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Posted on: February 26, 2020

HHS Special Needs Fund Gets a $10,000 Donation From Wright County Area United Way

Wright County Health and Human Services has a program called the Special Needs Fund that helps Wright County residents in significant financial straits meet their basic needs when no other resources are available.

The Special Needs Fund seeks out donations – there is no county-budgeted line item to put money into the fund – and the staff at Health and Human Services got a much needed shot in the arm with a $10,000 donation from Wright County Area United Way.

Christine Treichler, the Licensing & Therapeutic Services Supervisor for Wright County Health and Human Services, said that donations such as this and a $10,000 donation received in December from Wright-Hennepin Electric’s Operation Roundup are the life blood of the Special Needs Fund.

“I would say without these generous donations we would have a lot of social workers who wouldn’t have any resources to offer to clients,” Treichler said. “The funds go for a lot of different uses. If a client needs a car repaired in order to get to work or can’t visit their child in foster care or need proper clothing for a job interview or help with rent so a family won’t be homeless or someone without insurance that needs medicine. Those are the types of things these resources are used for.”

Wright County Area United Way covers four zip code areas – Buffalo, Monticello, St. Michael and Albertville – and those funds are expended in those areas. At a time when the struggles of the underprivileged continue to grow and the cost of living is becoming more of a challenge, donations like the one from the United Way are what can make the difference in changing someone’s life, whether it’s to repair a car so that person can keep working or providing assistance to get someone through a difficult financial time.

“United Way has been a strong supporter of our Special Needs Fund for years and the money helps a lot of people,” Treichler said. “We’re fortunate to have a partnership with them because the support they give is critical to the clients we serve.”

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