Looking for a different approach to setting New Year's resolutions? On Jan. 12, Unlimited Learning presents Bob Passi, on the topic of Empowerment: An Exploration of Human Possibilities. The class, which will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Hallett Community Center in Crosby, is open to the public.
Passi, an empowerment consultant for more than 20 years, will discuss how human beings discover and use their strengths, talents and gifts to deal with the world and suggest how to identify them and access them effectively to keep themselves healthy and involved. Participants will learn some strategies for tapping their power sources as well as monitoring and maintaining them. They will learn to identify things that tend to disempower people and how to get past these roadblocks.
The program is free to Unlimited Learning members as part of the membership and $6 for non-members. Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Larry Foote at (218) 678-3034.
Minnesota Teen Challenge announces graduation in Brainerd, invites public
This month, Minnesota Teen Challenge is celebrating the graduation of several residents in the inaugural Central Minnesota Teen Challenge graduation in Brainerd.
In recent months, some of the men have graduated from the program at ceremonies in Minneapolis, but at 1 p.m., Dec. 30, the Central Minnesota campus will host its first stand-alone ceremony in its chapel at 2424 Business Highway 371, on the south end of Brainerd. Graduates will share their stories, their commitment to the future and where the next step in life will take them, Minnesota Teen Challenge announced, adding the community is invited to join the celebration.
Eighteen months ago, Minnesota Teen Challenge opened its newest location in Brainerd with beds for 60 men. Throughout the past 18 months those beds have been filled almost to capacity by residents seeking help for their chemical addictions. The program is a 13- to 15-month commitment on their part, but Teen Challenge reported it is a commitment to their families and loved ones to get sober for good.
"It's been an amazing year watching these men turn from drugs and alcohol to a life of faith, sobriety and true freedom," said Sam Anderson, Central Minnesota campus director, in a news release. "We have seen these men transformed and families restored. Graduation is an opportunity for the residents themselves to tell their stories and say thank you to the community that supported them in this difficult, but life-changing process."
Minnesota Teen Challenge currently houses more than 400 students in eight facilities, including Minneapolis, Duluth and Brainerd.
Minnesota Teen Challenge serves adults and teens whose addiction problems run the full gamut from those seeking help for the first time to those whose addictions are so serious they can no longer function in social, family and work settings. For more than 25 years, Minnesota Teen Challenge has been helping addicted individuals find healing and hope.
For more information, contact the Central Minnesota Teen Challenge center at 833-8777.
Foreign Service officer to address Group
CROSBY - The Great Decisions Discussion Group will kick off its spring schedule with a free session open to the public from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby. For a second year Unlimited Learning welcomes back Thomas Hanson, a former career Foreign Service Officer and currently a foreign policy consultant as well as a volunteer consultant with the Minnesota International Center's Great Decisions advisory committee.
Hanson will share an overview of current world events and the implications for U.S. foreign policy. He is known for his outstanding ability to describe foreign policy development in an historical context. The Great Decisions audience gave his January 2009 presentation rave reviews.
Hanson's assignments while with the U.S. State Department included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden and the former Soviet republic of Georgia. He also assisted with opening embassies in Mongolia and Estonia. In addition, he worked on the foreign relations committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the U.S. in Washington, D.C.
Continuing his extensive travel and recently returned from Southeast Asia, Hanson will be giving his annual "State of the World" address at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota a few weeks after his presentation in Crosby.
The Unlimited Learning Great Decisions Group meets regularly at 11:30 a.m. on the third Monday of each month February through June and September through November at Heartwood Senior living Center. Information about membership in this group will be available at the kick-off meeting or by contacting Bob Passi at 825-0397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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