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Prairie Fire Children’s Theater engages ProAct in Red Wing

Energetic Prairie Fire Children’s Theater actors returned to ProAct in Red Wing with drama and enthusiasm to engage 30 participants. A five senses demonstration taught skills in observation, questioning, listening for sound sources and memory. The St. Cloud group has ...

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Flanked by ProAct veteran retirees Carolyn Dobis and Dave Cavalier, Pat McGuire, second from right, was wished well by staff at a breakfast event. At left are Director Sally Ogren and President Steven Ditschler.
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Controller retires after 27 years

Photo: Flanked by ProAct veteran retirees Carolyn Dobis and Dave Cavalier, Pat McGuire, second from right, was wished well by staff at a breakfast event. At left are Director Sally Ogren and President Steven Ditschler. A steady influence who kept ...

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Youth pre-employment services extended

Grant funding has been extended to assist more high school students with disabilities in Dakota and Scott counties to explore jobs, career pathways and more. The multi-faceted effort is called ProACTION Pre-employment Transition Services, or Pre-ETS, for students in ninth ...

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Writing skills training brings many gifts

Community integration can take many forms, including the written word. Fans of country singer Jason Aldean wrote to the artist with details about why they liked his music. The fan mail writing class received a surprising response, said Red Wing ...

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New ADS participant Brian VanDorpe, left, said ProAct is a good place to be. He and Bob Sayler, another new person in the program, enjoyed an Irish Feast made by staff.
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ADS expands in Eagan

Creating a new and comfortable room that’s spacious, ProAct’s ADS program in Eagan recently expanded its capacity to accommodate more participants. “Overall it’s very positive,” said ADS Coordinator Doug Cowles. “It’s always nice to grow and gives us more options.” ...

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Debbie and her brother Gary, who attends ProAct in Hudson, Wisconsin
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The Gary ‘he used to be’

Gary Olson, 60, grew up on a farm in western Wisconsin in the 1970s, where he was close to his father, drove tractors and did chores as a teenager. Then, his dad died. Gary, who has a disability, went to ...

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Ken Koch, second from left, has supported the nonprofit for 20-plus years through the ProAct Golf Classic. The 2019 event is August 26.
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Former board member talks Golf Classic

On the golf course for the ProAct Golf Classic, Ken Koch and his group are the guys in blue, green, white or red, but they always match. Koch, an IT professional, has been involved with ProAct since the days of ...

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From the President…

It is gratifying when people working in numerous direct care positions see the positive impact they are having on the lives of the individuals they support. Receiving favorable feedback from those served and their family members is very satisfying. The ...

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Direct service professional Mike Hurley, left and classroom instructor Angi Fleury, lower right, brought ProAct ADS participants to Disability Services Day at the Capitol in March. The large rally focused on improving wages for staff members.
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Capitol visit supports staff

It was a homecoming of sorts, at a place known to many but visited by few- the Minnesota State Capitol. Direct support professionals (DSPs) from day program and housing providers filled all floors of the Rotunda along with the people ...

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Julie Johnson, left, president of the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR), presented a Life Enrichment Award at Lakeville Area Arts Center to leaders of ProAct Playhouse, a drama program for individuals with disabilities. From her left are Co-directors Matt Briggs and Amanda Thomm, and Production Director Kelly Campion. Briggs said the goal of the program is to enhance self-esteem, build communication skills and professional presence. ProAct is based in Eagan.
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ProAct Playhouse receives Life Enrichment Award

Established community theater program recognized by Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR) as highly beneficial to individuals with disabilities ProAct, Inc., a nonprofit serving people with disabilities based in Eagan, received a Life Enrichment Award from the Minnesota Organization ...

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