ProAct, Inc., with almost 50 years of service, is the modern day result of the joining of two highly regarded organizations serving people with disabilities, Owobopte, Inc. and Interstate Rehabilitation Center (IRC).
Owobopte was founded as a small organization providing training and work opportunities for people at what was then the Hastings State Hospital and grew into a sizeable Day Training and Habilitation center in Eagan. Interstate Rehabilitation Center, located in Red Wing, straddled the Mississippi River and served individuals in both Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
The 2002 merger of these two groups serving people with disabilities created a strong and vital organization, well equipped to serve people and businesses.
Some seven years later, responding to requests from parents of adults with disabilities in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, ProAct began a new operation in that area in 2009. It soon established a fourth location in the city of Hudson, Wis. to serve individuals with both community-based day programming, job preparation and placement services.
Then, in 2018, a new chapter began as ProAct began managing services for New Options in Scott County, a Day Training and Habilitation provider with a 50-year history. New Options was the last county-run program of its kind in Minnesota.