The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is an organization of individuals with a commitment to bettering the lives of Minnesotans. While DHS employees perform different jobs and duties, such as research-analyses, direct caregiving, program administration, fraud prevention, licensing oversight, plant management and human resources, we share a belief that when Minnesotans help other Minnesotans, we create a brighter future for all of us.
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A chaplain and spiritual leader at the Four Winds Treatment Program, Walter "Wally" Richard Schmucker works for the Community Addiction Recovery Enterprise (C.A.R.E.) program in Brainerd. In this role he provides counseling to participants from the Brainerd area, Pine River outpatient programs and from DHS’ Carlton facility. He supports, teaches and assists program participants in their healing.
Schmucker is the chaplain and spiritual leader for the Four Winds Treatment Program. He holds a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and is a master's degree candidate in social work at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. For the past 16 years he has worked in the areas of domestic violence, youth offenders and in the social services and child protection fields. He spent the last 25 years of his life living within the Medicine Wheel Approach to healing as the guiding force and terms for a balanced existence.