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People and Places – December 2018

People and Places – December 2018 Champions for the mentally ill are honored with NAMI awards A student leader, police department, therapist/author and dedicated volunteer are among those honored in November by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Minnesota. Eleven individuals and organizations were honored at NAMI’s state convention, which was held in St. Paul. Awards were presented to those ...

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People and Places – October 2018

People and Places – October 2018 The Arc Minnesota seeks new leader The Arc Minnesota in September launched its search for a new chief executive officer. The new leader will replace Kim Keprios, who stepped down in June. The firm of Ballinger Leafblad is helping the agency’s board of directors with the search. The Arc has been through many changes in recent months, ...

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People and Places- August 2018

People and Places- August 2018   Direct support providers honored for service Five Minnesota direct support professionals (DSP) were honored with awards at the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and MOHR Summer Conference in St. Cloud. MOHR includes more than 100 adult day, day training and habilitation, extended employment, and supported employment service providers across the state. Its members serve more than 26,000 ...

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People and Places – July 2018

People and Places – July 2018 Bottinger honored with award The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has awarded Kate Bottiger its 2018 Transformational Leader Award. Bottiger has been the executive director at Reach for Resources since August 2014 and was secretly nominated by a group of Reach staff and board members. The council oversees a membership of more than 2,100 nonprofits and 230 businesses. ...

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People and Places – June 2018

People and Places – June 2018 MOFAS: Twenty years of awareness The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) reached an important milestone this spring, marking 20 years of efforts to raise awareness of fetal alcohol syndrome disorder and the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The organization provides public education and advocacy, operates a clinic, helps people who live with the ...

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People and Places – May 2018

People and Places – May 2018 Worcester honored for her work UCare Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer Ghita Worcester was selected by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST as a 2018 Courage Award winner. She was saluted for a career dedicated to opening doors to care for those who need it most. The 2018 Courage Awards celebrate Minnesota women ...

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People and Places – April 2018

Teams win adapted hockey titles The Brainerd/Pillar Warriors and the St. Cloud Area Slapshots, took home championship hardware during March’s state adapted hockey tournament. The tournament was held at Bloomington Jefferson High School. The Warriors won their second straight state crown in the PI Division, for student- athletes with physical disabilities. The Warriors defeated the Robins of ...

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People and Places – January 2018

MNCCD announces leadership change The Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (MNCCD) announced leadership changes at its annual meeting in December in Minneapolis. One loss that will be keenly felt is that of departing Board Chairman Randall Bachman. Bachman has stepped down from the board, after leading the consortium through a state of transition. He is the ...

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People and Places – December 2017

People and Places – December 2017 MDI adds two board members MDI, a nonprofit social enterprise with the mission to serve people with and without disabilities by offering inclusive employment opportunities and services. MDI has elected two new board members. Rhonda Graves, retired 3M chief diversity officer and head of talent acquisition, and Jonathan Palmer, executive director of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, ...

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People & Places – September 2017

People & Places – September 2017 Calvit is Pollen honoree Jeanne Calvit, founder, creative director and executive director of Interact Center for Visual and Performing Acts is one of the 2017 50 Over 50 honorees. For the second year, AARP Minnesota and Pollen Midwest are honoring 50 Minnesotans over the age of 50. The honorees are saluted for their impact in the arts, ...

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People and Places – August 2017

People and Places – August 2017 Fraser breaks ground on new Woodbury mental health clinic Fraser, Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism services, has announced the expansion into the Twin Cities east metro, serving Washington, Ramsey and Dakota counties. Fraser broke ground on its seventh mental health clinic in July at 721 Commerce Dr., Woodbury. Fraser Woodbury will be a ...

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People and Places – July 2017

People and Places – July 2017 Prep sports wrap up successful year Minnesota prep athletes with disabilities wrapped up the 2016-2017 academic year with state tournaments in adapted softball, bowling and track and field. The track and field tournament at Hamline University June 9-10 was the final event until fall. Athletes in Class A and AA competed in wheelchair events. In the Class ...

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People and Places – January 2017

People and Places – January 2017 Seven programs honored for excellence in human services Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Emily Piper recently honored seven programs from across the state for outstanding contributions to human services clients. Recipients of the 2016 Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Awards were recognized at a ceremony at the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building in St. ...

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People and Places – September 2016

People and Places – September 2016 Miracle Field is dedicated The Paul Adelman Miracle Field, located at Bridge View and Focus Beyond public schools at 360 Colborne St. in St. Paul, was dedicated this summer. The field is the 11th Minnesota Miracle League. It gives young baseball players with special needs a chance to play baseball, according to the Miracle League. Bridge View and Focus Beyond have about 400 ...

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People & Places – June 2016

PACER Center wins major grant PACER Center has won its largest grant ever, a $1 million award from the Otto Bremer Trust. The grant was presented at PACER’s annual benefit in May. PACER has “a long history of providing services based on a model of education, advocacy and empowerment,” said Dan Reardon, Otto Bremer Trust’s co-CEO and trustee. “We are thrilled that ...

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People and Places – August 2015

People and Places – August 2015 Commission appointees announced Gov. Mark Dayton has announced the following appointments to several boards and commissions, including the Commission of Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council, Minnesota Board on Aging, Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Minnesota State Council on Disability. New appointees to the Commission of Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans are Lloyd Ballinger, ...

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People and Places – July 2015

People and Places – July 2015   Lakin and Mellum are among Age and Disabilities Odyssey award honorees Two individuals and four organizations were recognized for improving and enriching the lives of older adults and people with disabilities at the 2015 Age & Disabilities Odyssey Conference, held June 15-16 in Duluth. “These awards winners inspire future innovations in long-term services and supports by showing us how to improve life today ...

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People and Places – March 2015

Nursing homes receive funding to improve quality Nursing homes throughout Minnesota will gain a total of about $17 million more over the next one to three years through a Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) program that rewards a variety of quality improvement efforts. Under the Performance-based Incentive Payment Program, nursing homes sign contracts with DHS ...

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People and Places – February 2015

People and Places – February 2015 The Arc Minnesota honors its heroes The Arc Minnesota recently honored seven extraordinary women at its annual Heroes Luncheon in Roseville. Heroes’ awards are given annually for people who give outstanding service to The Arc and the Minnesotans it serves. The seven women honored all provide outstanding service as executive director, chief executive officers, chief program officers or co-executive director of their local chapters ...

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People & Places – September 2014

People & Places – September 2014 Robinson’s hard work will be missed As a social work intern in 1991, Cass Robinson helped establish the Arc chapter in Bemidji. Since then the chapter has developed into a beacon of hope for self-advocates and their families in Northern Minnesota. Robinson’s commitment, hard work, and passion for the disability community culminated in July with her ...

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People and Places – December 2013

People and Places – December 2013 [caption id="attachment_17725" align="alignleft" width="193"] At right, Va'nasha Washington prepared the meal while Chef Wes Durham supervised.[/caption] Blind chef serves tasty meals Va’nasha Washington displayed her culinary skills November 18 as lead chef for about 200 guests at Minneapolis’ Waite House Community Café free lunch program. Blindness doesn’t prevent Washington from working efficiently and safety, and preparing high-quality ...

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People and Places – September 2010

Team gets a real field The Courage Center Rolling Twins youth softball team will soon have a new paved softball field. The field will become reality thanks to the Minnesota Twins and a $200,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant. The Minnesota Twins competed with other Major League baseball teams for the grant, which was won through online voting. Twins ...

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