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Places to go when it's cold or you're just out of the hospital: CHUM's mission of advocacy

Mary Schmitz/CHUM

There will be a lot to talk about at CHUM's 46th Annual Meeting tonight at Temple Israel.

From community needs assessments surrounding topics like suicide rates and food insecurity, to workshops on understanding white privilege and fostering cross-racial competence, CHUM is engaging the community on multiple levels to, as their mission statement puts it, "provide basic necessities, foster stable lives, and organize for a just and compassionate community."

A couple of their partnerships with other agencies have been particularly successful in ministering to the needs of some of our city's most vulnerable people: the warming shelter, which opened last month just before a stretch of dangerously cold air and wind chill temperatures, and a respite house for folks who are homeless - either before or as a result of a stint in the hospital - who are released with no where to go.

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.
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