328 West Conan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731


At this time, Northwoods Partners 1:1 / in-home / face-to-face services are on hiatus

Programs currently on hiatus are:

Friendly Visits

Exercise Buddies

Caregiver Relief


Effective July 1 2020, Northwoods Partners Groups and Classes are resuming. 

first classes are:

Memories and Movement Group - Wednesday, July 1

Community Exercise Group - Thursday, July 2

Tai Chi Advanced Class - Monday, July 6

Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance - Tuesday, July 7

We're taking extra safety precautions to make sure participants are as safe as possible during this time.  Please stay at home if you are currently sick or running a fever.  Please wear your own mask when you come to class.  All participants must answer the COVID-19 screening questions prior to participation at each class.  If participant answers YES to any of the screening questions, they will NOT be allowed to participate in that days class or group.  If there is a COVID-19 outbreak in Ely, all classes will be cancelled immediately.


Effective March 18, 2020, Northwoods Partners is temporarily suspending all our face to face Programs. 

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, we must do all we can to enable and encourage the social distancing that will help slow the spread of the virus.  We are making this decision for the safety of our clients, volunteers, and our community at large.  We will continue to assess the situation and determine when programming may safely continue. 


Are you or do you know a senior in our service area that is in need of Grocery Delivery during the Covid-19 Outbreak? 

If so, please click the button below to complete our registration form. 

A representative of Northwoods Partners will contact you to complete the registration process.

Grocery Delivery Program


  • Friendly Visits –  Staying active and socially engaged is a key element in staying healthy and aging well.  A simple walk in the park with a companion, stories and a laugh with a new friend, or sharing a hobby that you haven't done in years is a wonderful way to spend a day.  We coordinate volunteer visits for area seniors who are homebound or alone and want or need contact with the greater community.


  • Transportation is a large obstacle for seniors wishing to be independent.  Without groceries, rides to medical appointments, or the ability to attend a local event, seniors are less likely to thrive and remain in their home.  
    • Our Local Transportation program is a volunteer supported program that provides rides to and from local services, including running errands such as shopping, banking, haircuts, and local medical appointments.  Volunteers can also provide transportation to meetings, social events, and religious services.
    • Long-Distance Rides are specifically provided for Medical Appointments.  Using our network of volunteer drivers, we are able to help area seniors get to out of town medical appointments that are essential to maintaining their health and independence.  This service is especially important in northern Minnesota, where residents must travel long distances to receive the specialty care they require. Volunteer drivers ensure that the senior is safely escorted from their home, to the appointment and back home again.  Volunteer long-distance drivers are reimbursed by NP 50¢ per mile driven and clients are asked to make a donation to NP to help us to sustain our programs.
    • Grocery Delivery is available for those who find it difficult or unsafe to navigate our local grocery stores.  Simply set up a store charge account with Northland Market or Zup’s and our friendly volunteers will deliver your groceries right to your home.  Groceries are delivered on Wednesdays and Fridays between noon and 4pm.


  • Exercise Buddy Program – Let's face it, it's much more fun exercising with a workout buddy.  A trained volunteer will meet with you weekly in your home to help increase your strength, flexibility, and balance.  You and your buddy will build a new friendship, laugh together, and encourage each other along the way.  


  • Community Exercise Group – Participants are led through a full body exercise routine that includes both seated and standing exercises.  The program is designed give participants a safe and effective workout that will allow them to increase and maintain their flexibility, stability, and movement.  Meets every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 in the basement of First Lutheran Church.


  • Memories & Movement Group – We share our memories, our stories, and our life experiences over coffee & snacks and conclude each session with movement, light exercises to keep you active and help increase balance, range of motion and strength.  Meets every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30 at the Ely Senior Center.


  • Matter of Balance Classes – We offer the award-winning eight-week Matter of Balance program that helps reduce the fear of falling and increases the activity levels of older adults.  This workshop is offered through Juniper; a statewide network of evidence-based programs that helps people manage chronic conditions, prevent falls and foster wellbeing. Click here to register or find a class near you.


  • Tai Ji Quan:  Moving for Better Balance – Is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults and people with balance disorders.  TJQMBB is a 12-week progressive learning course where participants learn an adapted 8 form Tai Chi routine that is intended to address common and potentially debilitating movement and balance issues.  This workshop is offered through Juniper; a statewide network of evidence-based programs that helps people manage chronic conditions, prevent falls and foster wellbeing. Click here to register for one of our upcoming sessions.


  • Caregiver Consulting – Our professionally trained Caregiver Consultant can provide family caregivers with useful information, skills and tools, as well as help with problem solving.  The consultant's role includes developing strategies for the caregiver to achieve a balanced lifestyle that allows for both providing care and maintaining their own health.  The consultant will help identify the caregiver's strengths and needs, develop a personalized caregiving plan with goals.  Along the way, they offer problem solving, coaching, and ongoing support to help the caregiver reach their goals.


  • Northwoods Memory Care Program – We help guide you and your family through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia by providing resources and consultation to help reduce stress and increase family support.


  • Caregiver Support Groups – Caregiving is a tough and isolating experience.  Caregiver support groups provide an opportunity to connect with others that are in similar situations.  Support group members validate each other’s experiences.  These groups are a great place to ask for advice, find out about useful resources, and safely vent your frustrations.  Nobody will judge you, because everyone there is going through many of the same struggles.  It’s a safe place to share your feelings and get the support you need.  You are not alone!
      • Babbitt Support Group:  1st Monday of the Month, 1-2:30pm Carefree Living
      • Ely Support Group:  4th Monday of the Month, 10-11:30am Ely Hospital Conference Room


  • Powerful Tools For Caregivers – An evidence-based educational series designed to help unpaid family caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a relative or family friend.  In the six weekly classes, caregivers learn  self-care tools to:  Reduce Stress, Improve Self-Confidence, Manage Time, Set Goals, Solve Problems, Better Communicate their Feelings, Locate Helpful Resources, and Make Tough Decisions.


  • ACT on Alzheimer’s – Working together to make Ely a Dementia Friendly Community.  The Ely ACT Team has recognized that Community Education needs to be a high priority.  We continue to bring Dementia Education to Ely in the form of newspaper articles, books, handouts, speakers, and a community conversation series.  Check our calendar for upcoming educational opportunities.



  • REACH – Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health (REACH) is an evidence-based caregiver consultation service.  This program works one-on-one with caregivers to assess risk, assist with problem solving, provide skill building techniques, manage behavior changes and find time for themselves. 


  • Caregiver Relief – We coordinate volunteer help for the person who cares for a chronically ill home-bound loved one.  This allows the caregiver time to attend to other tasks and provides contact for the home-bound person.


  • Volunteer Training – Volunteers are the heart of our organization.  All new volunteers receive a one hour face-to-face orientation that explains our history, services, programs, policies, and procedures.  Additional training may be provided to carry out specific services.  Every quarter, we offer a themed Volunteer Social that provides an opportunity for socializing with other volunteers and continuing education on volunteering.


Contact us if you need our services, would like to volunteer or require more information.