What is Happening “Right” Around the Corner In November


‘Tis the season to be Thankful!                                                                             

And we want to begin this newsletter with thanks for the many generous donations that have been made to the Community Corner in the past weeks. A huge donation of non-perishable food items was gathered by some very special students from B.C. high school who “trick-or-treated”  to replenish our food shelf on Halloween night.  Thank you to members of the National Honor Society, the International Club, and  Leos Club for the time, energy, and community spirit expended to fill up the food shelf at the Community Corner. A special thank you goes out to their advisors as well; Jody Rossi, Kris Edmonds and Kari Gautsch.   a Jodie Jagodzinski volunteered her time driving the little bus to help transfer the “trick-or-treaters!”  Thanks Jodie.


~ Many bags of clothing have been brought in to fill up our Neighbor to Neighbor shelf , and 36 pairs of new socks were gathered at B.C.H>S for the Sock-Tober sock drive. These will be set aside for parents to take for their children when we do the Toys for Tots Holiday distribution in December.


~A family with 7 children was so happy to have received the donation of a bed and box springs for their 16 year old daughter.  She had been  sleeping on a thin mattress on the floor of their damp basement!                                                                                   


~36 pairs of brand new socks were gathered at B.C.H.S for the Sock-Tober sock drive. These will be set aside for parents to take for their children when we do the Toys for Tots Holiday distribution in December. 


Thanksgiving   BUS-ket Drive                                                                                                   

Like the Native Americans and the Pilgrims who gathered their harvest to share with one another on the first Thanksgiving, families in the Brooklyn Center community will have the opportunity to do the same!                                      


Monday  through Friday, the week of November 18th, our faithful ISD #286 school bus drivers will be collecting food items from their student riders who would like to bring donations to be placed in Thanksgiving baskets being prepared for needy families in B.C.   Notices will go home with the children riding the busses on November 11th. The notices will let families know what food item will be gathered for each day of the collection.                                                              

 If you are in need of a Thanksgiving basket, please call the Community Corner, at (763) 561-2481 to sign up.


Holiday Toys for Tots Event

On December 13, we will be hosting the 5th annual Holiday Toys For Tots Parent event. Parents with children ages birth-18, living in the home, will be able to come to the Community Corner, enjoy a festive atmosphere, and select gifts for their children.


You must

~Live in the city of Brooklyn Center, or have children attending school in the Brooklyn Center school district, or the south side of Anoka-Hennepin school district.                                                   

~Be in financial need                                                                                                                      ~pre-register after November 11th by calling (763) 561-2481  

~Families may only register at one site.


Community Connections Family Night                                                                   

Please join us for a night of food, family feasting, and fun for both kids and parents. Families will have fun  making  a Thanksgiving treat , and they can take the idea home to possibly make for their own Thanksgiving celebration.         Our speaker for the parents will be Marsha Gagnon from Community Action Partnership for Suburban Hennepin. She will be leading adults in a trivia game about Energy Saving facts and ideas, and there will be wonderful prizes as well! Marsha will introduce some other very important services provided by CAPSH, such as the SNAP program (food support), Foreclosure Prevention,  First Time Home Buyer program, Tax assistance, and she will be able to answer any questions about the  MN. Sure program.                                                                                                                            

 Date: Thursday, November 21                                             Time: 5:30-7:30 P.M.           Where: Community Corner (Corner of 69th and Humboldt Ave. No.)       

Families must register by November 15 in order to attend!                        

 Call (763) 561-2481




Marvelous Monday Nights at the Corner will continue at the Corner on Monday nights from 6:15-7:30. For parents and children, birth to 3 years old. Fun learning activities will be available for you and your child to enjoy together. Then later in the evening, parents head off to the adult classroom to enjoy a refreshment and sharing stories of the joys and challenges of raising a preschooler, while children stay in classroom with children’s teacher.                 

This is a drop-in class, so there is no need to pre-register. There is a fee of $2.00 per child each week, with a maximum of $5.00 per family weekly.


Literacy for Little Ones  (4 week mini-sessions)                                                   

The second 4 week session of Literacy for Little Ones will begin November 12. Learning to read begins at birth and literacy activities can be lots of fun for you and your child to enjoy together.  For parents and children, birth to 3.  Please call Amy at (763) 561-4480 Ext. 5001 to register                                                                       


Community Corner Resource Desk 

The “Corner” is open from 9:00a.m  to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The Coordinator is there to welcome visitors as they come in, and help them to find what information or assistance they may need. Feel free just to stop in to say hello, or ask questions. We are happy to help!


Family Advocate Program     9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

  • Are you in need of housing, food, or clothing assistance?   
  • Do you need information on how to access health care,  or resources to help pay your bills?
  • Do you need information about accessing health care or resources to help pay your bills?    

These are just some of the reasons that you may be interested in meeting with our Family Advocate, Marcallina James.                

She is at the “Corner” Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Friday, and is available to help families.



Friday Afternoons   1:30 – 3:00 p.m.                                                        

 Join other women in this supportive group as they discuss many things; but all are topics which interest women!  Some examples of discussion items thus far are; relationships, parenting, budgeting, our dreams for ourselves and our children, and how to go about achieving them!    During the month of November, the group will be completing their health and wellness unit. They have explored nutrition, exercise, emotional health, and are looking forward to a visit from a therapist from Selah Therapy, who will be offering free shoulder and neck massages.   Participants will be deciding what topics they would like to explore next.      New members are always welcome. Come and check us out! Free childcare is provided.                                                For more info call Renee at (763)458-7788                                        


Free Panera Bread!            Fridays 9:30a.m.-2:00p.m. (or until bread is gone!)


Community Corner will be closed on the 28th and 29th of  November to observe Thanksgiving with our families.    HAPP Y THANKSGIVING TO ALL!



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