The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services serves Minnesotans in all 87 counties and 11 tribes. More than one million Minnesotans receive some sort of help from our department. Among these are our grandparents, neighbors, friends, relatives and classmates.
Many of the people we serve only need assistance for a short period of time, while others need longer-term assistance. At DHS our goal is to meet people where they are at, and focus on outcomes to improve life situations, and to get people the help they need so they can reach their full potential.
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Alyssa proves just how far a little encouragement and belief in oneself can go. At age 20, Alyssa, a single parent with one child, did not have transportation, and had never worked before. Knowing she needed support, she connected with the Teen Parent Project, a program that helped teen parents on the Minnesota Family Investment Program develop job skills and find work.
Through her work with Teen Parent Project, she realized she was not alone and could get a job and learn how to take care of herself. She started her work training experience at the White Earth Child Care Center, in Mahnomen, Minn., where she received support and encouragement from the staff. In fact, a worksite staff member gave her a ride to and from work each day, and supported Alyssa as she studied for her driver’s permit test.
Alyssa felt the care from project staff, and found their attitudes toward her uplifting.
“After my evaluation with my worksite supervisor and employment counselor, and I heard how good I was doing and how helpful I was to the child care center, it made it easier for me to be strong and continue on the work training," said Alyssa. "The worksite staff asked what I thought and they took some of my ideas and used them. This made me believe in myself.”
Her positive experience at the child care center taught her that she can get out and work. With her newfound confidence, she completed and passed an online Personal Care Attendant (PCA) training. She will begin working as a PCA in White Earth through Circle Life Anishinaabe Mahnomen Home Health soon.
Alyssa also enrolled in the Early Childhood and Paraprofessional Education program.
Through the Teen Parent Project, Alyssa received the tools to help her believe in herself and become self-sufficient.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and Minnesota Workforce Council Association jointly offered the program, which concluded at the end of 2012.