The highlight of 2021 was the ability to do distance learning in the first part of 2021 and keep my job. Without the ability to flex time, I believe that I would have had to choose between my kids and my job. I know how privileged I am to have been able to do both, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the empathy shown from a nonprofit that cares for its people as well as for its clients, as LASNEM does.
-- Kris Parendo, Managing Attorney of Duluth Office
When COVID hit, our attorneys started appearing at all eviction hearings to represent tenants who are at risk of losing their homes. I forget just how stressed out our clients can be and sometimes making a phone call may just be too much. They may be uncertain if we can help them and sometimes, the fear of being turned down again is just too much when they are in an eviction situation. By appearing at all eviction hearings and giving at least advice to people, it has turned out to be a life saver for so many people facing evictions.
-- Mary Russom, Paralegal
My highlight of 2021 was helping with Give to the Max Day MN in November. It was fun to work alongside different employees at LASNEM to make the fundraiser happen and to see the generous response of community members. We had the most successful Give to the Max Day to date and it was rewarding to see our hard work pay off!
-- Megan O'Brien, Community Outreach Specialist