The Lower Sioux Indian Community, and Wellspring Faith in Action of St. James, are among the southwestern Minnesota organizations that received state grants to support older Minnesotans maintain their health, independence and community involvement while living in their own homes.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services will distribute almost $4 million in Live Well at Home grants in 2022. Funding will go to 42 organizations across the state.

Southwestern Minnesota-area grants include:

  • Lower Sioux Indian Community, Morton, will receive $266,878 for Cansa’yapi Kan (Elders), a program that seeks to reinstate the Tribal role of elders as a strategy to transfer knowledge and promote healing and well-being. The grant will support nurturing the well-being of Lower Sioux elders through expanded social, physical and intergenerational cultural strategies that lead to improved health, increased capacity to live at home and a strong age-friendly community.
  • Wellspring Faith in Action, St. James, $45,000 to provide volunteer aid to older adults in Watonwan County, including the cities of Butterfield, Madelia and St. James. Plans include adding a bilingual outreach worker to the homemaker service to reach members of the Latino community.