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Board Members

Pastor Michael Laidlaw, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Pastor Michael has over 25 years of working with the homeless in Stearns County and the surrounding counties. He is a former Chairperson of the Immediate Needs of the Homeless Committee for the Central MN., Continuum of Care. A former member of the Mayors Taskforce for the Homeless, City of St. Cloud. as well as a former Co-Chair of Central MN., Continuum of Prison Ministry and a former Housing Committee chairperson for the NAAC.



 

Joe Gibbons, Board Chair

Joe Gibbons is a retired owner of Marketing Unlimited, a marketing, advertising and Public Relation Agency. He is a past Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Central MN Re-Entry Project. They assist ex-offenders who are returning to society in order to become responsible citizens. He is past Co-founder of the Community Furniture Program, which provides furniture to families in need, and a past Transitional Coordinator at Dream Center, which also helps individuals re-entry society. He is also a past Chairman of the Board of Director at Tri-Cap, a community Action Agency, that assists low income individuals and families.



 

Billy Anderson

Dr. Billy Anderson is a mental/chemical health professional. He started working in Minneapolis in 1993. He has worked in several mental/chemical health organizations that include, but is not limited to, inpatient and outpatient care. His work in the mental health profession has included individual, couples, family and group therapy. Within the chemical health setting, he has provided chemical health assessments . More importantly, he has worked with opiate addicts in a methadone maintenance program.

He also has experience in working with health maintenance organizations such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. He has worked as a manager for Cigna Behavioral Health. Since arriving in St. Cloud and Willmar communities, he has developed an expertise with the Somali community providing mental health services and social security representation.

On occasions, he provides internship positions for those individuals in the Master of Social Work program at St. Cloud State University. He is currently the President and Founder of a nonprofit that was started in March of 2007.



 

Beth Busse

Beth Busse past accomplishments include being a Career Counselor at Avivo, which is a a welfare to work program. She also did Behavioral Support work with St. Cloud Independent School District 742 helping children with behaviors in a school setting, Adult Targeted Case Manager/Shelter Plus Care Coordinator at Central MN Mental Health Center, helping adults integrate treatment and basic living skills while living independently, Behavioral Support at Children’s Home, Catholic Charities, Case Manager at Salvation Army Emergency Shelter, Ameri-Corps Vista, 2 years- Mentoring Children of Inmates (Catholic Charities) and Re-Entry Specialist (Central MN Re-Entry Project)



 

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell spent ten years working with a Finance Company as manager and opener of new offices. He spent 35 years working in a banks mortgage company as Regional Manager in charge of affordable housing for Central and Northern Minnesota.

He has been President of the Board for St. Cloud Housing Association, Tri-Cap, UCP of Central Minnesota, The Park Commission of Sauk Rapids, The HRA of Sauk Rapids, Benton County Park Commission, and the Great River Federal Credit Union.

He is currently on the Board of Whitney Senior Center, Dream Center, River's Edge Condo Assoc. and is the coordinator of The Good Samaritan Fund for the Community Foundation.



 

Michael Woods

Michael P Woods was born In St Cloud, MN May 17 1945. He is a graduate of Cathedral High School. He served in the US Navy from 1965-1969 in communications in Japan and Adak Alaska. He received an honorable discharge.

He graduated from St Cloud Business College in 1972. He worked as clerk and later General Manager of Americanna Best Western Inn after graduation. From 1980-88, along with his wife, he was an owner operator of the Hartwood Motel in Thief River Falls, MN. He and his wife were also owner operators of Woods Printing from 1988 until retirement.

Volunteer activities include chair of church council in Thief River Falls. He was active both as president of Thief River Falls Rotary and as board member of Chamber of Commerce in TRF. He also served with the Minnesota state Viking Land tourism region.

After returning to St Cloud, he became active in St Cloud Chamber of Commerce and the downtown Kiwanis club. He was very active in the jail/prison ministry with Residents Encounter Christ, serving on the board for 8 years, retiring as Treasurer. He helped start the program at Benton County Jail, along with his wife, serving as coordinators, and then served with his wife as coordinator of the REC program at the St Cloud Prison. He also served the past ten years as Trustee at St Peter’s Catholic Church in St Cloud.

He continues to remain in prison ministry and church activities.



 

 

For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me. Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.

Matthew 25:35,36,45

 

 

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

James 1:26