The Center for Healing and Wholeness (the Center) was initially founded in 1998 through an innovative collaboration of health, faith and social service organizations. That tradition of collaboration is a core value that has continued to the present day.
The Center fosters a sense of collaboration by sharing learning, coordinating to increase outreach and to connect services, encouraging volunteerism, test piloting new models of service delivery and re-defining and refining existing programs to meet changing needs.
The Center partners on many different levels with many local and regional organizations that serve seniors and families as their primary or supportive mission. Examples of partnerships in 2016 include:
- Senior service programs and agencies – include Edina Senior Center, Senior Community Services, the Wilder Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association and others – we collaborate across-organizations to refer to each other’s services and programs.
- Information and resource centers – include Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging and the Edina Resource Center – working as collaborators or in a co-lead role on key area initiatives.
- Health care organizations – including Fairview Edina Clinic, Southdale Hospital, Allina Health, and Park Nicollet – providing service to patients through referrals to our Center and collaborating or leading role area initiatives (e.g., community health /mental health, and vulnerable elderly outreach).
- Communities – currently the Cities of Bloomington and Edina, and Minneapolis neighborhoods such as Fulton, have collaborated with the Center to offer evidence-based trainings on topics for seniors in their communities where they live.
- Faith communities – including Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Pax Christi, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Cross View Lutheran Church, and others – providing service to senior members of their congregations and bringing programs onsite.
These organizations benefit through The Center’s technical assistance, sharing of information, support to their members/patients/clients and the delivery of evidence-based classes at their sites of care or support.
The Center works at fostering relationships that enhance/complement, rather than duplicate, services in order to provide the most comprehensive care possible.