MORA Update 6/11/2020


Once again, we have a rather large and detailed update.  We have put the “new” news 1st so, if you are short on time, please read that 1st.

New news:
Victoria waterfront open for client boat rides and picnic lunches!
To ensure social distancing Homes and staff must sign-up for time in the Victoria gym or at the waterfront with Nate McKenzie,

And staff can enjoy Victoria waterfront, too!
Take a look at the two PDFs below, they contain information on waterfront usage and a required waiver for staff who are interested in using the Victoria waterfront.

MORA_Waterfront Usage Summer 2020

MORA_Waterfront Liability 20

Important: PDF attached of Residential Protocol Updates for SLS Homes/June 11Residential staff, please read and review the PDF below. These will be sent to all guardians/case managers as well as leadership by end of day today (6/11/2020) . Please print a copy and insert into the Communications Book.


IT alert on phishing attempts

A few recent scam attempts using MORA employees’ names and fake emails force this reminder to not reply to; click on a link; or download anything from a slightly odd or suspicious email. Slow down and contact IT HelpDesk, – If you get an email from me that is signed “regards” that is a sure sign that its NOT from me.😉

Mental & Emotional services for staff – I know many of us are struggling with the uncertainty of COVID-19 magnified by the civil unrest that we have been experiencing as a community both in MN and around the world.  If you need help, please use these resources……

  • Health Partners Member Services 1-800-883-2177  (for all MORA health benefit enrollees)
  • Ability Assist Counseling Services 1-800-964-3577.
  • If you are not comfortable going through MORA resources, It is a St. Paul-based free counseling center, by phone or zoom.
  • And ….Minnesota Public Radio recently launched an initiative and website on all things mental and emotional health:


Guided Meditation for MORA staff and clients each Thursday 4pm
Listen to reduce stress and increase feelings of calm and happiness with Training Specialist, Jessica Strayer


At a protest, vigil or clean-up? Please get tested for COVID-19

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends that anyone that has attended a protest, vigil, or community clean-up get tested for COVID-19. COVID-19 can spread easily and quickly in large groups of people who are close together. Some people do not have symptoms but can still spread the virus to others.

If you start to feel sick, get tested right away. If you do not feel sick, get tested as soon as you can, but no later than 5-7 days after the event. If the test is negative and you are worried you might have been exposed, get another test 12-14 days after the event, even if you do not feel sick. Testing locations here.

TRAVEL: Staff are no longer required to automatically quarantine for 14 days after out of state or domestic air travel, only for international travel. Work restrictions/safety measures after travel are dependent on restrictions in place at the time and locations travelled to.  We highly encourage staff to discuss their Supervisor or Director their safety plan, research the area they are visiting for any restrictions and keep exposure to a minimum.

Zoom Check-ins/ Please join Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am. Our discussions will be recapped in our weekly Thursday emails but… we like seeing your smiling faces and connecting with you via Zoom!  Important MORA updates and shared stories from different departments, different voices. 

Giving/Getting  Please send new resources you know about to Volunteer Coordinator, Laurie Mahoney, 612-322 2638,

FOOD & BASICS – If you/your family are in need of basic items or food, we have gathered a list of current available resources for you….

Chaska/Waconia – Community Partners: Drive through and Contact Free Food = Bountiful Basket Food Shelf, Second Harvest Heartland, and Waconia United Food Shelf

  • TODAY, Thursday, June 11   Chaska High School (3:00 – 6:00 PM)
  • Thursday, June 18   Waconia High School (3:00 – 6:00 PM)


  • YWCA, 2121 East Lake Street  Wed-Sat, 11am-2pm  Pick up Groceries and Personal Hygiene Products
  • Mixed Blood Theatre Company, 1501 S 4th Street, Mon-Fri  11am-4pm  General Food Pantry
  • Boys & Girls Club Location, 38th & Chicago, 651-726-2582  General Food Pantry

St. Paul Food Pantry, Corner of Lexington & Central, 7 days per week,  11am-4pm

MORA RESOURCE DRIVE –  Looking for a way to give back/contribute? We are collecting basic need donations at Victoria and Chanhassen Offices. We are partnering with Mount Olivet Church – West location to drive and deliver donations.

Most common items needed: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Toothpaste, Feminine Hygiene Products (pads, not tampons), Ethnic Hair and Skin products, Baby Formula (all brands, powdered), Baby Wipes, Diapers (all sizes but especially 4/5T and pull ups), Laundry Detergent, Bottled Water, Hand Sanitizer, Bars and Snacks such as granola Bars, crackers, nuts, etc., Kids food – applesauce, mac/cheese, graham crackers, etc., Pet Supplies (dog food, cat food, cat litter)

Whew … this is a lot but… also a lot of good news in these uncertain times.

Thank you for being one of the helpers!