Who We Are
The story of an oak tree is one of resilience and support. Starting as a 3cm acorn with only a 1 in 3 chance of actually becoming a tree, it resembles times of struggle that anyone can identify with. Through slow growth and an extensive root system oak trees can grow to be 70 feet tall. What you can’t see from its majestic height is the root system that can span up to 10 times its diameter. These roots provide support and nutrients critical for health and wellness. When next to another tree, roots often graft together, creating large webs of connection strengthening all of the trees. Oak trees embody the driving force behind Oak Tree Support Services to nurture and coach people to obtain the strategies and resources necessary to create a foundation that allows for stability. We strive to create a world where every person receives the supports needed to allow for deep roots in the community resulting in a firm foundation to build their best life.
Where We Came From
Oak Tree Support Services began as an effort to meet the needs of a specific population and while much has changed in the communities we serve and the needs identified, this theme continues to be the heartbeat that drives us today.
In 2015 Beth and Deirdre first noticed that adult foster care (AFC) providers were feeling overwhelmed with the looming requirements of MN statute 245D. Not ones to shy away from creating waves and enabling changes, they began a company, then called MN Mentoring, to provide support and education.
Growing steadily, MN Mentoring changed to Mentoring Professionals and was quickly noticed as an important beacon of guidance throughout the AFC provider community. But they didn’t stop there.
Now an established presence within the human services field of Minnesota, they saw new needs within the community of people receiving services through state and federal programs. With Deirdre as the holder of the big, audacious dreams and Beth as the steady compass, Mentoring Professionals began providing services to the community. Individualized Home Services and Housing Access Coordination were their flagship services. They served as a launch pad to what is now one of the leading agencies providing a wide array of services to fulfill their consistent mission: to eradicate homelessness by meeting people where they are and helping them get to where they want to be through county and federal programs including housing, employment and independence supports.