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25 area families to receive kits to help transition into stable housing

In its third year, Bremer Bank’s Home For Good initiative helps individuals transitioning out of homelessness. The partnership with United Way has benefited 2,050 families and individuals to date.

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ALEXANDRIA — This fall, 25 families from Alexandria will receive welcome home kits filled with household essentials through the Bremer Bank Home For Good initiative.

Made possible by Bremer’s partnership with Greater Twin Cities United Way, the collaboration will provide 1,550 Welcome Home kits to families and individuals transitioning from homelessness to stable housing, including those who experience socio-economic and/or racial disparities, throughout Bremer Bank’s footprint in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

The Bremer Home For Good initiative is in its third year and, to date, has benefited a total of 2,050 families and individuals across the Upper Midwest. Each kit is filled with items including plates, drinkware, silverware, utensils, toothbrushes, deodorant, bar soap, towels, laundry soap, cleaning supplies and fleece blankets. This year, kits are being distributed to 49 Bremer locations throughout Greater Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin, which will provide them to local organizations that will distribute them directly to individuals and families.

“Bremer’s purpose is to cultivate thriving communities, and housing is an essential component to community success,” Bremer President and CEO Jeanne Crain said in a press release. “This initiative is a direct, tangible way to provide community support as individuals transition to stable housing. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue partnering with United Way on this wonderful program, and we are so proud to further the incredible impact it has had over the last three years.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Wednesday, Nov. 2, a group of Bremer Bank and United Way employees volunteered in shifts to assemble 700 Welcome Home kits at the Bremer Bank Service Center in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, which were then distributed to area organizations that serve community members in need. In December, Bremer will sponsor and participate in the Greater Twin Cities United Way Home for Good in which 850 additional Welcome Home Kits will be packed and distributed throughout the Twin Cities Metro area.

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Bremer’s Home For Good partnership represents the company’s philanthropic mission and the vision of the bank’s founder, Otto Bremer, to support the communities it serves. One of Bremer’s three philanthropic pillars is to be a leader in meeting the affordable housing needs of its communities.

“The housing crisis in the Greater Twin Cities region has become more severe due to the ongoing economic and health impact of COVID-19, inflation and more,” John Wilgers, president and CEO of Greater Twin Cities United Way, said in a press release. “Our overall housing work focuses on eviction prevention, rental assistance, homelessness prevention and supporting families as they move into stable housing. We appreciate Bremer’s continued partnership with Home for Good and their support of our long-term goal of equitable access for all to a safe, stable and affordable place to call home.”

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