In the summer of 1994, a small group of people sat around a kitchen table and discussed how to create a safe and effective way for people to help their neighbors. By developing a simple organization, where volunteers who want to help are matched with people who need a helping hand, everyone benefits.
VINE was the first Faith in Action program developed in Minnesota and is now the largest Faith in Action program in the United States. The initial vision of VINE’s founders – to create opportunities for people to be of service to others – has become part of the fabric of life in the Minnesota River Valley.
VINE’s professional staff coordinates volunteers and services that are vital to the well-being of people with long-term health needs and difficult life circumstances. Trained volunteers freely share their time providing rides, assisting with home chores, delivering hot meals on wheels, offering respite to family caregivers and helping in a thousand other ways – both great and small. VINE readily provides services for needy people that businesses for hire often are unwilling to accept. VINE’s goal is to keep people healthy and comfortable and living in their own home for as long as it’s safe and reasonable to do so.
In 2006, VINE acquired Mankato’s 50-year-old senior center after its board of directors made the decision to close due to lack of funding and poor attendance. With a strong emphasis on relevant and helpful programming, a health and wellness focus and evidence-based fitness classes, weekly participation grew from 50 to 525 people in 5 years and the space was soon outgrown. An active search for space that would both expand and consolidate VINE’s program offices, chore facility and the Summit Center was undertaken.
The VINE Adult Community Center (VACC) formally opened in July 2014 and is now home to VINE’s program staff and a licensed Adult Day Program. This 60,000 sq. ft. Adult Community Center facility, repurposed from a former college classroom building, features a warm-water exercise pool, cushioned walking track, a fully equipped fitness center, and many spaces to gather and interact with others.
Amid ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus COVID-19, VINE is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and has taken a number of precautionary measures for the health and safety of our members, caregivers, care receivers and colleagues.
We want to reach out and share a few of the ways we are here to serve you, our valued VINE member and friend, during this time:
Stay informed on preventative and preparedness info provided by your health care provider and in the links below:
COVID-19 Hotline: 651-201-3920
Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm
Provided by the Minnesota Department of Health
We will continue to communicate with you updates as we work closely with public health officials and appreciate your diligence in providing a healthy and safe environment. And we ask that you continue to practice what CDC recommends in regard to hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when sneezing, reducing contact with others and your own eyes, nose and mouth, and staying home if you do feel sick.
Since VINE offers a variety of programs and services, we do not have a “one size fits all” policy for closures due to inclement weather. Local radio and TV stations will be provided with updated information and an announcement will be posted on Facebook. Here are a few guidelines and the phone numbers you can call before venturing out in unsafe weather conditions: