Working Together to Build a Vital, Healthy and Interconnected Community

The purpose of CLASS is to:

  • Improve the independence, psychological, social, spiritual and physical health of the 55+ population.
  • Convene stakeholders and partners to work on community focused strategies which more effectively and efficiently use available resources.
  • Provide a network of services, resources and activities for the 55+ population and their care givers.
  • Create a comprehensive communication system that allows people to access information and services.
  • Research local needs and available services.
  • Identify and prioritize action steps to address community needs.
  • Support research and development of best practices.
  • Leverage civic engagement of the 55+ population.
  • Secure resources to advance community strategies.

CLASS Values

  • Everyone has the right to be counted and have a voice.
  • Everyone deserves to be valued and find purpose in life.
  • Everyone deserves to be treated with personal dignity and respect.
  • Everyone has something of value to offer another and their community.
  • Everyone should have equal access to basic services and opportunities regardless of level of wealth.
  • Every person contributes to our shared future.
  • Transparency as an organization is critical.
  • Participatory decision-making is essential.
  • Diversity of experience and perspective is important.
  • Compassion and understanding is expected.
  • Building relationships between people of different ages and backgrounds is important.
  • Involving the 55+ population in defining needs and solutions is best practice.
  • Creativity in problem-solving and using resources is essential.
  • Adaptability or responding to ever changing needs of the 55+ population is required.
  • Collaboration is important as a way meet growing needs with limited resources.

 

Consortium of Lake Area Senior Services (CLASS) serves the 55+ population residing within the Mahtomedi, Maplewood, North St. Paul, Oakdale, and White Bear Lake Area School Districts in Minnesota.