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Malone Works to Establish Assisted Living Facility

Posted by Zak Threadgill '15, Anoka on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013

University of Minnesota, Morris student Patrick Malone ’14, St. Michael, is working with Muriel Krusemark, Hoffman’s economic development director, and the Hoffman Economic Development Authority (HEDA) to research the feasibility of establishing an assisted living facility. Malone partnered with HEDA to create a survey evaluating public interest in such a facility. He is now in the process of compiling data that will help determine the most desirable living accommodations.

The city of Hoffman received news in October that its major employer, The Good Samaritan Society, would be closing its assisted living facility. The closing left many residents in shock and in search of a new home. A new assisted living facility could provide alternative housing for residents wishing to remain in Hoffman while seeking hospice care.

Malone has been working with HEDA since last February. In that time, he has witnessed Hoffman’s economic revival and is proud to be helping the town.

“Comparing last year to this year, the number of cars parked on Main Street during the day has exploded,” he says. “It is nice to be able to work on something valuable that provides an opportunity to benefit a small community.”

This project is partially supported by an operating support grant to the University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns from the Otto Bremer Foundation.

The University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns (CST) is a community outreach program that serves as a point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota. Small towns, local units of government, k-12 schools, nonprofit organizations, and other University units are able to utilize CST’s resources as they work on rural issues or make contributions to rural society. Their mission is to focus the University’s attention and marshal its resources toward assisting Minnesota’s small towns with locally identified issues by creating applied learning opportunities for faculty and students.