Announcing Ovation RFP

July 20th, 2017

Recovery. Together.

Addiction impacts more than just the individual. It sweeps across entire communities, changing their very foundation. Recovery is possible. But it takes a unified effort of support. That’s why we at The Victory Fund were compelled to create Ovation.

Encouragement. Partnership. Hope.

Ovation funds area organizations that provide peer-to-peer recovery programs for substance use disorders. By empowering our partners, we support advocacy — and innovative ways of achieving long-term recovery.

The Victory Fund is currently seeking RFPs for Ovation. To find out more, please visit


You’re Invited


WHAT Ovation Listening Session
WHERE Blue Cross Blue Shield Retail Center – Duluth
425 W. Superior St., Suite 1060
WHEN August 2, 3-5 pm


Lake County Ambulance unveils new ambulance

June 14th, 2017

By Adelle Whitefoot at 4:00 a.m.

The Lake County Ambulance unveiled its new Advanced Life Support ambulance Wednesday night at a press conference.

LCA was able to buy the new ambulance with a $322,675 donation from The Victory Fund, a foundation established to address and help communities solve chronic health issues. The Victory Fund is a new chapter of Community Health Center, which was the first member-owned health cooperative in Minnesota and was formed in Two Harbors in the 1940s. The ambulance service was actually a part of the Community Health Center before it became an independent service, said Katherine Heimbach, The Victory Fund executive director.

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Dementia-Friendly effort launched in Duluth

June 13th, 2017

Duluth News Tribune

An effort to make Duluth a friendlier place for people with dementia will start by assessing businesses and faith communities on the eastern side of town, organizers said on Tuesday. But the initiative, known as Dementia Friendly Duluth, is for the entire city, they said.

“We are, eventually, tackling all of Duluth and some of the components are already across Duluth,” said Mimi Stender, coordinator of the effort for the nonprofit community health agency known as The Victory Fund. “It’s actually happening all over.”

Dementia Friendly Duluth was unveiled during a City Hall news conference at which purple — the color for Alzheimer’s disease — was the predominant color: purple ties, purple scarfs, posters designed in purple and white. It was sparked in the spring with the announcement that Duluth had earned a modest grant from ACT on Alzheimer’s, a statewide collaborative that encourages communities to respond in positive ways to individuals afflicted with Alzheimer’s or non-Alzheimer’s dementia.

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