Residents and staff members of Vista Prairie at Garnette Gardens will benefit from a $10,000 grant from the LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation. The funds will be used for continuing education, stress and emotional support, urgent expense needs, and other services for Garnette Gardens employees. Part of the grant will be used for tuition support for staff to get additional training and certifications at area community colleges.

LeadingAge Minnesota is the state’s largest professional association of Long-term Care Providers. The LeadingAge Minnesota Foundation (LAMF) awarded $660,000 in COVID-19 grants to fund staff support and virtual adult day services. Sixty-two member sites across the state received up to $10,000 to help staff with emergency cash assistance and managing stress related to COVID-19.

Natalie Seehausen, Garnette Gardens executive director, stated, “While our staff is dedicated to our mission, they are not immune from fatigue or burnout during our pandemic response. These funds will help us support them and say thanks in more tangible ways.”