someone else will take over this work is not the same as ensuring someone will, by talking to the other organizations. Looking at the headline, I was more upset that St. Paul was using so much money toward luxury real estate, but it sounds like Amy Sparks did a disservice to seniors herself (with the community council she leads).

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kinghiberniaDec. 23, 11 7:46 AM

A lot of questions. Why didn't they reapply? What is the criteria or the established guidelines for receiving assistance from this organization? Thw writer uses an elderly 71 yr old female as an example. Shows that she is living in her own home, is a retired Minneapolis Scool teacher, is disabled with a bad back. What is her income? Retirement from Mpls schools? Social Security? Social Security Disability? Social Security benefits from her divorced spouse? Have to ask yourself if this is the best use of very limited resources!!!!

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worldcitizenDec. 23, 11 7:48 AM

This financial mess, caused by Wall Street millionaires and our politicians - all corrupt, will be paid for by the elderly, retirees, homeowners and the poor. This is a sea change in that virtually all of our politicians from both parties seem to be actively promoting these policies.

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thaleenaDec. 23, 11 8:50 AM

This has nothing to do with wall street millionaires. It is a misuse of public funds. Why anyone would think it is a role of a city or county government to help seniors make their beds or clean their houses is crazy. She is a retired teacher???? Pay for a maid with that good retirement, or take in a tennant to help with the chores in that big 4 bedroom house.

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righteeeoooDec. 23, 11 8:55 AM

That's OK... There is such a duplicity of these types of services in the state of Minnesota funded by the government. These seniors have a choice of several other places to go for these services.... No problem!!!!

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jarlmnDec. 23, 1111:41 AM

The upside of the current downside in the nonprofit sector, is that it is at least *starting* to weed-out the myriad of duplication-of-services, 'mission-creep' and inefficiencies that plague many of these organizations. Too many do-gooder impulses, chasing too few charitable dollars. The Director of this agency is quite-right (and quite courageous) to refocus priorities around their original mission.

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mouthwashDec. 23, 1112:58 PM

Some of those seniors might consider moving to a more hospitable environmental and social climate.

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middleminnDec. 23, 11 4:31 PM

worldcitizenDec. 23, 11 7:48 AM "This financial mess, caused by Wall Street millionaires and our politicians - all corrupt, will be paid for by the elderly, retirees, homeowners and the poor.......". i find this comment typical of socialists / democrats jumping all over wall street and politicians and blaming the closing of this charitable group on them. sounds like this person's agenda is more "class warfare". perhaps the unions might want to do their fair and give back massive union wages, pensions, and benefits. maybe some of the 50% who don't pay any taxes at all might want to make a donation to cover the operating cost of this group. why don't you get off class warfare and work towards a solution rather than work towards hate and bigger govt????

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evenmorejustDec. 23, 11 4:32 PM

It is not society's problem to take care of someone's house! If you cannot take care of it, SELL IT! I am tired of Mayor Coleman spending taxpayer money to hire union contractors to fix up someone's house who cannot afford the upkeep! That is why people sell their houses when their retire! Just more of well off people looking for the government to take care of them!

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evenmorejustDec. 23, 11 4:33 PM

A house means you have to insure it if you have a mortgage and spend money to maintain it year after year...and pay property taxes! In North Dakota they are getting rid of property taxes....

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