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By Mollee Francisco 

Chaska’s CAP Agency office is closing. The nonprofit’s Village Road doors will shut tomorrow, June 24.

“It is true,” said Executive Director Carolina Bradpiece. “But our commitment to serving the community is stronger than ever.”

The CAP Agency provides services to residents of Scott, Carver and Dakota Counties. The agency is part of a statewide coalition focused on reducing poverty by filling the gaps of service within each county-designated service area. Last year, CAP served approximately 38,000 residents in its tri-county service area with everything from homeless prevention programs and senior nutrition to weatherization and school supplies.

Bradpiece said the Chaska closure came as a result of economics combined with the organization’s updated strategic plan which focuses on creating community partnerships. The CAP agency has an annual operating budget of $15 million.

“Financial/economics drove a lot of the decision,” explained Bradpiece.

Location was another factor.

“The office in Chaska was not the most centrally located,” she said.

While the Chaska office is losing its physical space, Bradpiece said that the agency hopes to combine forces within the local community to continue to provide services to residents. Some of those partnerships have already been created including joining up with the school district for Head Start.

In meeting their mission to “assist and empower people to achieve social and economic well being by providing services in partnership with our communities,” the CAP agency not only addresses early education but also housing, clothing, emergency services, childcare, crisis care, energy-related assistance and food and nutrition.  

The agency’s Bountiful Basket food shelf is among their most used services. In Chaska, 400 families are served 23,000 pounds of food monthly through Bountiful Basket.

The demand for food has been so great that last year the organization was forced to limit users to five days’ worth of food just once a month instead of twice a month.

When the doors close tomorrow, those in need of food will be directed to the CAP Agency’s Shakopee location, but Bradpiece is hopeful that won’t be the case for long.

“We are very close to closing on a deal for a new location,” she said.

OASIS Church also operates a food shelf in Chaska. It is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9-11 a.m. at 2470 Chaska Boulevard.


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