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Caring & Sharing: the gift of empathy and compassion

In this photo from her Facebook page, Deb Holman wrote the caption, Ive got 5 people moving on the 31st
Deb Holman

[This episode of caring & Sharing originally aired on December 4, 2018, as was re-aired on December 26, 2018.]  

Around 800 names on the list of individuals or families who are experiencing homelessness in St. Louis County.

More than 50 people so far this year who have died on our streets.

Longtime street outreach worked Deb Holman says if she could wave a magic wand, she'd create more housing along the San Marco line; housing with 24 hour staff and help available for people with chemical dependency issues.  The San Marco apartments have 70 units available.  Deb guesses Duluth would need four times that many to meet the need.

That kind of housing is expensive to build and to staff.  But empathy and compassion for people and their situation, that doesn't cost a thing. 

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.