About Us

328 West Conan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731


Our Mission:

Provide resources that promote independence and healthy aging

Our Vision:

A community where people are able to age with dignity

Our Values:

Compassion, Relationships, Dignity, Respect, Independence, Volunteerism


Our History:

Since its beginning in 2001, Northwoods Partners (NP) has evaluated and supported clients and their caregivers to help them to remain living independently in their own homes for as long possible.

In 2004, a program was started to provide transportation for seniors to medical appointments and for errands. In 2008, NP developed an exercise program that enhances the quality of life for seniors and helps reduce falls.

NP was recruited in 2010 to participate in a New York University research program to educate and enable patients with Alzheimer’s disease to remain living longer at home. In 2012 the Northwoods Memory Care program was created in response to a growing community need. In 2014, NP began partnering with other community health care providers to create more effective and efficient care for families dealing with types of dementia such as memory loss.

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Funded by Grants and Gifts

Northwoods Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is funded by grants and support from Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Cliffs Foundation, Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital, Essentia Health, Lake Country Power, Mardag Foundation, Medica Foundation, Northland Foundation, Older Americans Act, United Way of Northeastern MN, Victory Fund, and by generous donations from businesses and individuals.

2021 Board of Directors

  • Nancy Andreae
  • Rae Bentz
  • Shawn Bina
  • Heather Fitzgerald
  • Dick Flesvig
  • Ann Johnson
  • Walt Leino
  • Michael Musich
  • Dave Nichols
  • Caroline Owens
  • Joyce Passananti



  • Lisa Porthan - Executive Director, Caregiver Consultant
  • Candy Schindele - Office Manager