Company closing seven Duluth group homesSt. Louis County Public Health and Human Services officials were finding new housing Monday for residents of several Duluth group homes operated by Community Connection of Minnesota Inc.
By: Tom Olsen, Duluth News Tribune
St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services officials were finding new housing Monday for residents of several Duluth group homes operated by Community Connection of Minnesota Inc.
The Lincoln Park-based company owns and operates seven residential foster homes in Duluth for individuals with traumatic brain injury and related conditions. Each home has up to four adult residents.
When asked to comment on the situation, Ann Busche, head of the county’s Public Health and Human Services Department, said: “The county always has the health and safety of vulnerable individuals as its top priority; should any foster care home no longer be able to serve its residents regardless of the reason, we will work with them to ensure residents are safe.”
Busche declined to detail what actions were underway or why.
Sharon Mack, the company’s CEO, said health issues are forcing her to close the entire business and all seven homes that house 23 clients, she said.
All of those clients will be placed in other Duluth-area group homes, Mack said.
Community Connection has been in business since 2000. It is licensed with the county as an adult foster care provider.
News Tribune staff writer John Myers contributed to this report.